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GTWCE Dash Magny-Cours: ASP Mercedes and WRT Audi share wins

Pole place, quickest lap and victory by main each lap was about as unequivocal as you could possibly get in race two of the Magny-Cours weekend. And maybe essentially the most regarding side for ASP’s rivals was that the outcome barely seemed unsure all through the one-hour encounter.

“The automotive was superb all weekend, and when it’s like this it makes all the pieces a lot simpler,” mentioned Marciello, who now heads Charles Weerts and Dries Vanthoor by three.5 factors within the total standings.

However regardless of this dominance, which adopted an analogous efficiency within the second race of the Manufacturers Hatch opener, reigning Dash Cup champions Weerts and Vanthoor stay firmly within the combine after a victory with their WRT Audi within the opening race.

The Belgian duo arrived in France with a three-point deficit to their Merc opposition, and knew they’d should make inroads early on. They did simply that, regardless of Weerts dropping a spot to 3rd off the rolling begin.

The early benefit was held by the polesitting Automobile Assortment Audi of Simon Gachet forward of the fast-starting Gilles Magnus (Sainteloc Audi). WTCR driver Magnus impressed, however a mistake a Grande Courbe allowed Weerts via into second, and crucially into clear air.

WRT’s determination to pit Weerts initially of the window compelled Automobile Assortment’s hand, and Gachet got here in a single lap later. However by the point Christopher Haase took over from Gachet, Vanthoor had completed simply sufficient to sneak into the lead, the pair of R8s going aspect by aspect at Grande Courbe.

From then on, it was a reasonably simple affair for Vanthoor, who got here residence simply over three seconds away from a recovering Marciello. Certainly, had it not been for a big time loss within the pits for the Mercedes – it misplaced three.4s to the WRT Audi – Marciello may properly have bagged a double win.

Vanthoor and Weerts delivered a strong race one win

Vanthoor and Weerts delivered a robust race one win

Photograph by: SRO

The Mercedes was quickest in qualifying for the second race, and duly led away from the beginning with the sister automotive of Maximilian Gotz in sizzling pursuit. Additional again, it was a nightmare opening salvo for Vanthoor, who began fourth on the grid regardless of bringing out the pink flag in qualifying after a crash on the Nurburgring chicane, and slid into the gravel at Flip 1. The WRT Audi dropped 10 locations, however managed to recuperate to sixth by the tip.

Out entrance, Marciello started to stretch his legs and opened up a lead of over 7s as Gotz fell into the clutches of Christopher Mies (WRT) and Patric Niederhauser (Sainteloc). Each Audis obtained previous the Mercedes, however neither may maintain a torch to the unbeatable Marciello, who handed over to Boguslavskiy with 25 minutes remaining.

The Russian couldn’t match Marciello’s tempo over a lap, however the Mercedes remained in cost till the tip, whereas Gotz and Jim Pla made it an ASP 1-2 after leapfrogging the Audi of Niederhauser and Aurelien Panis on the finish of the pitstop window.

Silver Cup honours went to Sainteloc Junior Group pair Magnus and Nicolas Baert in race one, with AF Corse Ferrari duo Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Ulysse de Pauw taking victory in race two.

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