The Saturday Quali-race rain cleared, the teams relaxed, before a sudden Sunday downpour caused more grief for some at half distance, but not before more start line shenanigans, which immediately brought out the safety car after Fabio Onidithe’s #60 Bhaitech McLaren and the #3 G-Drive Racing Audi of Roman Rusinov came together.
The ten minute delay to procedings meant 7 laps behind the safety car for Hari Proczyk, on pole by virtue of winning earlier in the day, who took the re-start and again made the #28 Grasser Gallardo the widest Lamborghini in the world. Proczyk managing to hold Max Götz’s #84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS as the two of them pulled slightly ahead of the #2 WRT Audi with Enzo Ide at the wheel. Ide was soon defending the challenge from Thomas Jäger in the #76 BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert Z4, after Jäger had gotten past Robert Renauer’s #21 Torino Team Herbeth Porsche, who held fifth ahead of Cesar Ramos in the #1 WRT Audi in sixth.
Proczyk drove excellently to keep Buhk behind him until pit-stop time. When it all went wrong for Grasser. Trouble with the right-rear wheel nut meant Jeroen Bleekemolen exited the pits down in 8th before the Dutchman had an uncharacteristic spin on his out-lap. Tot ziens podium, afscheid fourth win on the bounce.
New Max, Buhk who took over from Götz, inherited the lead but had René Rast’s #2 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi all over him ready to pounce, with Baumann’s #76 BMW not far behind after the BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert mechanics got him out a sliver ahead of Laurens Vanthoor in the #1 Audi, just when the weather conditions reverted to type with a sudden shower.
With most of the pitstops already completed in the dry conditions those cars stayed out on slicks but the David Fumanelli #34 ROAL BMW, Piquet Jnr #30 BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil Z4, and Vincent Abril #4 WRT Audi had yet to pit and took wets. Two fellow Audi drivers, Vanthoor #1 and Marc Basseng in the #5, gambled on second stops to change to wets, but it wouldn’t pay off as the track later dried out.
Post pit-stops: Buhk led from Rast and Baumann on slick tyres with Abril and Fumanelli fourth and fifth some 25 seconds behind, then came local hero Jaap van Lagen charging up through the top ten to claim sixth in the #21 Torino Team Herbeth Porsche.
On the still wet track, Max Buhk had difficulties holding René Rast behind him, and halfway through the stint, the Audi driver made his move at the chicane to take the lead of the race. Soon afterwards Buhk spun in the Mastersbocht and dropped down to sixth place. Dutchman van Lagen in the #21 Porsche continued to manage the drying conditions on slicks well enough to overhaul the two Audis on wets, as did Buhk by the end, to take an impressive third at his home race. Fumanelli and Abril’s backwards slide down the order continued as they were passed by a trio of Lamborghinis on slicks, led by Bleekemolen who had recovered well from his out-lap spin, and then by Piquet Jnr. also on wets as, out in front, Rast continued to keep Baumann at bay to take the win from the Schubert Z4 by 1.366s at the flag.
6th overall gave the #27 Halek/Landmann Grasser Racing Lamborghini the Pro-Am class win, which sees the duo lead the Pro-Am championship by just the 2pts gained from each of the two class pole positions won here and at Brands Hatch.
Vincent Abril’s 9th overall was good enough to for the Silver Cup class win, his and Mateusz Lisowski’s sixth podium finish and fifth win out of six races, extedning their championship lead to 28pts at the half way stage.
In the PRO Cup Buhk and Götz extended their slender championship lead by two points, to 8pts, by virtue of finishing one place ahead of their nearest rivals Proczyk and Bleekemolen.
Top 10 Main Race Finishers
1 #2 Ide/Rast – Belgian Audi Club Team WRT – Audi 31 laps
2 #76 Jäger/Baumann – BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert – BMW +1.366
3 #21 Renauer/van Lagen – Tonino Team Herberth – Porsche +20.732
4 #84 Götz/Buhk – HTP Motorsport – Mercedes +37.996
5 #28 Proczyk/Bleekemolen – Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini +49.430
6 #27 Halek/Landmann – Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini +49.901
7 #88 Rosina/Kox – Reiter Engineering – Lamborghini +50.135
8 #30 Stumpf/Piquet Jr – BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil – BMW +1:16.398
9 #4 Lisowski/Abril – Belgian Audi Club Team WRT – Audi +1:26.781
10 #1 Ramos/Vanthoor – Belgian Audi Club Team WRT – Audi +1:39.434
Qualifying Race Report can be found here
The Blancpain Sprint Series takes a summer break, returning the weekend of August 22-24 at the Slovakia Ring.