Luigi Lucchini scores maiden win in Paul Ricard Qualifying Race, Klaus Dieter Frers recovers to collect Iron Cup victory

2 June 2018 Luigi Lucchini scores maiden win in Paul Ricard Qualifying Race, Klaus Dieter Frers recovers to collect Iron Cup victory

After a race-long battle for the lead, Mario Cordoni (#70 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3) and Christian Hook (#33 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 488 GT3) were found to have jumped the start, allowing Luigi Lucchini (#7 BMS Scuderia Italia SRL Ferrari 458 GT3) to claim his maiden Blancpain GT Sports Club victory at Circuit Paul Ricard.

In the Iron Cup, Klaus Dieter Frers (#3 Artega Rennsport Ferrari 488 GT3) recovered from a steady start to score his second Qualifying Race win of the season, ahead of Kessel Racing’s Stephen Earle (#111 488 GT3) and Louis-Philippe Soenen (#50 AF Corse 488 GT3).

Boutsen Ginion’s Karim Ojjeh (#2 BMW M6 GT3) was classified in second place, ahead of Coach McKansy (#17 HP Racing International Lamborghini Huracan). Both are also part of the Titanium Cup, with Jürgen Häring (#66 Herbert Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R) picking up the final podium spot in the new-for-2018 class.

As racing got underway in Le Castellet, Mario Cordoni and Christian Hook appeared to go before the acceleration point, allowing both to pull away from the chasing pack. Further down the order, Edward Lewis Brauner (#991 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R) lost out to Coach McKansy (#17 HP Racing International Lamborghini Huracan GT3), before dropping further back as the race wore on.

Claude-Yves Gosselin (#4 Lamborghini Gallardo Extenso R-EX) was forced to retire early in the race with an alternator issue whilst in a top-five battle with team-mates Pierre Feligioni (#6 Gallardo Extenso R-EX) and Karim Ojjeh.

The fight behind the two on-track leaders intensified, with Luigi Lucchini (#7 BMS Scuderia Italia SRL Ferrari 458 GT3) defending late in the race from Karim Ojjeh, who managed to get back ahead of the fast-starting Patrick Van Glabeke (#488 AF Corse 488 GT3), Edward Lewis Brauner and Coach McKansy. 

The Saudi Arabian just ran out of time though and finished 0.190 seconds behind Luigi Lucchini, who scored a maiden victory in his one-off Blancpain GT Sports Club return. Coach McKansy finished in third place, with Patrick Van Glabeke masterfully scything his way from 14th to be classified in fourth.

Pierre Feligioni scored his best Blancpain GT Sports Club finish with fifth, ahead of Angélique Detavernier (#55 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3), who will pick up the final point in her first championship appearance since Spa-Francorchamps last year.

Next, is the 40-minute Main Race, which you can follow live on the GT World YouTube channelwebsite and Facebook.