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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