The first race weekend in the
The 28-strong field from 17 nations treated spectators to an action-packed race on the circuit north of Barcelona. In sunny weather and a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, Andlauer immediately took the inside line after the start in order to defend himself against Güven. The racing driver from Turkey made repeated attempts to overtake the Frenchman, but was thwarted in lap five when the safety car was deployed to enable a vehicle to be salvaged from the track. Andlauer made the most of the restart and used the remaining distance to pull clear of Güven. After 14 laps, the French racing driver swept over the finish line 3.2 seconds ahead of his pursuer from Istanbul. “I had a great duel with Julien Andlauer over the first laps. Unfortunately, I was no longer able to match his pace. Still, it felt terrific to climb the podium in front of so many people,” said Güven. The Alméras driver concluded his race as the best rookie.
Andlauer’s teammate Ammermüller held on to his third place over the entire distance. On the 4.655-kilometre racetrack, the reigning Supercup champion defended his position against Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport) over the first laps. In the final phase, Ammermüller even challenged Güven for second place. However, in the duel with the 21-year-old, he never succeeded in making the decisive move. “In the last laps I was sitting on Ayhancan Güven’s bumper. This racetrack has very few passages that are suitable for overtaking, and he was slightly faster than me in those places,” explained Ammermüller. Fourth position went to Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing), who was rewarded for his patience after he passed Pedersen two laps before the chequered flag. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS) also overtook the Dane to secure position five ahead of Pedersen.
On the storied circuit in Montmeló, Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East) crossed the finish line in seventh place.
In the ProAm class, Roar Lindland (pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) celebrated a lights-to-flag victory. The Norwegian relegated Nicolas Misslin (F/MRS GT-Racing) and Philipp Sager (A/Dinamic Motorsport) to positions two and three.
Round two of the
Barcelona, Race 1 of 10
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
4. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
6. Mikkel O. Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport)
7. Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East)
8. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech)
9. Gianmarco Quaresmini (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
10. Max van Splunteren (NL/Team GP Elite)