It was not all easy crusing for the #32 Audi R8, piloted by Dries Vanthoor, Kelvin van der Linde and Charles Weerts, though by pit technique they reclaimed first place after dropping it to fellow Audi runners Sainteloc Junior Group’s #25 entry.
WRT’s #32 workforce had bagged the primary pole place of the 2022 season kicking off the new-spec Audi R8’s nice debut at Imola.
The primary nook was drama free, but the #83 Iron Dames automotive was knocked, spun and positioned perpendicular on the monitor, which brought on the automotive to be out of the race on simply lap 1, regardless of driver Rahel Frey being the quickest of all Ferraris in Q1.
However after half an hour, Sainteloc’s #25 – pushed by Lucas Legeret, Christopher Mies and Patric Niederhauser – had assumed the lead of the race; Weerts went vast, which allowed Mies to simply take the race lead.
However WRT outfoxed its rival when it got here to pit technique, with an undercut that proved to be one of the best technique to reclaim monitor place – which allowed the #32 to take the lead again from the #25 round an hour into the race.
The #32 performed it regular as they prolonged their result in over 6.6 seconds by the top of the race.
Devastatingly, simply after the midway level, Legeret misplaced the #25 to the gravel, inflicting him to fall from P2 to P14, putting him simply behind MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi in his debut within the sequence in automotive #46.
#46 Group WRT Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3: Nico Müller, Frédéric Vervisch, Valentino Rossi
Picture by: SRO
Simply after this dramatic drop by automotive #25, the #97 Aston Martin halted simply off the monitor, inflicting a yellow flag on the entire monitor because it was tried to be retrieved.
This preceded the subsequent 30 minutes of the race, wherein a flurry of security automobiles considerably halted any motion.
However as all of the automobiles made the many of the state of affairs by pitting, Rossi made a vital mistake in his first GTWCE race on board the #46 Audi.
He entered the pitlane however missed his crew, failing to pit, inflicting him to need to exit and full one other lap earlier than returning on the next tour.
After this error, Rossi finally managed to leap out the automotive to get replaced by Frederic Vervisch, but the entire mix-up brought on the workforce to go from P13 to P23.
As soon as the barrage of security automotive intervals had ended, the #32 workforce prolonged its lead in the course of the second half of the race whereas two Mercedes-AMG GT3s adopted; the #88 AKKodis ASP entry claiming the runner-up spot forward of the #2 GetSpeed automotive.
The #46 automotive piloted by Rossi, who was joined by Vervisch and Nico Muller within the WRT-run entry, completed 17th total.