The spectacular McLaren MP4-12 GT3 of the German Lapidus Racing team and its crew Klaas Hummel (The Netherlands), Adam Christodoulou, Phil Quaife and Tim Mullen (UK) are leading the 24 Horas de Barcelona-Trofeo Fermí Vélez after the first quarter of the race, i.e. the first 6 out of 24 hours. They are followed on second position by Las Moras Racing Team 1 with Dutchmen Luc Braams, Duncan Huisman and Ronald Morien, and Michael Munemann from Portugal at the wheel of their Renault Mégane Trophy, and by Russian Bears Motorsport 1 on third position, with Spanish driver Miguel Toril, Russian drivers Dmitry Samorukov, Boris Rotenberg and Sergey Zlobin, and Maurizio Mediani from Italy with their Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, yesterday's pace-setters at the qualifying practice and on second position during the first few hours of the race; all of them a great example of the fantastic line-up of machines (a total of 51) and drivers.
The Spanish delegation, challenged by a numerous and high-quality international cluster with powerful vehicles, is shining most exceedingly. The best Spanish driver is Miguel Toril Boquoi, from Cordoba, member of the Russian Bears Motorsport 1 team and their Ferrari 485 Italia GT3, technically managed by the Catalan company Baporo Motorsport. The team is currently running third and keeps full options to clinch the victory. In the same team, though at the wheel of a Seat Leon Supercopa, there are Pol Rosell and Joan Vinyes, currently 8th and leading the A3T class, together with their Russian teammates.
Monlau Competición and their Clio Cup III, driven by José Manuel Alonso-Jaime and Javier Hernández-Cristian Cano, are currently 20th, while Milan Competición with a similar car driven by Francesc Gutiérrez-Jordi Codony-Santi Navarro-Laia Sanz-Thomas Verheyde are currently 39th after running off the track. RCA Racing is represented by a Leon Supercopa driven, amongst others, by the Spaniards Antonio Escamez, Luis Monzón and Jaime Carbó, who are currently on 23rd position. The Sunred team with Fernando and Ferran Monje-Pepe and Jordi Oriola (Seat Leon Supercopa) lost their options during the first refuelling since there was no team member with an extinguisher on site, as established by the regulations, thus having to loose several laps. However, they have managed to recover, and despite other problems, they are currently on 25th place.
Free admission and free access to the paddock
Fans have an excellent reason to come out and watch the 24 Horas de Barcelona de Automovilismo-Trofeo Fermí Vélez, as in addition to the show on the track, they have free admission to the Circuit de Catalunya facilities and the Paddock, both spectators and Circuit Members and Officials. Gate 3 of the Circuit will be open throughout the night and on Sunday morning, and won't close until the race has finished. Vehicles can be parked in the In1, In2, In3 and In4 car parks inside the circuit facilities, as well as car parks A and In6. Fans will be able to follow the race from Grandstands I, H, G and the Main Grandstand. The 24 Horas de Barcelona de Automovilismo-Trofeo Fermí Vélez will finish on Sunday at 12.00h.