ST Racing takes first M4 GT3 win at Mugello – Sportscar365


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ST Racing secured the first victory for the BMW M4 GT3 by winning the Hankook 12H Mugello.

Team Canada took the overall victory in the two-day event with Samantha Tan, Bryson Morris and Nick Wittmer at the wheel.

This is the first time that BMW’s new flagship GT3 car has won a race.

ST started the second part of the race from pole position on Sunday morning after passing the checkered flag for the night intervention on Saturday.

After retaining the lead, the #1 BMW had a fairly trouble-free run to victory, finishing two laps ahead of the #18 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II driven by Michael Doppelmayr, Pierre Kaffer, Elia Erhart and Swen. Host.

The overall podium was completed by the Landgraf Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo #25 from the Mann-Filter team of Alexander Hrachowina, Martin Konrad and Bernd Schneider.

Just 1.4 seconds separated the Audi and Mercedes on the line, the gap being reduced in the final hour when the #72 JUTA Racing Audi ran aground in the gravel and caused a code 60, which the Phoenix car used as an opportunity to pit while the Mercedes remained on the track.

Order between the two cars was maintained by yet another Code 60 with less than ten minutes remaining when the no8 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo also found the gravel at Turn 3.

The race returned to green with just 90 seconds on the clock, allowing Phoenix to hold on to second place.

CP Racing finished fourth overall with their #85 Mercedes driven by the American trio of Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster.

While its #72 car did not finish after its previous incident, the #71 JUTA Racing Audi finished the race with fifth place overall for Julius Adomavičius, Andrius Gelžinis and Jonas Gelžinis.

The #58 MP Racing Mercedes, driven by Thomas, Gostner and Corinna Gostner alongside recent Sebring 12H class winner Giorgio Sernagiotto, finished sixth as the last GT3 competitor to be ranked ahead of the lower categories.

Several high level GT3 entries failed to complete. Most notably, the #26 Sainteloc Racing Audi and the #61 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R retired after the two cars were involved in a collision at the first corner which left both cars in the gravel.

The #91 Herberth Motorsport Porsche also retired after a difficult day on Saturday.

The GT4 class was won by VEIDEC JJ Motosport Team #421 ACP-Tangerine Associates BMW M4 GT4 driven by Catesby Jones and Wim Spinoy.

The Belgian-flagged team started the day three laps behind their only class rival, but inherited the class lead when the #417 Orchid Racing Team Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ran into trouble mechanical.

The Porsche, driven by Alexandre Mottet, Stefan Chaligne, Antoine Leclerc and Antonio Garzon, completed the race to finish second in its class, 36 laps behind the winning BMW.

RESULTS: Hankook 12H Mugello Part 2

Davey Euwema is a Sportscar365 reporter based in the Netherlands, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, DTM, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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