GT Open Valencia – Report - Race Two

Qualifying
Young Spanish star Javier Díaz took the pole in the Escudería Roger Ferrari 430, ahead of the Victory Ferrari of Mediani (whose last and fastest lap was stopped by a red flag), the Mosler of Guerrero and the Playteam Ferrari of Gião.

Johnny Mowlem qualified seventh in the Autorlando Porsche and Pedro Nevoa in the Marcos Mantis sat the fastest time in GTB.

Handicaps Race 2:
# 2 Guerrero – Aicart (Mosler Bengala GTA) – 45”
# 27 Zonca – Belicchi (Racing Box Viper) – 45”
# 29 Perazzini – Cioci (Racing Box Viper) – 45”
# 34 Giao – Amorim (Playteam Ferrari 360) – 10”
# 35 Arlotti – Gini (Giudici Ferrari 360 Ch) – 10”
# 42 Villacieros – Robert (G. Camino Ferrari 430 ch) – 30”
# 55 Ruberti – Gianmaria (Edil Cris Ferrari 430) – 25”
# 58 Pasini – Mediani (Victory Ferrari 430) – 20”

Race Report
GPC Sport clinched their second success in the International GT Open with the Ferrari 430 of Marco Lambertini and Andrea Montermini. The GOPC car came home ahead of yesterday’s winners, Mediani-Pasini (Victory Ferrari 430) with the GPC Ferrari 360, in the hands of Bastos and Hernández. Completing a dream podium for GPC.

With the Playteam Ferrari of Vilander finishing fourth and the Mosler of Aicart ninth, the fight for the title is still open. Positions before the final event (a single 2-hour race awarding double points) in Barcelona (11-12 November) see the Guerrero-Aicart first (146 p.) ahead of Bartyan (128) and Ruberti (119).

Both GTB and GTS featured double winners over the weekend, Santiago García and Antonio Castro (Porsche 996 Cup) in GTB and Stefano Zonca – Antonio Belicchi (Racing Box Viper) in GTS.

The rolling start saw a big scrap into the first corner after the RSV Ferrari had jumped the start (of Domingo Romero was penalized with a stop-go).

Saturday’s race winner, the Victory 430 of Mediani took advantage ahead of Guerrero (GTA Mosler), Díaz (Roger Ferrari 430), Gianmaria (Edil Cris Ferrari 430), Vinyes (Sun Red Seat Cupra), Malucelli (Edil Cris Ferrari 360) and Mowlem (Autorlando Porsche). Guerrero lost second place for a while after running wide and through the gravel, and Díaz and Gião (Playteam Ferrari 360) moved up to fourth position.

Santos (Roger Ferrari 430 Ch.) has spun out on lap 6 and Espiritu Santo (ASM Ferrari 430) went out of the race in lap 4.

More importantly, shortly before the pit stop, the Edil Cris Ferrari of Gianmaria broke a driveshaft on lap 12 and was forced to retire.

Once the mandatory stops were over, Puig is briefly in the lead in the
pole-setting Escudería Roger Ferrari 430 but a contact with the 430 of Luis Pérez-Sala sent both men into the gravel for good.

Almost at the same time a similar incident happened between the Mastercar Ferrari 360 of Rosa and the Camino Ferrari 430 Ch. of Villacieros. The Marcoses of Novoa and Nogueira were both also in trouble, parked off the circuit and out of the race.

Gianluca Roda then led in the Autorlando Porsche he shares with Johnny
Mowlem, but the Italian was soon under pressure from Montermini and Pasini, and both would pass him in the closing laps, followed through by Hernández (GPC Ferrari 360) and Vilander (Playteam Ferrai 360).

Worse news still though for the the Galp Porsche of the Bryner brothers, who had climbed up to 7th position, mechanical trouble spelt the end of their race.

Montermini meanwhile was in control and took the win by 3 seconds from Pasini.

GTB again saw a good race. After the initial domination of the Marcos of Nogueira, Santiago García and Antonio Castro managed to clinch their second victory of the weekend with their Porsche 996 Cup, ahead of the Rodrigo brothers’ Ferrari 430 Challenge and the other Porsche of Portuguese Sande e Castro team, driven by Cruz-Guedes. In GTS.

Quotes
Andrea Montermini (1°): “It’s nice to win again. Today, everything was going well but I did not hope to win. When I started my stint, I did not have a very clear idea of what my position was, I thought I was further down, but then I passed Mediani and later Roda and all of a sudden I realized I was leading”.

Marco Lambertini (1°): “It was a perfect Sunday, especially for a real gentleman driver like me, who has to be in the office working on Monday morning! More seriously, I am very happy, because the level of competition and the of driving in this event was really very high, and it is a big satisfaction to be ahead of all the professionals”.

The last event of the International GT Open 2006, the Catalunya GT Open, will take place in Montmelò (Barcelona) on 11-12 November.

Race result
1 4 GTA Lambertini/Montermini Ferrari 430 GT2 48:38.277 28 laps
2 58 GTA Mediani/Pasini Ferrari 430 GT2 + 3.188
3 53 GTA Bastos/Hernandez Ferrari 360 Modena GTC + 18.881
4 36 GTA Bartyan/Vilander Ferrari 430 GT2 + 21.587
5 17 GTA Mowlem/Roda Porsche GT3 RSR + 23.260
6 50 GTA Amaral/Castro Porsche GT3 RSR + 45.358
7 34 GTA Giao/Amorin Ferrari 360 Modena GTC + 49.610
8 20 GTA Malucelli/Cressoni Ferrari 360 Modena GTC + 50.103
9 2 GTA Guerrero/Aicart Mosler MT900R + 50.819
10 57 GTA Monzon/Monti Ferrari 360 Modena 49:34.502 28 56.225
11 37 GTA Tedoldi/MacEratesi Ferrari 360 Modena GTC + 1:23.127
12 27 GTS Zonca/Belicchi Dodge Viper Coupe GT3 27 laps
13 30 GTA Santo/Bravo Ferrari 430 GT2 27 laps
14 29 GTS Cioci/Perazzini Dodge Viper Coupe GT3 27 laps
15 14 GTA Cerqueda/Sala Ferrari 430 GT2 27 laps
16 6 GTA Severin/Ligonnet Ferrari 430 GT2 27 laps
17 15 GTA Mayola/Carol Mosler MT900R 27 laps
18 10 GTA Valero/Martinez Seat Cupra GT 27 laps
19 16 GTA Cutillas/Galiano Mosler MT900R 27 laps
20 56 GTA MacAri/Aucott Ferrari 360 Modena GTC 26 laps
21 61 GTB Garcia/Castro Porsche 996 GT3 Cup 26 laps
22 46 GTB Rodrigo/Rodrigo Ferrari 430 Challenge26 laps
23 62 GTB Cruz/Guedes Porsche 996 GT3 Cup 26 laps
24 31 GTB Pla/Medard Porsche 996 GT3 Cup 26 laps
25 49 GTB Lario/Ciacci Ferrari 360 Challenge 26 laps
26 64 GTB Banus/Vergara Ferrari 360 Challenge 26 laps
27 35 GTB Arlotti/Gini Ferrari 360 Challenge 26 laps
28 42 GTB Robert/Villacieros Ferrari 430 Challenge 26 laps
29 33 GTB Ardigo/Giudici Ferrari 360 Challenge 26 laps
30 59 GTB Henriquez/Ruiz Ferrari 360 Challenge 26 laps
31 45 GTB Torres/Baranda Ferrari 360 Challenge 25 laps
32 63 GTB Romero/Romero Ferrari 360 Challenge 24 laps
33 67 GTC Sloot/Castro Marcos Mantis 24 laps
34 5 GTA Sundberg/Romero Ferrari 430 GT2 23 laps
35 9 GTA Llobet/Fernandez Seat Toledo GT 23 laps

Not Classified
51 GTA Breyner/Breyner Porsche GT3 RSR 19 laps DNF
52 GTA Diaz/Puig Ferrari 430 GT2 18 laps DNF
38 GTB Nevoa/Putten Marcos Mantis 15 laps DNF
7 GTA Villalba/Gutierrez Mosler MT900R 15 laps DNF
65 GTB Sanchez/Rosa Ferrari 360 Challenge 14 laps DNF
54 GTA Coimbra/Nogueira Marcos LM600 13 laps
41 GTB Terenas/Peresb Ferrari 430 Challenge 12 laps
55 GTA Giammaria/Ruberti Ferrari 430 GT2 11 laps
8 GTA Merino/Jourdain Porsche GT3 RSR 5 laps
43 GTB Santos/Zoest Ferrari 430 Challenge 4 laps

Fastest Laps
2 GTA Guerrero/Aicart Mosler MT900R 1:38.407 2 91.04mph
29 GTS Cioci/Perazzini Dodge Viper Coupe GT3 1:42.525 11 87.38mph
38 GTB Nevoa/Putten Marcos Mantis 1:44.385 5 85.82mph
67 GTC Sloot/Castro Marcos Mantis 1:55.361 17 77.66mph

 

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