Zolder Blancpain GT: Stevens and Winkelhock win for WRT Audi

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens claimed his first outright win in sportscars alongside WRT Audi team-mate Markus Winkelhock in the Zolder Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round

Zolder Blancpain GT: Stevens and Winkelhock win for WRT Audi

After they finished third in Saturday's qualifying race, Winkelhock headed into the pitstops midway through the main race in second position behind Clemens Schmid's ISR Audi R8 LMS.

A slower stop by the ISR team allowed Stevens to take a lead that he maintained for the rest of the race.

Schmid was leading the race after both front row cars of Stuart Leonard and Michael Meadows made mistakes as the green flag dropped.

Leonard's Team WRT Audi R8 LMS, which started on pole following Saturday's qualifying race victory for him and Robin Frijns, was slow off the line and dropped down to fourth position.

Meadows took the lead in his ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3 after Leonard's error but was given two drive-through penalties for a jump start as well as a start procedure infringement. His team-mate Raffaele Marciello brought the car home in 23rd.

Schmid's partner Filip Salaquarda survived last lap pressure from Leonard's team-mate Frijns to hold second after a late safety car bunched the cars up for a final lap shootout.

The top four was completed by another Team WRT Audi as Dries Vanthoor and Marcel Fassler moved through the pack from 13th on the grid.

Team M-Sport's Bentley was the first non-Audi, with Steven Kane and Vincent Abril finishing in fifth position after starting in 12th position.

They gained that position thanks to the incident that caused the safety car - when Jimmy Eriksson's Mercedes was hit from behind by Daniel Juncadella under braking for the Jacky Icxx curves as they fought for fifth.

Overall championship leaders Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti finished 15th in the Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

The duo started from the back of the grid as Bortolotti was involved in a race-ending incident on the entry to the first corner of Saturday's qualifying race.

RESULTS - 36 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 M.Winkelhock, W.Stevens Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 1h00m19.872s
2 C.Schmid, F.Salaquarda ISR Audi 0.467s
3 S.Leonard, R.Frijns Team WRT Audi 0.772s
4 M.Fassler, D.Vanthoor Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 1.041s
5 V.Abril, S.Kane Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 1.904s
6 F.Perera, M.Buhk HTP Motorsport Mercedes 2.617s
7 G.Venturini, M.Mapelli Attempto Racing Lamborghini 2.985s
8 F.Schiller, J.Szymkowiak HTP Motorsport Mercedes 5.026s
9 J.Dennis, P.Schothorst Team WRT Audi 5.498s
10 E.P.Companc, N.Siedler GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 5.777s
11 A.Watson, R.Bell Strakka Racing McLaren 6.149s
12 M.Palttala, J.Krohn Rowe Racing BMW 7.223s
13 E.Ide, C.Mies Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi 7.415s
14 R.Monti, C.Haase Sainteloc Racing Audi 7.833s
15 C.Engelhart, M.Bortolotti GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini 9.201s
16 M.Broniszewski, G.Piccini Kessel Racing Ferrari 9.808s
17 P.Quaife, L.Case AF Corse Ferrari 10.929s
18 A.Soucek, M.Soulet Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley 11.519s
19 P.B.-Bhakdi, C.van Dam Kessel Racing TP12 Ferrari 12.056s
20 N.Pohler, M.van Splunteren Attempto Racing Lamborghini 12.265s
21 J-L.Beaubelique, J.Gounon Akka ASP Team Mercedes 12.555s
22 C.Bourret, J-P.Belloc Akka ASP Team Mercedes 12.724s
23 M.Meadows, R.Marciello Akka ASP Team Mercedes 13.374s
24 F.Serralles, D.Juncadella Akka ASP Team Mercedes 1m34.740s
25 D.Fumanelli, L.Williamson Strakka Motorsport McLaren 1m41.266s
26 S.Earle, D.Perel Kessel Racing Ferrari 1 Lap
27 A.Mattschull, D.Keilwitz Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 1 Lap
28 B.Barnicoat, A.Parente Strakka Racing McLaren 1 Lap
29 D.Baumann, J.Eriksson Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes 7 Laps
30 K.Ceccon, F.Stippler ISR Audi 9 Laps
- A.F.da Costa, P.Eng Rowe Racing BMW Retirement
- G.Yacaman, N.de Marco Orange 1 Team Lazarus Lamborghini Retirement
- J.Kane, C.Ledogar Strakka Racing McLaren Retirement


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