Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup victory of Black Falcon under the question
Yelmer Buurman, Luca Stolz and Maro Engel became the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup champions after they won the last race of the season at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in which they started from pole in the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Raffaele Marciello finished second in the race and in the Endurance Cup, sharing the #88 Akka ASP Mercedes with Tristan Vautier and Dani Juncadella, taking the overall Blancpain GT Series championship title. Two weeks ago, Marciello became the Sprint Cup champion together with Michael Meadows.
But, few hours after the race, the results of Barcelona’s event came under the question mark when the #4 car was disqualified due to a breach of the sporting regulations when some black tape was found on the air inlet tract in the engine compartment of the car, which did not conform with the homologation of the Mercedes. Black Falcon has appealed the decision and the results are now provisional.
If the disqualification will be confirmed, Raffaele Marciello will also take Endurance Cup title together with his overall and Sprint Cup trophy.
The #4 Black Falcon crew started from pole and converted it into the victory after completing 92 laps in the three-hour race. Besides taking drivers’ titles, Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon also captured Endurance Cup teams’ title. With a second-place finish, Akka ASP can also celebrate winning the overall Blancpain GT Series teams’ title.
The podium at Barcelona was completed by Mikhail Aleshin, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina in the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 488.
The Silver Cup class victory and the championship title went to the #54 Emil Frey Racing G3 Jaguar of Mikael Grenier, Alex Fontana and Adrian Zaugg. The #90 Akka ASP Team Mercedes-AMG duo of Jack Manchester and Nico Bastian secured the overall Silver Cup title thanks to third place at Barcelona.
In the Pro-Am class, the race victory went to the #27 Daiko Lazarus Lamborghini Huracan while the Endurance Cup title went to Strakka Racing’s Nick Leventis, Chris Buncombe and Lewis Williamson.
The Am Cup class was won by the #77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan of Adrian Amstutz, Leo Machitski and Richard Abra, which clinched the overall and Endurance class title for the British squad.
Photos: Patrick Hecq, Dirk Bogaerts,