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NM Racing Team Mercedes-AMG takes third successive Circuit Paul Ricard win

30 May 2021

NM Racing Team led from start to finish at Circuit Paul Ricard to clinch its third consecutive GT4 European Series win at the French circuit.

Starting from pole, Lluc Ibanez managed to maintain his position and keep the CMR Toyota of Stephane Lémeret behind. By the time the pit window opened the #15 Mercedes-AMG had a comfortable lead over the rest over the field.

After the pit stops the #8 Toyota, now with Antoine Potty behind the wheel, closed the gap to the #15 Mercedes-AMG, but Xavier Lloveras didn’t crack under pressure and went on to take the Spanish team’s first win of the season. After 26 laps around the 5.822 m circuit the gap between Lloveras and Potty was 0.983s.

Monza race winners Bailey Voisin and Charlie Fagg secured third place after a strong race. The #23 United Autosports McLaren started from 15th place on the grid, but Voisin was already in fourth by the end of lap 6. Both United Autosports drivers battled for third with Loris Cabirou and Vincent Beltoise in the #30 CMR Alpine.

It was the #23 McLaren that took third spot, although Fagg came under pressure from the #17 V8 Racing Chevrolet of Thijmen Nabuurs in the final minutes of the race, after the young Dutchman found his way past the #30 Alpine. The Alpine was classified fifth, followed by the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG and the #22 Allied Racing Porsche. The #27 AGS Events Aston Martin completed the overall and Silver Cup top 8.

Victory in the Pro-Am Cup went to the #42 Saintéloc Racing Audi of Gregory Guilvert and Fabien Michal. The Audi started the race from pole position but dropped behind Thomas Hodier in the #5 Team Speedcar Audi in the early part of the race. After the pit stops, Guilvert reclaimed the lead and went on to win the race for Saintéloc Racing.

The #42 Audi finished ninth overall, 12.707s clear of the #5 Team Speedcar Audi. Centri Porsche Ticino claimed a Pro-Am Cup podium finish, with the #718 Porsche taking third. Fourth went the way of the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG, followed by the #34 Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG.

Nicolas Gomar clinched another win at Circuit Paul Ricard in the #89 AGS Events Aston Martin. The French driver won both races at the end of the 2020 season and went on to win Race 1 with new teammate Eric Herr. The #69 Team Fullmotorsport Audi took second place, ahead of the #50 W&D Racing Team BMW. Completing the Am Cup top five were the #61 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG and the #33 SVC Sport Management Toyota.

The second and final race of the GT4 European Series at Circuit Paul Ricard will get underway at 15:35 and will also be covered live on the website, the GT4 European Series social media channels and SRO Motorsports Group’s GT World YouTube channel.

RESULTS RACE 1 (PROVISIONAL)