McLAREN VICTORY AT BLANCPAIN FINALE

 

McLaren customer team Von Ryan Racing picked up its second outright win of the Blancpain Endurance season in the final round of the championship, held at the Nürburgring. A difficult qualifying session meant that the #58 650S GT3 of works drivers Rob Bell, Shane Van Gisbergen and Kevin Estre would start in the middle of the 55 car grid, but that didn’t stop the trio adding to the team’s win at Silverstone.

 

 

Alvaro Parente, Bruno Senna and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in car #59 started the race in fourth position. Parente was busy chasing the leaders in the opening stages of the race, but was pushed into the gravel midway through the stint, bringing out the safety car. This signalled a bold call for the #58 car, with Rob Bell pitting early and handing over to van Gisbergen. The New Zealander gave a repeat performance of his remarkable middle stint at Silverstone, putting in consistently fast lap times whilst carefully managing the car’s fuel consumption.

With 70 minutes of the race to run, van Gisbergen handed the car over to Kevin Estre, who moved up the field as the majority of the grid pitted. Eventually ending up in first position, the Frenchman was able to extend the lead to 14 seconds, adding a second win for the 650S GT3, making it the only car to score more than one win in 2015, despite it being in its debut season.

 

 

 

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