PK Carsport Interrupts High Class GT2 Form
Peter Guelinckx and Bert Longin returned to the top step of the Fanatec GT2 European Series podium after the PK Carsport Audi pairing overcame High Class Racing’s Anders Fjordbach and Mark Patterson in the second of last Saturday’s two races at Misano.
A late Guelinckx overtake on Patterson’s Audi R8 LMS GT2 at the Quercia left-hander gave PK Carsport its first win since the Monza season-opener, and capped the High Class team’s run of victories at three races.
Patterson and Fjordbach prevailed in the first contest at Misano as Audis occupied all three podium places.
High Class started eighth on the grid with KTM driver Kris Rosenberger on pole, but Patterson had risen to fifth by the time a safety car period occurred after around 20 minutes, due to Einar Thorsen spinning into the gravel.
The pit window took place shortly after the green flag, with Patterson handing over to Fjordbach who posted a series of quick laps to get past the KTM X-Bow GT2s at the front.
After the pit sequence, Fjordbach was running second behind Target Racing’s Cedric Leimer, but moved into the lead when the Swiss driver’s Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo GT2 encountered a mechanical problem 13 minutes from the end.
Stephane Ratel and Luca Pirri inherited second in their Audi, ahead of Guelinckx and Longin.
Race two saw Longin lead away from Fjordbach, who applied pressure before making a pass at Quercia on 10 minutes.
Patterson took the reins of the High Class Audi with a four-second advantage over Guelinckx, but that gradually came down until the Belgian made a crucial move around the outside at Quercia with eight minutes left.
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