Ferrari customer teams collected two wins in the first round of the Blancpain Sprint Cup at Misano. After the rain on Saturday the Sunday of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series’ opening weekend proved to be an ideal day for racing with the new 488 GT3 No. 333 of Rinaldi Racing starting from sixth on the grid that remained constantly at the front of the pack although a podium finish today for Norbert Siedler and Marco Seefried was not possible. The race was won by the Audi of Belgian Club WRT of reigning champion Laurens Vanthoor and of Frederic Vervisch.
Dominators. In Pro-Am Cup there was no-one to really challenge Kessel Racing Ferrari-drivers Michal Broniszewski and Giacomo Piccini. The Boutsen Ginion BMW of Matias Henkola and Maxim Martin could have been a contender but was spun around by the Audi of Dries Vanthoor. The Kessel duo, who finished in 13th overall, eventually built up a comfortable advantage over No. 87 Akka ASP Mercedes of Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Morgan Moullin Traffort. Third were Henkola and Martin.
Am Cup. The Am Cup saw some pretty agitated opening laps as well. From third at the start, Cédric Leimer in the Bionic Racing Team Lamborghini swiftly took the class lead and built a decent advantage over the two Ferrari 458 Italia cars behind him. But when 2015 Total 24 Hours of Spa Pro-Am Cup winner Stephane Lemeret took over the No. 55 AF Corse Ferrari for the second half of the race, his adversaries stood little chance. The Belgian took the class lead halfway through his stint and crossed the line some 40 seconds clear of the competition bringing on the top step of the podium Claudio Sdanewitsch. Third place went to the 458 Italia of Black Pearl Racing driven by Christian Hook and Steve Parrow. The second round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series is the first of the Endurance Cup races, which will be held on April 23-24 at the Monza Autodrome in Italy. The Sprint Cup will have its second round at Brands Hatch on May 7-8.