New R-Motorsport team takes first win at Silverstone

The new R-Motorsport Aston Martin team claimed a dominant first victory in the Silverstone round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

New R-Motorsport team takes first win at Silverstone

The best of the Swiss entrant's V12 Vantages shared by Matthieu Vaxiviere, Jake Dennis and Nicky Thiim led for the majority of the three-hour race on the way to a 10.9-second victory.

The win for the Arden/Jota-run car remains provisional, however, because they raced under appeal after it was excluded from qualifying.

The winning trio qualified on pole, but the Aston Martin's data logger was found to contain no data, violating the sporting regulation that states that it must work throughout the event.

Vaxiviere converted pole into the lead of the race and held a narrow advantage over the Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes-AMG GT3 started by Adam Christodoulou going into the first round of pitstops.

Dennis dropped behind the Mercedes taken over by Tristan Vautier during the pit cycle, before quickly moving the Aston back to the front with a neat move at Luffield.

The Briton was then able to drive away from the Frenchman, extending the lead to 16s prior to handing over to Thiim.

Raffaelo Marciello lost a couple of seconds to the Aston in the second round of stops and then further ground early in the stint, before halving the gap from more than 20s in the closing stages.

The Lexus RC F GT3 took its first BGTS podium in the hands of the Swiss Emil Frey team.

Stephane Ortelli, Markus Palttala and Norbert Siedler claimed third after moving up from seventh of the grid.

The car jumped from sixth to fifth during the first pitstop sequence before Palttala moved the Japanese car ahead of the Black Falcon Mercedes driven by Luca Stolz and then the second of the R-Motorsport Astons with Alex Brundle at the wheel.

Siedler edged towards the ASP Mercedes after the final stops, before having to resist a late challenge from the WRT Audi R8 LMS driven by Dries Vanthoor.

The Audi, in which Vanthoor was joined by Christopher Mies and Alex Riberas, was a shade over half a second behind at the chequered flag.

The second R-Motosport Aston in which Brundle was joined by Marvin Kirchhofer and Maxime Martin took fifth on the final lap.

Martin was able to move the car past the Black Falcon Mercedes now with Yelmer Buurman at the wheel.

The Silver Cup class was won by Black Falcon Mercedes of Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt and Giorgio Piana.

The Emil Frey Jaguar G3 of Alex Fontana, Adrian Zaugg and Mikael Grenier led the way in class until a slow second pitstop, which was followed by the right rear wheel parting company with the car.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 M.Vaxiviere, J.Dennis, N.Thiim R-Motorsport Aston Martin 89 3h00m17.323s
2 T.Vautier, A.Christodoulou, R.Marciello Mercedes-AMG Team Akka ASP Mercedes 89 10.947s
3 S.Ortelli, M.Palttala, N.Siedler Emil Frey Lexus Racing Lexus 89 25.652s
4 D.Vanthoor, C.Mies, A.Riberas Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 89 26.178s
5 A.Brundle, M.Kirchhofer, M.Martin R-Motorsport Aston Martin 89 28.569s
6 L.Stolz, Y.Buurman, M.Engel Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes 89 29.329s
7 M.Aleshin, M.Molina, D.Rigon SMP Racing Ferrari 89 30.384s
8 M.Buhk, D.Fumanelli, M.Gotz Strakka Racing Mercedes 89 32.050s
9 C.Klien, M.Seefried, A.Costa Emil Frey Lexus Racing Lexus 89 33.422s
10 A.Caldarelli, C.Engelhart, M.Bortolotti GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 89 45.201s
11 F.Makowiecki, R.Dumas, D.Werner Manthey Racing Porsche 89 57.938s
12 S.Leonard, S.van der Linde, M.Fassler Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 89 59.674s
13 J.Krohn, C.De Phillippi, J.Klingmann Rowe Racing BMW 89 1m04.377s
14 V.Abril, A.Soucek, M.Soulet Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 89 1m07.610s
15 B.Barnicoat, C.Ledogar, A.Watson Garage 59 McLaren 89 1m46.125s
16 M.Parry, L.Ordonez, A.Buncombe GT Sport Motul Team RJN Nissan 89 1m46.851s
17 R.Ineichen, P.Keen, F.Perera GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 89 1m58.652s
18 A.Al Faisal, H.Haupt, G.Piana Black Falcon Mercedes 88 1 Lap
19 P.Schothorst, S.Schothorst, K.van der Linde Attempto Racing Audi 88 1 Lap
20 S.Yoluc, D.Burke, E.Hankey RAM Racing Mercedes 88 1 Lap
21 G.Smith, J.Gounon, S.Kane Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 88 1 Lap
22 N.Pohler, P.Kaffer, J.Schmidt Attempto Racing Audi 88 1 Lap
23 L.Marioneck, M.Siljehaug, P.Niederhauser Reiter Young Stars Lamborghini 88 1 Lap
24 C.Buncombe, N.Leventis, L.Williamson Strakka Racing Mercedes 88 1 Lap
25 C.Harris, A.West, C.Goodwin Garage 59 McLaren 88 1 Lap
26 D.Cameron, M.Griffin AF Corse Ferrari 88 1 Lap
27 G.Cipriani, M.Ramos, F.Crestani Daiko Lazarus Racing Lamborghini 87 2 Laps
28 K.Lendoudis, S.Al-Faisal, R.Aguas Black Falcon Mercedes 87 2 Laps
29 J.Witt, R.Sanchez, S.Moore GT Sport Motul Team RJN Nissan 87 2 Laps
30 E.P.Companc, R.Giammaria, G.Venturini GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 87 2 Laps
31 M.Rostan, N.Stievenart, M.Winkelhock Sainteloc Racing Audi 87 2 Laps
32 P.Giauque, E.Debard, F.Barthez Akka ASP Team Mercedes 87 2 Laps
33 J.Haring, E.L.Brauner, W.Triller Herberth Motorsport Porsche 87 2 Laps
34 R.Yoon, P.Ehret, R.Penttinen Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 87 2 Laps
35 A.Santamato, F.Leo, S.Gattuso Daiko Lazarus Racing Lamborghini 86 3 Laps
36 A.Ziegler, I.Vinke, H.Walkenhorst Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW 85 4 Laps
37 J-L.Beaubelique, M.Ricci, N.Jamin Akka ASP Team Mercedes 84 5 Laps
38 A.Tambay, O.Rowland, T.Jager Strakka Racing Mercedes 83 6 Laps
39 A.Al Harthy, E.McKay, C.Eastwood Oman Racing Team with TF Sport Aston Martin 82 7 Laps
40 M.Beretta, S.Mitchell, M.Kodric Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 74 15 Laps
41 A.Mattschull, R.Salikhov, D.Keilwitz Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 74 15 Laps
42 A.Amstutz, L.Machitski, J.Minshaw Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini 71 18 Laps
43 N.Hommerson, L.Machiels, A.Bertolini AF Corse Ferrari 70 19 Laps
44 A.Fontana, A.Zaugg, M.Grenier Emil Frey Jaguar Racing Jaguar 66 23 Laps
- V.Petrov, D.Bulatov, M.Meadows SMP Racing by AKKA ASP Mercedes 60 Retirement
- A.Jung, S.Gachet, C.Haase Sainteloc Racing Audi 60 Retirement
- R.Collard, N.Yelloly, J.M.Edwards Rowe Racing BMW 58 Retirement
- A.Frassineti, R.Monti, A.Rizzoli Ombra Racing Lamborghini 47 Retirement
- D.Pierce, R.Smith, S.Morris Team Parker Racing Bentley 8 Retirement
- J.Szymkowiak, J.Manchester, N.Bastian Akka ASP Team Mercedes 2 Retirement


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