Blancpain GT Series Misano - main race
Few days ago it looked like Blancpain Sprint Series championship is going to be decided in Misano and that series favorites and overall leaders Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns will have easy path to the championship title. However, the racing weekend turned out to be very exciting and eventful and championship title is still up for grabs. From the start of the weekend it looked like Audi will be victorious once again with best times in rainy practice session. However, better weather on Saturday suited the Ferrari the most and green 458 Italia GT3 by Rinaldi Racing team won pole position for interesting and very dynamic qualifying race which was driven by night. During the hour long and action packed race, Ferrari again proved the fastest and won but the championship leader Laurens Vanthoor had big crash and totally destroyed his car, ruining his chances of securing the title in Italy.
So, the green Ferrari was on pole position for the main race with Bentley and Lamborghini behind. Ferrari was up for win but Bentley was also eager to win since absence of the Audi of Vanthoor was perfect chance to earn points and get back into fight for title. On the first laps, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 proved to be fastest and led the race but very soon green Ferrari took the lead and didn’t loose it until the end. Lamborghini was second all the way until the half of the race and the drivers change when its pit stop was slower than expected and Bentley took the second place. There were few interesting battles in the race but the leading position of Rinaldi Ferrari was never in question so after an hour of racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 won the Misano event in front of the home crowd pleased that Italian car won on Italian circuit. Bentley was second and this should be considered big success since Maximilian Buhk and Vincent Abril are now only 8 points behind Audi of Vanthoor and Frijns. Now we are sure that everything will be decided in last race of the season, next week at Zandvoort, Netherlands. Let’s hope that Vanthoor will be fully recovered from his last night’s crash and that there will be epic battle for 2015 Blancpain Sprint championship next Sunday. For full results, click HERE and stay tuned for more coverage.