The Sprint Cup kicks off its second event at Magny-Cours at the same time it finishes the race at Brands Hatch, with Mercedes # 89 ahead. Italian Raffaele Marciello has set the tone in practice and in the original classification with Akkodis-ASP GT3. In both cases, the Audi GT3s have been a substitute, with Christopher Haase # 11 Audi finishing second in free practice, here. Audi’s Dries Vanthoor # 32 finished second in the preliminary round.
Sprint Cup officials have begun the second short GT World Challenge Europe format event with great speed. Timur Boguslavskiy had the best of practice sessions at the starta record that was still surpassed by his own girlfriend. Raffaele Marciello signed a time of 1: 36.345, during which he won the Audi # 11 Vehicle Collection by nearly three tenths. For its part, Patric Niederhauser’s Audi # 25 took third placefollowed by # 32 Audi champions Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts.
Thomas Drouet completed ‘5 best’ featuring the # 87 Mercedes Akkodis-ASP, also setting the fastest time among the Silver Cup GT3s. # 54 Porsche of Dinamic Motorsport was sixth thanks to Adrian De Leener in a practice session where several red flags were registered. The first was caused by the Audi # 30 of the WRT Team at the beginning of the training, when McLaren # 188 was the reason for the second indifference after exiting the song at the corner of ‘Chateaux d’Eau’ during the closing of the episode.
The original classification document, the standard FP2, was repeated and Raffaele Marciello was again the fastest.. The official driver of the Mercedes-AMG signed a time of 1: 36.136 to win the # 32 Audi of Dries Vanthoor by 116 thousand, a result that allows Marciello to dominate every period he has participated so far in the Sprint Cup. Christopher Mies’ Audi # 33 took third place after beating Audi # 12 and # 26the best car among those who entered the Money Cup.
Frédéric Vervisch’s excellent work put Valentino Rossi # 46 Audi in sixth place., a performance that allowed him to pass Audi # 25 and Mercedes # 87. As in a free session, McLaren # 188 from Garage 59 has become the fastest GT3 in the Pro-Am unit. Success for a company from Woking that differs from the original classification of finishing McLaren # 38 of JOTA, since Ollie Wilkinson had a minor accident against obstructions something that caused a red flag in the middle of a session that lasted for more than half an hour.
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