- Gulf Racing-liveried GPX Racing Porsche holds the Coppa Florio lead at half-distance, and seals the di Martino trophy.
- GT3-AM class leader currently rounds out the overall GT podium.
- Italy’s DINAMIC MOTORSPORT currently holds a 1-3 in ‘991’.
- PROsport Racing survives near miss and holds GT4 category lead.
- Suspected gearbox issues drop early leader Avelon Formula to the back.
PERGUSA (10 October, 2020) – With six hours of the inaugural COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily already in the bag, the GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (#36, Jordan Grogor / Frederic Fatien / Mathieu Jaminet / Robert Renauer) is our current GT race leader after a commanding performance.
The Emirati-based team, which has so far completed 189 laps of the 4.983km Autodromo di Pergusa, started and ran 3rd overall during the opening stages of the race, but has since pulled a lap clear of its nearest rivals following a string of scintillating laps from Mathieu Jaminet. The Frenchman has posted seven of the 19 overall fastest laps of the event so far, his fastest being a 1m 34.612s.
Having collected the chequered flag at the end of ‘part one’, GPX Racing has also been awarded the di Martino trophy. The vaunted Coppa Florio trophy will be bestowed upon the overall winner of the COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily tomorrow.
The MP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo (#19, Henk de Jong / Jaap van Lagen / Rik Breukers) started from pole position and ran 2nd during the opening stint, but quickly fell back into the pack after the Dutch team opted to complete a full pit stop during the race’s first Code 60 caution period, just 18 minutes after the green flag flew. Despite being served a 60-second post-race penalty for not respecting each driver’s mandatory rest time, the Mercedes will start tomorrow’s race in 2nd after a strong recovery drive. The CP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Joe Foster / Shane Lewis) leads the way in GT3-AM and will start 3rd overall.
The DINAMIC MOTORSPORT Porsche 911 GT3 R (#7, Roberto Pampanini / Mauro Calamia / Matteo Malucelli) will line-up for tomorrow’s restart in 4th, just ahead of the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#88, Michael Doppelmayr / Pierre Kaffer / Elia Erhart / Hendrik Still). The Porsche had a scary moment shortly after the fourth hour when Nicolas Sturzinger spun exiting the final corner and came extremely close to wiping out the CP Racing Mercedes. Fortunately contact was averted.
Further back, the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R (#92, Tim Müller / Jürgen Häring / Taki Konstantinou / Alfred Renauer) has powered its way back up to 6th overall after a troubled opening. The #92 Porsche, which currently leads the Overall GT Teams’ standings in the 24H SERIES Europe, was left stranded on the second lap after a suspected collision with the DINAMIC MOTORSPORT Porsche 991-II Cup (#907, Simone Laquinta / Matteo Malucelli / Stefano Monaco / Roberto Pampanini). Ironically, the latter, which also fell to the tail of the field on the second lap, now leads the ‘991’ class and sits behind Herberth Motorsport on the road in 7th. The Italian team’s sister Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (#793, Amedeo Pampanini / Nicolas Sturzinger / Stefano Monaco) lies 9th after a tough opening six hours.
Behind DINAMIC MOTORSPORT, the TEMPO S.R.L. Porsche 911-II Cup (#916, Giuseppe Nicolosi / Michele Merendino / Davide di Benedetto / Simone Patrinicola) is currently 2nd in the ‘991’ class. After an early puncture, the FULGENZI RACING Porsche 911-II Cup (#923, Jeroen Bleekemolen / Giosué Rizzuto / Walter Palazzo / Pablo Otero) has now slipped to 3rd in-class, while the luckless FULGENZI RACING Porsche 911-II Cup (#917, Enrico Fulgenzi / Shintaro Akatsu / Gianluca Spata / Gianfranco Bronzini / Sandra van der Sloot) has had a day to forget: Sandra van der Sloot ended her first stint in the gravel and suffered driveshaft failure during her second.
The PROsport Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 (#401, Nico Verdonck / Rodrigue Gillion / Tom Heeren) currently leads the GT4 class, despite an early spin and a near miss with the #907 DINAMIC MOTORSPORT Porsche 911-II Cup in the closing stages, the latter having rejoined the track after an off at turn 18 right in front of the GT4 class leader.
The Team Avia Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4 (#451, Alvaro Fontes / José Manuel de los Milagros / Sergio Paulet / Yannick Guerra Dorribo), which lost time beaching itself in the gravel, now lies 2nd behind its championship rival. The Las Moras by Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 (#409, Luc Braams / Liesette Braams / Maximiliaan Braams) meanwhile lies 3rd in-class, albeit 41 laps behind after losing an hour in the pits.
Having run solidly in the GT3-AM top three throughout the afternoon, the MP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo (#58, Thomas Gostner / Corinna Gostner / David Gostner) ended part one of the COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily prematurely after its left front brake caliper ignited in the re-fuelling area, fortunately without injury.
The Avelon Formula Wolf GB08 Tornado meanwhile (#45, Ivan Bellarosa / Guglielmo Belotti) is still circulating in 20th. The PX-class prototype made a lightning start from the front row and led the race outright for the opening 90 minutes, but lost more than two hours in the pits to suspected gearbox issues.
The green flag for the final six hours of the COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily will fly tomorrow morning at 11.00 hrs local time, and the race will run uninterrupted until 17.00 hrs after which the first official winner of the Coppa Florio will be crowned for the first time since 1981. 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
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