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Wisniewski and Jajovski share GT Pro Series wins

by Jack Benyon
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Williams Esports driver Nikodem Wisniewski won the GT Pro Sebring main race, as The Race All-Star Cup winner Erhan Jajovski was victorious in the earlier sprint race.

Triple A Esports’ Jajovski – who has won a Formula 1 simulator test for his All-Star Cup win – took the sprint race honours from pole position.

Gt Pro Series R5 Jajovski Win Pic

The majority of the overtakes were made on the opening lap as Yuri Kasdorp swapped positions with Jernej Simoncic to finish as the runner up.

McLaren shadow racer Kevin Siggy was another beneficiary from the start as he moved up from eighth to sixth in the opening lap.

Rudy van Buren secured 10th place and therefore pole position for the main race.

It wasn’t done cleanly though as he started the race in 12th and tagged Kuba Brzezinski under braking which sent the Williams Esports driver flying straight on.

The all important move for 10th on Peyo Peev was without contact as Peev went deep into the hairpin and van Buren stuck to the apex and had the space and drive out of the corner to take the position.

He started the 45-minute long race from the very front of the field and looked to repeat his Imola main race performance where he started from the front and won in a dominant fashion.

Gt Pro Series R5 Van Buren And Wisniewski Pic

That wasn’t the case as while he kept the lead for a long time, he came under increasing pressure from Martin Dyrlund.

Dyrlund turned out not to be van Buren’s biggest concern as Wisniewski overtook him, but also Dyrlund was crashed into by Petar Brljak, which dropped Dyrlund to eighth.

In the final seven minutes Wisniewski took the race lead as van Buren drifted through the first corner and was defenceless to hold Wisniewski back.

Arne Schoonvliet briefly overtook van Buren but the two touched lightly, enough for Schoonvliet to get a poor drive out of the corner and drop to fourth.

Wisniewski won by three seconds with van Buren in second place and Dyrlund in third despite the crash with Brljak that sent him down to eighth.

Gt Pro Series R5 Dyrlund And Brljak Crash Pic

Dyrlund’s impressive recovery came in part due to the disappointing outcome for the championship leader heading into the fifth round, Siggy.

He had moved up to fourth place off the back of the Dyrlund and Brljak crash.

However when running side by side with Simoncic for third place, Simoncic pushed Siggy out onto the grass which meant Siggy went straight on at the next corner and dropped outside of the top 10.

Simoncic was given a drive-through penalty off the back of that incident which dropped him from third to 18th.

The final two positions Dyrlund needed to recover to third came courtesy of a Jajovski spin under braking for Sunset Bend.

He lost control of the car but lost a minimal amount of time as he pulled off a 360-degree spin and carried on.

However Kasdorp couldn’t capitalise because he had to slow down to avoid the spinning BMW in front of him.

Dyrlund, two seconds further back, had the time and space to move out of the way of the spinning Jajovski and so Dyrlund stuck firmly to the inside kerb and took what would go on to be third place.

The final round of the GT Pro Series takes place in two weeks time around the Circuit de la Sarthe where the series champion will be decided.

Before then though the GT Challenge Series will take to Sebring next Monday.

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