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LIVE GT World Challenge Imola 2022 LIVE: Mercedes # 88 stands out in FP1, sixth place for Valentino Rossi. At 2.00 pm the second session

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10.41 Thanks for joining us in this Live Stream. Appointment at 2.00 pm for an FP2 not to be missed, the last test before tomorrow morning’s qualifying (9.00 am). Hello everybody!

10.38 The second session this afternoon will be extremely important to prepare for tomorrow’s race. The sun is shining in Imola, but beware of the rain that is expected for tomorrow.

10.35 Mercedes starts the weekend on the right foot. Marciello dictates the pace, 22 cars are enclosed in 1 second after the first round.

10.31 The Top20 after FP1 with the drivers who have closed the session:

1 88 PIT PRO 1 JUNCADELLA, Daniel Mercedes AMG AKKODIS ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 17 1: 23.914 34.095 1: 12.435 3: 10.444 1: 40.298 4
2 95 PIT PRO 2 SORENSEN, Marco Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 29 0.127 0.127 21.129 32.937 1: 42.052 1: 40.425 5
3 2 PIT PRO 3 ENGEL, Maro Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed ​​Mercedes-AMG GT3 33 0.134 0.007 21.372 33.005 1: 43.623 1: 40.432 4
4 25 PIT PRO 4 LEGERET, Lucas Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 32 0.147 0.013 21.329 35.621 1: 42.101 1: 40.445 7
5 32 RUN PRO 5 VANTHOOR, Dries Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 26 0.186 0.039 54.192 1: 07.531 1: 46.859 1: 40.484 4
6 46 PIT PRO 6 MÜLLER, Nico Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 37 0.288 0.102 22.011 41.990 1: 45.237 1: 40.586 5
7 50 PIT PRO 7 HESSE, Max Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3 36 0.306 0.018 21.320 36.086 1: 44.854 1: 40.604 5
8 99 PIT Silver 1 SCHÖLL, Nicolas Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 30 0.325 0.019 21.412 1: 03.220 1: 41.955 1: 40.623 4
9 12 RUN PRO 8 DRUDI, Mattia Tresor by Car Collection Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 35 0.376 0.051 53.188 1: 07.408 1: 41.641 1: 40.674 3
10 111 PIT PRO 9 ABRIL, Vincent JP Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3 28 0.385 0.009 21.315 33.408 1: 45.065 1: 40.683 4
11 71 PIT PRO 10 FUOCO, Antonio Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 34 0.409 0.024 29.323 1: 07.596 1: 49.949 3: 26.868 1: 40.707 4
12 57 PIT GOLD 1 AUER, Lucas Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 31 0.415 0.006 49.850 1: 07.245 1: 44.842 1: 40.713 4
13 97 RUN GOLD 2 HASSE CLOT, Valentin Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 36 0.529 0.114 52.714 1: 06.961 1: 40.852 1: 40.827 3
14 38 PIT PRO 11 BELL, Rob Jota McLaren 720S GT3 32 0.565 0.036 21.356 33.169 1: 42.468 1: 40.863 5
15 777 PIT Silver 2 JEFFRIES, Axcil Al Manar Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 25 0.639 0.074 46.525 1: 07.651 1: 43.859 1: 40.937 3
16 26 PIT Silver 3 GAZEAU, Cesar Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 41 0.650 0.011 21.455 33.353 1: 49.567 1: 40.948 7
17 87 PIT Silver 4 TERESCHENKO, Konstantin AKKODIS ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 30 0.688 0.038 1: 24.630 34.330 1: 09.941 3: 08.901 1: 40.986 6
18 22 PIT Silver 5 MATTHIESEN, Patrik Allied Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II) 25 0.711 0.023 21.787 47.345 1: 43.849 1: 41.009 4
19 63 PIT PRO 12 BORTOLOTTI, Mirko Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo 24 0.763 0.052 7: 01.760 1: 01.454 1: 47.183 9: 50.397 1: 41.061 4
20 30 PIT Silver 6 GOETHE, Benjamin Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 34 0.783 0.020 21.724 33.465 1: 42.413 1: 41.081 5

10.28 Red flag, the session ends here. We are waiting to find out the reason for the suspension.

10.25 Last five minutes, Bell returns to the group with JOTA Sport (McLaren) six years after the title with Garage 59.

10.23 Contact at the ‘Rivazza’ between WRT’s Audi # 33 and Dinamic Motorsport’s Porsche # 56. Both cars managed to resume, debris is present in the gravel.

10.20 Ten minutes to the end, while Mirko Bortolotti takes to the track. Emil Frey Racing’s (Lamborghini # 19) from Trentino will race full-time in the Endurance Cup and DTM with T3 Motorsport.

10.18 Last minutes of session. Marciello is always the leader with the Mercedes # 88 of Akkodis ASP. Second place for Aston Martin # 95 ahead of GetSpeed’s AMG GT3 # 2. Sixth place for WRT car # 46 with Valentino Rossi.

10.15 New FCY for the cone present at the ‘Variante Alta’. The # 93 Mercedes of SKY Tempesta Racing has shifted the reference set by the organizers to avoid an excessive cut of the chicane.

10.12 All cars have completed at least one lap. All ok also for Inception Racing, a team linked to McLaren that literally had to rebuild the car.

10.10 Maxime Martin takes Aston # 95 to second place. Great pace for the British car chasing Akkodis ASP # 88 Mercedes.

10.08 The updated ranking with the drivers on the track.

1 88 PIT PRO 1 JUNCADELLA, Daniel Mercedes AMG AKKODIS ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 17 1: 23.914 34.095 1: 12.435 3: 10.444 1: 40.298 4
2 95 PIT PRO 2 MARTIN, Maxime Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 19 0.127 0.127 21.204 33.251 1: 40.639 1: 40.425 4
3 2 RUN PRO 3 ENGEL, Maro Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed ​​Mercedes-AMG GT3 24 0.134 0.007 21.502 1: 41.271 1: 40.432 2
4 32 RUN PRO 4 VAN DER LINDE, Kelvin Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 17 0.232 0.098 21.324 1: 41.173 1: 40.530 3
5 46 RUN PRO 5 VERVISCH, Frederic Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 27 0.288 0.056 21.488 2: 11.443 1: 40.586 3
6 50 RUN PRO 6 HARPER, Daniel Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3 27 0.306 0.018 22.383 34.076 1: 40.604 1: 40.604 3
7 99 PIT Silver 1 ZUG, Marius Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 23 0.325 0.019 23.005 34.617 1: 40.970 1: 40.623 3
8 12 RUN PRO 7 GHIOTTO, Luca Tresor by Car Collection Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 25 0.376 0.051 21.479 33.253 47.171 1: 41.903 1: 40.674 2
9 111 RUN PRO 8 ABRIL, Vincent JP Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3 20 0.385 0.009 21.235 34.594 1: 40.683 1: 40.683 2
10 71 PIT PRO 9 SERRA, Daniel Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 23 0.409 0.024 21.249 34.082 1: 08.619 2: 03.950 1: 40.707 3
11 25 RUN PRO 10 NIEDERHAUSER, Patric Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 24 0.484 0.075 38.962 33.744 7: 09.180 1: 40.782 5
12 777 RUN Silver 2 AL ZUBAIR, Al Faisal Al Manar Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 15 0.639 0.155 21.495 1: 44.380 1: 40.937 1

10.03 Maro Engel on the track with the Mercedes # 2 of GetSpeed, while the AMG GT3 # 88 of Akkodis ASP with Raffaele Marciello remains in command. Valentino Rossi returns to the pits.

10.00 Problems at the ‘Tambourine’ for Al Faisal Al Zubair. The standard carrier of Mercedes # 777 falls smoothly from the gravel. Valentino Rossi continues to shoot.

9.56 The updated classification with the names of the drivers currently on the track.

1 88 RUN PRO 1 GOUNON, Jules Mercedes AMG AKKODIS ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 14 21.200 1: 40.441 1: 40.298 2
2 2 RUN PRO 2 ENGEL, Maro Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed ​​Mercedes-AMG GT3 18 0.134 0.134 21.571 33.360 1: 42.679 1: 40.432 2
3 32 PIT PRO 3 VAN DER LINDE, Kelvin Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 13 0.232 0.098 21.246 32.852 1: 41.431 1: 40.530 3
4 46 RUN PRO 4 RED, Valentino Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 22 0.288 0.056 21.553 33.602 1: 43.491 1: 40.586 2
5 99 RUN Silver 1 ZUG, Marius Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 20 0.325 0.037 21.454 33.344 47.021 1: 41.819 1: 40.623 2
6 12 RUN PRO 5 GHIOTTO, Luca Tresor by Car Collection Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 19 0.376 0.051 21.686 1: 43.560 1: 40.674 2
7 25 RUN PRO 6 NIEDERHAUSER, Patric Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 22 0.484 0.108 21.392 1: 41.936 1: 40.782 4
8 777 RUN Silver 2 AL ZUBAIR, Al Faisal Al Manar Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 9 0.639 0.155 22.255 34.163 5: 53.108 1: 40.937 1
9 87 RUN Silver 3 TERESCHENKO, Konstantin AKKODIS ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 17 0.688 0.049 2: 18.924 34.644 48.368 3: 41.936 1: 40.986 2
10 95 RUN PRO 7 MARTIN, Maxime Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 14 0.690 0.002 21.542 1: 44.001 1: 40.988 3

9.52 The yellow flags continue at the ‘Variante Alta’. However, the session with Mercedes at the top remains unchanged.

9.48 New FCY, while Luca Stolz goes to second place with the Mercedes # 2 of GetSpeed. Akkodis’ AMG # 88 remains leader with Raffaele Marciello, while in third place the WRT Audi # 32 with Kelvin van der Linde.

9.44 Cheever goes down the track with the Mercedes # 93 of SKY Tempesta Racing. New car for the English team that raced with Ferrari until last year.

9.40 The updated ranking:

1 88 PIT PRO 1 MARCIELLO, Raffaele Mercedes AMG AKKODIS ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 6 21.162 32.705 1: 40.298 1: 40.298 1
2 32 RUN PRO 2 VAN DER LINDE, Kelvin Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 9 0.232 0.232 1: 01.099 4: 46.585 1: 40.530 2
3 46 RUN PRO 3 RED, Valentino Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 13 0.288 0.056 21.872 53.861 2: 05.317 1: 40.586 2
4 99 PIT Silver 1 AKA, Alex Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 12 0.325 0.037 37.561 55.668 1: 40.623 1: 40.623 2
5 12 RUN PRO 4 HAASE, Christopher Tresor by Car Collection Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 11 0.376 0.051 21.642 33.491 1: 05.250 2: 00.383 1: 40.674 1
6 95 PIT PRO 5 THIIM, Nicki Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 7 0.690 0.314 1: 24.218 42.787 4: 01.046 1: 40.988 2
7 22 PIT Silver 2 STURM, Joel Allied Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II) 9 0.711 0.021 21.074 57.565 1: 41.322 1: 41.009 1
8 25 RUN PRO 6 MIES, Christopher Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 14 0.759 0.048 21.329 33.112 7: 25.560 8: 20.001 1: 41.057 3
9 63 PIT PRO 7 COSTA, Albert Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo 8 0.763 0.004 21.501 33.165 1: 07.547 2: 02.213 1: 41.061 1
10 111 PIT PRO 8 KLIEN, Christian JP Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3 9 0.772 0.009 21.254 53.169 1: 41.075 1: 41.070 1

9.38 The green flag returns, Rossi leaves the pit lane.

9.36 Marciello takes the lead, while we report a new FCY. Fifth yellow flag of the day.

9.35 Frédéric Vervisch! Fast lap for Valentino Rossi’s Belgian teammate. Driver change, for Audi WRT # 46.

9.33 Spin for Mauro Calamia (Dinamic # 56) at the ‘Variante Alta’. There are no problems for the Swiss who starts again without problems. Iron Lynk is also back on stage with the two official Ferrari 488 GT3s. Alessandro Pier Guidi, Endurance champion in 2020 and 2021, will be missing this year.

9.31 Audi at the top with Tresor by Car Collection # 11. Christopher Haase cuts down the time of Thiim, stopped in the pits at the moment

9.30 Raffaele Marciello on the track with the Mercedes # 88 of Akkodis ASP. The former series champion shares the cockpit with Dani Juncadella and Jules Gounon.

9.29 Green flag while working on Aston Martin # 95. The car in question has set the fastest lap for now with Dane Nicki Thiim.

9.28 Fourth FCY of the day. Many problems at the ‘Variante Alta’ with a pin that was put on to avoid the cuts of the cars.

9.26 Sixth time for the Porsche # 54 of Dinamic Motorsport. Matteo Cairoli is at the wheel of the Italian car that won the 3h of Monza last year. Thiim remains leader of operations ahead of Mueller and Hasse Clot (Aston # 97).

9.23 Thiim sets the pace on Nico Mueller. Beechdean AMR’s Aston Martin # 95 precedes WRT’s Audi # 46. Qualifying will be crucial tomorrow morning, finding a space with 52 cars on the track is not easy.

9.20 Green flag! The session restarts.

9.19 The updated ranking after the first few minutes:

1 95 PIT PRO 1 THIIM, Nicki Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 7 21.157 32.879 3: 07.010 4: 01.046 1: 40.988 1
2 46 PIT PRO 2 VERVISCH, Frederic Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 3 0.164 0.164 21.500 59.853 1: 41.152 1: 41.152 1
3 97 PIT GOLD 1 NOUET, Theo Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 7 0.306 0.142 21.419 33.082 1: 41.294 1: 41.294 1
4 10 PIT GOLD 2 ETEKI, Adam Boutsen Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 6 0.328 0.022 21.471 33.296 1: 41.316 1: 41.316 1
5 54 PIT PRO 3 BACHLER, Klaus Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.II) 6 1.212 0.884 21.387 33.117 1: 42.200 1: 42.200 1
6 25 PIT PRO 4 MIES, Christopher Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 6 2.147 0.935 44.057 36.829 4: 00.563 1: 43.135 2
7 99 PIT PRO 5 WINKELHOCK, Markus Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 3 2.227 0.080 21.697 1: 04.870 1: 43.215 1: 43.215 1
8 52 PIT PAM 1 MACHIELS, Louis AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 6 2.236 0.009 21.912 34.334 1: 49.298 2: 45.544 1: 43.224 1
9 30 PIT Silver 1 SIMMENAUER, Jean-Baptiste Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 3 2.283 0.047 24.888 1: 07.405 1: 43.271 1: 43.271 1
10 26 PIT Silver 2 BAERT, Nicolas Sainteloc Junior Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO2 8 2.314 0.031 35.476 1: 08.627 1: 52.289 3: 36.392 1: 43.302 2
11 50 PIT PRO 6 VERHAGEN, Neil Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3 5 2.621 0.307 21.746 1: 03.558 1: 43.609 1: 43.609 1

9.15 Red flag! Spin for Valdemar Eriksen at the Mineral Waters. GetSpeed’s # 3 Mercedes is parked on the track. All cars return to the pits, including WRT # 46 with Vervisch at the wheel.

9.12 The Danish Nicki Thiim (Aston # 95), world champion in the GTE PRO World Championship two years ago and official driver of the English company, also enters the track. Valentino Rossi’s car should enter the scene shortly.

9.10 Fast lap for Aston Martin # 97 of French Nouet. The English house fielded two cars, one in PRO and one in Gold Cup. New class on the track in addition to the Silver Cup and the PRO-Am. The PROs are missing, 16 cars have signed one time.

9.07 New Pirelli tires for GTWC Europe. The times will approach minute and 40. In the meantime the race direction tests the Full Course Yellow system in view of the race. We remind you that in the case of FCY all cars must proceed at 60 km / h.

9.05 Audi also enters the track. The house of the Four Rings is the most present formation in the group with the new R8 Evo II, a car that made its debut in recent weeks.

9.02 The first car to score a time will be the BMW M4 GT3 of ROWE Racing. Debut in GTWC Europe for the new car of the Bavarian house, which scored last week with ST Racing in the 24H Series. Two cars are featured in PRO, Nicky Catsburg is at the wheel of # 98.

9.00 Green flag! GTWC Europe 2022 season begins! Everyone on track for the first free practice session from Imola

8.55 All cars are ready in the pit lane. We await the green light to discover all the news of GTWC Europe. We remind you that two sessions are scheduled today, tomorrow at 9.00 the qualifications.

8.53 The first free practice session will take place in 90 minutes. All 52 cars are expected on the track although there is still a question mark on McLaren # 7 from Inception Racing. The car, entered in the Gold Cup class, had an accident on Wednesday afternoon in the tests at the first corner of the plant located on the banks of the Santerno.

8.50 The teams prepare for the traffic lights. All eyes on Valentino Rossi’s # 46 car.
The former centaur will participate in the entire championship with one of Team WRT’s Audi R8 LMS II GT3s with the Belgian Frédéric Vervisch and the Swiss Nico Müller.

8.46 There are 52 cars on the starting grid. Nine manufacturers are involved in the main European category for the infinite world of GT3 cars. The battle is assured, uncertainty reigns for the first test of the year.

8.43 Everything is ready for the first free practice session. The sun is shining at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, which is the site of the first of the ten events of the year this weekend. The competition we are about to comment on will also be the first round of the Endurance Cup.

8.40 Hello to all friends of OA Sport and welcome to the Live Stream of FP1 of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS. In a few minutes the start of the session, everything is ready for Valentino Rossi’s adventure on wheels.

GTWC Europe Imola presentationValentino Rossi’s opponentsGTWC Europe regulationsThe ‘Doctor’ teammates

Good morning to all OA Sport friends and welcome to the Live Live Free Practice of Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS . The first of 10 tests in the main European category reserved for the infinite world of GT3, the first covered-wheel event in Valentino Rossi’s career, officially kicks off with two 90-minute sessions from the Enzo e Dino Ferrari International Circuit in Imola .

The ‘Doctor’ is expected aboard one of Team WRT’s Audi R8 GT3s alongside the Belgian Frédéric Vervisch and the Swiss Nico Müller. The line-up will play in the PRO class, the main of a very large group with as many as 52 cars registered among PRO, Silver, Gold and PRO-Am.

The track that rises on the banks of the Santerno will host the first of the two stages in the ‘Bel Paese’, the second will be in Misano Adriatico and will be valid for the Sprint Cup. The battle is assured, uncertainty reigns on the eve of a 2022 not to be missed .

Appointment at 9.00 for the first free practice session of the weekend. The second session, on the other hand, will take place in the afternoon and will start at 14.05

Credits: Michele Scudiero


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