The Italo-Argentine pair wins final sprint with Balzan-Benucci (Villorba Ferrari) to take their first win of the season in closely-fought race

15-07 Podium Race 1
Guedes-Barreiros (AF Corse) excellent 3rd and winners in GT-Am

Ramos-Parente (Teo Martín McLaren), 4th, now lead alone in the overall standings GT-Am win Sdanewitsch-Melnikov

Raffaele Giammaria and Ezequiel Pérez-Companc took a superb win in today’s Race 1 at Estoril, in what seems a perfect revenge for the AF Corse pair after an unlucky start of the season at the Ricard. The win marks a successful return in the series for the Italian driver, while the young Argentine takes a maiden success in only his second event in GT. In a warm afternoon, the race developed in crescendo, with an exciting second part, full of chasing and close fighting. Alessandro Balzan and Nicola Benucci, with the Villorba Ferrari, were very close seconds (1”3 behind the winners), while local pair composed of Francisco Guedes and Filipe Barreiros, on their Ferrari AF Corse, finished third, resisting a final assault of Alvaro Parente at the wheel of the Teo Martín Motorsport McLaren 650S shared with Miguel Ramos, and conquering top honours in the GT-Am category.

Ramos and Parente got satisfaction anyway, as the pair is now a lone leader in the overall standings, 4 points ahead of Balzan-Benucci and 8 of Giammaria-Companc. The Baporo Ferrari of Argentine duo López-Russo took fifth, while the Balfe Motorsport Ferrari which led during the first stint with Phil Keen and put on a big part of the show in the second with Shaun Balfe, finished 6th paying a too long pit stop.