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International GT Open: Spa Francorchamps, Race 2 Report

Davide Rigon and Andrea Montermini took perfect revenge for yesterday’s disappointment by winning race two at Spa Francorchamps after taking the lead on the very last lap.

Andrea Montermini starred in an other excellent race as the championship leader for Villorba Corse took the second stint by the scruff of the neck. The Villorba Corse team had taken the choice to start on slicks on the rather slowly drying track, they fell back rapidly at the start but the choice proved to be the correct one as the white 458 moved up the field.

Finishing in an excellent second position overall and coming home winners in GTS too were Peter Kox and Fabian Hamprecht in the Rhino Leipart Lamborghini, ahead of another GTS car, the GPR Aston Martini of Maxime Soulet – Enzo Ide, who recovered wonderfully after a spin at the start.

The GTS podium was completed by Joel Camathias – Stefano Costantini, in the Ombra Ferrari, after a great race and despite a drive-through.

It was a damp but drying surface for the start, with most of the 24 starters starting on slicks but neither the Rinaldi Porsche nor the Corvette of Nathan would race on Sunday though, both cars withdrawn.

It was a lively start, with contact galore amongst the leading group into and through La Source resulting in Soulet and Beretta spinning. Ladygin (on wets) taking the lead ahead of Pastorelli, Mavlanov, Talkanitsa, Laursen, van der Zande, Kox and Rigon, who looked to be in trouble.

Thereafter there was a big fight between Ladygin and Pastorelli, but on lap 2 the Corvette took the lead ahead of the pair of SMP Ferraris and then pulled away easily.

As the racing line dried those who’d oped to start on wets lived to regret it and Sijthoff retired as early as lap 4.

By lap 5, Pastorelli was ahead of Kox, Seyffarth, Soulet (after an excellent recovery drive), Griffin, Camathias, Rigon, Ladygin and Talkanitsa.

The big fight though was between Seyffarth and Soulet for third and the Belgian took the place on lap 7. Luckless Laursen meanwhile was in the wall and out of the race.

The GPR Aston continued to climb up the order and on lap 10 took second from Seyffarth, as the driver change windows opened.

After all the changes, Hamprecht was 22 seconds clear of Ide, then Ramos and Montermini together, Voelker, Costantini, Cameron, Frezza, Beretta and Camp. There were though some drive-through sanctions for various infringements for Ghezzi, Costantini, Toril and Camp.

It was Montermini putting on the style though in the final laps, passing Ramos on lap 14 and chasing Ide down too, passing him in lap 17.

The Italian though wasn’t done yet, he passed Hamprecht for the lead and the win on the Kemmel Straight on the very last lap.

The fight for third in GTS meanwhile wass won by Costantini, who kept Frezza at bay.

Talkanitsa meanwhile took Super GT and Stephen Earle – Fredy Kremer took the honours in the Gentlemen’s Trophy.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER RACE 12 OF 16


Overall: 1. Montermini, 204; 2. Filippi, 168; 3. Pastorelli-Ramos, 157; 4. Cameron-Griffin, 121; 5. Sijthoff,97; etc.

Drivers SuperGT: 1. Montermini, 94; 2. Filippi, 76; 3. Pastorelli-Ramos, 74; 4. Cameron-Griffin, 64; 5.Talkanitsa sr & jr, 62; etc

GTS: 1. Bontempelli, 42; 2. Toril, 39; 3. Suzuki-Pantano, 38; 4. Lyons-Beretta, 37; 5. Ide-Soulet, 26; etc Teams SuperGT: 1. V8 Racing, 142; 2. Villorba Corse, 94; 3. AT Racing, 52; 4. AF Corse, 50; 5. Drivex,19; etc

Teams GTS: 1. Kessel Racing, 65; 2. Bhaitech Racing, 63; 3. Autorlando Sport, 48; 4. Seyffarth Motorsport, 39; 5. AF Corse, 37; etc

Constructors Super GT: 1. Ferrari, 185; 2. Chevrolet, 130; 3. Porsche, 19

Constructors GTS: 1. Ferrari, 138; 2. McLaren, 63; 3. Porsche, 48; 4. Mercedes, 39; 5. Aston Martin, 34,etc

Gentlemen’s Trophy: 1. Talkanitsa Sr, 94; 2. Laursen, 63; 3. Maleev, 56; 4. Earle-Kermer, 33; 5. Werkman, 27; etc