- Rosina & Sladecka steal race two win to keep Pro-Am title hopes alive
- Henry Hassid crowned Fanatec GT2 European Series Am class champion with a round to spare
True Racing by Reiter Engineering duo Stefan Rosina and Filip Sladecka kept themselves in the hunt for the Pro-Am title by stealing outright victory during a dramatic second Fanatec GT2 European Series race of the weekend in Valencia.
Whilst the Pro-Am title will go down to the final round at Circuit Paul Ricard next month, Henry Hassid sewed up the Am class crown in style with a clean sweep of victories in Spain to seal the title.
KTM duo take maximum advantage
With the Brabham Automotive Factory Racing BT63 GT2 Concept on pole for race two, Anders Fjordbach managed to get the jump to fend off the pair of PK Carsport Audis for the lead at the start of race two. Although the #1 Brabham and #11 Audi made an early break, Fjordbach had to work hard to pull out a gap before the compulsory pitstops.
Behind them the battle raged for third, with Bert Longin in the #81 Audi doing his all to keep both Stefan Rosina’s #15 KTM X-BOW and the High Class Racing Audi at bay right up until the pitstop window.
Unable to make headway, Rosina took the option to pit early and, once the stops were complete, rejoined in fourth with Kevin Weeda, now in the Brabham, staying ahead of the championship-leading Audi and High Class Racing car.
The order was short-lived, however, with the #1 car deeming to have taken a short pitstop, resulting in a stop-go penalty for Weeda just as the fight for the lead was reaching boiling point. A brake issue for the #1 car, however, resulted in a run wide for Weeda and subsequent retirement.
That left Nicolas Saelens to take up the mantle, but with Sladecka taking the #5 Audi on its outlap, the #15 KTM was unleashed to go after the leader. Whilst Saelens looked to have the race under control, an uncharacteristic mistake with just two minutes remaining allowed the KTM to claim the car’s fourth win of the season and keep Rosina and Sladecka firmly in the Pro-Am title fight ahead of the final round.
The race for third went right down to the wire between the Audis of Michael Vergers, Peter Guelinckx and Stefano Costantini, the trio nose-to-tail until the penultimate lap when a tap from the LP Racing car sent Guelinckx into a spin, leaving the PK Carsport car to finish sixth.
Henry Hassid convincingly led the Am class throughout the 50-minute encounter to finish fifth overall, in turn claiming the championship title with an impressive haul of six class wins, a pair of second places and a round to spare.
The #17 True Racing by Reiter Engineering KTM crew of Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz bounced back from race one retirement to finish second in Am, equalling their best result of the season so far. The sister #16 car of Kris Rosenberger and Sehdi Sarmini completed the Am podium, finishing eighth overall. Leonardo Gorini’s LP Racing Porsche and Elia Erhart in the #18 LP Racing Audi completed the top ten.
The final round of the Fanatec GT2 European Series will take place at Circuit Paul Ricard, 15-16 October.