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Sunday, Nov 18 06:26pm
AUTHOR: Matthew Hansen

Earl Bamber fourth in GT World Cup, BMW claims memorable win

Earl Bamber has finished the FIA GT World Cup at Macau in fourth position, as BMW and Mercedes-AMG dominated the podium. 

 

The win went to Augusto Farfus and AC Schnitzer BMW. The result was particularly memorable not only because it was a comprehensive lights-to-flag win, but also because it was team leader Charly Lamb's last with the squad before departing at the end of the season. 

 

Bamber started the race fifth, as Farfus and Raffaelle Marciello kicked off from the front row. The former won the start in his BMW M6 as Marciello led a trio of Mercedes-AMG GT3s — Marciello over former Supercars driver Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara.

 

Bamber retained fifth, and was lucky to escape unscathed on lap two when he grazed one of Macau's many armco barrier with his left-front corner at the top of 'San Francisco'. He thankfully lost little time, although his battle pack was certainly losing time to the top three.

 

Bamber's battle with Mortara was the closest of those in the top five in the opening laps. And soon he was joined by Audi pilot Robin Frijns — the group some five seconds adrift of the leader. 

 

Soon Mortara, Bamber, Frijns, and a raft of other top-10 runners gained a spot when the second-placed Marciello out-braked himself at the 90-degree turn three. After almost nosing the tyre wall, Marciello sat stationary for a time down the escape road as numerous cars (Bamber included) filed past. He rejoined in 11th. 

 

With 10 laps to go, Farfus had a 1.5-second gap to Engel in second. Just over a second separated Bamber and Mortara, too, though much of this was static in the build-up to the closing laps. But, Engel and Mortara were both slowly chipping into Farfus' lead. 

 

With four laps to go, the top three were almost nose to tail. Bamber was also slowly reeling in the trio, too — by virtue of being the fastest car on track as the chequered flag loomed. By the time just two laps remained, Bamber was right with the top three (Frijns had faded well and truly in fifth).

 

But despite the mounting pressure, none of the positions would swap at the front. Farfus collected a popular win over Engel, Mortara, Bamber, and Frijns in fifth. 

 

Photo: Porsche AG

 

Results

 

1. Augusto Farfus 18 laps
2. Maro Engel +0.981
3. Edoardo Mortara +1.823
4. Earl Bamber +3.283
5. Robin Frijns +4.549
6. Christopher Haase +6.588
7. Mathieu Jaminet +20.504
8. Laurens Vanthoor +21.449
9. Raffaele Marciello  +23.009
10. Imperatori Alexandre Emmanuel +31.147

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