Algarve Blancpain Sprint: Track limit penalty costs WRT Audi second

Laurens Vanthoor and Cesar Ramos have been demoted to eighth in Sunday's main Blancpain Sprint Series race at Algarve after being deemed to have exceeded the track limits

Algarve Blancpain Sprint: Track limit penalty costs WRT Audi second

The WRT Audi duo made a strong comeback through the field after Ramos dropped from fourth to eighth in the opening phase of the race, before Vanthoor took over and and rapidly closed the gap to the leaders.

The Belgian driver began harrying second-placed Jerome Bleekemolen in the Grasser Lamborghini and eventually overtook him on the penultimate lap.

That provoked an angry reaction from Bleekemolen, who argued that Vanthoor had not respected the track limits on the corner leading up to the pass.

The incident was investigated post-race and Vanthoor was deemed to have gained an unfair advantage, resulting in a 30-second time penalty and dropping the WRT Audi pair to eighth.

Bleekemolen and team-mate Hari Proczyk - who won Saturday's qualifying race - now go away with second under their belts, while Fabian Hamprecht and Stephane Ortelli move up to third.

Max Gotz and Max Buhk took a dominant victory for HTP Mercedes.

Revised results - 33 laps:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 M.Buhk, M.Gotz HTP Motorsport Mercedes 1h00m19.617s
2 H.Proczyk, J.Bleekemolen GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 11.576s
3 F.Hamprecht, S.Ortelli Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 23.435s
4 R.Rusinov, T.Enge G-Drive Racing Lamborghini 23.753s
5 E.Ide, R.Rast Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 26.407s
6 N.M.-Melnhof, M.Winkelhock Phoenix Racing Audi 30.600s
7 A.Latif, M.Basseng Phoenix Racing Audi 39.331s
8 C.Ramos, L.Vanthoor Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 40.332s
9 Alessandro Zanardi ROAL Motorsport BMW 40.788s
10 F.Onidi, G.Pantano Bhaitech McLaren 43.264s
11 S.Afanasiev, S.Dusseldorp HTP Motorsport Mercedes 44.126s
12 S.Pentus, C.van der Drift Bhaitech McLaren 45.651s
13 T.Jager, D.Baumann BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert BMW 57.410s
14 C.Bueno, S.Jimenez BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil BMW 1m02.213s
15 D.Fumanelli, S.Colombo ROAL Motorsport BMW 1m05.421s
16 M.Stumpf, N.Piquet Jr. BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil BMW 1m35.765s
17 L.Wolf, L.Stolz HTP Motorsport Mercedes 1 Lap
18 P.Pinheiro, F.Mora Sports & You Mercedes 1 Lap
19 S.Halek, S.Landmann GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 1 Lap
20 A.Coimbra, L.Silva Sports & You Mercedes 1 Lap
- M.Lisowski, V.Abril Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi Retirement
- M.Toril, A.Ebrahim Fortec Motorsports Mercedes Retirement

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