L&T Motorsport

Stevens cements first GT win, WRT weekend sweep

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens scored his first GT win alongside Markus Winkelhock in their WRT run Audi R8 LMS during the Zolder round of Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.

After finishing third in Saturday’s qualifying race, Marcus Winkelhock brought the #2 WRT Audi in from second at mid distance. While a slow stop by the ISR team and their similar Audi R8 LMS of Clemence Schmidt and Filipe Salaquarda, allowed Stevens to take a lead that he would maintain for the remainder of the race.

Schmid in the #75 Audi was leading the race after both front row cars of Stuart Leonard (#17 WRT Audi) and Michael Meadows (#90 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG GT) made mistakes as the green flag dropped.

Leonard who started on pole following Saturday’s qualifying race victory for him and Robin Frijns, was slow off the line and dropped to fourth position.
Meadows took the opportunity to jump into the lead in his ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3, but was judged to have been too keen off the line and was given two drive-through penalties for a jump start as well as a start procedure infringement.

A late Safety Car period wasn’t enough to deny Stevens his maiden GT victory while fellow WRT driver Frinjs in the #17 put pressure on Salaquarda for second, but was unable to get by.

Another WRT Audi, that of Marcel Fassler and Dries Vanthoor finished fourth, while the first non Audi finisher was the #7 Bentley of Steven Kane and Vincent Abril.

Neither of the major championship protagonists the #63 Grasser Lamborghini of Christian Englehart and Mirko Bortolotti or the #84 HTP Mercedes of Maxi Buhk and Frank Perrera scored major points all weekend. Englehart and Bortolotti having to start at the back in the main race due to crashing in the qualifying race, while Buhk and Perrera salvaged a sixth place and 8 points.

Both Mclaren and BMW suffered another poor weekend with ‘factory blessed’ Strakka and ROWE teams. Neither marque scoring any points in what is turning into a torrid year for both.

The next Blancpain GT event will be the endurance round at Paul Ricard on the 24th of June.


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