The debut of the GT Winter Series in Navarra went perfectly for Schubert Motorsport. The racing team from Oschersleben dominated the race day at will. Meanwhile, the GT4 class once again thrilled the spectators with hard-fought races, which were, however, conducted fairly at all times.
Schubert Motorsport wins the first race
As expected, the GT3 cars battled it out for victory in the first round in Navarra, but the fast Cup Porsches were not to be shaken off on the winding course in northern Spain.
Darren Leung won the first race in the Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3. This was the first triumph in the GT Winter Series for the driver, the team from Oschersleben and the race car. The GT3 veteran started from pole position, but was never able to break away from the field and showed a thrilling battle with Jean Glorieux in the PROsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and Michael Kampfinger, who delivered a sensational race in the 991.2 generation Cup Porsche. At the safety car restart two laps before the end of the race, Kapfinger even managed to overtake the Belgian Glorieux in the nominally faster GT3 Aston Martin and thus finished the race in second place.
High tension in GT4 Class
In the first sprint race, the GT4 class again thrilled the spectators with tough duels, which, however, were always fought fairly. Jan Philipp Springob won the race in the CV Performance Group Mercedes-AMG GT4 after he managed to beat Mike David Ortmann in the PROsport Aston Martin at the safety car restart. In the first half of the race, the two GT4 pros showed a highly exciting duel bumper to bumper. The reigning ADAC GT4 Germany champion Ortmann was also clipped by his teammate Gabriela Jilkova and only finished the race in third class position.
Darren Leung repeats sprint win
KTM driver Thomas Andersen took up the second sprint race early on Sunday afternoon from the best starting position after the Dane surprisingly set the fastest lap in the morning qualifying. But Andersen didn’t keep the place in the sun for long with his X-BOW GT2, as Darren Leung snatched the Scandinavian right on the starting lap and took his second race win with his BMW M4 GT3. At the end of the race distance, the car of the team from Oschersleben had a lead of around five seconds over the KTM.
Tough battle for the final podium position
Behind the top two cars, a three-way battle raged for the final podium position. The two Kapfinger brothers in their Huber Racing Cup Porsche and Belgian Maxime Dumarey in PROsport Racing’s GT3 Aston Martin were involved. After Dumarey lost a few positions in the starting phase, the Aston Martin veteran had to fight his way past the two talented brothers. Only after more than 20 minutes did the GT3 driver find a way past the sensationally fighting Johannes Kapfinger and was thus able to finish the race in third position. Johannes was able to win the internal duel of the Kapfinger family and beat his brother Michael in fourth place.
In the GT4 class, CV Performance took another victory. Simon Connor Primm won the second sprint race on the course in northern Spain in superior fashion.
Endurance win completes perfect race day for Schubert Motorsport
In the Endurance race late on Sunday afternoon, newly appointed BMW works driver Dan Harper took to the wheel of Torsten Schubert’s M4 GT3. With seven-mile boots on, the 22-year-old Briton pulled away from the field before handing the car over to Darren Leung, whose coach Harper was at the Navarra race weekend. Leung was able to defend the comfortable lead and finally drove relaxed to his third victory of the race day. The race day could not have gone better for the driver and his experienced BMW team.
As in the second sprint race, the KTM X-BOW GT2 of Thomas Andersen and Ronnie Bremer finished in second position. After the driver change, former ChampCar driver Bremer showed his quality and reduced the gap to the BMW by over 20 seconds – a strong performance by the KTM duo in Navarra!
Huber Racing youngsters can convince again
The Kapfinger brothers also once again impressively underlined their dominance in the Cup 2 class on the race track near the town of Los Arcos. The two colourful 911 GT3 Cup cars finished third and fourth in the overall standings, which is tantamount to a superior double victory in the Cup 2 class. As in the first sprint race, Michael defeated his brother Johannes in the nominally weaker car. In the Endurance race, both shared their car with Dieter Svepes. With their fabulous performance throughout the race weekend, both once again underlined their progress in the current GT Winter Series season and were able to impressively demonstrate their talent. It is certain that we will continue to hear a lot from them in the future!
GT4 cars fight bumper to bumper
During the first half of the race in the Endurance heat, the top 3 in the GT4 class battled wheel to wheel. Mike David Ortmann led the hard-fought class ahead of his Czech teammate Gabriela Jilkova and CV Performance driver Simon Connor Primm. The numerous spectators on the pit roof were so enthralled by the GT4 show that they ran from one side of the pit roof to the other so they wouldn’t miss a moment of the action!
During the driver change, Jan Philipp Springob secured the lead in the small GT class and drove to a controlled class win in the AMG bolide of Christian Voß’ team. Second place went to Jilkova and her partner Jessica Bäckman, for the Swede it was a great debut in a GT4 racer, having previously raced in touring cars.
Primm new leader of the standings
The CV Performance AMG’s three class wins have put Simon Connor Primm at the top of the GT Winter Series standings. Whether the youngster will clinch the title will be decided next week at the big season finale on the world-famous Formula 1 circuit in Barcelona.
Manthey driver Dustin Blattner also has a good chance of winning the title. The driver competing under a US licence had to end his programme in the GT Winter Series after the event in Valencia, but due to five strike results he still has a good chance of winning the title.
The thrilling decision for the title, in which around 45 cars will be on the grid, will be followed by fans worldwide via livestream.