Victory in Am class at GT Open Spa
Last weekend, Rinaldi Racing went to the Ardennes to the third run of the GT Open. In Spa-Francorchamps, the team from Mendig started with three Ferrari 488 GT3. On the starting number 33 Christian Hook and Steve Parrow shared the work behind the steering wheel in the Am class. On the #333 in the ProAm class Vadim Kogay and David Perel. Rinat Salikhov participated in the GT Open as guest starter in the Am class on the starting number 993.
On Saturday morning, the 27 GT3 cars went on track for the first qualifying. There, David Perel showed a brilliant performance. He put his Ferrari 488 GT3 on pole, the first GT3 pole of his career. And this with a lap time of 2:15.807 – lap record for a GT3 car in Spa. Rinat Salikhov had a great qualifying and took over the pole in the Am class and also due to his performance he reached the seventh position overall. On the #33, Christian Hook qualified on the seventh position in the Am class.
In the afternoon, the drivers of the qualifying started the first race. David Perel had a good start and left the other cars behind him. Already after a few laps, he had a gap of a few seconds. Until his pit stop, he maintained the lead overall and that with the fastest laps on track. At the start, Rinat Salikhov gained one position and improved on the sixth position overall. Also, he maintained the lead in the Am class with a dominant gap. Christian Hook kept his position in the Am class and tried to move forward. Unfortunately, he had to quit the race after ten laps. A few laps further, the same happened to Rinat Salikhov on the #993. At the pit stop, Vadim Kogay took over the Ferrari 488 GT3 #333. He went back on track as leader of the ProAm class. A few minutes before the end of the race, he had to park his car in the pits due to an accident.
On Sunday, at the second race, Vadim Kogay started from the ninth position in the ProAm class; Steve Parrow on the #33 from the sixth position in the Am class and Rinat Salikhov from the third position in Am class. All cars had a good start and kept out of trouble. Rinat Salikhov moved forward to the second position in his class. After a good pit stop, he took over the lead in the Am class and increased the gap to the runner-up. From the beginning of his stint, David Perel was the fastest car on track. In the last ten minutes, the #333 and the #993 were the fastest GT3 cars on track and made two to three second good compared to their opponents. At the end, Rinat Salikhov crossed the finish line as winner of the Am class. David Perel moved forward, but it was just enough for the ninth position in the ProAm class. Also, Steve Parrow reached the finish line as sixth in the Am class.