The Hankook 12H Mugello ended with a commanding victory for ST Racing.
ST Racing Leads Three-Way Fight for Hankook 12H
Nick Wittmer, Samantha Tan and Bryson Morris led for long stretches of the race in the new BMW M4 GT3. After 330 laps of racing, Wittmer took the chequered flag with a lead of two laps. Phoenix Racing and the quartet of Michael Doppelmayr, Pierre Kaffer, Elia Erhart and Swen Herberger clinched second place with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II in a dramatic finish. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mann-Filter Team Landgraf came home just 1.453 seconds further back to take third place, a result that earned them victory in the GT Amateur class. Thai team BBR dominated every aspect of the TCE category and took a commanding class victory after 304 laps in a Cupra Leon Competición TCR. The race tyre supplied by title sponsor Hankook was a strong and reliable partner for the teams and drivers.
The 12-hour race in Mugello, the first European round of the 24H Series powered by Hankook, was held in two days. Right from the word go, it looked like being a three-way battle between the pole-sitters from Phoenix Racing, ST Racing and Mann-Filter Team Landgraf, who occupied the top three positions going into the second part of the race. As the race progressed, ST Racing pulled clear of its two rivals and consistently extended its lead right through to the finish. The battle for second place was a dramatic one. With 14 minutes remaining, and following a late pit stop, Audi driver Pierre Kaffer from the Phoenix team managed to overtake Martin Konrad in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to secure the runner-up spot.
Thai team BBR dominated the TCE class at Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy. The quartet of Chariya Nuya, Kantadhee Kusiri, Kantasak Kusiri and Tanart Sathienthirakul in the Cupra Leon Competición TCR were the dominant force and the fastest on track in qualifying and both parts of the race. Second in the TCE class was the Noker Racing team with the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR SEQ, with third place going to Wolf-Power Racing with the Audi RS3 LMS TCR.