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GT4 European Series wins for Autorlando Sport and Schwede Motorsport at Brands Hatch

The #76 Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 GT4 of Giuseppe Ghezzi and Alessandro Giovanelli won the Am class in both races at the Brands Hatch track. A welcome result after the crash in Zolder last month.

In the first race of the day, Giovanelli and Ghezzi were in 11th place overall when the red flags came out. The Italian squad had a bit of luck as the #222 TFT Racing Porsche of Niki Leutwiler lost time after contact, but after three safety car phases the #76 Porsche had the lead and was still in first place when the race was stopped.

Leutwiler eventually finished second in class, with the #88 Team GT McLaren 570S GT4 of Felix von der Laden and Christian Danner taking third, after the #30 Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG GT4 was given a 25-second penalty for a pit stop infringement.

In race two Leutwiler crashed out of the race from the lead, ending the Swiss drivers chances of a victory in Britain. Leutwiler’s accident handed the lead to the Autorlando Sport drivers and with both Ghezzi and Giovanelli not making a mistake, Orlando Redolfi’s team claimed its second win of the weekend.

3Y Technology drivers Gwenael Delomier and Sylvain Debs secured second place, with CMRs Eric Mouez and David Loger taking third place.

Schwede Motorsport took their third and fourth Pro-Am win of the season at Brands Hatch, which came as an unexpected surprise for the German squad and its drivers Phillip Bethke and Marc Basseng.

Racing One driver Markus Lungstrass and RN Vision STS driver Miguel Cristovao led the class until the pit window opened, with the field behind the safety car. Both drivers stayed out and only came in when the race was restarted.

The pit window regulations for Pro-Am resulted in the cars dropping down the overall standings. This handed the lead to the #3 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Gosia Rdest and Cedric Freiburghaus.

The German team, however, stopped too short and after crossing the line in first place, they were given a 21-second time penalty. This handed the win to the Bethke and Basseng. Racing One’s Patrick Zamparini and Csaba Mor finished in second place, 0.795s behind the Porsche. The #6 Phoenix Racing Audi of Jörg Viebahn and John-Louis Jasper inherited third place.

In race two Academy Motorsport’s Matt Nicoll-Jones impressed during the first part. The British driver started from eighth on the grid, managed to move into second place on lap 7 and took the lead right before the pit window opened.

The safety car being deployed during the pit window meant the #60 Aston Martin Vantage dropped down the order and it was the Schwede Motorsport Porsche that took the lead.

Bethke was able to keep everyone behind and after 36 laps he finished almost four seconds clear of the #4 Phoenix Racing Audi of Helmut Rödig and Christopher Zöchling. Luiz Floss and Jamie Vandenbalck claimed third in class in the #38 3Y Technology BMW M4 GT4.

Source. SRO Motorsports Group/Photo. John Patterson


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