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Luzich & Drivex Take Victories At The Hungaroring

DSC reports on last weekend's crucial GT Open weekend in Budapest

There were two new victorious GT Open driver combinations at the Hungaroring this past weekend, with Luzich Racing Ferrari and Drivex Mercedes both posting wins.

Race 1

The teams were greeted by treacherous wet conditions in Saturday qualifying. In the challenging conditions, it was Marco Cioci, making his first appearance of the year, who came to the fore in the #52 Luzich Ferrari he would later share with Brazilian ace Daniel Serra.

Cioci achieved a 1:58.430 on his second flying lap, which would prove to be enough to best Tom Onslow-Cole (#20 SPS Mercedes) by 0.175 of a second.

Row two was composed of Lamborghini’s, with Fabrizio Crestani (#27 Daiko Lazarus) bettering Alberto Di Folco (#90 Target Racing).

In the mercifully dry first race, Cioci made the best start, while Onslow-Cole experienced some close quarters racing with Crestani in the first sector. O-C would ultimately hold on to the place.

Jeroen Mul (#63 Imperiale Lamborghini) and Damiano Fioravanti (#12 Ombra Lamborghini) came together on the first lap, which would lead to both pitting at the end of lap one. Unfortunately for Mul and teammate Giovanni Venturini, only the Ombra Huracan would re-emerge.

After putting a little distance between he and Crestani, Onslow-Cole soon found himself close to Cioci. The PRO-AM entered Mercedes looked strong, and O-C soon dispatched Cioci, then promptly set about building a gap for teammate Valentin Pierburg. Cioci would also be dispatched by Crestani before the pit window opened.

The standard 14-minute mid-race pit window and the success penalties had their usual warping affect on the race, with Christian Hook (#33 Rinaldi Ferrari) finding himself 3.4 second clear of Valentin Pierburg (#20 SPS Mercedes), who in turn had roughly four seconds in hand over Daniel Serra in the #52 Luzich Ferrari.

Soon, both Pierburg and Serra passed the Hook, while Serra battled hard to eventually pass Pierburg for the overall lead. Serra eventually crossed the line four seconds clear of PRO-AM class winner Pierburg. Miguel Ramos crossed the line third for Daiko Lazarus Racing in the #27 Lamborghini, while Rik Breukers (#25 Imperiale Lamborghini) and Alessandro Pier Guidi (#51 Luzich Racing Ferrari) rounded out the overall top five and the PRO podium.

Martin Konrad scored AM victory in the #74 HTP/MS Racing Mercedes.


Race 2

From the very beginning the #16 Drivex Mercedes team of Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khodair looked set for great things on Sunday.

Allam Khodair set the ball rolling with a 1:42.316 in the last third of qualifying, a time that would not be bettered despite the best efforts of Rik Breukers in the #25 Imperiale Lamborghini. Daniel Serra would find enough time for third in the #52 Luzich Ferrari, while Fran Rueda would round out the top two rows in the #47 Teo Martin BMW.

At the start of the 60-minute encounter Khodair kept hold of the lead, while Serra bettered Breukers on the run to the first corner. However, the pair made contact towards the end of the first sector, allowing both Fran Rueda and Alessandro Pier Guidi (#51 Luzich Ferrari) past in the process. This was just one incident in an opening lap fraught with contact, and then, on lap two, a safety car was triggered. Stefano Costantini’s Target Racing Lamborghini inexplicably spun on the straight-line approach to Turn 12, a moment that would collect the #77 Olimp Racing Audi of Marcin Jedlinksi.

Even though this pause in the action caused Khodair to lose the near three second lead already built up by Khodair over the first two laps, he still broke away from the field once more.

The pit window didn’t hinder Drivex as their stop only had to be the base time of 65 seconds. After the field had made their stops, Hahn held a lead of a dozen seconds over Riccardo Agostini. The Italian in the #25 Imperiale Lamborghini closed in on the Bronze driver Hahn over his stint, but ultimately, it was Hahn who held on to take both PRO-AM and overall victory of the PRO class Imperiale entry.

The #6 Sospiri Lamborghini of Kang Ling rounded out the podium positions and took second in PRO, with Damiano Fioravanti claiming third in the PRO class. Jeroen Mul (#63 Imperiale Lamborghini) and Andrés Saravia rounded out the top half-dozen.

The second placed PRO-AM duo of Alexander West and Michele Rugolo came seventh overall in the #71 Luzich Racing Ferrari.

AM victory went to the #66 Sospiri entry, with Andrzej Lewandowski and Giulio Borlenghi driving their Huracan GT3 to top honours, extending their points lead over ARC Bratislava’s Miro Konôpka to seven points.

In the overall title fight, Mikkel Mac (72 points) of the #51 Luzich Ferrari entry still leads by ten points over Rueda and Saravia in the #47 Teo Martin BMW, despite a non-finish in race two this weekend. Mac’s teammate Pier Guidi sits third on 56 points, despite missing the Paul Ricard round due to FIA WEC commitments.

Fabrizio Crestani and Miguel Ramos still lead the PRO-AM classification in the #27 Daiko Lazarus Lamborghini, three clear of Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole in the SPS Mercedes.


Photos courtesy of GT Open