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International GT Open: Paul Ricard, Race 1 Report, Balzan & Benucci Win

Villorba Corse has started the 2015 International GT Open season in perfect fashion: its new driver pair Alessandro Balzan and Nicola Benucci took a resounding win in today’s race one at Paul Ricard. The team’s Ferrari 458 came home two seconds ahead of the Teo Martín Motorsport McLaren 650S of Miguel Ramos and Alvaro Parente.

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The success of Villorba was built during the first stint, when Balzan (who’d taken pole in a wet qualifying session) built a significant advantage and Ramos suffered a spin. Benucci then resisted a furious charge by Parente in the second part of the race.

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AF Corse Ferrari’s Pasin Lathouras and Michele Rugolo took a hardly-earned third position, after fighting through the entire race. The same team’s Claudio Sdanewitsch and Ilya Melnikov won the GT-Am category.

Race 1 Result >>

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