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Weekend News Notebook: Titles Won, Records Broken & Vulcan Race Winner!

Racing titbits from around our world

First Overall Race Win For Aston Martin Vulcan

A first ever overall race win for the Aston Martin Vulcan came at Snetterton on Saturday as Gleb Stepanov and Stephen Tomkins took the win in the Aston Martin GT Challenge race against mainly GT4-spec opposition, the Vulcan taking an easy win in its second race appearance of the year after this handsome example was one of a trio entered at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours supporting Aston Martin Festival event.

Pic above courtesy of Paul Jurd

Ojjeh Rolls Back The Years With GT Sports Club Title

Congratulations to Kariim Ojjeh, winner of the Blancpain GT Sports Club overall title for 2018, secured with a win in his Boutsen Ginion Racing-run BMW M6 GT3 at the Hungaroring on Sunday, the 2011 Le Mans LMP2 class winner, and ELMS LMP2 Champion, both with Greaves Motorsport, taking his first title since then.

“The excitement today comes from doing a very good race. I think that getting us on slicks and then starting behind the safety car was a very smart move as it took away the uncertainty down to Turn 1. Afterwards it was about getting the confidence. I started getting more and more confident, while the other guys weren’t having their day. I don’t know what it was, but they left the door open because they saw that I was just too quick. The gap grew really quickly as the car came to me and it was really nice conditions to drive in. I wasn’t thinking about the title until about a lap and a half from the end. Before that I was just concentrating, because I really wanted to kick some ass.”

Kenny Habul meanwhile withdrew from both the GT Sports Club and Blancpain Sprint events after being taken ill overnight in the wake of a win in the Saturday Sports Club Qualifying Race.

Panoz Take First Title In Over A Decade

Congratulations too to Panoz, the Georgia based concern taking the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Manufacturers title this past weekend after a second place finish for Ian James on Saturday was followed up by a race win on Sunday in the #50 Avezzano GT4 at Watkins Glen, those results enough to match the points gathered by Ford in the GTS standings, Panoz taking the title on count back, five wins in the season

Ian James: “It’s been an amazing year. These last few races have been great. no big incidents. This is how GTS racing should be. It was so close here this weekend. World Challenge is on to something here. They just need to keep going on in the right direction.”

The title brings the brand its first major silverware since the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours win for Team LNT with the Esperante GTLM

Tandy Demos 919 Tribute At Brands Hatch

More on this event very soon but for new just a soundbite from Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy who featured in the Brands Hatch ‘Festival of Porsche’ event over the weekend driving the record-breaking Porsche 919 Hybrid ‘Tribute’, and setting a time, unofficially that was perilously close to the outright Indy circuit track record (c.38 seconds). Tandy revealed later that the 919 peaked at 192 mph before Paddock Hill Bend, mind-melting stuff!

Bachler Record Sets Up Falken VLN Win

Klaus Bachler meanwhile did set a lap record, and in one of the most challenging racing environments on earth.

He took ‘his’ Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R around the VLN course in a record 7:56.259 on the second racing lap, he and team-mate Martin Ragginger eventually taking the win just ahead of the team’s BMW M6 GT3, Stef Dusseldorp and Alex Imperatori rounding out a first ever 1-2 for the Falken team.