24H Series: Scuderia Praha wins the inaugural 24-hour race at Portimao
The #11 Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 is the victorious car in the inaugural 24H Portimao at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, the sixth and final round of the 2017 24H Series. The drivers that won the race are Jiri Pisarik, Josef Kral and Matteo Malucelli. It’s their second overall win this season, earlier this season they won at 12H Mugello.
During the 24-hour race on the 4.653 kilometre circuit, the winning crew rounded 722 laps, equalling a distance of 3,359 kilometres. With a three lap margin, another Ferrari crossed the finish line in the second place. It was the Wochenspiegel Team Monschau #488 Ferrari 488 GT3, driven by Georg Weiss, Oliver Kainz, Jochen Krumbach and Nico Menzel.
Plenty of titles for Hofor-Racing
Scoring third place overall and the victory in the A6-Am class, the Hofor-Racing #1 Mercedes-AMG GT3 earned several championship titles for the team. Five drivers were sharing the car – Michael Kroll, Chantal Kroll, Roland Eggimann, Kenneth Heyer and Christiaan Frankenhout. Hofor-Racing took home trophies for the best drivers overall, best drivers and best team in GT cars plus best drivers and best team in the A6 class. In addition, Michael Kroll, Chantal Kroll, and Roland Eggimann are the best Am-drivers in A6. Chantal Kroll also won the ladies championship.
The A6-Am podium was completed by the GP Extreme’s #27 Renault RS01 FGT3 (Frederic Fatien/Stuart Hall/Nicky Pastorelli/Tiziano Carugati/Bassam Kronfli) and the Car Collection Motorsport’s #34 Audi R8 LMS (Rahel Frey/Gustav Edelhoff/Elmar Grimm/Ingo Vogler/Max Edelhoff). Max Edelhoff takes the Rookie of the Year title.
The third-best A6-Pro car was Konrad Motorsport’s #21 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (Paul Scheuschner/Franz Konrad/Marco Mapelli/Hendrik Still/Christopher Brück), which finished seventh overall. The GRT Grasser Racing Team’s #963 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (Christoph Lenz/Roberto Pampanini/Milos Pavlovic/Rik Breukers/Mauro Calamia), that had led the race earlier on, lost its advantage with a driveshaft issue and finally achieved eighth place overall.
Class champions: VDS Racing Adventures, Optimum Motorsport and Team Altran
The PROsport Performance #85 Porsche 991 Cup (Charles Putman/Charles Espenlaub/Joe Foster/Andy Pilgrim) finished thenth overall and captures SP2 class victory at Portimao. The VDS Racing Adventures #58 MARC Focus V8 (Raphaël van der Straten/Pierre Dupont/Grégory Paisse/Keith Kassulke/José Close) finished third in the SP2 class, taking the teams’ championship title in the SP2 class. One of their pilots, Raphaël van der Straten, is the best driver in SP2 class.
In the SP3-GT4 class, race winnera are Sir Chris Hoy/Roger Green/Joaquim Penteado/Peter Brookes/Matt Brookes in the in the Parkalgar Racing Team’s #188 Honda Civic Type R. SP3-GT4 champions are Optimum Motorsport in teams’ category and their drivers Aleksander Schjerpen and Oliver Wilkinson in the drivers’ category.
TCR class winners at Portimao and TCR champions for 2017 the Team Altran Peugeot and their drivers Thierry Blaise and Kim Holmgaard. In the last race, they were sharing the #308 Peugeot 308 Racing Cup with Michael Carlsen and Mathieu Sentis.