INCREDIBLE VICTORY FOR LEONID MACHITSKI IN THE 24 HOURS OF BARCELONA
The exciting 24H Series Championship raced in the Costa Brava for the next intense 24H dual around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Leonid Machitski teamed up with Adrian Amstutz, Dennis Lind and Patrick Kujala to take on the 24H Barcelona challenge.
The defending Blancpain GT Series AM Cup champions Leonid Machitski and Adrian Amstutzwere back in action and took an impressive victory together with Dennis Lind and Patrick Kujala at the 2019 Hankook 24 Hours of Barcelona.
Leonid and the Barwell Motorsport Team pushed the Vimetco Extrusion and Renaissance Construction backed #77 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo to the limits and completed 690 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in the final European round of the 24H Series season.
The race weekend started off well, having qualified in Pole Position for the race. Dennis Lind lapped the 4.655km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 1:46.577s to secure not only the team’s first pole position in the 24h Series powered by Hankook this season, but also the first overall top spot for a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 since the season-opening Hankook 24h Dubai.
It was time for lights out and the race began under perfect conditions with bright sunshine beaming across the circuit. The #77 Huracan GT3 Evo raced off into the first corner battling with several cars. After the first few laps, the team were able to maintain their pace and focus on the race strategy. The teams fastest lap time was 1:47.378, reinforcing the teams winning intent.
Thelead changed 38 times and after a race-long battle with HerberthMotorsport’s Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lind crossed the line 10.481 seconds clear of Ralf Bohn.A grueling battle, yet an energetic win for Leonid, Adrian, Dennis and Patrick! It was also the first ever 24-hour victory, overall in Europe and a first overall victory in the Creventic Series for Lamborghini.
Leonid Machitski: “That was a very interesting and exciting race. For the whole 24 hours, we were fighting with Herberth Motorsport and racing at every single stop and eventually we won with a 10sec lead. During the race thelead changed 38 times, that’s unbelievable. I can say it was the most interesting race in my career. The team did an amazing job andwe all can be very proud of this result!I want to congratulate Vimetco Extrusion and Renaissance Construction and also Lamborghini, for whom it was a first ever 24-hour victory, overall in Europe!”
Adrian Amstutz: “This was the hardest 24h race that I have ever participated in. We didn’t know until the final hour if we will make it. The fight with the Herberth Porsche was so incredibly intense! They forced the best out of us and we were able to run a near perfect race. My big thanks goes out to Barwell Motorsport for making this victory possible. After all those little technical issues we had on Thursday and Friday while setting the car up and then the near drop-out of a driver due to severe overheating, makes the victory so much more rewarding. I am very proud of this one especially that it is the first 24h overall win for Lamborghini Squadra Corse!”
Dennis Lind: “It was a tough race with the heat but also from other teams putting hard pressure on us. This race was won by an immense team effort!”
Patrick Kujala: “Great performance by the team. Very happy with this result.”
Mark Lemmer, Team Principal: “This was an incredible 24hrs race! For 24hrs we were fighting the Porsche, never more than 60 seconds apart. Leo drove some brilliant stints in the night helping us on our way to a great victory by the slimmest of margins. Lamborghini gave us a fantastic car: the team and drivers were faultless.”