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International GT Open - Winter Tests - Paul Ricard - France

2nd - 3rd March 2018

Event report Raymond Bonnello, photos Fréderic Lemaire

After Barcelona, the Winter Tests of the International Open GT took place on the Paul Ricard circuit.

In this Friday, March 02nd, if the snow was no longer present on the track, bad weather in the south of France prevented several teams to make the trip in the Var.

Missed on call, the three Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Imperiale Racing, the one of Lazarus and the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of SPS automotive-performance.

Eventually 17 cars are present, eight less than the confirmed entries.

On Saturday, March 03rd, a wonderful sunny day concluded the Winter Test sessions at Circuit Paul Ricard. The excellent weather conditions and the good temperature allowed all teams to perform the scheduled work, with no major hiccups on track.

BMW Team Teo Martín attended with two BMW M6.

#4 Márcio Basso / João Mauro

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#18 Andrés Saravia

With a time of 2: 02.345 the Guatemalan driver was awarded the best time of the first day of these winter tests.

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Lamborghini was represented by two Huracan GT3.

One for the Vincenzo Sospiri Racing.

#6 Giulio Borlenghi / Nicolas Costa / Kang Ling

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The second for the Ombra Racing.

#12 Damiano Fioravanti / Fernando Rees

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The Mercedes clan was represented by two teams.

Lechner Racing with one Mercedes AMG GT3.

#27 Mario Plachutta / Thomas Jäger

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Drivex School with one Mercedes AMG GT3.

#16 Marcelo Hahn / Allam Khodair

Like in Barcelona, the Brazilian pair set the fastest time (2.01.709) beating clearly the competition.

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Ferrari being the most represented brand during these Winter Tests with four teams.

Luzich Racing debuted with two 488 GT3 and its full line-up.

#51 Mikkel Mac / Alessandro Pier Guidi / Marco Cioci

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#71 Alexander West / Michele Rugolo

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Rinaldi Racing fielded two cars.

#33 Rinat Salikhov / Dominik Schwager

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#333 Vadim Kogay / David Perel

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Spirit of Race arrived with two 488 GT3.

#61 Christoph Ulrich / Maurizio Mediani

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#81 Marco Seefried / Murat Sultanov

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and one 458 GT3 (This car had the # 91 on Entry List but the # 81 on the track)

#91/81 Simon Mann / Matteo Cressoni

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Last but not least, Kessel Racing, presented three 488 GT3

#50 John Hartshorne / Oliver Hancock

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#102 Claudio Schiavoni / Sergio Pianezzola / Andrea Piccini.

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#111 Stephen Earle

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The Official winters tests are now over, the GT Open will go back now on track for the races.

(Based on International Open GT Press release)

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