Third within the opening one-hour encounter, which was received by AF Corse Ferrari pairing Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Ulysse de Pauw, was sufficient to safe the crown, whereas an exciting final-lap victory on Sunday put the icing properly and really on the cake.
Coming into the final Dash Cup spherical of the season in Spain, Weerts and Vanthoor held an 11.5-point margin over the Akkodis ASP Mercedes duo of Raffaele Marciello and Timur Boguslavskiy. The maths was easy sufficient: rating six factors greater than the #89 and the title was theirs as soon as once more.
Their trigger was helped significantly in qualifying as Weerts was second quickest with the Ferrari of De Pauw taking pole. Boguslavskiy suffered a nightmare session, initially ending 16th earlier than being demoted to 20th after the stewards deemed that he blocked one other automotive.
If there was one second which might have difficult issues for the #32, it was firstly as Weerts bought devoured up by the chasing pack of Simon Gachet (Tresor Audi) and Dennis Lind (JP Motorsport McLaren). Almost the whole discipline ran large on the exit of flip one, which allowed Weerts again into third by flip two. From there, the #32 held station till the pitstop window as Vanthoor took over.
Additional again, Boguslavskiy made good progress to run 16th after an early security automotive following an incident for the Dinamic Porsche of Adrian de Leneer.
Marciello took over on the pitstops in 15th place and produced a sometimes aggressive cost within the second stint to complete eighth on the highway, upgraded to seventh after Lind and Vincent Abril had been handed a 10-second penalty.
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The one fixed within the one-hour race was the profitable pairing of De Pauw and Jean, who by no means seemed threatened all through. De Pauw skipped away firstly, constructing a spot of over three seconds earlier than the pit window opened. Gachet’s team-mate Christopher Haase decreased that hole to nothing within the second stint, however the Ferrari was the automotive to beat.
In a single day rain made certain Sunday’s second race began in moist circumstances, however any issues that was going to be nothing greater than a useless rubber had been put to relaxation as Weerts and Vanthoor judged a tyre gamble to perfection.
The #32 began alongside Marciello, who caught his Merc on pole within the morning, however misplaced out to the Sainteloc Audi of Patric Niederhauser on the first flip.
In site visitors, visibility was poor however over the course of the opening stint, a dry line was slowly starting to look. This was what WRT had been ready for and, when Vanthoor and Marciello made their obligatory stops on the finish of the window, the Audi switched to slicks. Weerts initially shipped a number of positions and half a minute as Boguslavskiy stayed on wets, marginally forward of Aurelien Panis’s Sainteloc Audi.
The latter pair had been nose-to-tail on the ultimate lap, however Weerts was lapping quicker. Within the final two laps, the Audi took 14 seconds out of the chief and rounded the hapless Boguslavskiy for the lead three corners from the top to attain an unbelievable last-gasp victory.