Slovakia FIA GT: Sebastien Loeb/Alvaro Parente McLaren wins heat

Sebastien Loeb and Alavaro Parente claimed victory in the qualifying race at the Slovakia Ring FIA GT Series round

Slovakia FIA GT: Sebastien Loeb/Alvaro Parente McLaren wins heat

Parente jumped from eighth on the grid to second at the start aboard his Sebastien Loeb Racing McLaren MP4-12C and then Loeb was able to pass race leader Niki Mayr-Melnhof's WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra straight after the mid-race pitstop sequence.

Parente said: "I did things a bit different at the start and was a lot better than last time at Zandvoort [in July]. I risked a bit by going to the outside and I got into second."

WRT duo Stephane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor came from ninth on the grid to claim second place right at the end when Alon Day took a drive-through penalty in the lead Charouz Mercedes SLS AMG.

Day, who shared the car with Maximilian Buhk, was penalised for contact when he passed Mayr-Melnhof for second on lap 21 of the 27-lap race.

Peter Kox and Stefan Rosina took the final place on the podium in the best of the Reiter-run Blancpain Lamborghini Gallardo LP560s, while fourth went to the second Loeb McLaren shared by Mike Parisy and Andreas Zuber.

Mayr-Melnhof and team-mate Rene Rast, who led to the pitstops from pole position, ended up fifth. Day and Buhk crossed the line in 10th place.

Victory in the Pro-Am Cup and sixth place overall went to Sergei Afanasiev and Andreas Simonsen in the second Charouz Mercedes.

Results - 27 laps: Pos Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Loeb/Parente Loeb McLaren 1h01m58.216s 2. Ortelli/Vanthoor WRT Audi +4.753s 3. Kox/Rosina Reiter Lamborghini +5.354s 4. Zuber/Parisy Loeb McLaren +8.107s 5. Mayr-Melnhof/Rast WRT Audi +13.701s 6. Simonsen/Afanasiev Gravity Charouz Mercedes +14.195s 7. Khodair/Bueno Brasil BMW +14.797s 8. Zonta/Simenez Brasil BMW +20.053s 9. Sandstrom/Stippler WRT Audi +21.023s 10. Day/Buhk Gravity Charouz Mercedes +25.029s 11. von Thurn und Taxis/Basseng Reiter Lamborghini +29.960s 12. Reip/Buncombe RJN Nissan +33.191s 13. Salaquarda/Onidi AF Ferrari +33.658s 14. Proczyk/Baumann Grasser Lamborghini +49.833s 15. Stumpf/Cunha Rodrive Lamborghini +52.633s 16. Sdanewitsch/Rugolo AF Ferrari +1m50.174s 17. Vieira/Campanico Novadriver Audi +1 lap 18. Charouz/Stovicek Gravity Charouz Mercedes +1 lap Retirements: Michael/Haupt Seyffarth Mercedes 17 laps Chandhok/Seyffarth Seyffarth Mercedes 10 laps Sladecka/Ebrahim India BMW 3 laps 
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