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Sanders and Viebahn win second GT4 European Series race in final corner

MISANO (May 11th, 2014) - Bertus Sanders and Jörg Viebahn have won the second race of the GT4 European Series. At the Misano World Circuit Sanders and Alessandro Bonacini, who shared his car with Manuele Lasagni, duelled for several laps until yesterday’s winner made a mistake in the final corner. After 27 laps the difference between winning and finishing second was just 0.049 second. The BMW of Ricardo van der Ende and Bernhard van Oranje finished in third place, two seconds behind the race winners.

The race started at 13:00, with an air temperature of 25ºC. Pole sitter Fran Viel Bugliotti briefly lost the lead to Manuele Lasagni, but he was soon back in front. Jörg Viebahn was the next to pass Lasagni and then went on to attack Bugliotti for the overall lead in the race.

On lap nine Bugliotti was forced to retire his Ginetta, which handed Viebahn the race lead. The German driver held on to the lead until the moment he handed over the Ginetta to Sanders during the mandatory pit stops. 

Sanders returned to the track right in front of Bonacini and a thrilling battle developed between the two Ginetta drivers. Bonacini passed the Dutchman on lap 15, but he was unable to get rid of him. From then on until the finish the difference between first and second never exceeded a couple of tenths of a second.

Bonacini made two mistakes and both times Sanders passed his rival. On lap 20 Bonacini ran wide, which allowed Sanders to overtake the Italian. However, only a couple of corners later Bonacini was back in front. In the last corner on the last lap Bonacini made another mistake, which meant he was unable to accelerate as quickly as Sanders onto the final straight. The cars raced down the straight side-by-side, but it was Sanders who crossed the line in first place, just 0.049 seconds ahead of Bonacini.

Rob Severs and Liesette Braams won the GT4 AM category with their BMW, ahead of André Grammatico (BMW) and Fabian Lauda (Lotus).

“We knew we had the pace to do this, but had some bad luck yesterday. As I exited the pit the other Ginetta was right behind me. I didn’t want to fight with him, because I knew Ricardo could then close in on me,” race winner Bertus Sanders said after the race. “I decided to stay behind him and I did lose a little bit of time, but it was better than attacking him. On the last laps I decided to put some pressure on him, hoping he would make a mistake. In the final corner he made one, lost some speed onto the straight and I managed to pass him. It was a textbook move, perfect!” 

“I had a good start and was able to get a gap between me and the cars behind me, so I could get the tyres on temperature. In the first two laps I had problems to get the tyres really working,” added Jörg Viebahn. “After that I could start to attack, which I did. I caught the first, then the second car and that was it. I handed over the car to Bertus and he finished it…magnificent.”

Finishing second overall and first in the Ginetta G50 class, Alessandro Bonacini was not happy at all with the result. “Usually it is impossible for the car behind you to pass you on the straight, but I made a big, big mistake on the last corner,” Bonacini said. “I was a little bit afraid because the rear tyres were overheating and I was fighting. I kept the position until the last corner and then I made the mistake. I am really angry with myself, I fought the entire race, gave 100% and then I gave it away on the last corner!” 

The next round of the GT4 European Series will take place at Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands on July 4-6.

GT4 European Series – Result Race 2
1. Viebahn/Sanders (GER/NED), Ginetta G50, 27 laps
2. Bonacini/Lasagni (ITA/ITA), Ginetta G50 Cup, + 0.049 seconds
3. Van der Ende/B. van Oranje (NED/NED), BMW M3 GT4, + 2.189
4. Tineo Arroyo/Speakerwas (ESP/ITA), Ginetta G50 Cup, + 3.885
5. Gentili (ITA), Ginetta G50 Cup, + 5.241
6. Verheul/Nooren (NED/NED), Camaro GT4, + 24.163
7. Huisman/Braams (NED/NED), Camaro GT4, + 36.256
8. Knap/PC van Oranje (NED/NED), BMW M3 GT4, + 42.137
9. Magnoni (ITA), Ginetta G50 Cup, + 1:01.179
10. Di Amato/Cristoni (ITA/ITA), Ginetta G50 Cup, + 1:01.330

Text: GT4 European Series 11.05.2014