Blancpain GT: Mercedes Wins Hungary Sprint Race, Audi Scoops Double Podium

Dominik Baumann and Maxi Buhk have won the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at Hungaroring today, in the #84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3. The duo started from fourth but took advantage of an early collision between the leaders by slipping into P1, a position they never relinquished.

Audi claimed a double podium in this round thanks to Enzo Ide and Christopher Mies in the #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 who claimed second and the sister R8, the #28 car of Will Stevens and Rene Rast who finished third. The #1 Audi R8 of Laurens Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch finished 5.4s behind the winners but they were handed a 30s penalty for unsafe pit release, the duo ended up in 8th place.

When the lights went out, Buhk in the #84 Mercedes was keen to snatch the lead after Tristan Vautier in the #88 Mercedes made contact with Ide resulting to a cloud of confusion. Buhk never looked back as he instantly built a lead of 1.8s over Ide. Moments later there was a FCY brought by the stranded #59 McLaren and #5 Phoenix Audi, both cars retired at this point.

Upon serving their penalty, Vanthoor and Vervisch had already lost ground to Ide and Rast’s team. The two Audis went ahead to claim second and third respectively while the #88 Mercedes of Tristan Vautier and Felix Rosenqvist ended up in fourth. Completing the top five was the #86 HTP Mercedes driven by Bernd Schneider and Jules Szymkowiak.

P6 to P8 was filled by Audi teams, Sainteloc Racing with the #28 Audi R8 LMS and two more cars from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. Bentley Team M-Sport claimed ninth and tenth places with the #8 car of Maxime Soulet and Andy Soucek taking P9 and the #7 car of Steven Kane and Vincent Abril rounding off the top ten.

The Silver Cup win went to Stuart Leonard and Michael Meadows in the #2 Audi R8 LMS, yet another car from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. Christophe Bourret and Jean-Philippe Belloc put AKKA ASP first in the Pro-Am Cup driving the #89 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Stephen Earle and David Perel finished first in the AM Cup, driving the #111 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Kessel Racing. The duo was however stripped off their win after the race for causing a collision with the #55 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Claudio Senekowitsch and Rino Mastronardi, AF Corse was given the win instead.

The next round will host the season finale for the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at the Nurburgring on September 17.



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