11.12.2022 – A solid performance marked Tresor Competition’s participation in the Gulf 12 Hours, the closing round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge that took place at the circuit of Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi this weekend.
The Italian team fielded two Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. The #66, which was entered as Audi Sport Tresor, was driven by Mattia Drudi (ITA), Kelvin Van Der Linde (ZA) and Dennis Marschall (GER) as the latter filled in for Ricardo Feller (CH) shortly before the event. The #99 car entered as Tresor Attempto Racing was driven by Alex Aka (GER), Pietro Delli Guanti (ITA) and Finlay Hutchison (GB).
The race has been again very challenging with 34 GT3 cars on track with some of the most prestigious drivers and teams on the international scene. Tresor Competition displayed a good shape since the beginning. The #66 car posted the best times in the Friday sessions and on Saturday it fought for the pole position. Drudi, Van Der Linde and Marschall ended qualifying in P3 with an average time of 1.51.739s.
Qualifying for the #99 lineup has been tougher as the drivers had to settle for P30 with an average lap time of 1:58.535s after the best times were repeatedly cancelled due to track limits. Such a result made everyone positive for a recovery race.
The race started off well for Tresor Competition. Drudi-Van Der Linde-Marschall immediately took the lead of the race and made it clear they intended to take the win. The strategy devised in the pit wall and the great performance of the drivers allowed the #66 car to stay in the fight for the top three until three hours were left to go. At that point, when Marschall was behind the wheel, a contact while lapping the #92 Porsche 911 GT3-R caused a puncture in the right front tyre. Marschall made it onto the pits despite having the front right wheel stuck and, after replacing the tyres, he rejoined the track. Unfortunately, the damage sustained during this incident forced the driver to park the car on the side of the track and retire the car.
The duty to defend Tresor Competition’s colours was on the shoulders of the #99 lineup only. They put in a very exciting race and a remarkable comeback. Despite the start from the mid-field, the great strategy and pace of Aka-Delli Guanti-Hutchison allowed them to recover some places and fight for the top ten. When two hours were left to go, the #99 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo slid in the top ten and kept running in the night hours crossing the finish line in a great P9 overall.
Ferdinando Geri (Team Principal):
“We are obviously happy with the result obtained by Alex, Pietro and Finlay. Despite their lack of experience, they put in a very solid race recovering 21 places. The race has been very hard-fought with a lot of neutralizations and it was quite easy to make a wrong call. The whole team kept its cool and we built a great result. This epilogue does not make up for the disappointment with the retirement of the #66 car though: we had the pace to fight for the podium, we knew we had what it takes to do good and everything was clicking. Unfortunately, we paid a big price for a small mistake. It has been quite frustrating to give up when less than three hours were left, but this is racing: we accept this result and we will try to make the most of this experience eyeing our commitments of 2023”.
Tresor Competition will get back on track in Abu Dhabi in the next few days to prepare the next season, which will be unveiled soon.