AF Corse Ferrari duo Ulysse de Pauw and Pierre-Alexandre Jean took a slim win within the first of the 2 races on the opening weekend of the dash phase of the GTWCE.
De Pauw led from pole place of their Ferrari 488 GT3, a Silver Cup class entry, previous to a brief safety-car interval following a first-corner accident.
The Belgian then constructed up a lead of greater than three seconds over the chasing Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Jules Gounon.
Jean emerged from the pit cycle with an identical lead over the WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II that Dries Vanthoor had taken over from Charles Weerts.
Jean’s benefit was halved when he was held up by a backmarker and Vanthoor was in a position to near inside seven tenths of the Ferrari firstly of the ultimate.
However the Audi by no means bought shut sufficient to make a bid for the lead, earlier than crossing the road 1.2s in arrears of the Ferrari.
It was the primary outright victory for a Ferrari for the reason that 2015 spherical of a championship then often known as the Blancpain GT Sequence Dash Cup at Misano when Norbert Siedler and Marco Seefried triumphed in a Rinaldi Racing-run 458 GT3.
Raffaele Marciello had picked up the mantle for the French ASP Merc squad after the sister automotive misplaced very important seconds altering the left rear within the pits when Gounon dealt with over to Jim Pla.
Marciello, who had taken over the automotive from Timur Boguslavskiy, was a few seconds down on Vanthoor after the pitstops however was in a position to near inside 4 tenths of the Audi on the chequered flag. The ASP Merc of Gounon and Jim Pla ended up fourth, seven seconds off the winner, after its delay within the pits.
#89 AKKODIS ASP Workforce Mercedes-AMG GT3: Timur Boguslavskiy, Raffaele Marciello
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ASP Mercedes ease to victory in second race
Marciello anchored a cushty win for himself and Boguslavskiy in race two.
The Italian raced away from pole place into a transparent lead over Patric Niederhauser’s Sainteloc Audi within the second of the 2 one-hour races, extending the benefit to greater than 10s earlier than the Swiss driver ducked into the pits for its obligatory change of tyres.
Boguslavskiy emerged from the pitstop cycle with greater than 9 seconds in hand over Weerts within the lead WRT entry and the ASP driver was in a position to preserve that benefit till easing off within the closing levels to take the win by 6.5s.
Gounon edged in direction of the WRT Audi to complete solely a few tenths down in third place.
The Automobile Assortment Audi of Christopher Haase and Simon Gachet took fourth forward of race one winners De Pauw and Jean, whereas the Sainteloc entry Niederhauser shared with Aurelien Panis ended up sixth after dropping time through the pitstop cycle, with Mattia Drudi and Luca Ghiotto taking seventh within the sister Automobile Assortment Audi.
Bike legend Valentino Rossi claimed his first factors of his 2022 GTWCE marketing campaign in race two with eighth place within the WRT Audi he shared with Frederic Vervisch.