Blancpain GT Sports Club 2017 - Misano (Round 1)

The 2017 racing season was kicked off this past weekend with the first race of the Blancpain GT Sports Club in Misano, Italy.

April 3rd, 2017

The 2017 racing season was kicked off this past weekend with the first race of the Blancpain GT Sports Club in Misano, Italy.  In it's third year, the championship which is part of the Blancpain GT Series saw a record number of entries with 26 cars on the starting grid.

After dabbling in GT racing last year, Yoshiki Ohmura has decided to completely transition from Formula cars to GT cars for the 2017 season and will be joined by a number of the other StileF Squadra Corse drivers in Blancpain Series.

 

 

Saturday

After coming down with the flu and fever Friday evening, Saturday proved the be a real challenge for Yoshi.  As Saturday's results in the Qualifying Race would determine the starting position for the Main Race, participation was not optional.  An unlucky qualifying session with traffic in the fast lap, meant a starting position of P13 for the Qualifying Race, which shortly followed the qualifying session.  With a short race of only 25 minutes and the focus on not causing a 'Mark Webber Helmet' incident and the need to bring the car across the finishing line, Yoshi was only able to marginally improve the result by finishing 11th.

 

Sunday

The previous days 11th place finish would mean Yoshi would start the Main Race from this position, but with 40 minutes of racing, would allow him more time to charge from the back.  A well executed start, would see him jump 3 places into the first corner and slowly start chipping away at places one at a time, despite the Misano track not being ideal for overtaking manoeuvres.  As the clock wound down, Yoshi took the checker flag in 4th place, behind the 2 AKKA ASP's AMG GT3 and Autovitesse's Huracan GT3, making his 458GTE the best finishing of the 11 entered Ferrari GT race cars and also taking honours for the most overtakes during the race.

 


Yoshiki Ohmura 
Quali Race: P11 
Main Race: P4

 

 

 

 

The Main Race can be watched on Youtube

 

       

 

 

 

 


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