Season’s review (2): Pierburg and Onslow-Cole (SPS Mercedes) crowned in Pro-Am in photo-finish finale

02.11.2018  GTO

“It’s incredible to take the title by such a narrow margin and in the last race” exclaimed an elated Valentin Pierburg at the end of the final race in Barcelona. The German and his British team mate, Tom Onslow-Cole, at the wheel of the Mercedes AMG of SPS Automotive Performance, won in extremis the duel with Miguel Ramos and Fabrizio Crestani, who had led the standings during the whole season with the Daiko Lazarus Lamborghini. The two top contenders in the Pro-Am class could not have a more contrasting result trend through the season: while the Portuguese and the Italian scored points in all races and took eight podium finishes but no wins, the German and the Brit won six races but showed less consistency, although signing an overall win (at Silverstone’s Race 2) and two overall poles with ‘fast Tom’. Eventually, the two contenders ended tied in net points, with the SPS duo winning the title because of their better results.

In what has been the most well-attended and competitive class this year, the third classified in the standings, Marcelo Hahn, also had an excellent season. At the wheel of the Drivex Mercedes, the Brazilian won three races, two with Allam Khodair (posting an overall win at Hungaroring-2) and one with Allan Hellmeister, who was victim of a serious crash after crossing (in third) the finishing line at Monza-2.

Also at the very top and in constant progress was the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 of Ollie Wilkinson and Brad Ellis, who finished  fourth, after taking two race wins, including at home at Silverstone. The other race winners were, with one success each, Jiatong Liang-Raffaele Giammaria (Imperiale Racing Lambo) and Eddie Chhever III-Nicklas Nielsen (Luzich Racing Ferrari).