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GT4 European Series – Round 3 - Circuit Paul Ricard

31st May - 2nd June 2019

Event report and photos by Raymond Bonnello

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The European GT4 series entered to the Paul Ricard circuit for the first time since 2015.

A squad of 42 cars representing 12 manufacturers competed in the third round of the season.

At Paul Ricard, the GT4 European Series supported the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for the second time this season.

Some teams in the European GT4 series have changed their lineup for the French weekend, a team brought a new car in the south of France, while four teams made their first start of the season of the European GT4 series at Castellet.

Free practice (1 Friday, May 31 morning)

MDM Motorsport's Alec Udell led the way in the first free practice session for the third round of the GT4 European Series at Circuit Paul Ricard.

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The American driver was able to beat fellow BMW driver Marius Zug on the 5.822m long circuit in Le Castellet. Udell set the fastest time of 2:13.531 just before the halfway point of the session.

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Zug’s time of 2:13.698 was enough to set the fastest time in the Pro-Am category and almost a tenth quicker than Silver Cup points leader Benjamin Lessennes in the Equipe Verschuur McLaren.

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Ricardo van der Ende completed the Silver Cup top three with the Ekris M4 GT4, finishing the session in fourth place overall, almost half a second behind Udell. Pierre Alexandre Jean was fifth fastest overall.

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Series newcomer Max Busnelli put the Centre Porsche Ticino Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR in second place in the Pro-Am class, ahead of Generation AMR SuperRacing’s Matthew George in his team’s new Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4.

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David Loger set the pace in the Am category. A lap of 2:15.866 put his Alpine A110 GT4 in 27th overall. Clement Seyler was second fastest in the class, followed by Lukasz Kreski in the eSky WP Racing Team Maserati.

Free practice 2 (Friday, May 31 afternoon)

RN Vision STS BMW driver Marius Zug was the fastest driver in the second and last free practice session before qualifying for round 3 of the 2019 GT4 European Series.

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Half of the 42-car field finished the second practice session at Circuit Paul Ricard within one second of each other. Another 13 cars were within two seconds of the fastest time.

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The session took place under a clear blue sky, with temperatures almost reaching 26ºC again. Zug coped well with the high temperatures, lapping the French track in 2:14.038.

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Benjamin Lessennes in the Equipe Verschuur McLaren was second overall and fastest in Silver Cup, with Simon Knap’s MDM Motorsport BMW third fastest - just 0.019s off Lessennes time.

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Marc Basseng put the Schwede Motorsport Mercedes in fourth place overall and second in Pro-Am, ahead of the fastest French driver in the session - Aurelien Panis in the Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes.

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Nicolaj Møller-Madsen (Phoenix Racing), Ricardo van der Ende (Ekris Motorsport) and Ivan Lukashevivch (Bullitt Racing) completed the overall top eight.

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Fastest in the Am class was the #27 IMSA Performance Audi of Franck Leherpeur. The French team, making a one-off appearance to prepare for the FFSA GT final, set the ninth fastest time overall.

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Street Art Racing’s Clement Seyler put his Aston Martin second in class, whilst David Loger was third fastest in the CMR Alpine.

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Qualifying 1 and 2 (Saturday June 1)

Matthew George and Simon Knap secured the pole positions for the GT4 European Series races at Circuit Paul Ricard in the morning qualifying.

Simon Knap's laptime in the second session was the fastest time of the weekend.

Generation AMR SuperRacing driver Matthew George scored a pole position for the fifth race of the 2019 GT4 European Series, which will take place later in the afternoon.

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On his team’s first outing with the new Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 the British driver was the fastest driver at the end of the first 20-minute session, in which provisional pole swapped changed hands repeatedly.

Halfway through the first qualifying session Ricardo van der Ende’s Ekris Motorsport M4 GT4 was on provisional overall pole, but on his sixth lap Matthew George demoted Van der Ende to second by putting in a 2:12.193.

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That time was good enough to claim pole position overall and in Pro-Am, whilst Van der Ende’s time earned him the pole in the Silver Cup.

Of the drivers in the top five, only Mads Siljehaug improved on his final attempt, putting his Valvoline - True Racing KTM X-Bow GT4 in fourth, just behind Alec Udell’s MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4.

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Florian Thoma (PROsport Performance) was fifth fastest overall, followed by Patric Niederhauser (True Racing) and Lluc Ibanez (NM Racing Team).

Second in Pro-Am was Nicolas Schöll in the Allied Racing Porsche, just ahead of Max Busnelli in the Centre Porsche Ticino Porsche.

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In the AM class it was David Loger who notched another pole position in the Alpine A110 GT4.

He beat Maciej Marcinkiewicz in the eSky WP Racing Maserati and Michael Blanchemain in the IMSA Performance Audi.

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In Qualifying 2 it was more of the same with lap times dropping and provisional pole changing hands several times.

Ten minutes into the session Jan Kisiel put his Leipert Motorsport Mercedes on provisional pole, but one minute later MDM Motorsport driver Simon Knap successfully improved his time, edging Kisiel by four-tenths of a second.

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True Racing’s Reinhard Kofler claimed third overall - and in the Silver Cup - with Equipe Verschuur driver Benjamin Lessennes completing the second row of the grid. Euan McKay was fifth fastest in the Ekris M4 GT4.

The W&D Racing Team BMW of Paolo Meloni scored the Pro-Am pole for tomorrow’s race, finishing the second session fifth overall.

Marius Zug qualified his RN Vision STS BMW second in class, ahead of Cem Bolukbasi in the Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport BMW.

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Clement Seyler put the Street Art Racing Aston Martin on pole for race 2.

Dominik Olbert in the razoon - more than racing KTM was second fastest, followed by Lukas Kreski in the Maserati.

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Race 1 (Saturday June 1)

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MDM Motorsport won the opening race of the GT4 European Series round at Circuit Paul Ricard. The #25 BMW M4 GT4 secured the race win after a long battle with the #8 Ekris Motorsport Ekris M4 GT4.

MDM Motorsport also claimed third overall, whilst Redele Competition and eSky WP Racing Team won the Pro-Am and Am categories.

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The Dutch team earned its first race win of the season, despite starting from the second row on the grid.

American Alec Udell managed to get P2 on the opening lap, passing pole sitter Matthew George, but was unable to find a way past the Ekris M4 GT4 of former GT4 European champion Ricardo van der Ende.

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Van der Ende continued to lead until the pit window opened, although Udell was always well within striking distance.

MDM Motorsport decided to call in the #25 BMW before Ekris Motorsport made its stop, but the #8 Ekris was still leading as it rejoined the race.

Euan McKay, however, was just a couple of tenths clear of Simon Knap.

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After almost running wide at the ‘Double droits du Beausset’, Knap managed to stay right behind McKay and one lap later the Dutchman overtook the Ekris M4 GT4 in the same corner.

In the remaining 20 minutes Knap was able to pull away and build up a gap.

After 26 laps the Dutchman crossed the line and claimed the team’s first win since Hungary last season.

McKay crossed the line in second place, 3.493s behind the race winning BMW, whilst Mark van der Aa secured third place for MDM Motorsport.

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The #18 PROsport Performance Aston Martin finished in fourth place, ahead of the #7 Street Art Racing Aston Martin and the #16 True Racing KTM, completing a Silver Cup top six overall. Jan Kisiel and Max Koebolt finished seventh in class, after a penalty for Kisiel for causing a collision threw them back, whilst the Equipe Verschuur McLaren of Benjamin Lessennes and Daniel McKay retired early in the race.

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In Pro-Am Alain Ferté and Gregoire Demoustier took their second win of the season in the #35 Redele Competition Alpine A110 GT4.

Ferté finished the race a couple of seconds clear of the #718 Centri Porsche Ticino Porsche of Ivan Jacoma and Max Busnelli.

RN Vision STS drivers Marius Zug and Gabriele Piana claimed yet another podium with the #111 RN Vision STS BMW.

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The W&D Racing Team BMW and the two Schwede Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4s completed the Pro-Am top six, whilst the pole sitting Generation AMR SuperRacing Aston Martin finished in seventh place.

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Lukasz Kreski and Maciej Marcinkiewicz claimed victory on their return to the GT4 European Series.

The eSky WP Racing Maserati finished over 16 seconds clear of the Team GT McLaren of Bernhard Laber and Christian Danner.

Street Art Racing’s Clement Seyler and Pascal Bachmann took another GT4 European Series podium, by finishing third in class.

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IMSA Performance was fourth in class, ahead of Monza double race winners Selleslagh Racing Team and the #48 CMR Alpine.

Race 2 (Sunday June 2)

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MDM Motorsport scored their second victory of the GT4 European Series weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard, after another flawless race from Simon Knap and Alec Udell in the #25 BMW M4 GT4.

In Pro-Am victory went to the W&D Racing Team BMW M4 GT4, whilst the #48 CMR Alpine A110 GT4 won the Am class.

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Simon Knap started the second race of the weekend from pole position and the Dutchman kept the lead off the line.

Behind Knap, Jan Kisiel, Euan McKay and Benjamin Lessennes were battling for second place, until a collision between the #777 Schwede Motorsport Mercedes and the #9 CMR Alpine triggered an early safety car period.

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McKay tried to overtake Knap at the restart, but the Dutchman kept his concentration and pulled out in front of the Ekris M4 GT4 again into the first combination of corners.

Lessennes managed to pass Kisiel, to take third place on lap seven.

Knap pulled away from McKay and Lessennes, increasing his lead to almost three seconds by lap eight.

The #25 MDM Motorsport BMW came into the pits for its mandatory stop as soon as the pit window opened, while Lessennes and Kisiel overtook McKay, who then opted to follow Knap into the pits.

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At the end of lap 13 Equipe Verschuur and Leipert Motorsport called their drivers in, but the extra laps didn’t help either of them of returning in front of the MDM Motorsport BMW, now driven by Alec Udell.

In fact, the Ekris Motorsport team sent Ricardo van der Ende out too soon, resulting in a one-second stop and go penalty.

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As Van der Ende came in to serve his penalty, Daniel McKay and Max Koebolt moved up into second and third.

Behind the top three True Racing driver Patric Niederhauser was fourth, with W&D Racing Team and Team GT fighting for fifth place overall.

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Udell drove off into the distance to take an unchallenged win.

The American crossed the line 5.758s ahead of Daniel McKay, with Max Koebolt completing the overall and Silver Cup top three, just 0.167s behind the Equipe Verschuur McLaren.

The #16 True Racing KTM X-Bow GT4 finished in fourth, followed by the #18 PROsport Performance Aston Martin and Ricardo van der Ende in the Ekris Motorsport M4, who went from ninth to sixth on the penultimate lap.

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In Pro-Am W&D Racing Team’s Massimiliano Tresoldi and Paolo Meloni secured the first win of their 2019 campaign.

The #71 BMW M4 GT4 made it into the overall top three at one point, but eventually finished eighth overall.

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The #2 Leipert Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT4 of Luci Trefz and Marcus Paverud came across the finish line in second place, 1.357s behind the winning BMW, whilst Nicolas Schöll and Jan Kasperlik claimed their second podium finish of the season, by finishing third with the #22 Allied Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR.

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A late lead change in the Am category meant CMR drivers David Loger and Eric Mouez scored their second win of the season at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Two laps from the end the #48 Alpine A110 GT4 passed the #56 Team GT McLaren 570S GT4 of Christian Danner and Bernhard Laber.

Maciej Marcinkiewicz and Lukasz Kreski finished the race in third place.

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Marcinkiewicz and Kreski were initially classified as winners of Saturday’s race, but a 30-second post-race penalty dropped them to fourth and promoted Danner and Laber to first place.

(Based on GT4 European Series Press release)

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