GT: Dubai team GPX Racing dominates and accomplishes its mission at Kyalami 9H

GT: Dubai team GPX Racing dominates and accomplishes its mission at Kyalami 9H

Intercontinental GT Challenge, round 5, Kyalami

21-23 November 2019

Four months after its sensational victory in the 24 Hours of Spa, GPX Racing returned to the track in the final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Kyalami 9 Hour. Its aim was to help Porsche win this prestigious GT3 Championship that enjoys incontestable international renown as the five events take place on the five continents! As in Belgium works Porsche drivers Kevin Estre, Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen, all GT world title holders, formed a dream team in the #20 911 GT3 R and led for most of the race. They finally finished on the third step of the podium having played a major role in helping the Zuffenhausen manufacturer to clinch a brace of titles in South Africa!

At the end of September, GPX Racing announced its participation in the Kyalami 9 Hour just before achieving its best result of the year in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. In Barcelona, Benjamin Goethe, Jordan Grogor and Stuart Hall finished fourth in their category and ninth overall.

The wave of momentum that began in mid-season continued at Kyalami when the team managed by Pierre-Brice Mena made its return to the Pro category. #20 was among the quickest in the practice sessions and set the fourth-fastest time in qualifying, which it retained in the grid lineup after the pole shootout.

Estre immediately fought his way up into second place in the first corner and then snatched the lead at the end of the first half hour. Lietz took over from him and kicked off the first double stints. The team sought to make the most of the different circumstances and neutralisations that occasionally wiped out the lead built up by its drivers. But apart from the out-of-sync strategies adopted by some of its rivals the Porsche in Gulf colours continued to lead the dance. At the start of the fifth hour the other Porsche driven by Nick Tandy tipped Michael Christensen into a spin despite which the Danish driver held onto first place!

With 2 hours and 15 minutes to go to the finish the race was turned upside down. As night fell in South Africa a cloud burst flooded the circuit. The Full Course Yellow procedure was followed by a safety car that backed up the favourites throwing into jeopardy the outcome of the battle for the Intercontinental GT Challenge Manufacturers’ title. With 1h33m to go to the flag Porsche was the virtual champion. With 52 minutes to go, Mercedes led by 133 to 120 points!

Finally, the field was unleashed for a 30-minute sprint! Lietz got past the Mercedes, which had slipped back in front at the final pit stop before the interruption. Shortly afterwards, the Austrian was overtaken by the Porsche crewed by Nick Tandy, Mathieu Jaminet and Denis Olsen who was in the running for the IGTC Drivers’ title. A BMW also got involved in the battle and no. 20 finished third. But the mission had been accomplished, Porsche was the intercontinental champion!

Pierre-Brice Mena: “We could say that GPX Racing led for eight of the nine hours of the race, but then the restart half-an-hour from the finish reshuffled the cards. The race was completely open again. First of all, we came here to help Porsche win the IGTC and there was a fair bit of pressure in the final decisive half-hour to snatch back the advantage from the Mercedes and keep it behind us. We can be very proud of our race. We again proved that our victory at Spa owed nothing to chance. Mission accomplished and we’re delighted to have done our bit to help Porsche win this prestigious title. The drivers made no mistakes, the pit stops were almost perfect and our performance ticked all the boxes. In the heat of the moment our result felt a bit frustrating, but taking a step back and analysing the race as a whole we have nothing to reproach ourselves. We did the job in style. Each time somebody closed the gap we upped the pace. And the cherry on the cake is that in all the races lasting more than six hours in which we’ve taken part in less than six months, Portimao, Spa, Barcelona and Kyalami, we’ve scored 100% podium finishes!”

Michael Christensen: “It’s hard to find the right words to describe the feeling I have about the end result of the race. Anyway, we finished 3rd, and happy to help Porsche and Dennis Olsen with winning the championships. Thanks to the whole GPX Racing team for another great performance!”

Kevin Estre: “We’ve led most of the Kyalami 9 Hour but ended up P3… It was again a pleasure to drive with GPX Racing! Hopefully we’ll come back soon”

Richard Lietz: “Leaving Africa with a smile. P3 at the end. Great day for Porsche! Thanks to the Team GPX Racing and my mates Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen.”

All that remains is to finish this incredible season in a blaze of glory at Abu Dhabi. While a lot of good news is beginning to circulate in the background for GPX Racing, we’ll just announce the two driver lineups for the 9th staging of the Gulf 12 Hours.

The Pro line-up comprises three Silver drivers including Benji Goethe and Stuart Hall, and in Pro-Am, the team can count on Stanislav Minsky, Fred Fatien, Nico Pronk and Klaus Bachler, the Austrian who won the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Championship at Monza. The two six-hour races will take place on Saturday 14 December.

 

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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.



Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.



“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.



“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.



“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.



“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”



Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”
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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

 

Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.

 

“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.

 

“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.

 

“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.

 

“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”

 

Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”

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