Clutton / Witt take Misano win, Beelen / Nooren crowned as PRO champions
3 October 2015
A fourth place classification at Misano World Circuit was enough for Jelle Beelen (NED) and Marcel Nooren (NED) to secure the PRO title in the Competition102 GT4 European Series. The Chevrolet Camaro GT4 drivers finished in front of team mate and title rival Duncan Huisman (NED) who crossed the line in seventh after a difficult race. Marcus Clutton (GBR) and Jordan Witt (GBR) won their first race with the Chevron GT4 quite dominantly, while Patrick Zamparini (ITA) / Barry Baxter (CAN) took victory in the AM category.
Pavel Lefterov (BGR) lost the lead at the start to Huisman, but was able to correct his position in the second lap. Both collided and Huisman lost ground, however Lefterov continued defending his top position. Zamparini attacked the Bulgarian driver but found it difficult to pass. Instead, the Italian Maserati racer was soon overtaken by Clutton and Peter Terting (GER), while Beelen and Knap closed the gap to the frontrunners. Clutton and Lefterov raced side by side for a couple of corners before the Lotus Evora GT4 driver had to let go his rival.
Clutton had built an extensive lead before Witt took over mid-race. Lefterov kept pushing to catch the Chevron GT4 car but with five minutes on the clock the Lotus Evora stranded at the track. Meanwhile Rob Severs (NED) and Nooren battled for second place and switched positions a couple of times. However, the Ekris Motorsport driver finished in front of the new champion.
Ricardo van der Ende and Bernhard van Oranje debuted with the brand new Ekris M4 GT4 race car, which has been developed by Ekris Motorsport. Despite running at a dry track at for the first time, the Dutch drivers were able to set lap times comparable with the frontrunners.
A post race penalty promoted Carlo and Lino Curti (ITA) to third, while Beelen and Nooren dropped to fourth. This position was enough to secure the PRO title. âWe are very proud and actually we had never expected to win the title this year. But after a couple of events we remained on top of the standings and we released that we had a chance,â said Beelen. Team mate Nooren acknowledged that, he said: âConsistency and team work played an important factor this season and we are very happy to clinch the title!â
Clutton and Witt were very happy to have won a race in the Competition102 GT4 European Serieas: âWe are very pleased with the win! The track suits the car very well and weâve been working hard all year to get near the front. So taking this victory feels amazing.â
Zamparini was happy to win in the AM category together with his team mate Baxter. âWe are really enjoyed the race,â said Zamparini. âIt was a bit tough in the beginning because it was quite hectic with many cars together. I wanted to stay out of trouble because damaging the car would not have helped us. Weâre pleased to finish the race on the podium.â
Competition102 GT4 European Series â Misano World Circuit â 3 October 2015
1 Clutton / Witt, Chevron GT4, 29 laps in 52:49,247 minutes
2 Knap / Severs, BMW M3 GT4, + 39.448 seconds
3 C. Curti / L. Curti, Maserati GranTurismo MC, + 41.327
4 Beelen / Nooren, Chevrolet Camaro GT4, + 42.365
5 Halek / Ebner, KTM X-Bow GT4, + 45.358
6 Zamparini / Baxter, Maserati GranTurismo MC, + 1:13.360
7 Huisman / Luc Braams, Chevrolet Camaro GT4, + 1:41.573
8 Liesette Braams / Verschuur, BMW M3 GT4, + 1 lap
9 Muytjens / Terting, Sin R1 GT4, + 1 lap
10 H. Halek, KTM X-Bow GT4, + 2 laps
11 van der Ende / B. van Oranje, BMW M4 GT4, + 5 laps
12 Lefterov, Lotus Evora GT4, + 6 laps
Still / Guelden, Sin R1 GT4, + 12 laps