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    El circuito:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El programa:

    Timetable

    Bronze Test
    Friday, 24 June
    10:00
    08:00 GMT

    Free practice

    Friday, 24 June

    14:10
    12:10 GMT

    Pre Qualifying

    Friday, 24 June

    17:05
    15:05 GMT

    Qualifying 1

    Saturday, 25 June

    09:45
    07:45 GMT

    Qualifying 2

    Saturday, 25 June

    10:05
    08:05 GMT

    Qualifying 3

    Saturday, 25 June

    10:25
    08:25 GMT

    Main Race

    Saturday, 25 June

    18:00
    16:00 GMT
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    "Qualy":

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Alessandro Pier Guidi takes hard fought pole at Le Castellet





    The #50 AF Corse Ferrari will start from pole position at the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km, round five of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series. In the final seconds of a closely fought qualifying session Alessandro Pier Guidi edged ahead of Monegasque Pro-Am driver Olivier Beretta in the sister #53 AF Corse 488 GT3. Both M-Sport Bentleys occupy the second row, with Maxime Soulet putting the #8 Continental third. David Perel, driving the #111 Kessel Racing Ferrari, was quickest of the Am Cup drivers.



    Glorious sunshine greeted teams and drivers for the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km qualifying session. As usual things got serious in the third and final qualifying segment, with several of the new Ferrari 488s vying for top spot. But the competition was not willing to let the Prancing Horses dominate the show, and Shane Van Gisbergen in the #58 Garage 59 McLaren and Luca Stolz’s #19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini managed to get their cars at the sharp end of the grid as well.


    But it wasn't until Steven Kane and Maxime Soulet set their first quick laps that the Ferrari drivers lost top spot. A last gasp effort by Olivier Beretta (substituting for the absent Giancarlo Fisichella) and Alessandro Pier Guidi pushed the Bentleys back down the order again, but it was still the best Blancpain GT qualifying session ever for the Continental GT3.


    In the Am Cup Stephane Lemeret was on top for a while, but once David Perel took the wheel of the #111 Kessel Racing Ferrari the South African jumped to first in class and 30th overall.
    The Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km starts this afternoon at 6pm local time and finishes around midnight. The race can be followed live – and for free - on the official Blancpain GT Series website and app.

    Alessandro Pier Guidi (#50 AF Corse Ferrari): “The traffic was definitely key, along with AF Corse’s good work. The first two races were difficult but the car was brand new. It’s taken time for us to find the way but I am now very happy, both for myself and the crew because they have worked very hard.”


    Olivier Beretta (#53 AF Corse Ferrari): “We are here to achieve a good result but whether we fight for overall positions or only the Pro/Am victory depends on race conditions. Both are important to Ferrari, who have worked very hard to sort out the new 488. There has been a lot of testing and investment, and we have shown that today.”


    Maxime Soulet (#8 Bentley Team M-Sport Continental): “When the team came on the radio and said I was P1 I was like ‘wow!’ because we knew the Ferraris would be fast. In the end it wasn’t quite enough but this is still a very good result for Bentley, and one of the best since the Continental GT3 programme began. It will be good for both cars to start a six-hour race from third and fourth.”


    David Perel (#111 Kessel Racing Ferrari): “I’ve done a lot of studying before this weekend and made a document that was about 20 pages long comprising notes and screenshots, which actually came from the Bentley. I’ve got screenshots of them taking curbs! A lot of focus and hard work has gone into it. The team is working really well together this weekend.”
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Main Race:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Dramatic win for McLaren in the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km


    An eventful final hour of the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km resulted in a win for the #58 Garage 59 McLaren of Shane Van Gisbergen, Côme Ledogar and Rob Bell. Van Gisbergen hit the front after the last pitstop when the leading Bentley - which had dominated the race up until then - caught fire during refuelling. Van Gisbergen was reeled in by the #50 AF Corse Ferrari in the final laps of the race, but eventually Alessandro Pier Guidi, Michele Rugolo and Pasin Lathouras had to settle for second. The final podium position went to the #3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 of Rodrigo Baptista, Felipe Albuquerque and Jan Magnussen whose Audi was one of five different manufacturers to finish inside the top-five. The Pro-Am win was taken by the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Broniszewski, Bonacini and Rizzoli, while another Kessel Racing Ferrari, the #888 of Talbot, Gitlin and Zanuttini, was first in the Am Cup.

    Temperatures were still hovering around 30 degrees when the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km began at 18:00 local time. The two Continentals of Bentley Team M-Sport started the race from the second row, but by the end of the opening lap were leading the race after emerging victorious from a four-wide tussle along the Mistral Straight. The British cars then dominated much of the early running until the #7 machine was struck with an ABS problem, leaving the #8 to build a near-45s advantage after four hours.


    But during one of the Full Course Yellow periods Maxime Soulet did not slow down quickly enough, resulting in a drive-through penalty, which was served by Andy Soucek. The Spaniard emerged with a six-second lead over Pier Guidi whose #50 AF Corse Ferrari had been rapidly closing in. But it all finally went pear-shaped for the leading Bentley during its final pitstop when fuel leaked on to the hot brake discs, triggering a flash fire. The flames were quickly extinguished but a lap was lost and the Bentley dropped to fourth.


    At the same time as the dramatic events were unfolding at Bentley, the #58 Garage 59 McLaren also stopped for the final time. Since it was taken during a Full Course Yellow period, Shane Van Gisbergen emerged having overturned the team’s deficit to the leading Ferrari. Indeed, Pier Guidi left the AF Corse box two laps later some 27 seconds down on the Kiwi. Despite an inspired charge during the final hour of the race, the Italian never managed to close the gap completely, leaving Van Gisbergen, Ledogar and Bell to score their second victory of the year after also winning at Monza. Thus the McLaren trio now lead the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, while Bell also returns to the top of the overall Blancpain GT Series driver standings. That was helped by Maxi Buhk and Dominik Baumann - leaders at the start of the meeting - retiring with transmission problems.


    Behind the #58 McLaren and #50 Ferrari was the #3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8, which crossed the line in third. The car of Felipe Albuquerque, Rodrigo Baptista and Blancpain GT Series rookie Jan Magnussen had qualified in a lowly 20th position, but faultless driving and some great strategic decisions pushed the best of the Audis into podium contention. With the unlucky Bentley and #23 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN GT-R not far behind, the same number of manufacturers filled the top-five positions at the finish.


    In the Pro-Am Cup Matteo Malucelli in the #34 Scuderia Praha Ferrari was the man of the opening hour. The Italian even managed to briefly put his car between the two leading Bentleys. After the first driver changes his co-driver Jiri Pisarik held on to the class lead, but after contact with the #2 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 the Scuderia Praha Ferrari was too badly damaged, resulting in a lengthy pitstop. Top spot therefore fell into the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari’s lap, the car of championship leader Michal Broniszewski. The Polish driver had endured a difficult start to the race, but together with his co-drivers Alessandro Bonacini and Andrea Rizzoli kept his cool to record a fourth win in five races.


    The Am Cup looked set to go to the #49 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari, the car with which Stephane Lémeret was making his debut. Together with Alex Moiseev the Belgian ran away from the competition, but with just over two hours left the white Ferrari came to a heartbreaking halt on the Mistral Straight. Its retirement paved the way for a three-way fight between the #111 Kessel Racing Ferrari, the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG and the #888 Kessel Racing Ferrari. Eventually - and thanks to an inspired drive by Liam Talbot in the final hour of the race - it was the latter that secured the win.



    Shane Van Gisbergen (#58 Garage 59 McLaren): “Making the final pitstop under the Full Course Yellow was a brilliant call and gave us the big jump we needed. We did not have the speed of Ferrari or Bentley today but strategy and great pitstops won us the race. We were always on the limit of doing the shortest stop we could, so it was an impressive performance from the team. It is pretty cool to get another win.


    Alessandro Pier Guidi (#50 AF Corse Ferrari): “We were too close to the pit entry to come in when the Full Course Yellow was called, so we lost more than 30 seconds waiting. The crew did a good job but there was not enough time to get in earlier. Without that we would have probably won the race. But ok, that is racing and we are still happy to be here, especially when you look at the first two races and see how far away we were from the podium. AF Corse and Ferrari did a very good job here and we are now looking forward to Spa.


    Jan Magnussen (#3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8): “The championship is absolutely fantastic; so many cars and quite different to what I am used to. I took the start of the race and was quite surprised by how aggressive everyone was. There was a lot of touching and bumping. But I felt my job today was to remain consistent, try to pick up some places and take care of the car. It was the same strategy during my second stint so that I could hand Filipe [Albuquerque] a good car at the end. I would love to come back. I been speaking to Vincent Vosse, who I was team-mates with in Formula Ford, about racing one of his cars since 2010. Finally it happened and maybe I can do a couple more.


    Michal Broniszewski (#11 Kessel Racing Ferrari): “This certainly was not the easiest win of the year. Halfway through my first stint I was hit by an Audi, and that resulted in problems with the door. But the team worked hard, my team-mates drove some excellent stints, and we took the win.


    Liam Talbot (#888 Kessel Racing Ferrari): “Marco and Vadim did an excellent job during their stints and we had some great pitstops too. Once I saw that our lead was big enough I controlled the race until the chequered flag.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Próxima cita, en el circuito de Nürburgring:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El circuito:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El programa:

    Timetable

    Free Practice 1
    Friday, 1 July
    09:40
    07:40 GMT

    Free Practice 2

    Friday, 1 July

    13:50
    11:50 GMT


    Qualifying 1

    Saturday, 2 July

    09:00
    07:00 GMT


    Qualifying 2

    Saturday, 2 July

    09:22
    07:22 GMT


    Qualifying 3

    Saturday, 2 July

    09:45
    07:45 GMT


    Qualifying Race

    Saturday, 2 July

    14:30
    12:30 GMT


    Warm-up

    Sunday, 3 July

    08:30
    06:30 GMT


    Main Race

    Sunday, 3 July

    14:45
    12:45 GMT
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    FP1:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Audi on top in first free practice session



    Cloudy, but dry conditions greeted teams and drivers for the first free practice session of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup meeting at the short version Nürburgring Grand Prix track. As usual the first forty minutes of the session were reserved for the Bronze and Silver drivers of the championship and some of those youngsters lapped the German track quicker than their more experienced colleagues who joined for the second half of the session.


    Dries Vanthoor's 1'27.448 (#4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8) was the quickest of them all, from team-mate Stuart Leonard in the #2 Audi in 1'28.019. Leonard was also the quickest of the Silver cup drivers. In third overall was the #74 ISR Audi of Franck Perera, a mere four hundredths of second slower than Leonard. Fastest of the Pro-Am cars was the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari, the #55 AF Corse Ferrari was quickest in the Am Cup.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    FP2:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Bortolotti puts Huracan in front of Audi-duo



    The second free practice of the Nürburgring round of the Blancpain GT Series gave a better insight on what we might expect for the upcoming race weekend. As was the case in the first free practice, the Audi R8 LMS performed well, but it was the #63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini of Mirko Bortolotti that topped the timesheets.


    At the beginning of the session there were some slight drops of rain, but not enough to have an effect on the lap times. Laurens Vanthoor was quick to put the #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 on top, but he was soon bested by Mirko Bortolotti in the #63 Huracan. Those two cars remained in front for the remainder of the second free practice, but behind positions frequently. Franck Perera (#74 ISR Audi) was again among the frontrunners, but Will Stevens (#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8) and Davide Valsecchi - subbing for Jeroen Bleekemolen on the #16 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini - were up there as well. Eventually it was Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup standings leader Christopher Mies that put the #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 in third.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    "Qualy":

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    McLaren front row for the Nürburgring Qualifying Race



    Alvaro Parente, driving the #58 Garage 59 McLaren, took pole position for the Qualifying Race of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round at the Nürburgring. His team-mate Côme Ledogar in the #59 car will share the front row with the Portuguese driver. Right behind the McLaren-duo, 0.003 of a second to be exact, standings leader Christopher Mies took third in the #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8. Mies will the second row with the #84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG of defending champion Maxi Buhk.



    Overcast conditions at the Nürburgring did not alter the spectacle of the qualifying session. At a certain point in Q2, the top-30 (thirty!) cars were separated by less than a second. At the sharp end of the pack both Garage 59 McLarens made good use of their fresh set of Pirelli tyres to dominate proceedings. There were quickest at the end of Q2 and repeated that feat during the deciding third part of qualifying.


    Chris Mies did come close to squeezing his Audi between the Garage 59 machines, but the German was only 0.003 short. He was fastest of the Audi cars though, not a mean feat considering there were six R8 LMS inside the top-10.


    Giacomo Piccini (#11 Kessel Racing Ferrari) was by far the quickest driver in the Pro-Am Cup. The Italian qualified in 16th, two places in front of Luca Stolz in the #19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini, polesitter in the Silver Cup. Fastest of the Am Cup drivers was Stéphane Lemeret in the #55 AF Corse Ferrari.



    Alvaro Parente (#58 Garage 59 McLaren): "When we put a new set of Pirelli tyres on, the car immediately felt very well balanced. In free practice we knew we had the speed, but it isn't until you try the new rubbers that you are absolutely certain to be on the pace."


    Côme Ledogar
    (#59 Garage 59 McLaren): "This is an excellent opportunity for McLaren to score its first podium in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. Together with Rob and Martin we form two excellent line-ups, and we should have a good race pace."


    Christopher Mies (#33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8): "Qualifying was very tight again, and it's good to be at the front, especially since we are leading the championship. The car was great to drive, so we can start the race with some ambitions."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Carrera de Clasificación:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Mies and Ide earn hard-fought win in qualifying race



    Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup leaders Enzo Ide and Christopher Mies took the win in the qualifying race at the Nürburgring. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT-drivers held off the #58 Garage 59 McLaren of polesitter Alvaro Parente and Rob Bell, while René Rast and Will Stevens took their first podium in the #28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8. Even though they incurred a drive-through, the Pro-Am win went to the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Michal Broniszewski and Giacomo Piccini, while GRT Lamborghini-duo Luca Stolz and Michele Beretta took another Silver Cup win. In the Am Cup the championship leaders Lemeret and Sdanewitsch added another win to their tally.

    Overcast and very windy conditions at the start of the qualifying race of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round at the Nürburgring, but the predicted rain stayed away. In the run towards the first corner some drivers misjudged their braking point and the biggest victim of the following mayhem was Laurens Vanthoor. The former champion was spun round and rejoined in last position.


    At the front, pole setter Alvaro Parente had kept the #58 Garage 59 McLaren in first position, but he could not pull out a gap from the chasing Audis of Mies, Rast and Perera. The quartet stayed nose-to-tail until the pit window opened. A less than perfect pitstop in the Garage 59-camp meant that the McLaren - now with Rob Bell at the wheel - dropped to third, behind Enzo Ide in the #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi and Marlon Stockinger in the #74 ISR Audi. Bell quickly found a way past Stockinger, and set his mind on closing the eight second gap towards Ide. A couple of laps from the end, the Blancpain GT Series driver standings leader was under the rear wing of the leading Audi, but Ide continued his faultless run and managed to hold the McLaren factory driver off until the chequered flag. Ide and Mies are the first drivers to win two Sprint Cup races this season and they obviously increased their lead in the Sprint Cup standings as well.


    Behind them, Stockinger and Will Stevens - who had lost some time when taking over from René Rast - had a great scrap for third. The former F1 driver made a great move into turn one, claiming the first podium finish for the #28 Audi. Dries Vanthoor and Nico Müller in the #4 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 made it four R8 LMS inside the top-5, and for a while it looked like the final point would go to the #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 of Vanthoor and Vervisch, who made a great come-back after their spin in the opening lap. However, a late puncture meant they dropped to 25th, meaning that it was the #8 Bentley Team M-Sport Continental of Soucek and Soulet that claimed the final point.


    In Pro-Am Cup, Giacomo Piccini made a great start in the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari, running just behind the leading quartet in fifth overall. A speeding infringement at the pitstop resulted in a drive-through for his co-driver Michal Broniszewski, and although the Ferrari dropped to 20th overall, the Italian-Polish duo still claimed their fourth Sprint Cup Pro-Am win of the season.


    The fight for Silver Cup was defined by the hectic opening few laps, with the #2 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 of Meadows and the #100 Attempto Racing Lamborghini of Mul dropping some positions. Polesitters Luca Stolz and Michele Beretta held on to the lead for the rest of the race, even though their #19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini was involved in an incident with the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG in the closing minutes of the race.


    In the Am Cup, Stéphane Lemeret in the #55 AF Corse Ferrari ran away from the competition in the opening stages of the race and after the pitstop co-driver Claudio Sdanewitsch had little trouble in holding on to first position.



    Drivers quotes:

    Enzo Ide
    (#33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8): "We had a fantastic pitstop, the boys did a perfect job once again. I had healthy lead, but when my engineer warned me that the McLaren was closing in, I must admit I was getting a little nervous. Rob and I had a fair fight and I have to say that as an amateur driver it made me very happy to be able to hold the more experienced professional drivers behind."


    Rob Bell
    (#58 Garage 59 McLaren): "With four Audis around me, I must say it felt like a bit of a German party at times. But it was all competitive racing and it is still Garage 59's best result in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. For sure, we will be battling hard tomorrow and they will not give us any leeway, but the racing has been of a fantastic level this year and I hope it will be the case again tomorrow."


    Will Stevens
    (#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8): "We had a bit of a mishap at the driver change, when the seatbelt fell into the car. We lost some time there, after which I had a great battle with Marlon. Once I got past him I immediately knew that the gap towards the leaders was too big to close. But today was all about being in the front for tomorrow, and we moved up quite a bit in this race, so that's good."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Carrera Principal (Domingo):

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Garage 59 McLaren claims maiden win in Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup



    Rob Bell and Alvaro Parente took the #58 Garage 59 McLaren to its first win in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, claiming victory at the main race on the Nürburgring. The #28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 of René Rast and Will Stevens was only a couple of seconds behind, while Jules Szymkowiak and Bernd Schneider completed an impressive come-back by putting their #86 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG on the third step of the podium.

    For the third consecutive time, Pro-Am honours in the Sprint Cup went to Michal Broniszewski and Giacomo Piccini in the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari, while the #55 AF Corse Ferrari of Claudio Sdanewitsch and Stéphane Lémeret claimed its third win as well. Luca Stolz and Michele Beretta dominated the weekend in the Silver Cup, at the wheel of the #19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini.

    Less than two hours before the start of the Nürburgring main race, the Eifel track was hit by a heavy shower of rain. Even though the race was declared wet by the race direction, most of the asphalt had dried sufficiently by the time the lights went to green. Rob Bell outbraked polesitter Enzo Ide into the first corner, and the McLaren driver quickly managed to pull out a gap towards the cars behind him. That chasing pack was briefly led by Ide in the #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8, but soon Will Stevens (#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8) and Jules Szymkowiak (#86 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) overtook the Belgian.
    When the pit window opened, Bell enjoyed a four second-lead over Stevens, enough to hold on to first position after the mandatory driver changes. Alvaro Parente was now at the wheel of the #58 Garage 59 McLaren, and even though René Rast in the #28 Audi closed in on him rather quickly at the beginning of his stint, Parente managed to keep his head cool and re-open the gap later on. He eventually crossed the line with two seconds in hand, to take McLaren's first win in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.


    Bernd Schneider kept the #86 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG in third, completing a nice come-back, considering the car started the qualifying race in a lowly 24th position. Most of the hard work was done by claiming eighth in that Saturday race, and a perfect main race was rewarded by important championship points for Schneider-Szymkowiak. However, this round did see them drop a position in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup standings, while Rob Bell and Alvaro Parente jumped from fifth to first. The British-Portuguese duo now have a three-point lead over Enzo Ide and Christopher Mies, who finished in fourth at the 'Ring.


    In the overall Blancpain GT Series driver standings, Rob Bell has a much more overwhelming lead. By adding this first sprint win to his endurance victories of Monza and Le Castellet, the McLaren-driver now enjoys a 44-point lead over Mercedes-duo Buhk-Baumann, sixth at the Nürburgring.


    In the Pro-Am Cup Michal Broniszewski continues his impressive winning streak by claiming his third Sprint Cup win with Giacomo Piccini, his fifth of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series season. Even though the Polish driver was involved in an incident in the opening lap of the race, Broniszewski retook the class lead in the sixth lap and after that the win for #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari-duo was never really in danger.


    The Am Cup saw a nice scrap between the #55 AF Corse Ferrari and the #66 Black Pearl Racing Ferrari, with the latter leading the category during the opening first half of the race. Claudio Sdanewitsch managed to stay close to the Rinaldi machine however and once Stéphane Lémeret had taken over the wheel of the #55 Ferrari, the quick Belgian had little trouble in scoring a third class win in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.


    In the Silver Cup the Grasser Racing Team youngsters Luca Stolz and Michele Beretta had a perfect the weekend, claiming pole, qualifying race and main race wins. They also finished in a creditable 13th place overall, as first of the Lamborghini-drivers. Their lead in the Silver cup standings has now increased to 23 points.




    Drivers quotes:



    Rob Bell (#58 Garage 59 McLaren): "I had a fantastic start. When I looked at the footage afterwards, I could see that everybody went at the same time, but maybe not the poleman. It was one of those starts where you catch the rev range right, and you get a great punch when you put your foot to the floor. Our guys had practiced on the pitstops overnight and they definitely improved, which helped us in maintaining the lead after the pitstop."


    Will Stevens
    (#28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8): "We've had good potential all year, but in qualifying there was always something that did not go our way. And when you start from behind it is always difficult to come through. This weekend qualifying went very well, and we could show how competitive we can be. I am sure we can carry on in that form."


    Bernd Schneider
    (#86 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG): "After qualifying, in which I did not perform very well, I never thought that we would finish on the podium today. Especially since it is very hard to overtake on this track. But we found a good set-up, the team did some great pitstops and Jules and I were able to gain some positions."


    Luca Stolz
    (#19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini): "We made some small mistakes today, but we are very happy to win again and to be the first of the Lamborghini cars. It was not the easiest track for the Huracan, but we fought hard and got the reward."


    Michal Broniszewski
    (#11 Kessel Racing Ferrari): "Normally we should be able to finish in the top-15 overall, but today it was a bit more difficult. Not in the least because I was pushed off at the start. After that it was hard to fight back, but we are obviously happy with another win in Pro-Am."


    Claudio Sdanewitsch
    (#55 AF Corse Ferrari): "Since I had some Pro drivers behind me at the start, I knew my main task was to stay out of trouble through the first couple of corners. I succeeded in doing so and after that I focused on staying close to the fast driver of our competitor. At the pitstop I was only a couple of seconds behind and after the driver change Stéphane could easily take the lead. After our mishap in free practice the team did an excellent job in giving us a great car again and finding a good set-up as well."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    La próxima cita, no será una cita cualquiera, serán las 24 h de Spa, prueba válida para la Copa de Resistencia:

    Última edición por llumia; 13/08/2016 a las 10:46
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El circuito:

    Última edición por llumia; 13/08/2016 a las 10:50
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El programa:

    Timetable

    Free practice
    Thursday, 28 July
    13:20
    11:20 GMT

    Pre Qualifying

    Thursday, 28 July

    17:45
    15:45 GMT


    Qualifying

    Thursday, 28 July

    20:00
    18:00 GMT


    Night Qualifying

    Thursday, 28 July

    21:45
    19:45 GMT


    Super Pole

    Friday, 29 July

    18:00
    16:00 GMT


    Warm-up

    Saturday, 30 July

    09:05
    07:05 GMT


    Main Race

    Saturday, 30 July

    16:30
    14:30 GMT
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    "Pre-qualy":

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Late charge of Felix Rosenqvist gives AKKA-ASP fastest time in Pre-Qualifying



    Sunny conditions for the hour-long pre-qualifying session of the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa, so the lap times were notably quicker than during the semi-wet free practice session earlier today. Minutes before the session ended Felix Rosenqvist in the #88 AMG-Team AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG set the fastest time of the session, lapping the 7 km Ardennes track in 2'19.549. He beat Maro Engel's time in the #.00 AMG-Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG by a mere 0.065 of a second. In third was another Mercedes-AMG, from a third different team: the #85 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport car was 0.269 off the fastest time. The top-2 cars were also the quickest cars of the Intercontinental GT Challenge entrants.


    In Pro-Am things were a bit more varied, with five different makes in the top-5. The fastest time went to the #666 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of Oliver Gavin, which also finished in sixth overall. It was followed by the #74 ISR Audi and the #56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG. The fastest car of the Am Cup was the #888 Kessel Racing Ferrari, that ended up in 37th overall.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    "Qualy":

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Shane Van Gisbergen fastest in qualifying for the Total 24 Hours of Spa



    The #58 Garage 59 McLaren of Shane Van Gisbergen set the fastest time of the two qualifying sessions for the 2016 edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. On his first flying lap in the second session, the Kiwi improved on the time set by Maxi Götz (#86 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) during the first session, lapping a mere 0.058 of a second faster. Dani Juncadella clocked the third time overall with the #56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG and set the fastest time in the Pro-Am Cup. With the 20 fastest cars still participating in Friday's Superpole, the pole position in the Am Cup went to the #888 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Niki Cadei, while Grégory Paisse took the pole in the National Group at the wheel of the #230 SpeedLover Porsche.

    During both qualifying sessions the 'sweet spot' was to be found at the beginning of the session, with teams preferring to focus on the race set-up afterwards. While Maxi Götz, one of the 2013 Total 24 Hours of Spa winners, was on top at the end of the first 75-minute session, Shane Van Gisbergen took advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the night session to edge in front of the German driver. The polesitter of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour lapped the Spa track in 2'18.474, only three tenths above last year's pole position time.


    Dani Juncadella's first session lap time was good enough to put his #56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG on top of the Pro-Am Cup, but since four Pro-Am Cup cars qualified for Friday's Superpole, pole position in the category will be decided at the same time as the overall pole position.


    However, in the Am Cup and the National Group the fight for the best starting position was decided during the two qualifying sessions. Niki Cadei only needed three laps in the #888 Kessel Racing Ferrari to claim top spot in the Am Cup (and 36th overall), while the duel between the two National Group Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was decided in favour of the #230 SpeedLover car, with Grégory Paisse setting the fastest time in the first session.


    With the starting positions 21 to 65 decided this evening, the top-20 positions will be determined during Friday's Superpole, which starts at 18.00. Since 24 cars qualified within the same second on Thursday, the fight for the best starting position promises to be exciting. The 30-minute session will be streamed live on the websites of the Total 24 Hours of Spa and the Blancpain GT Series.



    Shane van Gisbergen (#58 Garage 59 McLaren): “It was a pretty tough start to the day with the weather but it got better and better. The car was not too good to begin with but we chipped away at the set-up and got there in the end. We were 19th at the end of the first qualifying session, so right on the edge and needed to do a better job tonight! Of course, that has only got us into the Super Pole shootout but we are happy with where we are.


    Maxi Götz
    (#86 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG): “I think the best time in practice was a 2m18.6s and I managed a point-five in qualifying. There were not many drivers under the 2m19s barrier either. I just wanted to get out there and find a space, which I managed to do. After that we were fairly confident no-one would beat the time.


    Dani Juncadella
    (#56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG): “My first experience here in the car was a few weeks ago racing in British GT, and we lacked a bit of pace. So obviously it is really nice to be sitting here. We made a big step with the set-up today; in Pre-Qualifying I was one second off but pulled out a really good lap this evening. I would like to be greedy and try for a good outright grid position tomorrow, but we know there will be a big fight to win the Pro-Am class, which is our main goal. But seeing the result today obviously makes me want to go for overall pole!

    Nicola Cadei (#888 Kessel Racing Ferrari): “I only needed three laps in the end, although we did spend some time fine-tuning the car during Pre-Qualifying. During my first lap I found a car in the middle of Blanchimont, which spoiled that run and kept us out of the Super Pole, which was our initial aim.

    Grégory Paisse (#230 SpeedLover Porsche): "It's my first time in this event, so it's a bit of a dream come true. It's fantastic to drive here, with the best GT cars and drivers in the world. I don't have words to describe my feelings."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Los veinte primeros clasificados en la parrilla de salida para la carrera, se ordenan disputando la Superpole:

    "Superpole":

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Mercedes-AMG takes pole for 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa



    Clemens Schmid, at the wheel of the #85 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG, has claimed pole position for the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa, the highlight of the Blancpain GT Series and Intercontinental GT Challenge. The Austrian beat his Mercedes-AMG colleague Felix Rosenqvist (#88 AMG-Team AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG) by a mere 0.009 of a second. Fastest time in the Pro-Am Cup went to another Mercedes-AMG, the #56 Black Falcon car driven by Dani Juncadella.

    Sunny conditions greeted the 20 fastest drivers participating in the Superpole session of the 2016 edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. With those 20 cars only separated by eight tenths of a second after Thursday's qualifying session, the Superpole was expected to be an exciting affair. By lapping in 2m18.223s Maro Engel in the #.00 AMG-Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG was the first to beat the quickest time of Thursday evening. But that was not enough to claim pole position, for Clemens Schmid beat last year's pole time at the wheel of the #85 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG thanks to his 2m18.025s. And, almost immediately after, Felix Rosenqvist - a Spa 24 rookie - lapped within 0.009s of the Austrian's time.


    Dani Juncadella (#56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG), Maxi Götz (#86 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) and Shane Van Gisbergen (#58 Garage 59 McLaren) were the last three drivers on track, trying to get the best starting position for the Belgian endurance classic.


    The Spanish Black Falcon driver was about to set a quick lap time, but was then distracted by a car on its slowing down lap and Juncadella missed his braking point in the final chicane. Than bad luck struck the fastest man of Thursday's qualifying, Shane Van Gisbergen. The McLaren driver slowed down on track, causing a yellow flag situation. That impacted most on Maxi Götz whose final flying lap - which would have been fast enough of pole - was subsequently cancelled as a result of the caution. He therefore completes a top-six solely comprising Mercedes-AMG machines.


    With other cars under investigation, the official grid for the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa will be published on Saturday morning.


    Clemens Schmid
    (#85 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG): “I out-braked myself at the Bus Stop on lap one, which was a wake-up call for the second lap! I made a small mistake through Pouhon but was really happy with the rest. However, it is a long race; we still have 24 hours to go.”


    Felix Rosenqvist
    (#88 AMG-Team AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG): “I think a qualifying format like the Superpole shootout is my kind of thing and really fun. It was a dream come true, actually! My run was a bit similar to Clemens’ in that I tried to set my fastest on the first lap so worked the tyres very hard during the out-lap. However, I made a big mistake at the chicane and had to go again. It is great for my team to be pushing at the front in their first year.


    Dani Juncadella
    (#56 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG): “You do not expect to find a car at the last corner during a Superpole session. I was not blocked but when you are on a fast lap and flat-out something like that makes a difference and I out-braked myself. It looked like a really good lap because I had the reference from yesterday. Anyway, pole position probably was not possible today. Maybe a bit higher on the grid would have been good but starting in the top-10 is nice, and obviously first in class was the objective.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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