Phil Glew and Charlie Fagg overcame a drive through penalty to win the first GT4 European Series Northern Cup race at Circuit Zandvoort. Despite having to serve the penalty, the Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 finished two seconds clear of the RYS Team InterNetX KTM X-Bow GT4. Third place went to the RYS Team Kiska KTM X-Bow GT4.
“What an eventful race! One that I will not forget!” Glew said. “We had a fantastic start from P6 up to P3, and then after getting into second I chased down the leader. Unfortunately I was caught out by how much Ricardo slowed the car and we made contact. Not ideal and this is not how I wanted to take the lead. After the drive through and safety car, Charlie did an incredible job and I am so pleased for him and the Ebor team who have all done a superb job all weekend!”
Silver Cup points leader Ricardo van der Ende managed to keep the rest of the field behind at the start, with Soheil Ayari retiring his second placed Ginetta G55 GT4 on the formation lap. This allowed Ander Vilarino to take second, ahead of Phil Glew.
Glew passed Vilarino into Tarzan corner and he then went after race leader and title candidate Van der Ende. Braking into turn 8, there was contact between the Ekris and the Maserati, resulting in a spin for Van der Ende and a drive through for Glew. Minutes later Van der Ende was also given a penalty for causing a collision
Behind Glew, Vilarino and Hutchison battled for second, until the Spanish driver was given a drive through for an inaccurate grid position. Glew came in to serve his penalty and just after he had left the pit lane the safety car was deployed, as the #62 Academy Motorsport had ended up in the Scheivlak gravel.
After the safety car period had ended and all teams had made their pit stops, the Equipe Verschuur McLaren of Csaba Mór was leading the race from Angermayr and Siljehaug. Fagg was already back in fourth, despite serving a penalty.
Angermayr increased the pressure on Mór and after 16 laps and with just 16 minutes to go, the gap between first and second was just 0,6s, with Siljehaug following at 2.3s and Fagg at 3.7s. On the run down to Scheivlak, Fagg passed Siljehaug to take third place and he began to reel in Mór and Angermayr, who had been in a fight for the lead by then.
That battle came to a dramatic end with just over nine minutes to go. Heading into the Hans Ernst-corner, there was contact between the #10McLaren and the #14 KTM, resulting in the retirement of both cars and allowing Fagg to take the lead.
A late race accident between the #33 Bullitt Racing McLaren of Stephen Patrick and the #007 Street Art Racing Aston Martin of Micah Stanley resulted in another safety car period, with race control opting for a red flag several minutes later.
Fagg and Glew were declared winners of the Silver Cup class, ahead of Siljehaug and Vandenbalk and Dutch driver and series newcomer Willem Meijer and Lennart Marioneck. A third place finish, however, wasn’t enough for Marioneck to stay in the race to win the Silver Cup, with Van der Ende and Koebolt now out of reach.
In Pro-AM Jan Kasperlik and Jörg Viebahn claimed the win, ahead of Gabriele Piana and Razvan Umbrarescu. RYS Team Panel drivers Benjamin Mazatis and August McBeth finished third in Pro-AM. Points leaders Duncan Huisman and Luc Braams retired from the race and therefore scored no points. With Kasperlik wining the race Braams, Huisman and Kasperlik now share the points lead.
Charlie Fagg and Phil Glew won the second race of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup at Zandvoort. Yesterday’s winners dominated the second race of the weekend. Ekris Motorsport drivers Ricardo van der Ende and Max Koebolt clinched the Silver Cup title at Zandvoort, with the Dutch team securing the teams title on their home track.
The #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 started from pole position and Fagg was able to keep Mads Siljehaug (KTM) and Nyls Stievenart (Ginetta) behind. Siljehaug dropped down the order when he spun out of the Hans Ernst corner four minutes into the race, which promoted Stievenart to second place.
“Great race,” exclaimed Fagg. “I started from pole and it all went to plan. It was the first time ever leading from a rolling start. The KTM behind me spun, so that meant I got a massive gap, which just kept building. I then had several seconds when the red flag came out. What was very fun for me, was short-lived. The team just did an absolute perfect job and Phil did a great job as well.”
Stievenart was unable to keep up with race leader Fagg and his day got worse when a fire broke out on his Ginetta. Stievenart got out of the car and the race was red flagged in order to extinguish the fire and clear the track. The cars returned to the pits, where the decision was taken to perform the driver change before the race was restarted.
Once everything had been cleared, the cars were sent back out onto the track behind the safety car. With 17 minutes left on the clock the green flags were waved and Glew immediately pulled away from Willem Meijer in the RYS Team Kiska KTM and Finlay Hutchison in the Equipe Verschuur McLaren, gaining several seconds per lap.
Seven minutes from the end Meijer threw away an almost certain podium position when he ran wide at Scheivlak. This allowed Hutchison to move into second place and Van der Ende into third, 15 seconds behind race leader Glew.
Glew’s lead was reduced when Jamie Vandenbalck spun into the gravel, causing another safety car. After two green flag laps the checkered flag came out, with Glew taking Ebor GT Motorsport’s second win of the weekend. Hutchison finished in second place, with Van der Ende securing the final Silver Cup podium position and the teams’ title for Ekris Motorsport.
In Pro-AM Ander Vilarino and Nicolas Leutwiler seemed on their way to victory, but on the penultimate lap Vilarino ran wide at the Arie Luyendyk corner. The #111 RN Vision STS Porsche Cayman CS MR GT4 moved into the lead, but on the last lap Razvan Umbrarescu was passed by Jörg Viebahn in the #22 Allied-Racing Porsche. However, there was contact, Viebahn was given a penalty and Umbrarescu and Piana were declared winners.
Scuderia Villorba Corse drivers Romy Dall’Antonia and Giuseppe Fascicolo won the AM class with their Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4, finishing just 0.215s clear of Ivan Vlachkov in the Sofia Car Motorsport SIN R1 GT4. Autorlando Sport drivers Giuseppe Ghezzi and Manuele Mengozzi finished in third place.