Second place aboard their Audi R8 LMS GT3 within the second of the 2 races on the British venue on Sunday was greater than sufficient to offer Vanthoor and Weerts the crown with two rounds left to run at Valencia subsequent month.
The Belgian duo moved as much as the runner-up spot on the ultimate lap of the race behind the Toksport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Maro Engel and Luca Stolz when their nearest rivals for the championship misplaced victory for the second time of the day.
Raffaele Marciello and Timur Boguslavskiy, who had been second within the factors heading into Manufacturers, dominated the race just for a wheel downside to strike their Auto Sport Promotion Merc.
Boguslavskiy had been in a position to maintain off the problem of Stolz over the second half of the one-hour race earlier than an issue on the proper entrance nook slowed the automobile.
The Russian misplaced the lead at Hawthorns after which went off the observe at Stirlings earlier than crossing the road in sixth place because the entrance proper wheel minus its tyre parted firm with the automobile.
The ASP pair had earlier lost victory in the opening race of the day when Marciello was deemed to have induced the accident wherein Ollie Wilkinson’s Jota McLaren ended up vaulting the limitations at Dingle Dell.
The Italian was given 40s time penalty, which dropped the automobile to seventeenth place.
Victory for Marciello and Boguslavskiy in race two would not have been sufficient to maintain the championship battle open going into the sequence finale at Valencia.
#88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3: Timur Boguslavskiy, Raffaele Marciello
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Weerts mentioned: “That was fairly an eventful race: it was about taking zero dangers and securing a podium.
“Mathematically we’ve put it out of attain, so this can be a good alternative to thank everybody at WRT.”
Engel had trailed pole-winner Marciello by way of the primary half of the race, which included a short safety-car interval.
The German was almost 5 seconds behind the ASP Merc when he stopped as quickly because the pit window opened after 25 minutes.
Stolz was in a position to shut down Boguslavskiy after the pitstops had been full and was proper with the ASP automobile for the ultimate 20 minutes.
Vanthoor held a watching temporary in third place all through the opening half hour, whereas Weerts moved in on the leaders because the Mercs battled over the closing laps.
Stolz crossed the road 1.9s forward of Weerts after Boguslavskiy slowed.
The second of the ASP Mercs, shared by Jules Gounon and Petru Umbrarescu, inherited the ultimate place on the rostrum, completed 13s down on the WRT Audi.
Toksport additionally gained the Silver Cup division with fourth place general for Oscar Tunjo and Juuso Puhakka.
They took class honours by simply 4 tenths from the WRT Audi of Frank Hen and Ryuichiro Tomita.
Miguel Ramos and Henrique Chaves gained the Professional-Am class on the house observe of the Barwell Lamborghini group.