WRT resists pressure and wins Budapest Qualifying Race

The Audi R8 LMS GT3 was the best car at Hungaroring in the Blancpain GT Sprint Qualifying Race this Saturday (27) afternoon with downforce and cornering ability on its side, but WRT, Christopher Mies and Enzo Ide managed to transform this advantage in a win, overcoming great pressure for most of the race.

Once the green flag was out, Felix Rosenqvist was quick to keep the lead with the No. 88 AKKA-ASP Mercedes, which is extremely important in a track as tight as the Hungaroring, and it was thanks to this characteristic and a crowded first corner that the No. 25 Saintéloc Audi R8 was bumped in the back and spun, taking the No. 101 Attempto Racing Lamborghini with it, ending the race for both entries and bringing the first full course yellow flag.

The green flag came with 8 minutes of racing, with Rosenqvist with an unbelievable gap for Christopher Mies in the No. 33 WRT Audi, and for a good period of the race we had the No. 33 and the No. 1 WRT Audis playing catch with the No. 88 AKKA-ASP Mercedes, while the HTP Motorsport and ISR entries came aligned a bit behind acting as spectators.

While most of the frontrunners went earlier to the pit stops, Rosenqvist and Mies kept their game on, but the AKKA-ASP Swede changed plans as Mies was closing the gap to him, and delivered the No. 88 to Tristan Vautier with 28 minutes to go. A lap later, the leading No. 33 WRT Audi came in and Mies left the seat for Enzo Ide to join, and again the quick WRT pit work gave good results as the No. 33 came back to track still in the lead.

Once the fight came back to the track, the No. 88 AKKA-ASP was caught unable to attack the No. 33, instead seeing the No. 1 Audi getting bigger in its mirrors and good to go until the 50 minute mark, when what could have been the WRT show turned into Tristan Vautier’s attack into Ide, as the Frenchman kept taking risks and specially braking late in order to create opportunities, but his effectiveness ended with 5 minutes to go, so Enzo Ide just had to keep pushing to finish first with the No. 33 WRT Audi, with the No. 88 AKKA-ASP Mercedes coming second and the No. 1 WRT Audi with Frederic Vervisch resisting pressure from the No. 84 HTP Mercedes to complete the podium.

The No. 5 Phoenix Racing Audi got Silver Cup honors, while the No. 11 from Kessel Racing and the No. 55 from AF Corse brought Pro-Am and Am Cup wins for the Ferrari side.

PHOTO: Blancpain GT Series