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Written By Joe Le Corre

Season 6 of the OTL ACC GT3 Championship started with a bang on Thursday at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. With new cars and drivers in the series, it was always going to be a brilliant opener. It didn’t disappoint one bit…

Kieran Sharp

Following on from a season that showed flashes of brilliance (namely Silverstone) things were looking up for Sharp. And after Spa they still are. A brilliant P3 finish in a new car for the OTL Championship puts Sharp on the map for a championship challenge. A P2 could have been on the cards, but MSL Racing’s Vitor Sousa managed to hold on for the second podium spot. Keeping this momentum up will be key for Sharp as he guns for the championship.

Dan Lofs

Season 5 wasn’t the best for Dan Lofs with his best finish being a 13th place at Silverstone. However, Lofs has found a metric boatload of pace over the off season and came to Spa with confidence. Qualifying earned Dan a respectable 17th overall and 1st in class. A race of consistent pace brought Lofs an overall finishing position of 14th and an Am class win. Hopefully Lofs can keep this pace up as the season progresses and bring the fight to the established Am class front runners.

Sam Cholmondeley

As far as championship debuts go, Sam Cholmondeley’s was one of the best. Qualifying wasn’t too much to much to write home about with Sam bringing the McLaren 720S GT3 to 14th on the grid. The race was were Cholmondeley showed his best. Throughout the entire race Cholmondeley kept his head, especially at the start where he was right amongst the pack. Once the hour was up, Sam brought the Macca home in P8. A gain of 6 positions over the course of the race. Definitely a good way to announce your debut to the OTL ACC GT3 Championship.

Quinten van Wingerden

Following a couple of seasons away from the championship after winning the Season 3 Amateur class championship, Quinten van Wingerden is back. This time he’s in the Pro class. Coming back from a two season hiatus wasn’t going to be easy, but Quinten made the transition look seamless. Van Wingerden managed P19 in qualifying, This starting position placed him towards the back of the Pro class runners, but it could all change in the race. And it did just that. Like Cholmondeley, Quinten kept himself out of trouble during the race and pumped in swathes of consistent laps. Once the dust settled, van Wingerden brought the Nissan home in P10. A top 10 finish is no meant feat in this championship, so Quinten has every reason to be proud of that performance.

Driver Of The Race

The opening round of the OTL ACC GT3 Championship played host to some brilliant performances from drivers up and down the grid. The driver of the race put on a stunning drive and ended up reaping the rewards once the chequered flag fell. Round 1’s DOTR is of course: Quinten van Wingerden!

Ballast For Round 2

As mentioned in the preview article, Season 6 will see the the introduction of ballast for the top three average point scoring manufacturers. The ballast for Round 2 is as follows:

1st: 30KG – Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo

2nd: 20KG – Mercedes AMG GT3 2020

=3rd: 10KG – Aston Martin Vantage GT3

=3rd: 10KG – Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo

Overall, Round 1 was a brilliant way to start Season 6. Plenty of action up and down the grid made it an exciting race for drivers and spectators. Join us on the 28th for Round 2 from the Nürburgring!