Fanatec GT2 R1: Ulrich becomes first outright Am winner, Auto Vitesse victorious on debut

Fanatec GT2 R1: Ulrich becomes first outright Am winner, Auto Vitesse victorious on debut

03.10.2021: Ulrich put in a blistering opening stint and then fought back after serving ten seconds of compensation time in the pit stops to become the first Am winner to seal victory overall in the opening race.


Ulrich put in a blistering opening stint and then fought back after serving ten seconds of compensation time in the pit stops to become the first Am winner to seal victory overall in the opening race.



Starting from pole position, the #7 Sportec Motorsport KTM X-BOW made good its escape in the opening exchanges and boxed one lap into the pit window with an advantage just shy of ten seconds, before emerging behind the #63 Lamborghini in Julien Piguet's charge.



The Swiss racer wasted little time in re-claiming top spot on the road and capitalised on the early stages of a mechanical problem for Piguet into the chicane to annex the race lead, and from there he went unchallenged at the head of the field.



Piguet's ailment gradually allowed a rapid Anders Fjordbach to close, and the #33 High Class Audi looked to have completed a thrilling comeback from a pit lane start to seal the Pro-Am honours, only for a red flag after a broken suspension and heavy impact for Michael Vergers at Turn 1 in the #5 Speed Factory Racing Porsche to bring out the red flags, and halt the contest two minutes prematurely.



With the countback rule applied, Piguet, who had pulled off to the side on the main straight to retire moments prior, was handed a reprieve, and ensured Auto Vitesse would mark their debut in the series with victory in Pro-Am.
High Class, therefore, had to settle for second, but crucially out-scored PK Carsport, third, to extend their championship lead to 17 points heading into the finale.



Kris Rosenberger made a bold move at the first corner to put the #24 Reiter Engineering KTM into the runner-up spot in Am and, although the car slipped back as the Pro-Am runners hit the front in the second stint, Hans Joachim Stuck was able to bring the car home second, the seventh time the pair have finished just shy of a maiden victory.



Huilin Han marked his debut in the category with the final spot on the rostrum, the Chinese driver piloting the #32 Target Racing Lamborghini he shares with Jaromir Jirik to third spot.
 



- SRO also photo

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