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Mugello, Race Report

Overall Win for Inter Europe Competition, disappointing Weekend for Ginetta

The fifth 2016 VdeV race event started off in Mugello with the Ginettas dominating in the qualifying session.

Team Nova Race #27 driven by Magnoni, Garbelli and Giagua scored pole position ahead of sister cars #55, 59 and 57. The first Ligier (#13 Inter Europol Competition driven by Smiechowski/Hippe) ended up fifth on the grid, 1.2 seconds behind the pole sitter. Although this was a significant gap, it was one of the narrowest observed this season between the fastest Ginetta and the fastest Ligier.

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Early on in the race, the #27 Ginetta ceded the lead to a trio including #93 N’Race Ligier driven by Fontaine/Decultot/Perroy, the #57 Simpson Motorsport Ginetta raced by Tomlinson/Lancaster/Sanders and #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier with Smiechowski/Hippe behind the wheel.

The #93 held in the top two positions throughout the first half of the race but its engine broke down in the fifth hour. The #57 then seemed like the probable winner as the race entered its final stages. The British car built a lap lead, but its master switch failed some forty minutes before the end of the race.

This left the overall win to Inter Europol Ligier #13.

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“What a great result,” exclaimed Martin Hippe. “We won the 6 Hours of Mugello with a 7 laps gap! We weren’t the fastest car on the track, but we were consistent and we had a perfect strategy.” BE Motorsport Ligier #14 driven by Ibran/Bakker/Castillo finished second ahead of PFV category-winner Race Performance Ginetta #59 manned by Mackinnon/Jackson.

In the GTV1 category, Pagny/Perrier/Bouvet and Team Visiom scored their fourth win in five races with the Ferrari F488 GT3 #1. They did not, however, completely dominate the race, as the two Renault RS01s entered by ABSport Auto led during the first five hours.

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Renault RS01 #11 with VanDeVyver/Carugati/Wegelin behind the wheel eventually finished second ahead of the ANTeam Dodge Viper GT3R driven by Stucky/Yerly.

RMS Porsche 991 Cup #56 driven by Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank won the GTV2 category.

The next race will be held in Magny-Cours on October 6-7-8 and 9, 2016.