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GT Open: Lamborghini secures a one-two and the Championship lead at Hockenheim
Release Date: 26 May 2019
Sant’Agata Bolognese/Hockenheim 26 May 2019 – Norbert Siedler and Mikaël Grenier led a comfortable Team Emil Frey Racing one-two in the second International GT Open race of the weekend at the Hockenheimring, beating team-mates Albert Costa and Giacomo Altoè, who took the lead of the championship.
It is the second win of the season for Siedler and Grenier, after the pair took their Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evos to victory at the opening round at Paul Ricard in April. Having dominated qualifying, Siedler and Altoè maintained their front row positions off the line and led into the first corner. Siedler, who beat Altoè to pole by a mere five thousands of a second, opened up a lead of nearly three seconds over Altoè, who in turn valiantly fended off the attentions of third-placed Henrique Chaves in the McLaren.
While Siedler's advantage over Altoè at the front dropped to 2.1 seconds, the #14 Lamborghini remained in the lead after Grenier took over from the German at the mandatory driver-change pit-stops. Altoè swapped with Costa, but the #63 Huracán slipped behind Oliver Wilkinson's Aston Martin to third place. The Spaniard then put in a fantastic second stint to overhaul Wilkinson to re-take second place and begin closing the gap to leader Grenier entering the final stages. Following their fifth place - and third in Pro-Am - during Saturday's opening race, Altoè and Costa consolidate their championship lead.
They now hold a seven-point margin over Grenier and Siedler. The next International GT Open round will take place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, on the 8th/9th June.