Ricardo van der Ende and Max Koebolt finished the GT4 European Series Northern Cup season on a high with their second win of the weekend at the Nürburgring on Sunday.
The Ekris Motorsport drivers made no mistakes and controlled the race from start to finish. Duncan Huisman and Luc Braams claimed the Pro-Am title after main rival Umbrarescu failed to finish.
After an incident-free first round yesterday, there was drama in the final race today. The front runners made it into the Mercedes-Arena without any issues, but behind them things went wrong.
One of the victims was the No. 111 RN Vision STS Porsche Cayman CS MR GT4 of Razvan Umbrarescu and Hendrik Still. The Porsche suffered severe damage to the left-hand side door and the team was forced to retire the car in the pit lane.
The safety car was deployed and on track for about ten minutes, before the race was restarted and van der Ende could try to pull away from the No. 62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Matt Nicoll-Jones again.
Nicoll-Jones himself then came under attack from the No. 144 GenerationAMR SuperRacing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Matthew George and before the pit window opened George passed Nicoll-Jones.
The British youngster, however, was unable to close the gap to van der Ende.
After the pit stops Koebolt rejoined right in front of George’s team mate James Holder, who was subsequently passed by Academy Motorsport driver Will Moore.
The No. 74 RYS Team TrueRacing KTM X-Bow GT4 of Laura Kraihamer initially moved into third overall, before she was overtaken by Alain Ferte in the No. 4 Energy by ART Porsche Cayman CS MR GT4 right before the end of the race.
Koebolt controlled the race and saved his tires, finishing 4.636s clear of Will Moore after 27 laps and completing an Ekris Motorsport clean sweep.
Kraihamer finished third in Silver, ahead of the No. 10 Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 and the No. 14 RYS Team KTM and No. 64 RYS Team InterNetX KTM X-Bow GT4s.
Nicoll-Jones and Moore finished the season second in class, passing Lennart Marioneck in the standings in the final race of the season.
The three-way battle for the Pro-Am title was turned into a two-way fight very early on. Five Pro-Am cars were involved in accidents on the opening lap, with the No. 111 RN Vision STS Porsche Cayman CS MR GT4 of Razvan Umbrarescu retiring on lap two.
That meant Braams and Huisman only had to finish to win the title.
The No. 4 Energy by ART Porsche, which was in 13th place by the time the pit window opened, gradually made its way up through the field. Alain Ferte quickly passed several other drivers and moved into the lead on lap 20.
By then Luc Braams was fourth in class, but two laps from the end he passed the GenerationAMR SuperRacing Aston Martin to take third place.
Schwede Motorsport drivers Rudolf Schulte and Dominik Schraml scored a second-place finish in only their second race in the series.
With Umbrarescu not scoring any points and Jan Kasperlik finishing in seventh place, the podium finish was more than enough for the Las Moras Racing drivers to pass Umbrarescu in the championship and claim the title.
Umbrarescu finishes the season as runner-up, with Kasperlik taking third place.
In the Am class Autorlando Sport had just one target after securing the drivers’ title for Giuseppe Ghezzi yesterday and that was getting Manuele Mengozzi into second place in the championship.
Mengozzi had qualified the No. 76 Porsche 911 GT4 on pole position and the Italian pairing finished the race 11.104s clear of the second placed No. 21 Allied Racing Porsche Cayman CS MR GT4 of Nikolaus Schelle and Joachim Bölting.
Ivan Vlachkov finished on the podium with the No. 11 SIN R1 GT4, while Scuderia Villorba Corse’s Manuela Gostner finished in fourth place.
As Romy Dall’Antonia and Giuseppe Fascicolo retired on the opening lap, the win for Ghezzi and Mengozzi means Mengozzi jumps to second in the final rankings, with Gostner finishing the season third in class.