Pier Guidi went across the outdoors of the WRT Audi pushed by Dries Vanthoor in moist circumstances on the quick Blanchimont left-hander to reclaim the lead that the Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo he shared with Nicklas Nielsen and Come Ledogar had held for a lot of the double-points spherical of the GT World Problem Europe.
Pier Guidi had misplaced out with 50 minutes to go when WRT rolled the cube with storm clouds looming and despatched Vanthoor out on wet-weather tyres earlier than it had began to rain.
The downpour arrived on the Belgian driver’s outlap after which Iron Lynx opted not to herald Pier Guidi on the first alternative.
By the point he had accomplished a gradual lap on a flooded observe and altered to grooved Pirellis, the Italian had fallen 50s behind the Audi co-driven by Kelvin van der Linde and Charles Weerts.
A full course yellow had already been known as at this stage and when the protection automobile bunched the sector up, Pier Guidi was little greater than three seconds behind when the race went inexperienced for the ultimate 27 minutes.
The Ferrari shortly closed down the the Audi and was proper with the German automobile inside 5 laps.
He was solely half a second behind beginning the 551st lap after which received a greater run out of Stavelot and braved it out across the outdoors by Blanchimont on the finish of the lap.
Pier Guidi was capable of prolong the lead over the remaining laps to 5 seconds, earlier than crossing the road three.9s forward.
“I have been making an attempt so many instances to win this race, I actually needed it, actually, actually,” mentioned Pier Guidi.
“When the rain got here and all the pieces appeared misplaced, I used to be actually upset.
“I pushed like an animal and I did all I may.”
#32 Audi Sport Workforce WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3: Dries Vanthoor, Kelvin van der Linde, Charles Weerts
Photograph by: SRO
It was a candy victory for Iron Lynx on its debut within the Spa enduro after the Italian group had misplaced a automobile within the opening hour when Davide Rigon was concerned in a four-car accident at Eau Rouge.
The accident resulted in Rigon and Williams System 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken, who triggered the incident when he spun his Emil Frey Lamborghini at Eau Rouge, being taken to hospital in close by Liege.
Rigon was launched after present process exams, whereas Aitken was recognized with fractures of a vertebra and his collarbone.
Aston Martin claimed third place with the all-factory line-up of Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Ross Gunn within the Storage 59 group’s Professional class entry greater than a minute in arrears of the profitable Ferrari.
They by no means made up the bottom they misplaced through the night time after they made their technical pitstop, a compulsory four-minute keep within the pits to permit for a change of brakes, underneath inexperienced circumstances in contrast to nearly all of their rivals on the entrance of the sector.
The second of the manufacturing unit Audis run by WRT pushed by Nico Muller, Robin Frijns and Dennis Lind took fourth place two laps behind, whereas Nick Tandy, Maxime Martin and Laurens Vanthoor, who needed to sit out a lot of the second half of the race after an accident within the paddock, took fifth of their KCMG Porsche 911 GT3-R.
The factory-backed Sainteloc Audi shared by Markus Winkelhock,Christopher Haase and Patric Niederhauser rounded out the highest six.
Silver Cup honours went to the Madpanda Mercedes-AMG GT3 pushed by Ezequiel Perez Companc, Ricardo Sanchez, Patrick Kujala and Rik Breukers.
AF Corse Ferrari drivers Duncan Cameron, Rino Mastronardi, Matt Griffin, Miguel Molina got here out high within the Professional-Am class.