It was another win for Grasser Racing’s Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea Caldarelli, and Christian Engelhart at Silverstone in the fourth round of the Blancpain GT Endurance Series. The 3 hour race saw the team take their second endurance win of the season in a hard fought race with just over half a second between them and second place sitters Franck Perera, Jimmy Eriksson and Maxi Buhk of Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport. AKKA ASP’s Michael Meadows, Edoardo Mortara and Raffaele Marciello took third place after starting on pole.
The Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan with Borlotti taking the first stint, held a lead of over 6 seconds that was lost due to a short safety car period before the first round of pit stops.
Caldarelli took over the second stint which found the team dropping back into second place after Michael Meadows in the Mercedes AMG took an early pitstop and the lead.
After the front leaders entered the pits, it was the Lamborghini that got away first with Christian Engelhart on board and despite some challenges with traffic he crossed the line just a fraction of a second ahead of Maxi Buhk.
In Pro-Am the #333 Ferrari 488 of Rinaldi Racing was disqualified after failing to take a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane, putting an end to the fight between them and AKKA ASP’s Gounon.
Meanwhile the #77 Lamborghini of Barwell Motorsport took the lead crossing the line with the Aston Martin of Oman Racing Team with TF Sport shared by Jonny Adam and Ahmad Al-Harthy coming in second with AKKA ASP in third.
The AM class winner was the #488 Ferrari of Rinaldi Racing shared by Pierre Ehret and Rino Mastronardi with #888 Ferrari of Kessel Racing of David Perel, Marco Zanuttini and Jacques Duyver took second place.
Completing the podium was Matias Henkola, David Schiwietz, and Henry Walkenhorst in the BMW M6 of Walkenhorst Motorsport.
The next round of the series takes place at Zolder 2nd-4th June.
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