Race Report by Mark Dizon
November 9, 2020 – It was a very challenging second round of multi-class ACC racing at Misano World Circuit with heavy rain conditions during the race weekend. Teams contended with poor visibility and a very wet track while the rain showed no signs of relief. Both races splits saw plenty of drama and action especially during race start in sector 1 Variante Del Parco turns 2 and 3.
Hamza Gulza displayed a commanding performance at Misano in his #14 Bentley Continental GT3 winning sprints race 1 and 2 as well as securing pole positions in each race. He also achieved the fastest lap of race 2 with a lap time of 1:45.786.
Josh Staffin #23 Lexus RC F GT3 secured the second-place podium in race 1 followed by Matheus Freitas #728 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the third-place finish. Josh Staffin took the fastest lap of race 1 with a lap time of 1:45.048 beating Hamza Gulza by 0.06 seconds!
Josh Staffin fell out of contention for race 2 after failing to set a qualifying lap time in the pole shootout.
Carl Matthes #86 Porsche 911 GT3 took the race 2 second-place podium maintaining his second-place start while Matheus Freitas #728 Mercedes-AMG GT3 achieved a consistent third-place finish.
In the GT4 class, Michael Kundakcioglu #56 AMR Vantage GT4 had a masterclass performance in the extremely wet conditions winning both GT4 sprint races. He also took the fastest laps for both races with lap times of 1:53.517 in race 1 and 1:53.139 in race 2.
Race 1 GT4 podium finishers include C Bruno in the #909 BMW M4 coming in at second-place and JT Tami #97 Maserati GT4 in third. Grant Klinsing #3 Chevrolet Camaro finished second-place in race 2 while C Bruno achieves another podium finish at third-place in race 2.
Scott Newell #18 Lexus RC F GT3 dominated both sprint races. He started in pole position and maintained P1 for the wins despite the challenging conditions. Scott also took the fastest lap of both races with lap times of 1:49.704 in race 1 and 1:50.148 in race 2.
Mark Barton #27 Ferrari 488 GT3 also displayed a strong performance in the rain completing both sprint races in P2. Renato Coelho #99 Ferrari 488 GT3 completes the podium finishers for race 1 coming in at third while Guilherme Wolff #28 McLaren 720S GT3 is the third-place finisher for race 2.
It was a fierce battle between the top finishers of the GT4 class. Dave Hassar claims the first-place podium in both sprint races in his #21 Mercedes-AMG GT4 while polesitter Matt Largi #31 KTM X-Bow GT4 takes home the second-place finish in both races. The third-place podium for both sprint races is split between the Sutherland brothers. Neil Sutherland #68 Cayman takes third-place in race 1 and Mark Sutherland #67 Cayman takes third-place in race 2.
Champion Motorsports Multi-Class heads to Laguna Seca, CA for round 3 on 16 November 2020. It will be an endurance format with 65 minutes of non-stop racing. Stay tuned for the next race recap on CMS!
Race Results – Split 1
Race Results – Split 2