GruppeM's Bosi and Marciello seal Race 2 victory at Sepang

GruppeM's Bosi and Marciello seal Race 2 victory at Sepang

15.04.2018: Blancpain GT Series ASIA Sepang International Circuit Sunday, April 15th 2018 RACE 2 RESULT

Blancpain GT Series ASIA
Sepang International Circuit
Sunday, April 15th 2018



RACE 2 RESULT

 

Brice Bosi and Raffaele Marciello sealed a routine victory in Blancpain GT Series Asia’s second 60-minute race of the weekend at Sepang earlier today, while debutants Team iRace.Win took the GT4 spoils thanks to Ringo Chong and Gilles Vannelet.



GT3: NO STOPPING BOSI AND MARCIELLO

 


The #888 Mercedes-AMG always looked like a victory contender after its podium in Saturday’s season opener, and so it proved after rapid stints from both Bosi and Marciello sealed a 26.6s victory over Anthony Liu and Josh Burdon’s Absolute Racing Audi.



The latter’s impressive pole lap on Saturday suggested fellow front row starter Marciello would have his work cut out, but the Italian never looked back after reaching Turn 1 ahead of his Australian rival.



A three-second advantage at the end of lap one had become 12 by the time the pit window opened with 25 minutes gone, which was more than sufficient to overturn a five-second pitstop success penalty incurred for finishing third in Race 1.



The gap had grown further by the time Marciello pitted at the end of the 10-minute window, leaving Bosi with a comfortable 14s lead when he re-joined. From there it was plain sailing all the way to the finish.



Behind, Burdon spent the opening laps fending off KCMG’s Tsugio Matsuda before eking out a two-second gap ahead of the stops. That was sufficient for Liu to re-join in front of the Nissan, which actually dropped behind FFF Racing Team by ACM’s #63 Lamborghini after the stops.



That the Huracan was even in contention owed much to Marco Mapelli moving from ninth to fifth on lap one and clawing back further time by stopping late in the pit window.




The task of keeping rapidly advancing Silver Cup cars at bay then fell to his co-driver Hiroshi Hamaguchi who spent the final laps desperately defending from Franky Cheng and Leo Ye Hongli. Incredibly, the Japanese driver held on to complete a Pro/Am clean sweep of the overall podium.



Meanwhile, Cheng’s Absolute Racing co-driver Martin Rump starred in the opening stint after his first lap was compromised by having to take avoiding action. Indeed, the Estonian dropped from fourth to 16th before staging an incredible fightback that gave Cheng a chance to finish where the #3 Audi had started, albeit just 0.4s behind Hamaguchi and less than one tenth ahead of HubAuto Corsa’s Ye.



FFF Racing Team’s second Lamborghini driven by Martin Kodric and Dennis Lind came home sixth after contending with a 10s pitstop success penalty, while Yuke Taniguchi was powerless to prevent the onrush of Silver Cup crews en route to seventh for KCMG and Nissan.



Adderly Fong and Andrew Kim’s Audi, KCMG’s second Nissan driven by Edoardo Liberati and Florian Strauss, and the OD Racing Team WRT R8 shared by Aditya Patel and Mitch Gilbert rounded out the points-paying positions.


But there was less to shout about for yesterday’s race winners Nico Bastian and Patric Niederhauser whose GruppeM Mercedes-AMG sustained damage on the opening lap.



Elsewhere, KCMG’s Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka claimed their second GT3 Am Cup victory of the weekend after beating Rick Yoon and Adrian Henry D’Silva’s CMRT Eurasia Aston Martin.



All of that leaves Bosi and Marciello out front on 40 points, 14 more than Kodric/Lind and Liu/Burdon in joint-second.


Chang International Circuit in Thailand hosts round two of this year’s championship on May 12/13.



-Benjamin Franassovici - photos SRO

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15.04.2018 / MaP

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