The Russian team Rinaldi Racing won the qualifying race of the sixth stage of the 2015 season of the Blancpain series Sprint on the track name Marco Simoncelli in Misano.
On the eve of the race, which took place in the dark, wards of Vadim Koha – Marco Sigrid and Norbert Zidler – won the qualification, having won the pole position on the starting grid of the first race of the weekend. Austrian Zidler confidently took off, leaving behind Nissan No. 173 Craig Dolby.
A confident pit stop allowed Marco Sirigu, accepted the change Zidler, brilliantly spent the first part of the race, to get back on track in the first position. However, the second part of the race was not a cakewalk for a bright green Ferrari 458 Italia.
Car our team caught up with the Lamborghini crew of the No. 63 team Grässer under the direction of Patrick Kujala. But despite leaving the rear tires, Sigrid withstood the pressure and has even increased its advantage closer to the finish line of the race.
“My rear tyres are badly worn, and Norbert had the same problem – said Sifrid after the finish. – Finally we did it, it was time to win. Tomorrow we will again try to defend the first position at the start, it is difficult to overtake”.
At some point in the lives of the crew Mirko Bortolotti and Patrick Kujala complicated Maximilian Beech Bentley Continental GT3. But towards the end of the race, their crew was punished for violations during the mandatory pit stop. In the end, Beech and Abril finished the race only in seventh place.
The third position in the race went to Enzo IDA and Christopher Mies, the speakers on the Audi R8 LMS No. 2 team WRT.
A hitch with the replacement of the front left wheel did not allow high to finish the Nissan team, Always Evolving. Craig Dolby during his shift was in second place, but in the end they with Sean Walkinshaw finished only in ninth position.
The car of Alexei Vasiliev and Marko Asmera GT Russian team was in 14th position and was the leader in the category Pro-Am, but Vasilyev flew closer to the finish line of the race. As a result, their class the victory went to their sister crew of Alexey Karachev and Christoph W. Bush.
The race was marked by a major accident of Lawrence of Vantera and Jules Szymkowiak. The crew of Vantera and Freins had to start from 12th place, but due to the replacement motor car of the championship leaders took the start from the pit lane. Ventor could break on the 13th position after 12 minutes after the start, but then made a too optimistic overtaking attempt of Bentley Simkowiak.
Hooking the lawn inside the 11-th turn, Ventor flew on Simkowiak, and both at high speed flew into the safety barrier. Both cars were heavily defeated, the Audi No. 1 at the time of the incident snatched the motor. Simkowiak weren’t injured, but Vantor during the accident sprained his leg. Tomorrow both crews will likely not start at all.
The main race is the sixth and penultimate stage of the Blancpain Sprint series starts tomorrow at 15:00 Moscow time.
Vladimir Bashmakov specifically for
|1.||Sifrid/Zidler||Rinaldi Racing||Ferrari 458 Italia||1:01.26,521|
|2.||Kujala/Bortolotti||GRT Grasser Racing||Lamborghini Huracan||+1,391|
|3.||IDA/MIS||Belgian Audi Club||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||+17,395|
|4.||Atila The Ember, Valdano Brito||BMW Sports Brasil||BMW Z4||+23,453|
|5.||Ortelli/Richelmi||Belgian Audi Club||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||+23,637|
|6.||Bueno/Jimenez||BMW Sports Brasil||BMW Z4||+25,198|
|7.||Beech/Abril||Bentley HTP||Bentley Continental||+32,737|
|8.||Nash/Stippler||Belgian Audi Club||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||+33,868|
|9.||Wakinshaw/Dolby||Always Evolving||Nissan GT-R Nismo||+44,091|
|10.||Von thorn und taxis/Catsburg||Reiter Engineering||Lamborghini Gallardo||+46,255|
|11.||Thomas Forbach/Anders Forbach||ISR||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||+47,653|
|12.||Meyer-Melnhof/Winkelhock||Phoenix Racing||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||+1.00,363|
|13.||Slakware/Bonanomi||ISR||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||+1.04,602|
|14.||Karachi/Bush||GT Russian Team||Mercedes SLS GT3||+1.28,904|
|15.||Vasiliev/Asmer||GT Russian Team||Mercedes SLS GT3||-2 circle|
|16.||Di Folco/The Mule||GRT Grasser Racing||Lamborghini Huracan||-6 laps|
|van Splunteren/Simkowiak||Bentley HTP||Bentley Continental||7 circles|
|Frans/Vendor||Belgian Audi Club||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||7 circles|
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