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Mies, Riberas Inherit Race 1 Win as Grasser Penalized

Championship leaders inherit Race 1 win after GRT hit with post-race penalty…

Photo: Dirk Bogaerts/SRO

Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup points leaders Christopher Mies and Alex Riberas have inherited the win in Saturday’s Race 1 at the Nürburgring after Grasser Racing Team was given a post-race penalty.

GRT drivers Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart won on track in the 60-minute race on Saturday afternoon but have been given a 30-second post-race time penalty.

It was found that Engelhart was wearing a FHR over the shoulder straps of his harness, in contravention of Article 120 of the Blancpain GT sporting regulations, which states that HANS devices must be under the shoulder straps.

It was the drivers’ and Austrian team’s third win of the season but they have now been demoted to 13th position.

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT’s Riberas and Mies initially finished second on track after trailing the Lamborghini for the entire race.

They see their championship lead extended to nine points over Raffaele Marciello and Michael Meadows who were moved up to fourth.

Sunday’s championship-deciding Race 2 will get underway at 4 p.m. local time.

RESULTS: Race 1 (Amended)

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  1. Peter Lown

    September 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    What happened to the Black Falcon Silver-Cup winner?

    • FlyingLobster27

      September 15, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Endurance-Info is reporting that Luca Stolz completely let go of the steering wheel to adjust his belt straps while underway. So that’s another belt-induced 30-second penalty.

      • Peter Lown

        September 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm

        Thats ridiculous 🙁 thanks

  2. FlyingLobster27

    September 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I was out this afternoon, so I caught up with the race at dinner time. I made every effort to not be spoiled, and came here after watching the finish “just in case something changed”… And bugg*r me, how’s that for disappointing! 🙁

    • FlyingLobster27

      September 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Oh, and someone please tell Bruce Jones about the points system. I was surprised John Watson didn’t correct him once on the race points no longer being different in R1 and R2.

      There are 9 points betweeen Mies/Riberas (#1) and Marciello/Meadows (#88), with 16.5 up for grabs and #1 will win in the event of a tie. Which means that in any case:
      -#1 will win the title if it finishes in the top 4,
      -#88 cannot win the title if it finishes off the podium.
      Goalposts for the #1:
      -if #88 leads, #1 needs to be in the top 4,
      -if #88 is second, #1 needs to be in the top 7,
      -if #88 is third, #1 needs to be in the top 10.

  3. jack

    September 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Marciello will have to hope he gets the lead and builds it tomorrow. #88 is practically a Pro-Am car.

    WRT will gain a ton of time in the pitstops as they always do, still favorites even starting outside the top 10. Drivers just have to stay out of trouble and the team will bring it to them.

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