Saturday, November 9, 2013

IBER GT: GT3 class pole and podium for Team Novadriver in Barcelona race one

By Johan Laubscher

The Spanish IBER GT Championship is hosting the season finale at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona this weekend. Two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars are entered for the IBER GT finale.

The IBER GT finale is being held alongside the finale of the International GT Open, with both series running together on track. Both championships are split into two categories: the SGT class for GTE specification vehicles and GTS for GT3 specification vehicles.

Three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars are on the grid, of which two are IBER GT entrants. Team Novadriver had entered both of their Audi R8 LMS ultra cars this weekend. The first car from Team Novadriver is the #81 Audi R8 LMS ultra with drivers Cesar Campanico and GT Open GTS class (GT3) title hopeful, Rafael Hideo Suzuki. This #81 car is entered for both the Spanish IBER GT and GT Open. Team Novadriver is aiming for the Spanish IBER GT title and Suzuki is aiming to become the GT Open GTS champion.

Team Novadriver’s second car is the #80 Audi R8 LMS ultra driven by Manuel Gião and Lourenço Da Veiga, who are only entered in the IBER GT. A third Audi is also on the grid, but it is only entered in the GT Open class, the car entered by Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, the #88 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Filipe Albuquerque and Yves Weerts.

Qualifying saw the #81 of Campanico and Suzuki taking seventh on the overall combined grid and second within the combined GTS (GT3) class. Thus they took fourth overall within the IBER GT and pole position in the IBER GT GTS (GT3) class. Their teammates qualified eighteenth on the overall combined grid, taking fifth within the IBER GT GTS (GT3) class. 

The first race was held late on Saturday and concluded with the #81 Audi R8 LMS ultra placing fourth within the overall combined results. This was enough to take third overall within IBER GT and second place within the IBER GT GTS class. Their teammates in the #80 Audi finished fifteenth overall in the combined results.

The second and final race is set for tomorrow afternoon.

Photo credit: Team Novadriver