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Weekly Racing Roundup (7.9.18)

Race reports from the VLN and International GT Open rounds and 24H Portimao…

Photo: VLN

Frikadelli Takes Second Consecutive VLN Win

Frikadelli Racing’s Norbert Siedler and Lance David Arnold took the team’s second consecutive victory in the VLN series on Saturday.

The No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 R finished 89 seconds out front in the four-hour race on the Nordschleife although the results remain provisional while investigations over possible yellow flag infringements are carried out.

The incident took place at the Doettinger Hoehe midway through the race and it appeared that several of the 30 cars present on the section of track ignored the ban on overtaking during the yellow flag period. 

A full investigation into the incident could not be carried out on site and so the results remain provisional for now.

Wochenspiegel Team Monschau completed the podium with its pair of Ferrari 488 GT3s. Leonard Weiss battled with his father Georg Weiss and ultimately finished ahead by 23 seconds. 

RESULTS: VLN 4

Photo: International GT Open

Luzich, Drivex Share GT Open Spoils in Hungary

Luzich Racing and Drivex each picked up a win in the International GT Open rounds at the Hungaroring with all four drivers taking their first of the season.

While Race 1’s victory was Luzich’s fourth of the year, Marco Cioci and Daniel Serra stood on the top step of the podium for the first time in their GT Open careers. 

Their No. 52 Ferrari 488 GT3 finished four seconds ahead of the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole who secured the Pro-Am class win from second overall.

Allam Khodair and Marcelo Hahn went on to win Sunday’s Race 2 for Drivex, meanwhile.

Khodair set pole position in the Pro-Am-entered No. 16 Mercedes to set himself and Hahn up for a lights-to-flag win.

They finished 1.8 seconds clear of Imperiale Racing’s Riccardo Agostini and Rik Breukers.

RESULTS: Race 1; Race 2

Photo: 24H Series

Scuderia Praha Wins 24H Portimao

Bohemia Energy Racing with Scuderia Praha took victory in the Hankook 24 Hours of Portimao for the second year in succession.

The Czech team’s No. 11 Ferrari 488 GT3 completed 586 laps of the Portuguese circuit with Jiri Pisarik, Josef Kral and Matteo Malucelli sharing driving duties.

They finished 20 minutes clear in the lead ahead of Manthey Racing which gave the new 2019-spec Porsche 911 GT3 R its race debut.

PROsport Performance rounded out the overall podium with its Mercedes-AMG GT3 a further lap behind and in the lead of the A6-Am class.

Fox Motorsport won the GT4 class with its No. 47 Audi R8 LMS GT4 which finished a lap clear of QSR Racingschool’s Mercedes-AMG GT4.

RESULTS: 24H Portimao

News & Notes

***Manthey Racing gave the new Porsche 911 GT3 R its race debut at Portimao. Ralf Bohn, Alfred Renauer, Robert Renauer and Mathieu Jaminet drove the car which competed in the SPX class for unhomolgated cars. The car was formally unveiled at the Nürburgring 24 in May.

***Next Monday’s edition of the Weekly Racing Roundup will include reports from the DTM at Zandvoort and Pirelli World Challenge TCR races in Portland.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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