Inthraphuvasak and Imperatori win GT3 race 2 in Buriram

Inthraphuvasak and Imperatori win GT3 race 2 in Buriram

12.05.2019: BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA Chang International Circuit Buriram / Thailand Sunday, May 12th 2019 GT3 DRIVER STANDINGS HERE If ever there was a race of tw

 BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA    
 Chang International Circuit
 Buriram / Thailand
 Sunday, May 12th 2019



 

GT3 DRIVER STANDINGS HERE




If ever there was a race of two halves then this was surely it. Craft-Bamboo’s pole-sitter Alessio Picariello had established a seven-second lead over the three-way battle for second featuring Triple Eight’s Jazeman Jaafar, Imperatori and JRM’s Chris van der Drift by the time all four pitted at mid-distance.



The two Mercedes-AMGs and two Porsches then converged once their respective Ams climbed aboard. However, AAS’s decision to pit a lap earlier meant Inthraphuvasak was up to speed by the time the others re-joined, which proved decisive when taking second from Jefri Ibrahim.



The quartet was then halved when Picariello’s co-driver Jeffrey Lee collided with Ibrahim exiting Turn 3, which sent the Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG spinning. That also left Inthraphuvasak out front ahead of a charging Bhurit Bhirombhakdi and Li Chao, whose own chances faded when the JRM Porsche stopped with little more than 10 of the 60 minutes left.



Meanwhile, Silver-graded Bo had been busy picking off the Am drivers and was up to second by the time a Safety Car period was required to deal with Chao’s stranded 911, slashing Inthraphuvasak’s lead from 10 seconds to two. Bo duly closed in on his Thai rival once racing resumed with five minutes remaining but was powerless to prevent a popular home victory.



The #912 Porsche’s subsequent exclusion handed second overall and Silver Cup honours to HubAuto Corsa’s Heimgartner and Sakamoto who, having pitted from 12th, also enjoyed a strong second stint.



It was a similar story behind for TSRT’s Audi crew of Chen and Couto who made amends for yesterday’s late retirement by scoring a deserved overall podium despite pitting from 16th. Chen took the chequered flag just 0.7s behind Sakamoto.



VSR’s Lamborghini driven by Frederik Schandorff and Alex Au came through to claim their best finish so far in fourth, while MG Choi and Manuel Metzger overcame their 15s Pitstop Success Penalty for winning yesterday’s race to follow the Huracan home. The result for Solite Indigo Racing’s Mercedes-AMG ensured five different manufacturers finished inside the top-five and that Choi retained his overall championship lead.



Singha Plan-B’s Bhirombhakdi and Kantasak Kusiri finished third in Pro/Am after beating OpenRoad Racing’s Philip Descombes and Francis Tjia to sixth overall. The Porsche finished ahead of Craft-Bamboo’s #99 Mercedes-AMG, which was handed a 40s post-race penalty for an insufficient pitstop time.



That promoted ABSSA Racing’s McLaren to eighth despite Keita Sawa’s spin on lap one, while Am Cup winners Daniel Bilski and Henk Kiks finished an impressive ninth overall in their B-Quik Audi. Absolute’s Tanart Sathienthirakul and Philip Hamprecht completed the top-10.





- Paul Yao, Benjamin Franassovici - photos SRO

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