Dinamic Porsche wins GT World Challenge at Nurburgring

Dinamic Motorport's Christian Engelhart, Matteo Cairoli and Sven Muller utterly dominated the second GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup round of the season at the Nurburgring for Porsche

Dinamic Porsche wins GT World Challenge at Nurburgring

The trio started second on the grid following Saturday evening's qualifying but made the most of a chaotic opening lap in which the polesitting GPX Porsche of Dennis Olsen was taken out of contention by Albert Costa's Emil Frey Lamborghini at Turn 1.

Dinamic's closest rivals came in the form of the AKKA ASP Mercedes with Raffaele Marciello, Timur Boguslavskiy and Felipe Fraga on board, but they finished some 14.849 seconds adrift by the flag.

HRT's Maro Engel, Luca Stolz and Vincent Abril completed the podium in third after staving off a late charge by Dries Vanthoor's WRT Audi, who eventually lost out to team-mates Mirko Bortolotti, Kelvin van der Linde and Rolf Ineichen on the last lap.

Engelhart inherited the lead following the chaos at the start - with the ensuing melee also forcing AF Corse's James Calado out at after hitting his fellow Ferrari of SMP's Miguel Molina - and built a healthy margin of over 13 seconds over Boguslavskiy before the first round of pit-stops.

Team-mate Cairoli extended this to nearly half a minute as the second hour came to a close. Two full course yellow periods followed over the next two hours, the first of which was caused by Mathias Lauda spinning his JP Motorsport Mercedes at the chicane, while Rob Collard was taken out of the Pro-Am lead by a wayward Mikkel Pederson at the same corner.

Boguslavskiy momentarily assumed the lead of the race after Engelhart brought the Dinamic Porsche into the pits for a second time in as many laps.

This cost them the lead, but Engelhart quickly made amends at the restart, easily out-accelerating Boguslavskiy's Mercedes on the exit of T1.

While Engelhart pulled away at the front once more, the action was frenetic behind as Boguslavskiy came under increasing pressure from a charging Dorian Boccolacci with two-and-a-half hours to go.

The Sainteloc Audi driver had produced a number of impressive overtakes while at the wheel and forced his way past Boguslavskiy at the chicane.

Having ceded the place back to Boguslavskiy for cutting the corner, Boccolacci immediately resumed his attack on the Russian at Turn 2 but hit the Mercedes and spun.

Benefiting from the chaos in front was Pilet in the GPX Porsche who, after losing ground to both HRT's Luca Stolz and the WRT Audi of Christopher Mies, emerged in second before going off at Turn 6, hitting the barrier.

Vanthoor had looked a solid bet to take up the fight to Dinamic following a fourth FCY - for Frank Bird's Bentley which crashed at the exit of the chicane - but a drivethrough penalty for an unsafe release scuppered the Audi's chances.

Somehow, Vanthoor found a way back into the mix in the closing stages and elbowed his way by FFF Racing's Andrea Caldarelli at Turn 3 to claim fifth, with the latter losing out to an aggressive move by Andy Soucek's K-PAX Bentley.

Silver Cup honours went the way of Garage 59's James Pull, Andrew Watson and Valentin Hasse-Clot while the FFF Lamborghini of Phil Keen, Ricky Collard and Hiroshi Hamaguchi came out on top in a closely fought Pro-Am battle.

GT World Challenge Nurburgring result - 173 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 M.Cairoli, C.Engelhart, S.Muller Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 6h01m08.058s
2 R.Marciello, T.Boguslavskiy, F.Fraga Akka ASP Team Mercedes 14.849s
3 M.Engel, L.Stolz, V.Abril Haupt Racing Team Mercedes 17.823s
4 M.Bortolotti, R.Ineichen, K.van der Linde Team WRT Audi 32.568s
5 D.Vanthoor, C.Mies, C.Weerts Team WRT Audi 32.807s
6 A.Buncombe, A.Soucek, J.Pepper Flying Lizard Motorsports Bentley 33.293s
7 M.Buhk, F.Schiller, A.Lorandi GetSpeed Performance Mercedes 38.267s
8 S.de Silvestro, T.Bernhard, J.Bleekemolen Rowe Racing Porsche 49.012s
9 E.Liberati, J.Burdon, A.Imperatori KCMG Porsche 50.211s
10 M.Winkelhock, D.Boccolacci, C.Haase Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 1m05.300s
11 O.Wilkinson, R.Bell, J.Osborne Optimum Motorsport McLaren 1m06.419s
12 A.Watson, J.Pull, V.H.-Clot Garage 59 Aston Martin 1m21.889s
13 P.Kujala, A.MacDowall, F.Schandorff Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 1m22.131s
14 M.Molina, D.Rigon, S.Sirotkin SMP Racing Ferrari 1m42.042s
15 P-A.Jean, N.Panciatici, S.Morris CMR Bentley 1m47.351s
16 D.Lind, A.Caldarelli, M.Mapelli Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini 1 Lap
17 R.Monti, P.Assenheimer, E.P.Companc Madpanda Motorsport Mercedes 1 Lap
18 H.Hamaguchi, E.Erhart, P.Keen Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini 1 Lap
19 R.Dumas, D.Olsen, T.Preining GPX Racing Porsche 1 Lap
20 D.Allemann, R.Bohn, R.Renauer Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 1 Lap
21 T.Drouet, J.Pla, F.Barthez Akka ASP Team Mercedes 1 Lap
22 R.L.Vos, M.Konrad, T.O.-Cole RAM Racing Mercedes 1 Lap
23 N.Hommerson, L.Machiels, A.Bertolini AF Corse Ferrari 1 Lap
24 F.Hutchison, A.A.Aka, N.Scholl Attempto Racing Audi 1 Lap
25 R.Collard, L.Machitski, S.Mitchell Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 2 Laps
26 H.Haupt, S.Afanasiev, J.Camathias Haupt Racing Team Mercedes 2 Laps
27 P.Ehret, R.Mastronardi, D.Keilwitz Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 2 Laps
28 B.Moulin, J.Cecotto, R.Collard Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini 2 Laps
29 R.Ricci, S.Tribaudini, R.Umbrarescu CMR Bentley 2 Laps
30 N.Bastian, F.Scholze, C.Hook SPS automotive performance Mercedes 2 Laps
31 A.Rizzoli, A.De Leener, M.O.Pedersen Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 2 Laps
32 C.Froggatt, J.Hui, E.Cheever Sky Tempesta Racing Ferrari 3 Laps
33 C.Goodwin, A.West, J.Adam Garage 59 Aston Martin 3 Laps
34 J.Haring, D.Konstantinou, A.Renauer Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 4 Laps
35 P.Krupinski, C.Klien, M.Lauda JP Motorsport Mercedes 4 Laps
36 M.Blanchemain, C.Seyler, P-Y.Paque Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 7 Laps
37 N.Kjaergaard, E.McKay, F.Bird Team Parker Racing Bentley 8 Laps
38 A.Fontana, L.Legeret, B.Hites Akka ASP Team Mercedes 8 Laps
39 A.Panis, T.Buret, T.Neubauer Tech 1 Racing Lexus 16 Laps
- R.Feller, N.Siedler, M.Grenier Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Retirement
- M.Campbell, P.Pilet, M.Jaminet GPX Racing Porsche Retirement
- K.Ojjeh, G.Vannelet, J.Klingmann Boutsen Ginion Racing BMW Retirement
- M.Drudi, K-L.Schramm, F.Vervisch Attempto Racing Audi Retirement
- R.Baptista, M.Soulet, J.Gounon Flying Lizard Motorsports Bentley Retirement
- R.Breukers, S.Hall, B.Goethe Team WRT Audi Retirement
- F.Perera, G.Altoe, A.Costa Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Retirement
- A.P.Guidi, N.Nielsen, J.Calado SMP Racing Ferrari Retirement
- D.Werner, J.Andlauer, K.Bachler Rowe Racing Porsche Withdrawn
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