AF Corse Wins Inaugural 12H Italy-Mugello

AF Corse Winner of the Dunlop 12H ITALY_7_AF Corse_800pixThe first Dunlop 12H ITALY-MUGELLO ended with a dramatic victory by the No. 7 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Felipe Barreiros, Ilya Melnikov, and the father and son duo Aliaksandr Talkanitsa, Junior and Senior. While it may be appropriate for a Ferrari to win in Italy, the Italian based team earned the win through a taut battle with the Stadler Motorsport Porsche that had led for much of the day.

The dice at the end was the culmination of a long comeback drive by the Ferrari and the last three hours featured a thrilling duel between the two leaders. The AF Corse team had to consistently lap quicker as well as match the fuel efficiency of the Porsche 997 GT3 R driven by Adrian Amstutz, Mark Ineichen, and Marcel Matter.

Three other cars featured in the fight for the top. The No. 1 Hofor Racing Mercedes led at the end of Step 1 and carried that advantage well into the morning of Step 2. The greater fuel consumption of the big V8 motor put them a tempo behind their Porsche competitors. Then they suffered a puncture early during a lap, requiring a long slow journey back to the pits and much time lost. They finished third.

The biggest heartbreak was suffered by the No. 3 Fach Auto Tech Porsche. They were constantly nipping at the heels of both the Stadler and Hofor entries and moved ahead during pit stop exchanges. However, a massive loss of oil caused the car’s retirement.

Another Ferrari featured strongly in the race. Scuderia Praha’s F458 had problems similar to AF Corse during the first three hour segment. They too were able to work back through the field. Thanks in part to young Czech star Dennis Waszek’s fastest lap of the race, the team finished fourth overall.

Another Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG finished fifth. The No. 2 Car Collection entry had a roller coaster of a race—running well at times, interspersed with long bouts in the pits. The best of the 997 class runners was next. The Ruffier Racing team of Gabriel Abergel, Paul Lafargue, and Patrice Lafargue were just able to hold off a late race charge by the similar Porsche of GDL Racing. The class was led for much of the race by the No. 11 Las Moras Team Renault Megane Trophy until its radiator was holed by a stone kicked up while avoiding another car’s action.

The SP3 class battle was fought mostly between several GT4 spec Ginettas. The Italian based Nova Racing team pleased their local followers by winning the class with Luis Scarpaccio, Maurizio Copetti, and Luca Magnoni in the winning No. 67 entry. They had a long fight with the No. 63 Speedworks Motorsport Ginetta until the English entry was delayed with a broken driveshaft.

An almost perfect run by the BMW E46 M3 GTR of RTR Projects handed the A5 class victory to drivers Michal Vitek, Tomas Miniberger, and Sirgei Paulavets. The Volkswagen Golf of KPM Racing not only won the D1 class but drivers Tom Onslow-Cole, Javier Morcillo, James Walker, and Paul White managed to bring the little diesel powered car all the way up to 12th overall. Fredrik Lestrup, Franjo Kovac, and Martin Tschornia also had a flawless day and drove the Besaplast Racing Team Mini Cooper S to victory in A2.

The Las Moras and Fach Auto Tech teams were rare in having to retire. While numerous cars had minor problems, there was remarkably little attrition. There was only a short 10-minute Code 60 neutralization required to retrieve a car stranded in a bad location. There was near unanimous praise by teams and drivers for the challenges of the race, the excellent organisation, and the interesting, scenic, and technical circuit. All are looking for more exciting inter-marque battles in the forthcoming 24H SERIES races and the expectation that in 2015 we will see the second Dunlop 12H ITALY-MUGELLO.

POS No COMPETITOR/DRIVER NAT TEAM CAR GR CL L TIME GAP SPD FASTEST LAP

1 7 AF CORSE ITA AF CORSE FERRARI 458 A6 349 12:01’51.530 152.149 Km/h 264.7 1’51.857 260

(TALKANITSA Sr Alexander – TALKANITSA Jr Alexander – BARREIROS Felipe – MELNKOV Ilya)

2 20 STADLER MOTORSP SUI STADLER MOTO PORSCHE 997 A6 349 12:01’56.947 5.417 266.6 1’53.104 324

(MATTER Marcel – AMSTUTZ Adrian – INEICHEN Mark)

3 1 HOFOR-RACING SUI HOFOR RACING MERCEDES SLS A6 347 12:02’59.082 2 LAPS 268.6 1’52.250 259

(KROLL Michael – EGGIMANN Roland – FRANKENHOUT Christiaan – HEYER Kenneth)

4 9 PRAHA SCUDERIA CZE SCUDERIA PRA FERRARI 458 A6 344 12:02’48.276 5 LAPS 264.7 1’51.198 179

(PISARIK Jiri – JRILK Jaromir – WASZEK Dennis)

5 2 CAR COLLECTION GER CAR COLLECTI MERCEDES SLS A6 340 12:03’17.559 9 LAPS 265.3 1’55.261 305

(SCHMIDT Peter – EDELHOFF Gustav – SIEGLER Johannes – DALMO Wiggo)

6 17 RUFFIER 1 RACIN FRA RUFFIER RACI PORSCHE 997 997 337 12:01’35.924 12 LAPS 261.5 1’57.693 267

(LAFARGUE Patrice – LAFARGUE Paul – ALBERGEL Gabriel)

7 19 GDL 3 RACING SMR GDL RACING PORSCHE 997 997 336 12:02’22.124 13 LAPS 258.3 1’53.642 259

(KARMANOV Pavel – FECCHIO Roberto – MAPELLI Marco)

8 67 N.RACE FIGHTERS ITA NOVA RACE FI GINETTA G50 SP3 328 12:01’49.417 21 LAPS 236.8 2’00.559 324

(MAGNONI Luca – COPETTI Maurizio – SCARPACCIO Luis – CRESSONI Matteo)

9 18 GDL 2 RACING SMR GDL RACING PORSCHE 997 997 327 12:03’01.868 22 LAPS 257.1 1’58.178 240

(NIAL Malcom – PILATTI Marc)

10 10 BONK MOTORSPORT GER BONK MOTORSP BMW M3 GT4 4 SP3 319 12:02’28.810 30 LAPS 246.5 2’05.054 317

(BURGHARDT Axel – BRAAMS Liesette – BONK Michael)

11 28 RTR PROJECTS CZE RTR PROJECTS BMW M3 E46 G A5 314 12:03’26.776 35 LAPS 231.7 2’01.687 99

(MINIBERGER Tomas – VITEK Michal – PAULAVETS Siarhei)

12 8 KPM RACING ENG KPM RACING VOLKSWAGEN G D1 313 12:02’26.243 36 LAPS 206.5 2’09.000 197

(ONSLOW COLE Tom – WHITE Paul – MORCILLO Javier – WALKER James)

13 44 BESAPLAST RACIN GER BESAPLAST RA BMW MINI COO A2 310 12:03’29.360 39 LAPS 216.4 2’08.854 310

(KOVAC Franjo – TSCHORNIA Martin – LESTRUP Frederik)

14 11 LAS MORAS R.T NED LAS MORAS RA MEGANE TROPH 997 309 10:58’22.513 40 LAPS 244.8 1’55.429 124

(BRAAMS Luc – BRAAMS Max – HUISMAN Duncan)

15 66 N.RACE VICTOIRE ITA NOVA RACE VI GINETTA G50 SP3 307 12:02’07.207 42 LAPS 236.3 2’05.090 218

(LEQUEUX Jean Pierre – CAPELLI Christophe – CIMADOMO Philippe)

16 51 RED NL2 CAMEL – NED RED CAMEL – AUDI R8 4200 SP3 307 12:03’27.048 1’19.841 247.1 2’00.631 186

(BREUKERS Ivo – THIJSSEN Henk – NEARN Robert)

17 106 TEAM K-REJSER DEN TEAM K-REJSE RENAULT CLIO A2 305 12:02’08.306 44 LAPS 201.4 2’11.174 246

(KRISTENSEN Jacob – ENGELBRECHT Jan – CLAUSEN Martin)

18 27 HOFOR KUPPERRAC GER HOFOR KUPPER BMW M3 3200 A5 303 12:01’51.190 46 LAPS 224.0 2’07.786 235

(KROLL Michael – KROLL Chantal – KROLL Martin – KUPPER Bernd)

19 63 SPEEDWORKS MOTO ENG SPEEDWORKS M GINETTA G50 SP3 302 12:02’38.587 47 LAPS 237.3 2’00.761 210

(HUGHES Tony – DICK Christian – WARBURTON Ross William)

20 32 PREFA RACING TE AUT REFA RACING SEAT LEON SU A5 302 12:03’36.730 58.143 230.2 2’08.575 18

(KOGLER Michael – NIEDERTSCHEIDER Martin – LENZENWEGER Norbert)

21 52 RECY RACING TEA BEL RECY RACING BMW 120D 200 D1 301 12:02’03.329 48 LAPS 213.0 2’09.067 182

(DE VOCHT Jan – VAN LOO Johan – MEULDERS Wim)

22 5 GDL 1 RACING SMR GDL RACING MERCEDES SLS A6 301 12:02’19.314 15.985 258.9 1’55.958 34

(LIAM Lim Keong – TAN Gerald – FAMER Nigel)

23 45 TEAM SALLY RACI DEN TEAM SALLY R RENAULT CLIO A2 299 12:02’24.585 50 LAPS 206.1 2’11.834 108

(SALLY Martin – OBEL Peter – CHRISTENSEN Mads – SALLY PEDERSEN Jesper)

24 57 GC AUTOMOBILE F FRA GC AUTOMOBIL GC AUTOMOBIL 997 295 12:02’59.363 54 LAPS 264.0 1’55.636 189

(PROVOST Franck Leone – AMROUCHE Lionel – REYMOND Jeremy)

25 64 SPEED 2 LOVER BEL SPEED LOVER RENAULT CLIO A2 294 12:01’51.064 55 LAPS 204.1 2’13.129 120

(WOLF Patrick – CORRADO Mario)

26 41 SWITZERLAND SUI PRESENZA EU RENAULT CLIO A2 294 12:02’26.397 35.333 207.6 2’11.260 163

(STANCO Adriano – GOTSCHE Martin – STANCO Luigi – TANNER Stefan)

27 43 AUTOSPORT GP FRA AUTOSPORT GP RENAULT CLIO A2 292 12:02’33.091 57 LAPS 210.1 2’10.826 107

(BOULAY Antoine – RAFFIN Emmanuel – TRAYNARD Franck)

28 26 WEC MOTORSPORT ENG WEC MOTORSPO BMW M3 3200 A5 275 12:03’48.752 74 LAPS 230.7 2’07.068 108

(COX Dave – BORNESS Stephen – COX Jason)

29 12 SPEED LOVER BEL SPEED LOVER PORSCHE 997 997 268 12:02’22.205 81 LAPS 266.0 1’58.858 83

(RICHARD Philippe – YVES PAQUES PIERRE – RIVAS Carlos)

30 55 COR EUSER RACIN NED COR EUSER RA BMW 120D 200 D1 264 12:03’02.745 85 LAPS 191.8 2’15.819 127

(LASSALLY Toto – BRIODY Jim – MILLER Lance – EUSER Cor)

31 65 N.RACE THE CONQ ITA NORA RACE TH GINETTA G50 SP3 259 12:02’52.241 90 LAPS 237.8 2’03.426 4

(VESCOVI Alberto – PIGIONANTI Christian – LODENG Leif – RAYNERI Roberto)

32 208 TEAM ALTRAN FRA TEAM ALTRAN PEUGEOT 208 A5 251 12:01’35.648 98 LAPS 233.7 2’03.183 86

(RADERMECKER Vincent – LATINNE Ronnie – MARTIN DE ANDRES Gonzalo)

33 53 MM MOTORSPORT ITA MM MOTORSPOR SEAT LEON TD D1 245 12:04’02.312 104 LAPS 201.8 2’15.580 165

(BAMONTE Luigi – ROTA Francesco – SCARPELINI Pierluigi – MAGNO Carlo)

34 61 RED NL1 CAMEL – NED RED CAMEL – SEAT LEON TD D1 237 12:02’47.358 112 LAPS 200.0 2’10.185 168

(KRESNIK Klaus – PUTH Christian – HUSTAK Adam)

35 42 SWITZERLAND SUI PRESENZA EU RENAULT CLIO A2 220 12:01’54.389 129 LAPS 202.2 2’13.155 194

(SALZMANN Patrick – JAGGI Stephan – STANCO Luigi – TANNER Stefan)

36 3 FACH AUTO TECH SUI FACH AUTO TE PORSCHE 997 A6 188 6:24’17.084 161 LAPS 267.3 1’53.403 150

(WAGNER Marcel – BRUDER Heinz – ZOLIN Marco)

37 25 BLENDINI MOTORS ENG BLENDINI MOT MAZDA MX5 20 A2 180 9:03’20.271 169 LAPS 199.2 2’16.740 63

(RODGERS Anthony – LAWRIE Paul – HARTOP Jonathon)

Source. Creventic

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