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12H IMOLA 2018

24-25-26 May 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

Hankook 24H BARCELONA 2018
Hankook 24H PORTIMAO 2018 in 3 minutes

ENTRY LIST

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CLASSSNTEAMCOUNTRY
A6-PRO1Hofor-Racing
Mercedes-AMG GT3 (6200cc)
Switzerland
A6-PRO5Ram Racing
Mercedes-AMG GT3 (6200cc)
England
A6-PRO11Bohemia Energy racing with Scuderia Praha
Ferrari 488 GT3 (3900cc)
Czech Republic
A6-PRO17IDEC SPORT RACING
Mercedes-AMG GT3 (6200cc)
France
A6-PRO29Forch Racing
Porsche 991 GT3 R (4000cc)
Poland
A6-PRO911Herberth Motorsport
Porsche 991 GT3 R (4000cc)
Germany
A6-AM15Swiss Team
Mercedes-AMG GT3 (6200cc)
Switzerland
A6-AM16SPS automotive performance
Mercedes-AMG GT3 (6200cc)
Germany
A6-AM33Car Collection Motorsport
Audi R8 LMS (5200cc)
Germany
A6-AM34Car Collection Motorsport
Audi R8 LMS (5200cc)
Germany
A6-AM85PROsport Performance
Mercedes-AMG GT3 (6200cc)
Germany
SPX58VDS Racing Adventures
MARC Focus V8 (4950cc)
Belgium
SPX77GDL Racing
Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (5200cc)
San Marino
SPX78Speed Lover
Porsche 991-I (Speed Lover) (3800cc)
Belgium
SPX83Slidesports Pallex
Porsche 991-II Cup (4000cc)
England
99135B2F compétition
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
France
99156Van Berlo Racing
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
Netherlands
99164Porsche Lorient Racing
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
France
99165Porsche Lorient Racing
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
France
99173EBIMOTORS
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
Italy
99175IDEC SPORT RACING
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
France
99188Speed Lover
Porsche 991-II Cup (4000cc)
Belgium
99193Allied Racing
Porsche 991-II Cup (4000cc)
Germany
99194QSR Racingschool
Porsche 991-I Cup (3800cc)
Belgium
991187Raceunion
Porsche 991-II Cup (4000cc)
Germany
GT4254QSR Racingschool
Mercedes-AMG GT4 (4000cc)
Belgium
GT4263Allied Racing
Porsche Cayman GT4 MR Evo 2018 (3800cc)
Germany
TCR30Team Hyundai Denmark
Hyundai i30 N TCR (2000cc)
Denmark
TCR102Holmgaard Motorsport
Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DSG (2018) (2000cc)
Denmark
TCR103TTC Racing
Seat Leon TCR V2 DSG (2000cc)
Switzerland
TCR110Lestrup Racing Team
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR SEQ (2017) (2000cc)
Sweden
TCR115Bonk Motorsport
Audi RS3 LMS DSG (2000cc)
Germany
TCR129LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing
Cupra TCR DSG (2000cc)
Finland
TCR136Motorsport developpement
Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR SEQ (2017) (2000cc)
France
TCR155Kawasaki Racing by Bas Koeten Racing
Cupra TCR DSG (2000cc)
Netherlands
TCR175NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing
Cupra TCR DSG (2000cc)
Netherlands
TCR216Modena Motorsports
Cupra TCR SEQ (2000cc)
Hong Kong
TCR217Modena Motorsports
Seat LCR TCR V3 DSG (2000cc)
Hong Kong
TCR303Red Camel-Jordans.nl
Seat LCR TCR V3 DSG (2000cc)
Netherlands
TCR335B2F compétition
Peugeot 308 Racing Cup SEQ (2017) (1600cc)
France
TCR555TFT/top loc racing
Audi RS3 LMS SEQ (2000cc)
France
SP3118JR Motorsport
BMW E46 Coupé (3200cc)
Netherlands
SP3132GermanWheels
BMW M3 (3200cc)
Germany
SP3259Munckhof Racing
BMW M4 (3200cc)
Netherlands
SP3786Scangrip Racing
BMW 335i (3000cc)
Denmark
CUP1127Hofor Racing powered bei Bonk Motorsport
BMW M235i Racing Cup (3000cc)
Switzerland
CUP1131Hofor Racing powered bei Bonk Motorsport
BMW M235i Racing Cup (3000cc)
Switzerland
CUP1151Sorg Rennsport
BMW M235i Racing Cup (3000cc)
Germany
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REPORT

Herberth Motorsport returns to winning form at the Hankook 12H IMOLA

The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Daniel Allemann / Ralf Bohn / Robert Renauer / Alfred Renauer) has secured its first victory of the 2018 24H SERIES powered by Hankook season in Imola. Robert Renauer crossed the line to complete 347 laps of the 4.909km Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, and take the Bavarian team’s first series victory since last November’s season finale in Texas, USA.

A6-PRO & A6-AM
In a dramatic final hour of the 2018 Hankook 12H IMOLA, during which almost all of the front runners suffered problems in the high ambient temperatures, Herberth Motorsport narrowly edged both the IDEC SPORT RACING Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#17, Patrice Lafargue / Paul Lafargue / Dimitri Enjalbert) and the Forch Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R (#29, Zeljko Drmic / Patrick Eisemann / Robert Lukas), the pair dicing for the final A6-Pro podium positions well into the closing stages.

Initially, the A6-Pro runners-up spot had looked set to go the way of the Ram Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#5, Remon Leonard Vos / Tom Onslow-Cole). The GT polesitter led for most of the opening four hours on Friday and continued to push the Herberth Motorsport Porsche hard well into the closing stages. Debilitating brake issues and a collision on-track within just 15 minutes of the race left to run meant the British team dropped to 5th. Incredibly, the Bohemia Energy racing with Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 (#11, Jiří Písařík / Josef Kral / Matteo Malucelli) would recover from damage sustained early on to snatch 4th on the very final lap of the race.

“It was such a long race!” 24H GT race winner Robert Renauer explained to radiolemans.com. “In the end, the Ram Racing Mercedes struggled a little at the end, but they pushed us really hard, it was a hard fight against them, and it was just a case of bringing the car home. So I’m very happy, it’s the first podium of the year, and I’m really proud of my team!”

Despite suffering engine issues with just 30 minutes of running time left, the PROsport Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Joe Foster) claimed its first A6-Am class win of the season. The runners-up spot was claimed by the Swiss Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#15, Roberto Pampanini / Christoph Lenz / Mauro Calamia), which had also been a contender for the outright podium heading into the final hour only for terminal suspension and brake damage eliminating the Mercedes from contention, quite literally, at the 11th hour.  The final A6-Am podium spot would go to the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#34, Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff / Gustav Edelhoff / Ingo Vogler), despite an exploding brake disc dropping them well down the order on Friday afternoon. The result means the German team holds only a one-point advantage at the top of the 2018 GT European Championship.

SPX, 991 & GT4
Further back, the GDL Racing Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (#77, Gianluca De Lorenzi / Andres Josephsohn / Dimitris Deverikos) finished an impressive 6th overall behind the A6-Pro runners to claim a popular win in the SPX class. The San Marino-based team finished its home race comfortably ahead of the Speed Lover Porsche 991-II Cup (#78, Andrey Mukovoz / Stanislav Sidoruk / Sergey Peregudov / Kim André Hauschild), while the VDS Racing Adventures MARC Focus V8 (#58, Raphaël van der Straten / José Close / Gregory Paisse) finished 3rd in-class, almost 50 laps behind after extensive front end damage cost the reigning SP2 champions several hours in the pits.

Despite a late-race puncture, the EBIMOTORS Porsche 991-I Cup (#73, Lino Curti / Carlo Curti / Marco Frezza) secured its second consecutive 991-class win of the season at the Hankook 12H IMOLA, having also taken the win last time out at Navarra. The first of two Porsche Lorient Racing Porsche 991-I Cups (#64, Philippe Polette / Frederic Lelievre / Pascal Gibon / Mathieu Pontais) claimed 2nd in-class and finished 8th overall, while the Van Berlo Racing Porsche 991-I Cup (#56, Kay van Berlo / Marcel van Berlo) recovered from a hefty shunt on-track – an impact that knocked the driver’s side door off completely – to round out the overall Top 10 and claim 3rd in the 991-class.

GT4 was another category hit with technical difficulties. The class-winning Allied Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR Evo 2018 (#263, Dominique Schaak / Detlef Schmidt / Nicolas Schöll / Jörg Viebahn) clashed heavily with the Ram Racing Mercedes very late on, and would roll to a halt on the final lap. The QSR Racingschool Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#254, Mario Timmers / Bert Redant  / Michiel Verhaeren / Jimmy de Breucker) meanwhile lost considerable time with broken front suspension, but recovered to take 2nd in-class. 

LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing takes TCE victory
 
In the TCE division, the LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing CUPRA TCR (#129, Antti Buri / Olli Kangas) secured its first class win of the season at the Hankook 12H IMOLA, and its first since last year’s event at Spa-Francorchamps. The Finnish team also led home a Bas Koeten Racing 1-2 ahead of the sister entry.

TCR
Stirling efforts from the Finnish outfit means the #129 topped an all-CUPRA TCR podium, just ahead of NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing car (#175, Gijs Bessem / Harry Hilders), as well as a CUPRA TCR 1-2-3 in only the car’s second 24H SERIES outing. The Modena Motorsports CUPRA TCR (#216, Wayne Shen / John Shen / Francis Tjia / Mathias Beche), which had started on TCE pole position completed the TCR podium.

“It was a tough one,” explained Antti Buri. “This was big effort from the team because this was not easy. There was a lot of Code 60s and a lot of spinning cars on-track, and I’m just so happy we made it through!”

Intermittent gearbox issues for their SEAT Leon TCR meant that early TCR class leaders Red Camel-Jordans.nl (#303, Ivo Breukers / Rik Breukers) ultimately had to settle for 5th in-class, just behind the Holmgaard Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DSG (#102, Magnus Holmgaard / Jonas Holmgaard / Roy Edland / Jens Mølgaard).

SP3 & CUP1
Even after a spin into the gravel trap at Tamburello – an incident that caused one of an eventual 16 Code 60 caution periods on Saturday – the Scangrip Racing BMW 335i (#786, Niels Borum / Michael Eden) claimed a shock SP3 class win at Imola. Victory had looked all but guaranteed for the JR Motorsport BMW E46 Coupé (#118, Ward Sluys / Bas Schouten / Steven Liquorish), which led comfortably throughout the afternoon before losing almost 30 laps in the pits. The final SP3 podium spot went to the Munckhof Racing BMW M4 (#259, Frank Bedorf / Marco Poland).

The Hofor Racing powered bei Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#131, Martin Kroll / Michael Schrey / Michael Fischer / Bernd Küpper / Gustav Engljaehringer) took its third consecutive CUP1 class win this year at the Hankook 12H IMOLA, just ahead of its sister #127 entry (Martin Kroll / Jurgen Meyer / Axel Burghardt) and the Sorg Rennsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#151, Dan Rogers / Gama Aguilar / Rob Cohen / Seth Thomas). It’s a result that moves the #131 BMW to the top of the 2018 TCE European Championship standings, two points clear of the TCR-winning LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing.

European Championship action in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook continues in just over one month’s time at the Hankook 24H PORTIMAO on 6-7-8 July, an event that will see GT, TCE and PROTO entries compete together on-track in Portugal. One round later, GT and TCE teams and drivers will journey to Spain for the eighth running of the Hankook 24H BARCELONA. Further information on this year’s calendar can be found at www.24hseries.com.
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CIRCUIT

Address: Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Via Fratelli Rosselli, 2, Imola, Bologna, Italy
www.autodromoimola.com

Circuit direction:  Counter clockwise
Circuit length:      4.909 km.
Number of turns:  21 turns
 
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is an auto racing circuit near the Italian town of Imola, 40 kilometres (24.9 mi) east of Bologna and 80 kilometres (49.7 mi) east of the Ferrari factory in Maranello. The circuit is named after Ferrari's late founder Enzo and his son Dino who had died in the 1950s. Before Enzo Ferrari's death in 1988 it was called 'Autodromo Dino Ferrari'. The circuit has FIA Grade 1 license.[1]
It was the venue for the Formula One San Marino Grand Prix (for many years two Grands Prix were held in Italy every year, so the race held at Imola was named after the nearby state) and it also hosted the 1980 edition of the Italian Grand Prix, which usually takes place in Monza. When Formula One visits Imola, it is seen as the 'home circuit' of Ferrari and masses of tifosi (Ferrari supporters) come out to support the local team.
Imola, as it is colloquially known, is one of the few major international circuits to run in an anti-clockwise direction. (Istanbul Park, Korea International Circuit, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Circuit of the Americas, and the Yas Marina Circuit are other anti-clockwise circuits used recently by Formula One.)

 
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