Ultimate Cup Series - Final sprints hard-fought at the Hockenheimring

Ultimate Cup Series - Final sprints hard-fought at the Hockenheimring

18.09.2022: - The drivers were able to take advantage of much better weather conditions on Saturday than in the previous days - The winners of the Hyper Sprint and Single-Seater GT Parts Cup races are known


- The drivers were able to take advantage of much better weather conditions on Saturday than in the previous days


- The winners of the Hyper Sprint and Single-Seater GT Parts Cup races are known


- The qualifying rounds of the Kennol GT Endurance Cup and the Proto Endurance have been completed



Coupe Pièces Auto GT Hyper Sprint: First historical victory for Nigel Bailly in GT3 After two 20-minute sprint races yesterday, it was time for the 50-minute 'long' race of the Coupe Pièces Auto GT ,Hyper Sprint, with a mandatory pit stop in a specific window around the halfway mark.


Based on the accumulated results of Races 1 and 2, the grid saw the No. 3 Scuderia Ravetto & Ruberti Ferrari 488 GTE
Evo on pole, alongside the No. 33 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup/SebLajoux Racing.


On pole, Edoardo Barbolini lost the lead in the first few corners before regaining it against Giovanni Scamardi in the Porsche Cup. Back at the top of the hierarchy, the Ferrari n°3 took the lead until the pit stop during which it had to stop longer than its opponents due to the Silver classification of the second driver, Luca Demarchi.



The Ferrari then lost the lead at mid-race to the benefit of the Porsche Cup n°33, now driven by Sébastien Lajoux. After being overtaken by Nigel Bailly's n°107 Bentley Continental GT3, the Porsche, then third in the overall classification and leader of its category, was given an 11-second stop & go penalty for not respecting the minimum stopping time.



A duel between the leading Bentley and the Ferrari began for the final victory. Lap after lap, Luca Demarchi reduced
the gap by seconds to get closer to the leader who was in his sights. Despite the relentless pressure on the final lap, Nigel Bailly held his nerve to bring the #107 Bentley to the finish line just 223 thousandths of a second ahead of the #3 Ferrari.


The paraplegic Belgian driver takes his first ever motorsport victory since his debut in 2017. It is the first time a
disabled driver has won a GT3 car in any discipline. The duo in the No. 3 SR&R Ferrari will remain on a two-race
winning streak in UGT3A and with this 2nd place finish, the pair will extend their championship lead.


The penalty put a damper on the n°33/SebLajoux Racing Porsche Cup, which left the category win to its sister car
n°48, driven by Didier Glorieux. The n°33 finished 2nd in the category, 6 seconds behind the winner of the day, ahead
of Maxime Mainguy and the n°82/Breizh Motorsport Porsche, 3rd.



Single Seater: Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak dominates



The last two races of the single-seater series took place on Saturday in completely different conditions than the day
before at the Hockenheimring. It was on a perfectly dry track that the 20 drivers were able to compete in this mythical German arena.


The 16-year-old Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, who had already won Race 1, dominated the proceedings by winning Races
2 and 3 in the Graff F3R #14. Pascal Rauturier's French team won two more races thanks to Lorys Kyburz, who finished
second in both races, while the two podiums of the day were completed by Sacha Maguet, for Formula Motorsport.
Nicolas Prost had a complicated weekend in Germany by not managing to climb on the podium against the young
protagonists.


The FR2.0 category was won twice by Christophe Hurni (Sports-Promotion), succeeding Gaspard Le Gallais (CMR) on
Friday. The Swiss rider also won the FR2.0 Ultimate ranking.


Coupe Kennol GT Endurance: Fourth consecutive pole for Racetivity


The statistic is simple. The #83 Mercede-AMG GT3 entered by Racetivity took the fourth pole position in the Kennol
GT Endurance Cup in four races at the Hockenheimring on Saturday.


Emmanuel Collard and Charles-Henri Samani set the best average time of 1:39.642, relegating the n°2 Visiom Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, driven by David Hallyday, Jean- Bernard Bouvet and Jean-Paul Pagny, to six tenths (1:40.259). The n°88 Mercedes/Akkodis ASP (1:40.462) and the n°31 Renault RS01/AB Sport Auto (1:41.373) follow in the hierarchy.


Pole in the Porsche Cup category went to Martinet by Alméras and the crew of the n°94, composed of Julien Froment
and Joffrey Dorchy.



The race will take place between 9:35 and 13:35 on Sunday morning.


Endurance Proto: Graff takes another pole position


The trio of Graff's #16 Ligier JS P320s secured another pole this season with the best qualifying average in Proto
Endurance. Fabrice Rossello, Jacopo d'Amato and Lucca Allen set the benchmark with a time of 1:35.924, one second
ahead of the Pegasus Ligier #23 (1:27.031).


A good performance from the Nova Proto NP02 n°74/ANS Motorsport, driven by Enzo Chiocci, Nicolas Schatz and Pierre Courroye, 3rd overall. Nicolas Schatz set the absolute reference time in the qualifying session with a 1:35.036.



The race will take place between 14:20 and 18:20 on Sunday afternoon.



GP Motors Sport Series SA - photos Davy Delien

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