Nurburgring, 4 May – A one-two finish and two other podium placings for Ferrari in the second race of the International GT Open Championship held at the legendary Nurburgring circuit. The one-two came in the GTS race, with the two podiums in the Super GT category.
In this class, victory went, like the previous day, to Chevrolet, but this time it was one entered by the Belgian Selleslagh Racing teams in the hands of local hero Maxime Soulet and the Dutchman Nick Catsburg, who finished third yesterday. Second overall, as in race 1, was the SMP Racing-Russian Bears Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, in the hands of Italy’s Daniel Zampieri and the Russian Roman Mavlanov, who were also the first GT3 crew to take the flag. Third went to the Scuderia Villorba Corse 458, driven by Andrea Montermini and Niccolo Schiro who thus made up for a nondescript performance yesterday.
It was all about Ferrari in the GTS class. Coming out on top, not surprising given his great experience, was Andrea Piccini in the number 56 AF Corse 458 Italia, who thus also put his team-mate Giorgio Roda on the podium. They had an exciting duel with the similar 63 car entered by Ombra Racing, in the hands of Italy’s Stefano Costantini and the Spaniard Andrea Sicart. Third went to the V8 Racing team’s Chevrolet GT3 in the hands of Belgium’s Dylan Derdaele and Dutchman Dennis Retera.
In the Super GT, two crews top the classification: Soulet-Catsburg and the Ferrari men Mavlanov-Zampieri, both on 36 points. In GTS, Piccini and Roda top the sheet with two points more than another Prancing Horse crew of Cameron-Griffin and three more than winners of yesterday’s race 1, Maleev-Perez Aircart, who retired in race 2 after an accident with the other Ombra Racing Ferrari of Stefano Gattuso.
The next round takes place at Portimao on 6-8 June.