Laurens Vanthoor wins the Intercontinental GT Challenge


Laurens Vanthoor has closed its stage at Audi Sport for the big door. The already confirmed as a pilot of Porsche Motorsport in the IMSA, has been achieved in just a few weeks, two titles with which we would like to thank the services rendered to the firm of Ingolstadt. First there was the FIA GT World Cup in Macau, in a race remembered for his atypical final with the own Vanthoor as the cause of the red flag which forced her to close the career before time. With a script much more epic and cinematic, Laurens Vanthoor has also been proclaimed champion of the first season of the Intercontinental GT Challengand after winning the 12 Hours of Sepang.

however, the victory of the Audi R8 LMS #15 in Sepang has been worthy of a good movie theme, every time that the GT3 German started from the pitlane by an electrical problem. However, the good work of Robin Frijns, Christopher Haase and Laurens Vanthoor has reversed this situation to get the win with a lap margin over the Porsche #911 piloted in Sepang by Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet. All in all, a good part of this comeback came from the hand of a timely pit stop in a period of ‘Full Course Yellow’.


The third position in the 12 Hours of Sepang was for the Audi R8
LMS of the Team Phoenix
, driven in this case by Pierre Kaffer, René Rast
and Markus Winkelhock, a result that has also served to Audi for
to get the title of manufacturers of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. To
nevertheless, the ambition in the Team Phoenix almost found a greater
award as the last phase of the race for the Audi R8 LMS #16 was
with slick tyres to try to give chase, without success, Porsche
#911. For his part, the fourth place finish was the Ferrari 488
GT3 Spirit of Race

Despite the victory of the Audi R8 LMS #15, of the doublet in
the podium of Team Phoenix and the beautiful battle that have kept the cars
Audi cars of Porsche of Manthey Racing, the 12 Hours of Sepang
they have also been marked by absences
, while the Mercedes-AMG
GT3 officers and the Bentley Continental GT3 M-Sport have not gone to the
after withdrawing its registration. While the former seems to be a protest
particularly, in the case of Bentley can be the last consequence of the
reduction of budgets in the sports programs of the VAG Group.