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Weekly Racing Roundup (10.1.18)

Race report from the final Blancpain GT Sports Club race of the season at Barcelona…

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Van Glabeke Wins Blancpain GT Sports Club Finale at Barcelona

Patrick van Glabeke took his only win of the Blancpain GT Sports Club season in the final round at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday.

The AF Corse driver started the Main Race from the second row of the grid and passed both Coach McKansy and Karim Ojjeh on the run up to the first corner.

He moved into the lead and was unchallenged for the rest of the race, taking the win in his Ferrari 488 GT3 ahead of McKansy, who won the Qualifying Race, and Luigi Lucchini.

Stephen Earle finished ahead of Klaus Dieter Frers to finish fourth overall and claim the Iron Cup championship.

Ojjeh, driving a Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3, already won the overall championship at the previous round at the Hungaroring.

McKansy finished the season second in the standings but 50 points back, with 92 points compared to Ojjeh’s 142, while Mario Cordoni was classified third.

RESULTS: Barcelona

News & Notes

***SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel was set to compete in the Sports Club race this weekend with his 2017 Bentley Continental GT3 but he retired from the event after a crash in Free Practice 1.

***Next Monday’s edition of the Weekly Racing Roundup will include a report from the eighth VLN race of the season, in which the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will make its competitive debut.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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