- Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 Rs currently 1st and 2nd.
- Polesitter CP Racing Mercedes-AMG holds 3rd
- Team Avia Sorg Rennsport holds slim advantage in GT4 class
- Issues hinder 991 class leader Speed Lover’s race.
MUGELLO (13 November, 2020) – Herberth Motorsport (#91, Ralf Bohn / Daniel Allemann / Robert Renauer) currently leads the 2020 Hankook 12H MUGELLO after the opening five hours.
The #91 Porsche 991 GT3 R, which started from the second row of the grid, has been locked in a fight for the lead with its sister Porsche 911 GT3 R (#92, Robert Renauer / Alfred Renauer / Max Edelhof / Vincent Kolb) and the CP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Joe Foster / Shane Lewis) from the opening lap onwards, and has now completed 147 laps of the 5.245km Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in the process.
After five hours of running, the second Herberth Motorsport Porsche is now 2nd, just 42 seconds adrift of the leader. CP Racing, which secured its first outright 24H SERIES pole position earlier this morning courtesy of Charles Espenlaub, was only a further 10 seconds behind at the flag. Notably, that means the trio will start the second half of the Hankook 12H MUGELLO tomorrow morning on the same lap.
This is particularly significant to Herberth Motorsport, as the #92 and #91 Porsches are in contention for the Overall GT Teams’ championships in the 24H SERIES Europe and the 24H SERIES Continents title hunts respectively.
The MP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo (#58, Thomas Gostner / David Gostner / Corinna Gostner / Manuela Gostner) currently lies 4th overall after five hours of running, despite an off at turn 12 for David Gostner. The incident brought out the first of only two Code 60 cautions periods thus far at Mugello.
With just 10 minutes to go before the chequered flag was unfurled, the Team Avia Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4 (#451, Björn Simon / José Manuel de los Milagros Viñegla / Sergio Paulet Diaz / Philippe Valenza) moved ahead of the PROsport Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 (#401, Nico Verdonck / Rodrigue Gillion / Carrie Schreiner) to take the GT4 class lead in the closing stages. The pair will line up 5th and 6th respectively on tomorrow’s grid.
Both teams are gunning for Overall GT Teams’ championship glory this weekend in Mugello, with PROsport currently on top in the 24H SERIES Europe standings and Team Avia Sorg Rennsport currently heading the 24H SERIES Continents championship.
Though the Belgian team ran as high as 4th in the early going, the Speed Lover Porsche 991-II Cup (#978, Eric Mouez / Olivier Dons / Jürgen van Hover) has now dropped to 7th in the GT division, but retains the 991 class lead at the Hankook 12H MUGELLO. Speed Lover is also a championship contender in the 24H SERIES Continents.
Having qualified on GT4-class pole position, the EBIMOTORS Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR (#473, Alessandro Cutrera / L.M.D.V. / Marco Talarico / Marco Frezza), currently 3rd in the GT4 class, has now slipped back to 8th overall in the GT division, just ahead of the RD Signs racing team Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (#720, Audrius Butkevicius / Egidijus Gutaravicius / Arturs Batraks / Martynas Griska). The latter qualified an impressive 5th on its series debut but immediately dropped 11 laps behind when Arturs Batraks went off into the tyre barriers on the way to the grid.
The 2020 Hankook 12H MUGELLO will restart tomorrow morning at 10.45 hrs local time, and the race will run uninterrupted until 17.00 hrs. Live streaming of the race in HD quality will be available on our official website and the 24H SERIES YouTube channel. Regular updates will be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found HERE.