Jun 23

GTSprint International Series: Peter Kox, Nico Pronk take spectacular debut win at Zolder

Audi, Mercedes, BMW dominate Zolder qualifying

Superstars - Peter Kox, Nico PronkDutch duo, Lamborghini celebrate GTSprint win and score third place overall in the Zolder GT International. Multiple Superstars champion Gianni Morbidelli was off to a superb day at Zolder as he stormed to pole in round 4 of 2013 at the historical Belgian venue.

It’s been a sensational debut for the Lamborghini Gallardo of Peter Kox and Nico Pronk in round 4 of the GTSprint International Series at Zolder as the Dutch duo cruised to victory in an eventful Race 1 at the Belgian venue.

In addition to topping the GTSPRINT podium, the Kox Racing men also ended up third overall in the Zolder GT International Race (featuring cars from both GTSPRINT and the Supercar Challenge), won by the Corvette C5 R of Roger Grouwels.

Second place in GTSPRINT went to the MTM Audi R8 LMS shared by German Thomas Schöffler and home hero Laurens Vanthoor. Despite spending much part of the day in the lead, they were penalized with a drive-through due to not respecting their mandatory time handicap for the pit-stop. Roberto Del Castello and Piero Necchi, on the RC Motorsport Corvette Z06 R, ended up in third and continued in their positive season by staying on the podium. Another good showing was for Mario Cordoni and Massimo Mantovani, who drove a solid race on the Team Easy Race Ferrari 458 Italia GTS3 and slightly missed the podium. Championship leader Glauco Solieri was also penalized with a drive-through for leaving the pitlane too early but salvaged a top-5 finish.

The GTS Cup Trophy class was led by Steven Goldstein and Antonio De La Reina on the Heaven Motorsport Porsche 997.

Race 2 of the GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES will take place tomorrow at 13:45 and will benefit from the SUPERSTARSWORLD TV coverage plan.

GTSPRINT | Race 1 (top-5): 1. Kox-Pronk (Lamborghini Gallardo LP 600 GTS3) 37 laps 1h00’51”565; 2. Vanthoor-Schöffler (Audi R8 LMS GTS3) a 12”688; 3. Del Castello-Necchi (Corvette Z06 R GTS3) a 32”827; 4. Cordoni-Mantovani (Ferrari 458 Italia GTS3) a 36”633; 5. Solieri (Porsche 997 GTS3) a 37”875.

superstars - Gianni - Morbidelli

Audi, Mercedes, BMW dominate Zolder qualifying

Morbidelli (Audi) storms to pole in front of Liuzzi (Mercedes) and Kuppens (BMW)

Multiple Superstars champion Gianni Morbidelli was off to a superb day at Zolder as he stormed to pole in round 4 of 2013 at the historical Belgian venue. It was the 20th pole for Audi in the series and first this season.

Two former Formula 1 drivers will take-off from the front row tomorrow. Pairing Morbidelli will be the Mercedes C63 AMG of Vitantonio Liuzzi, representing Team Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris. The Italian showed good form in practice and repeated the same positive effort in the afternoon to edge Belgian Renaud Kuppens, who is driving a BMW M3 E92 for Scuderia Giudici.

The fourth fastest time of the day was set by Luigi Ferrara on his RRT-prepared Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé in front of the M3 E92 of Max Mugelli (Team BMW Dinamic). An off-track exit involved returning Raffaele Giammaria, who damaged his racecar in an effort to avoid the slowing Mercedes of Marco Cassarà. The Caal Racing managed to held onto 6th place and edged the BMW of Giovanni Berton and the Porsche Panamera of Nicola Larini.

Championship leader Thomas Biagi ended up in 9th after being slowed down by differential issues. The top-10 was originally rounded out by the Chevy Camaro of Francesco Sini, although the Italian was excluded from the session due to a mechanical irregularity.

After enjoying a very positive debut in practice, a transmission issue forced Laurens Vanthoor to sit out of Qualifying on his works Audi RS5. He will be taking-off from the back too.

Race 1 is scheduled for tomorrow at noon followed by Race 2 at 16:15. SUPERSTARS will once again benefit from a massive worldwide TV coverage including MotorsTV and Italian network RaiSport.

SUPERSTARS | QUALIFYING (top-5): 1. Morbidelli (Audi RS5) 1’36”055. 2. Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’36”462; 3. Kuppens (BMW M3 E92) 1’36”934; 4. Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé) 1’36”940; 5. Mugelli (BMW M3 E92) 1’37”113.

source: gruppofg.com, garagegroup.it