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GT Open – Valencia – Results

Apr.19, 2010

Round 1: Valencia
International GT Open
Race 2 GTS + GTL (50′)

Dramatic win in rain-soaked GTS race for Ceccato-Salucci (Kessel)
Italians Andrea Ceccato and Uccio Salucci, on one of the Kessel Racing’s Ferrari F430 Scuderia (the one bearing the legendary nr. 46 of their friend Valentino Rossi) took an unexpected and brilliant win in GTS’ Race 2, in front of teammates Livio-Bontempelli and the Phoenix Audi R8 of Tieman-Matthews, which dominated the first stint. The race was rain-soaked and had a dramatic finale, when the leading Ferrari of Dayrault suffered a mechanical failure and Ceccato overtook Livio after a furious fight.

Tiemann takes the lead at the start in front of Frezza, Bontempelli, Ortelli, Lancieri, Scheier and Salucci, on a very wet track where visibility is an issuer. The Autorlando Porsche of Gruber goes off track on lap 2, remaining trapped in the gravel for a moment, as does Frezza in lap 5, while Scheier passes Lancieri for fourth.

The Audi dominates until the pit-stop. After all driver changes are done, Matthews has to let Dayrault take the lead but he resists the attacks of Ceccato. There is a slight contact between the two and in lap 20, and Livio takes the opportunity to pass both for second. The two Kessels are now chasing the leading Luxury Ferrari and fighting between themselves.

The end of the race is spectacular, with Dayrault suffering a drive-shaft failure and Ceccato overtaking and touching Livio a few corners from the flag, to take a superb victory, as he did two years ago here, in similar conditions with the Racing Box Lambo. The Audi is third ahead of the Villois Aston, the second Luxury car and the RPM Ford GT, while Escamez-Monzon win among Spanish championship contenders with their Lambo Gallardo.

Standings GTS:
1.Ceccato-Salucci, 13 p.
2.Matthews-Tiemann, Deverikos-Gruber, 10 p.
4. Livio-Bontempelli, 8 p.
5.Dayrault-Ortelli, 6 p.

Drivers Team Vehicle Total Time Kph
1 46 Andrea Ceccato/Alessio Salucci Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:12.629 – 117.3 8 1:54.200 126.3
2 51 Stefano Livio/Lorenzo Bontempelli Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:16.414 +3.785 117.2 8 1:53.604 126.9
3 59 Jim Matthews/Marcel Tieman Phoenix Racing Audi R8 GTR LMS GTS I
25 51:41.693 +29.064 116.2 4 1:52.334 128.3

4 52 Angelo Lancelotti/Gabriele Lancieri Villois Racing Aston Martin DBRS 9 GTS I
25 51:50.214 +37.585 115.9 5 1:54.977 125.4
5 64 Michel Petit/Johan Boris Scheier Michel Petit Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:53.001 +40.372 115.8 7 1:54.004 126.5
6 62 Alex Mortimer/Peter Bamford Team RPM Ford GT GTS I
25 51:53.133 +40.504 115.8 17 1:55.364 125.0
7 57 Gabriel Balthazard/Jean Luc Beaubelique Team Sofrev Asp Ferrari 430 GT3 GTS I
25 52:57.309 +1:44.680 113.4 10 1:56.640 123.6
8 58 Siebrand Dijkstra/Arjan van der Zwaan Brinkmann Motorsport Audi R8 GTR LMS GTS I
25 52:58.622 +1:45.993 113.4 12 1:56.302 124.0
9 56 Maurice Ricci/Mike Savary Team Sofrev Asp Ferrari 430 GT3 GTS I
25 53:03.058 +1:50.429 113.2 7 1:57.879 122.3
10 63 Jean Philippe Dayraut/Stephane Ortelli Jean Philippe Dayraut Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
24 49:10.259 1 Lap 117.3 13 1:54.089 126.4

Fastest Lap
Lap 4 Marcel Tieman 1:52.334 128.3 Kph

1 comment for this entry:
  1. JohanKoning

    Congratulations marcel- Fastest Lap. Great Performance. see you at the ring..take care Champ.

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