New Alpine A110 GT4 scores first victory at Spa-Francorchamps
22 July 2018
CMR gave the Alpine A110 GT4 its first victory in the second GT4 European Series race of the SRO Speedweek at Spa-Francorchamps. Stéphane Tribaudini and Pierre-Alexandre Jean started the race from pole position and took the chequered flag in first place 23 laps later. Bullitt Racing’s Stephen Pattrick and Andy Meyrick recorded their first win in Pro-Am, with guest starter Moritz Kranz claiming victory in the Am class.
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CMR ALPINE A110 GT4 WINS SILVER CUP AT SPA
Pierre-Alexandre Jean had qualified the #35 CMR Alpine A110 GT4 on pole for the final race of the weekend at Spa and the young French driver held the lead into the La Source hairpin. He was followed onto the Raidillon by Stuart Middleton, Ricardo van der Ende, Nicolaj Møller-Madsen and Andy Meyrick and the two V8 Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs, with only the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 able to stay very close to the new Alpine.
Behind the top three several drivers swapped positions and soon Meyrick was into fourth place overall, while further down Reinhard Kofler passed Max Koebolt to take fifth in the Silver cup. When the pit window opened the top three was still the same and it was HHC Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton who pitted first. Jean came into the pits one lap before the other frontrunners did, but when teammate Stéphane Tribaudini came out, the Alpine was still leading the race.
Will Tregurtha could not catch the race leading Ginetta after the pit stops, but despite running in second things soon began to look even better for the Silver Cup points leaders. Firstly the #10 Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 retired in the pits and not much later the #5 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 also retired from the race, leaving Møller-Madsen and Dontje without points in Race 2.
After 23 laps Tribaudini crossed the line to take the first ever win for the new Alpine A110 GT4. Tregurtha crossed the line in second place, 8.145s behind Tribaudini, with Simon Knap claiming third place in the #1 MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4. Selleslagh Racing Team, True Racing and Team GT completed the overall and Silver Cup top six.
FIRST VICTORIES FOR BULLITT RACING AND MUEHLNER MOTORSPORT
Following a great qualifying run Bullitt Racing secured its first ever win, merely 18 months after the foundation of the team. Andy Meyrick battled with the frontrunners, before handing over to teammate and Bullitt Racing team owner Stephen Pattrick. Pattrick made no mistakes at all and took the #33 Mercedes-AMG GT4 to eighth overall.
The #18 V8 Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R of Wolf Nathan and Nicky Pastorelli took second place, the best result of the season for the Dutch team and the first ever podium for the American muscle car in the GT4 European Series. Nathan finished just four seconds behind the class winning Mercedes. Schwede Motorsport claimed another podium, with Rudolf Schulte and Dominik Schraml taking third in the #15 Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR.
The #38 3Y Technology BMW M4 GT4, the #13 Schwede Motorsport Porsche and the #97 Lestrup Racing Team BMW M4 GT4 completed the top six in Pro-Am.
Muehlner Motorsport’s Moritz Kranz took his first class win in only his second race in the GT4 European Series. The Muehlner Motorsport driver started the race almost from the back of the grid and eventually finished in seventh place overall. Niki Leutwiler took second place and with the #76 Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 GT4 not scoring any points he has now taken a solid lead in the Am points standings. The #39 3Y Technology BMW M4 GT4 of Gwenael Delomier and Sylvain Debs completed the podium.
Stéphane Tribaudini, #35 CMR Alpine A110 GT4: “We are really happy. I think we should have won earlier this season already and we had a bit of bad luck this morning. Third place was great, but we should have fought for the victory. Now we had a perfect race. Everyone in the team did a perfect job. I am really happy to get the first win with the new Alpine.”
Pierre-Alexandre Jean #35 CMR Alpine A110 GT4: “I did everything possible to get this victory. I am so happy to be there. No there’s a big break, so it is very good to finish like this before the break!”
Moritz Kranz, #69 Muehlner Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR: “It was a bittersweet victory. The second race was quite okay, from 45th to seventh overall and first in Am. The first race was a little unfortunate, so I ended second in Am and 14th in overall. But that’s racing.”
Stephen Pattrick, #33 Bullitt Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 “Andy did a fantastic job in qualifying. He set the car up. The team really worked well today and this season. We worked really hard and I hopefully this is how we’re going to end up in every race.”
Andy Meyrick, #33 Bullitt Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4: “Really good. I’m really over the moon. The team didn’t exist 18 months ago, and it started from scratch. Stephen put a lot of time and effort in it. To win races in this championship within 18 months of starting his racing career is just amazing. This means more to me than some of the big races I’ve won in my career.”