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24H MISANO 2017

7-8-9 July 2017
The MONLAU COMPETICION SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#107, Jurgen Smet/Jose Manuel Perez Aicart/Alba Cano Ramirez/Jaime Font Casas) has won the Hankook 24H MISANO. After 738 laps on the 4.226 kilometre Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, equalling a 3,118.78 kilometre distance, Jose Manuel Perez Aicart crossed the finish line to secure the team's second outright victory in the third round of the 2017 24H TOURING CAR ENDURANCE SERIES powered by Hankook. 13 laps behind the winners, the Wimmer Werk Motorsport SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#266, Felix Wimmer/Matthias Kaiser/Martin Gasser/Peter Gross) took home second place after a consistent race. These two TCR class finally held the upper hand in the tough battle against the SP3-GT4 teams. The SP3-GT4 entered Semspeed Peugeot 308 Racing Cup (#226, Anthony Lambert/Pierre Dupont/François Semoulin/Benoît Semoulin) finished in third place overall and thereby won the class. 

The NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#125, Gijs Bessem/Harry Hilders/Rob Rappange/Willem Meijer) concluded the TCR class podium with fourth spot overall.

The polesetters, the CWS Ginetta G55 GT4 (#178, Colin White/JT Coupal/Nick Adcock/Patrik Mathiesen), became second in the SP3-GT4 rankings with position five overall. Despite a 248 lap margin after a long pit stop, the Team Africa Le Mans Ginetta G55 GT4 (#555, Emanuele Pirro/Sarel van der Merwe/Jan Lammers/Greg Mills/Graham Vos) still went into third place in class.

From the last position on the grid, the championship leading QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#154, Jimmy de Breucker/Mario Timmers/Rodrigue Gillion/Bart van Haeren) moved up into sixth spot. Being the only CUP1 entrant, the Belgian team automatically won the class. Their third outright victory earns them another decent amount of points for the championship battle.

With the inaugural Hankook 24H MISANO in the books, Peter Freij from Creventic looks ahead to the two remaining rounds of the 2017 24H TOURING CAR ENDURANCE SERIES powered by Hankook: "The 24H TCES powered by Hankook will stick to its schedule for the rest of the season and will continue next year. Creventic were the first to launch an endurance series for touring cars, which made us vulnerable. We have no doubt that running the events despite their small grids is the right thing to do in order to earn trust and to offer calculability to the teams. Besides SEAT, BMW, Ginetta, Audi and Peugeot, Hyundai came to Misano with a test car and plan to join more events. We are happy to see that the brands believe in the platform. So do we. We already have a great mix of drivers, teams, and cars. But the big show still needs to come. We expect more than 50 cars for Barcelona and a full grid for Spa-Francorchamps."

More information can be found on the series’ website www.24htceseries.com. 



THE FIRST HOURS OF THE RACE
The NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#125, Gijs Bessem/Harry Hilders/Rob Rappange/Willem Meijer) leads the Hankook 24H MISANO. Rob Rappange started the third round of the 2017 24H TOURING CAR ENDURANCE SERIES powered by Hankook from ninth position and took over the lead after the first sequence of pit stops. The polesetter, the CWS Ginetta G55 GT4 (#178, Colin White/JT Coupal/Nick Adcock/Patrik Mathiesen) suffered early from technical issues and has already lost twelve laps. Second overall and second in the TCR class is the Bas Koeten Racing powered by Kawasaki SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#155, Kristian Jepsen/Jan Sorensen/Maxim Aronov/Lev Fridman). The Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#303, Rik Breukers/Ivo Breukers/JM Littman/Dirk Vorländer) led the field until the end of Rik Breuker's first stint and has rejoined in third place. 

With the polesetters struggling early, the Semspeed Peugeot 308 Racing Cup (#226, Anthony Lambert/Pierre) took over the SP3-GT4 class lead in eighth place overall. Still second in class is the CWS Ginetta G55 GT4 (#178, Colin White/JT Coupal/Nick Adcock/Patrik Mathiesen), ten laps down on the leaders. Both the BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR (#253, Gabriele Tarquini/Antti Buri/Nicola Berutti) and the Team Africa Le Mans Ginetta G55 GT4 (#555, Emanuele Pirro/Sarel van der Merwe/Jan Lammers/Greg Mills/Graham Vos) are in the pits for repair works.

The championship leading QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#154, Jimmy de Breucker/Mario Timmers/Rodrigue Gillion/Bart van Haeren) is the only entrant in the CUP1 class and has already moved up into ninth place overall, four laps behind the leaders.

 The race goes on until tomorrow at 9.00 hrs. Regular updates will be posted on the various social media channels of the CREVENTIC SERIES powered by Hankook: Facebook (24H Series), Twitter (@24HSeries) and Instagram (24H Series), as well as on the series’ website www.24htceseries.com. Live timing and further information can be found on the series’ website as well. 


QUALIFYING
The CWS Ginetta G55 GT4 (#178, Colin White/JT Coupal/Nick Adcock/Patrik Mathiesen) has scored the pole position for the first edition of the Hankook 24H MISANO. Norwegian Patrik Mathiesen lapped the 4.226 kilometre Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in 1:44.326 minutes to start the third of five rounds of the 2017 24H TOURING CAR ENDURANCE SERIES powered by Hankook from the top of the field. The CWS Ginetta is one of four SP3-GT4 cars, that are in close contention with the TCR machinery. Strategy plays an important role as the naturally quicker SP3-GT4 cars run according to minimum reference laptimes, whereas the TCR drivers can go flat out. The MONLAU COMPETICION SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#107, Jurgen Smet/Jose Manuel Perez Aicart/Alba Cano Ramirez/Jaime Font Casas) gave proof for the strong resistance of the TCR teams. Jose Manuel Perez Aicart missed the top spot by a narrow 0.061 second margin. The Spanish squad had already taken the two pole positions at Silverstone and Magny-Cours earlier this season. Rik Breukers put the Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT LCR TCR V3 DSG (#303, Rik Breukers/Ivo Breukers/JM Littman/Dirk Vorländer) into third place overall and into second spot in TCR. 

The following two SP3-GT4 teams settled for positions four and five overall. The BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR (#253, Gabriele Tarquini/Antti Buri/Nicola Berutti) will commence its first ever endurance race from fourth on the grid, followed by the Team Africa Le Mans Ginetta G55 GT4 (#555, Emanuele Pirro/Sarel van der Merwe/Jan Lammers/Greg Mills/Graham Vos), that already took part in last week's Hankook 12H IMOLA.

The Pit Lane Competizioni Audi RS3 LMS TCR DSG (#122, Zach Arnold/John Filippì/Roberto Ferri/Alberto Vescovi/Ivan Demis Benvenutti) concluded the top three positions in the TCR class with sixth place overall.

The championship leading QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#154, Jimmy de Breucker/Mario Timmers/Rodrigue Gillion/Bart van Haeren) will start from the back of the grid. Jimmy de Breucker's time was 7.9 seconds slower than Patrick Mathiesen's pole-setting lap. However, the Belgian squad is the sole entrant in the CUP1 class and therefore has good opportunities for a decent score with the championship reaching its halfway point this weekend.

The race starts tomorrow at 9.00 hrs and ends 24 hours later on Sunday morning. Regular updates will be posted on the various social media channels of the CREVENTIC SERIES powered by Hankook: Facebook (24H Series), Twitter (@24HSeries) and Instagram (24H Series), as well as on the series’ website www.24htceseries.com. Live timing and further information can be found on the series’ website as well.