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Four podium finishes for the Team WRT at Budapest

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Four podium finishes for the Team WRT at Budapest
Aug 28, 2016, 6:57 PM

Ide-Mies retake Sprint Cup lead

Podium: winners #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Enzo Ide, Christopher Mies, second place #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG GT3: Tristan Vautier, Felix Rosenqvist, third place #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Frederic Vervisch, Laurens Vanthoor
#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: René Rast, Will Stevens
Start: #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Frederic Vervisch, Laurens Vanthoor leads
#4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Dries Vanthoor, Robin Frijns
#4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra: Dries Vanthoor, Robin Frijns
#4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Dries Vanthoor, Robin Frijns
#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra: Will Stevens, René Rast
#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Frederic Vervisch, Laurens Vanthoor
#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3: Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Vervisch
#33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Enzo Ide, Christopher Mies
#4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra: Dries Vanthoor, Robin Frijns
#33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3: Enzo Ide, Christopher Mies
#33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Enzo Ide, Christopher Mies
#84 AMG Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3: Dominik Baumann, Maximilan Bühk
#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra: Will Stevens, René Rast
#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra: Will Stevens, René Rast
#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3: Laurens Vanthoor

The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT had an excellent weekend at the Hungaroring near Budapest in the penultimate round of the Blancpain GT Series’ Sprint Cup. Four podium finishes was the harvest of the Belgian squad, which saw all its six cars classified in both races. The best-placed duo in the sprint Cup, Enzo Ide-Christopher Mies retook the lead in the Drivers’ standings, after clinching victory in the Qualifying Race (it’s their third success of the season) and finishing second in the Main Race, where will Stevens-René Rast were third. Laurens Vanthoor-Fred Vervisch took that same spot in the Qualifying Race and did actually came in second in the Main Race, before dropping to P8 after a post-race penalty.

Team Principal Vincent Vosse was a happy man at the end of the weekend: “We put on a very strong team result, which is what we were looking for. We go away with one win, three other podium finishes, all cars classified in both races and very heavy points. On top, three of our cars were the best Audis on track this weekend, and we again take the Pit Stop Challenge. It’s really a good weekend and I congratulate everybody for their excellent work. We are now in a very good position in the Sprint Cup championship and ready to go for it at the last round.”

In the heat of the Hungaroring, the Audis R8 LMS proved competitive since scratch, with four of the six Belgian Audi Club Team WRT cars in the top six in free practice 1, with Frijns and Meadows leading the pack. In free practice 2, it was again one of the team’s cars, this time with Mies, topping the time sheets.

The good performance was repeated in qualifying, although the pole position escaped by very little to Christopher Mies, second by only 0.070 seconds. Laurens Vanthoor took the 4th spot, in row 2, with Frijns in P8 and also cars #2 and #3 making it to Q3. Only car #28 of Rast-Stevensendured a more difficult qualifying, taking P23 on the grid.

The Main race, again with very warm weather, had a lively start, with a great fight between the leading Mercedes and the Audis of Ide, Vervisch and Rast. A relatively long full course yellow calmed things down, with the race resuming by the middle of the first stint. Behind the leading Mercedes, Vervisch had taken second from Ide, with Rast in 7th, Dries Vanthoor in 8th, and Baptista (11th) and Leonard (12th) not far. After all driver changes, the HTP Mercedes was still in the lead, but followed very closely (0.6 seconds) by Laurens Vanthoor, Mies and Stevens. Despite the efforts of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT drivers, the gap increased to over 3 seconds towards the end of the race, with Laurens, Christopher and Will crossing the line right behind the winners. Unfortunately for Vanthoor and Vervisch, they were inflicted a 30-second penalty after the race for unsafe release, dropping to P8, right behind Frijns, who had climbed back to P8, while Meadows concluded 11th, just out the points. Jimenez, who was right before him, unfortunately had to pit three laps from the end, with a broken wheel as the result of a contact.

The last round of the Sprint Cup will take place in Barcelona on 1st-2nd October. Before that, the Endurance Cup will come to an end on 17-18 September, at the Nürburgring.

Blancpain Sprint Series - Round 4

Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
26-28 August 2016

Qualifying Race results:

1. Mies-Ide (Audi R8 LMS) 33 laps
2. Rosenqvist-Vautier (Mercedes AMG) + 0s603
3. L.Vanthoor-Vervisch (Audi R8 LMS) + 2s935
4. Buhk-Baumann (Mercedes AMG) + 3s299
5. Schneider-Szymkowiak (Mercedes AMG) + 6s575
10. Stevens-Rast (Audi R8 LMS) +34s513
11. D.Vanthoor-Frijns (Audi R8 LMS) +35s081
12. Leonard-Meadows (Audi R8 LMS) +43s145 (2nd Silver Cup)
15. Baptista-Jimenez (Audi R8 LMS) +51s842

Main Race Race results:

1. Buhk-Baumann (Mercedes AMG) 32 laps
2. Ide-Mies (Audi R8 LMS) + 5s991
3. Stevens-Rast (Audi R8 LMS) +16s520
4. Vautier-Rosenqvist (Mercedes AMG) +16s881
5. Schneider-Szymkowiak (Mercedes AMG) +23s341
7. Frijns-D.Vanthoor (Audi R8 LMS) +32s619
8. Vervisch-L.Vanthoor (Audi R8 LMS) +35s440
11. Leonard-Meadows (Audi R8 LMS) +40s481 (1st in Silver Cup)
28. Baptista-Jimenez (Audi R8 LMS) +3 laps

Provisional Drivers’ standings (Pro Cup) after Round 4 of 5:

1. Ide-Mies 79 points
2. Baumann-Buhk 62
3. Schneider-Szymkowiak 59
4. Bell-Parente 56
5. L.Vanthoor-Vervisch 46
6. Rast-Stevens 22
13. D.Vanthoor 12
14. Frijns 10

Provisional Teams’ standings (Pro Cup) after Round 4 of 5:

1. HTP Motorsport 90 points
2. Team WRT 81
3. Belgian Audi Club 75
4. Garage 59 57
5. ROWE 36

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