HTP Mercedes wins Silverstone Blancpain GT Endurance Cup race

HTP Mercedes drivers Dominik Baumann, Jazeman Jaafar and Maximilian Buhk claimed a narrow victory in the Silverstone round of the Blancpain GT Series

HTP Mercedes wins Silverstone Blancpain GT Endurance Cup race

The trio triumphed aboard their Mercedes-AMG GT3 by less than a second over the WRT Audi R8 LMS of Frederic Vervisch and brothers Dries and Laurens Vanthoor at the end of the three-hour BGTS Endurance Cup event.

Buhk appeared to have the race in the bag after edging away from Laurens Vanthoor after the final round of pitstops, holding an advantage of five seconds when the safety car came out with 40 minutes to go.

The Audi was less than half a second behind after a protracted yellow-flag period, but Buhk was able eke out an advantage over the final minutes of the race.

The German stretched his advantage to move than two seconds before backing off over the final lap.

Buhk said: "I was just focusing on the restart and trying to pull a gap, and thankfully it worked out.

"I could see him in my mirrors and really pushed."

Baumann had completed the first stint in third place behind the Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Mirko Bortolotti and the ISR Audi driven by Franck Perera.

Jaafar resumed in the same position behind Rolf Ineichen in the Lamborghini and the WRT Audi with Dries Vanthoor at the wheel, which had leaped up from seventh after short-fuelling during its first stop.

The Audi and Mercedes passed the Lamborghini in the Village complex on lap 37 and then Jaafar snuck inside Vanthoor at Brooklands to take the lead.

Jaafar was able to pull away into a six-second lead before handing over to Buhk before the next round of pitstops closed up the lead battle.

The Grasser Lamborghini, in which Jeroen Bleekemolen completed the race, ended up more than 20s down in third position.

Rowe BMW driver Philipp Eng overhauled the second of the HTP Mercedes with Indy Dontje at the wheel to claim fourth position in the M6 GT3 he shared with Maxime Martin and Alexander Sims.

Dontje, who shared the car with Clemens Schmid and Luciano Bacheta, made an attempt to repass the BMW at the end of the final lap, finishing just over a tenth behind.

Shane van Gisbergen claimed sixth position in the closing stages in the Garage 59 McLaren 650S GT3 he shared with Rob Bell and Colm Ledogar.

Pro-am honours went to the Black Falcon Mercedes of Maro Engel, Miguel Toril and Oliver Morley, which came from third to first in Engel's hands over the final two laps.

RESULT - 83 LAPS

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 Pro D.Baumann, J.Jaafar, M.Buhk HTP Motorsport Mercedes 3h01m35.700s
2 Pro D.Vanthoor, F.Vervisch, L.Vanthoor Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 0.963s
3 Pro R.Ineichen, J.Bleekemolen, M.Bortolotti GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 22.163s
4 Pro A.Sims, P.Eng, M.Martin Rowe Racing BMW 23.814s
5 Pro L.Bacheta, I.Dontje, C.Schmid HTP Motorsport Mercedes 23.938s
6 Pro C.Ledogar, R.Bell, S.Gisbergen Garage 59 McLaren 29.114s
7 Pro G.Guilvert, M.Parisy, C.Haase Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 31.111s
8 Pro V.Abril, G.Smith, S.Kane Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 33.675s
9 Pro A.Garcia, W.Stevens, N.Muller Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 45.017s
10 Pro F.Babini, D.Zampieri, P.Niederhauser Attempto Racing Lamborghini 46.640s
11 Pro H.Haupt, A.Simonsen, A.Christodoulou Black Falcon Mercedes 47.593s
12 Pro N.Catsburg, S.Dusseldorp, J.Klingmann Rowe Racing BMW 49.333s
13 Pro S.Leonard, M.Meadows, R.Frijns Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 50.265s
14 Pro E.P.Companc, A.Balzan, R.Giammaria Spirit of Race Ferrari 56.834s
15 Pro M.Stockinger, F.Salaquarda, F.Stippler ISR Audi 58.795s
16 Pro P.Lathouras, A.P.Guidi, M.Rugolo Spirit of Race Ferrari 1m02.901s
17 Pro-Am O.Morley, M.Toril, M.Engel Black Falcon Mercedes 1m07.602s
18 Pro-Am A.Al Harthy, D.Modell, J.Adam Oman Racing Team Aston Martin 1m09.886s
19 Pro-Am H.Hassid, P.Giauque, F.Perera ISR Audi 1m10.736s
20 Pro R.Baptista, S.Jimenez, F.Albuquerque Team WRT Audi 1 Lap
21 Pro M.Beretta, A.Piccini, L.Stolz GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 1 Lap
22 Pro S.Moore, A.Fontana, A.Watson Garage 59 McLaren 1 Lap
23 Pro A.De Leener, P.Kox, P.Kaffer Team WRT Audi 1 Lap
24 Pro D.Cammish, J.Gounon, C.Zochling Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini 1 Lap
25 Pro-Am D.Perfetti, L.Cazenave, M.Lyons Akka ASP Team Mercedes 1 Lap
26 Pro-Am S.Costantini, G.Berton, M.Beretta Ombra Racing Lamborghini 1 Lap
27 Pro-Am T.O.-Cole, I.Loggie, C.MacLeod Team Parker Racing Bentley 1 Lap
28 Pro-Am M.Simmons, R.Sarazin, S.Walkinshaw Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan 1 Lap
29 Pro-Am M.Broniszewski, A.Bonacini, A.Rizzoli Kessel Racing Ferrari 1 Lap
30 Pro-Am M.Koebolt, G.Roda, S.Colombo BMW Team Italia BMW 1 Lap
31 Pro-Am J.Pisarik, M.Malucelli Scuderia Praha Ferrari 1 Lap
32 Pro-Am M.Poole, R.Abra, J.Osborne Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 2 Laps
33 Am S.Vancampenh., P.Ehret Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 2 Laps
34 Pro-Am M.Ishikawa, L.Bontempelli, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 2 Laps
35 Pro-Am O.Grotz, K.Ojjeh, J.Darras Boutsen Ginion Racing BMW 2 Laps
36 Pro-Am A.Mattschull, S.Parrow, D.Keilwitz Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 2 Laps
37 Am M.Ricci, J-L.Beaubelique, G.Vannelet Akka ASP Team Mercedes 2 Laps
38 Am M.Konopka, A.Lewandowski, T.Myszkowski ARC Bratislava Lamborghini 2 Laps
39 Pro-Am G.Lallement, M.Rostan, M.Bonanomi Sainteloc Junior Team Audi 2 Laps
40 Am C.Cooper, C.Harris, D.Pierce Team Parker Racing Bentley 3 Laps
41 Am G.Kondakov, A.Moiseev, R.Ragazzi AF Corse Ferrari 4 Laps
42 Pro-Am T.Cornac, R.Narac, M.Jousse IMSA Performance Porsche 4 Laps
43 Pro L.Frey, S.Ortelli, A.Costa Emil Frey Racing Jaguar 4 Laps
44 Pro-Am M.van Splunteren, L.Machiels, J.Mul Attempto Racing Lamborghini 4 Laps
45 Am M.Zanuttini, V.Gitlin, L.Talbot Kessel Racing Ferrari 7 Laps
46 Pro M.Soulet, W.Reip, A.Soucek Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 8 Laps
47 Am R.Ricci, N.Stievenart, T.Nicolle CMR by Sport Garage Ferrari 23 Laps
- Am S.Earle, B.Delhez, D.Perel Kessel Racing Ferrari Retirement
- Am P.Mann, F.Guedes, R.Mastronardi Spirit of Race Ferrari Retirement
- Pro M.Seefried, R.Salikhov, N.Siedler Rinaldi Racing Ferrari Retirement
- Pro-Am P.Keen, L.Machitski, M.Mapelli Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Retirement
- Pro L.Ordonez, M.Takaboshi, A.Buncombe Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan Retirement
- Pro-Am C.Mateu, J.Haring, N.Armindo Attempto Racing Porsche Withdrawn

shares
comments
Porsche GB Cup champion Dan Cammish gets international GT debut
Previous article

Porsche GB Cup champion Dan Cammish gets international GT debut

Next article

McLaren divisions considering one-make series for GT4-spec 570S

McLaren divisions considering one-make series for GT4-spec 570S
The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar  Plus

The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar 

It’s taken over half a decade of development but now the Mercedes-AMG One is here – boasting 1048bhp from a Formula 1-based hybrid powertrain and smashing the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for a production car with Maro Engel at the wheel last month. ROBERT HOLMES wonders if it can now claim to be the ultimate hypercar...

GT
Nov 30, 2022
How to get the best out of amateur racers Plus

How to get the best out of amateur racers

Pro-Am GT racing is booming. But how should drivers approach working with an amateur? Autosport sought out a panel of experts to explain the pitfalls amateur drivers should avoid and how professionals can help them to achieve their goals

GT
Apr 3, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

National
Oct 15, 2021
The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

GT
Oct 7, 2021
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021