Saturday’s result sees the title battle in the final race between Oregon Lamborghini and Optimum McLaren
The fight for the overall title of the International GT Open is still open and will be decided at the last race of the season tomorrow in Barcelona.
Race 1 was won by the GetSpeed Performance AMG GT3 guest of Al Faisal Al Zubair and Fabian Schiller, who took pole and dominated the race despite the 10 second handicap for his first appearance in the closing round .
They beat the Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 911R of Riccardo Cazzaniga-Klaus Bachler with the Lamborghini Oregon Team of Benja Hites-Leo Pulcini third.
The championship leaders then took a small step forward, as their closest rivals Nick Moss-Joe Osborne (Optimum Motorsport McLaren) finished fifth. They are now separated by only 5 points.
Oregon’s other pair, Kevin Gilardoni-Glenn Van Berlo, is cut from the final fight, as they finished ninth after picking up a 5-second contact penalty and can no longer mathematically win the championship.
Very close to the Pro-Am title after their victory today are Marcin Jedlinski-Karol Basz, the Olimp Racing Audi duo now one point away from mathematical certainty. For their part, Alex Hrachowina-Martin Konrad Mann Filter Team Landgraf – Mercedes) reinforced their status as Am champion with a seventh victory of the season.
At the start, Schiller kept the advantage over Pulcini while Osborne took third place ahead of Rueda, Baud, Mettler, Cazzaniga and Blom. Benyahia cuts the chicane as on lap 2 Bohn sinks into the gravel at corner 10, causing the safety car to exit. The Porsche had been pushed by Gilardoni, who was 14th but would receive a 5 second penalty.
After the restart, on lap 5, the positions remained unchanged in the lead, with Schiller taking a 4 second lead over Pulcini and 5 over Osborne, with Rueda and Baud just behind and Gilardoni in P11.
The safety car was scrambled at the end of lap 10, when Cipriani slammed into Cuhadaroglu sending the Ferrari into the gravel. Two laps later the race was restarted, with Mr. Jedlinski going wide in the gravel, falling to P21, Scholze spun and Juffali also making an off-track excursion.
The pit stop window opened on lap 14, with Cuhadaroglu being the first to hand over. On lap 18, Basz overtook Christodoulou, who shortly afterwards had contact with the Audi, while Hofer sent Cipriani spinning.
On lap 19, the three title contenders found themselves in a fight, with Bachler’s Porsche in the same group. Van Berlo spun trying to pass Moss. Two laps later it was Jans who attacked Gilbert, making contact and spinning.
After all the stops, Al Zubair led by 7 seconds over Bachler, 9 over Hites and 11 over Moss. Then came Rugolo, first in Pro-Am, Van Berlo, Basz and Nana, first in Am. The fight was particularly intense between Rugolo and Basz for P1 in Po-Am, the Pole passing on lap 27. Nana’s Mercedes Get Speed receives a 40-second penalty for not serving the full handicap.
The final battle for fourth was very intense, with Basz emerging after passing Van Berlo and Moss, the Dutchman falling to P9, also behind Rugolo, Guerra and Christodoulou, after adding the 5 second penalty to his time. Konrad won in Am ahead of Korzeniowski and Sager.