It was not all easy crusing for the #32 Audi R8, piloted by Dries Vanthoor, Kelvin van der Linde and Charles Weerts, though by pit technique they reclaimed first place after dropping it to fellow Audi runners Sainteloc Junior Crew’s #25 entry.
WRT’s #32 workforce had bagged the primary pole place of the 2022 season, kicking off the new-spec Audi R8’s nice debut at Imola.
The primary nook was drama free, but the #83 Iron Dames Ferrari was spun out of the race on lap one, following driver Rahel Frey setting the quickest time of the 488 contingent in Q1.
After half an hour, Sainteloc’s #25 machine pushed by Lucas Legeret, Christopher Mies and Patric Niederhauser had assumed the lead of the race; Weerts went huge, which allowed Mies to simply take the race lead.
However WRT outfoxed its rival when it got here to pit technique, with an undercut that proved to be the perfect technique to reclaim monitor place – which allowed the #32 to take the lead again from the #25 round an hour into the race.
The #32 performed it regular as they prolonged their result in over 6.6 seconds by the tip of the race.
Simply after the midway level, Legeret misplaced the #25 to the gravel, inflicting him to fall from second to P14, putting him simply behind MotoGP legend Rossi in his first look within the sequence since 2012.
#46 Crew WRT Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3: Nico Müller, Frédéric Vervisch, Valentino Rossi
Picture by: SRO
Simply after this dramatic drop by Sainteloc, the #97 Beechdean Aston Martin halted simply off the monitor, inflicting a full course yellow as its retrieval was tried.
This preceded the subsequent half-hour of the race, during which a flurry of security vehicles considerably halted any motion.
However as all of the vehicles made the a lot of the scenario by pitting, Rossi made an important mistake in his first race aboard WRT’s #46 Audi. The Italian entered the pitlane however missed his crew, failing to pit, inflicting him to finish one other lap earlier than returning on the next tour.
After his mistake, Rossi ultimately returned to the pits and was changed by Frederic Vervisch, however the entire mix-up precipitated the workforce to drop from P13 to P23.
As soon as the barrage of security automotive intervals had ended, the #32 workforce prolonged its lead throughout the second half of the race whereas two Mercedes-AMG GT3s adopted; the #88 AKKodis ASP entry shared by Jules Gounon, Raffaele Marciello and Dani Juncadella claiming the runner-up spot forward of the #2 GetSpeed automotive pushed by Maro Engel, Luca Stolz and Steijn Schothorst.
The #46 WRT Audi during which Rossi was joined by Vervisch and Nico Muller completed seventeenth general.
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