2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge

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2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge
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The 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge was the third season of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The season featured four rounds, starting with the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour on 4 February and concluding with the California 8 Hours on 28 October. Markus Winkelhock was the defending Drivers' champion and Audi was the defending Manufacturers' champion.

The series reverted to rules of the inaugural season, where each manufacturer was permitted to nominate up to four cars in each event. In 2017 all cars and drivers scored points towards the championship.[1]

Calendar[edit]

At the annual press conference during the 2017 24 Hours of Spa on 28 July, the Stéphane Ratel Organisation announced the 2018 calendar. Suzuka was added to the schedule, replacing the Sepang 12 Hours, which was cancelled the season before.[2] On 25 November 2017, it was announced the race at Laguna Seca was moved a week.[3]

Round Race Circuit Date Report
1 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Australia Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, Australia 4 February Report
2 Total 24 Hours of Spa Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium 28–29 July Report
3 Suzuka 10 Hours Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan 26 August Report
4 California 8 Hours United States WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, United States 28 October Report

Entry list[edit]

Manufacturer Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Audi
Belgium Audi Sport Team WRT[N 1]
Belgian Audi Club Team WRT[N 1]
R8 LMS 1 Germany Christopher Mies P 2
Spain Alex Riberas
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
2 Netherlands Robin Frijns P 2
Switzerland Nico Müller
Germany René Rast
17 United Kingdom Stuart Leonard P 2–4
Switzerland Marcel Fässler 2
Brazil Daniel Serra
South Africa Sheldon van der Linde 3–4
United Kingdom Jake Dennis 3
Spain Alex Riberas 4
19 Netherlands Robin Frijns P 4
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Germany Markus Winkelhock
37 Netherlands Robin Frijns P 1
United Kingdom Stuart Leonard
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
39 Canada Paul Dalla Lana PA 1
Australia Will Davison
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Austria Mathias Lauda
66 Germany Christopher Mies P 3
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch
China Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing 6 Germany Christopher Haase P 3
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Germany Markus Winkelhock
Japan Audi Sport Team Hitotsuyama 21 United Kingdom Richard Lyons P 3
Belgium Alessio Picariello
Japan Ryuichiro Tomita
Australia Audi Sport Team MPC 22 South Africa Kelvin van der Linde P 1
Australia Garth Tander
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch
74 Germany Christopher Haase P 1
Germany Christopher Mies
Germany Markus Winkelhock
France Audi Sport Team Saintéloc 25 Germany Christopher Haase P 2
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch
Germany Markus Winkelhock
Germany Audi Sport Team Land 29 Germany Christopher Haase P 4
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Germany Christopher Mies
Bentley United Kingdom Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3 (2018) (0)7 France Jules Gounon P 2–4
United Kingdom Steven Kane
South Africa Jordan Pepper
(0)8 Monaco Vincent Abril P 2–4
Spain Andy Soucek
Belgium Maxime Soulet
Continental GT3 (2016) 17 France Jules Gounon P 1
United Kingdom Steven Kane
United Kingdom Guy Smith
18 Monaco Vincent Abril P 1
Spain Andy Soucek
Belgium Maxime Soulet
United States K-PAX Racing 9 Brazil Rodrigo Baptista P 4
Portugal Álvaro Parente
United States Bryan Sellers
United Kingdom Team Parker Racing 31 United Kingdom Andy Meyrick PA 2
United Kingdom Seb Morris
United Kingdom Derek Pierce
United Kingdom Rob Smith
McLaren Australia YNA Autosport 650S GT3 47 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin PA 1
Australia Fraser Ross
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
United Kingdom Alexander West
58 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen P 1
France Côme Ledogar
Australia Craig Lowndes
United Kingdom Garage 59 58 United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat P 2–3
France Côme Ledogar
France Olivier Pla 2
United Kingdom Andrew Watson 3
188 United Kingdom Chris Goodwin Am 2
United Kingdom Chris Harris
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
United Kingdom Alexander West
Mercedes-AMG Japan Mercedes-AMG Team Good Smile AMG GT3 00 Japan Tatsuya Kataoka P 3
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Germany Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon 4 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman P 2
Germany Maro Engel
Germany Luca Stolz
Australia Scott Taylor Motorsport[N 2]
Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 Racing[N 2]
8 New Zealand Craig Baird PA 1
Australia Tony D'Alberto
Australia Max Twigg
75 Australia Kenny Habul P 1
Italy Raffaele Marciello
France Tristan Vautier
Australia Jamie Whincup
United Kingdom Strakka Racing[N 3]
Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing[N 3]
42 Italy David Fumanelli PA 2–4
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Chris Buncombe 2
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson
Brazil Felipe Fraga 3–4
43 Germany Maximilian Götz P 2–4
Portugal Álvaro Parente 2–3
Germany Maximilian Buhk 2
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson 3–4
Italy Raffaele Marciello 4
44 France Adrien Tambay P 3–4
Germany Maximilian Buhk 3
United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 4
Germany Christian Vietoris
55 Italy David Fumanelli PA 1
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
Australia Cameron Waters
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson
56 Germany Maximilian Buhk P 1
Germany Maximilian Götz
Portugal Álvaro Parente
United States SunEnergy1 Racing 75 Canada Mikaël Grenier PA 3
Australia Kenny Habul
Germany Luca Stolz
Germany Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER[N 4]
SunEnergy1 Team HTP Motorsport[N 4]
84 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara P 2
United Kingdom Gary Paffett
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
175 Australia Kenny Habul PA 2
Germany Thomas Jäger
Austria Martin Konrad
Germany Bernd Schneider
France SunEnergy1 Racing[N 5]
Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP[N 5]
Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 Racing[N 5]
75 Canada Mikaël Grenier PA 4
Australia Kenny Habul
Germany Luca Stolz
88 Spain Daniel Juncadella P 2
Italy Raffaele Marciello
France Tristan Vautier
175 Germany Maximilian Buhk P 4
Germany Maro Engel
France Tristan Vautier
Hong Kong Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing 888 Germany Maro Engel P 3
Italy Raffaele Marciello
France Tristan Vautier
Porsche Japan D'station Racing 911 GT3 R 7 New Zealand Earl Bamber P 3
Japan Tomonobu Fujii
Germany Sven Müller
United States Competition Motorsports 12 United States David Calvert-Jones PA 1
Australia Matt Campbell
Australia Alex Davison
United States Patrick Long
Germany KÜS Team75 Bernhard 117 New Zealand Earl Bamber P 2
Germany Timo Bernhard
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
United States Black Swan Racing 54(0) Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen PA 1–3
United States Tim Pappas
Germany Marc Lieb 1–2
Germany Luca Stolz 1
United States Marc Miller 2–3
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen P 4
United States Patrick Long
United States Tim Pappas
Germany Manthey Racing 911 France Romain Dumas P 1–3
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Germany Dirk Werner
United States Wright Motorsports 911 France Romain Dumas P 4
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Germany Dirk Werner
Hong Kong Craft-Bamboo Racing 991 France Kévin Estre P 1, 3
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
New Zealand Earl Bamber 1
France Mathieu Jaminet 3
Germany Herberth Motorsport 991 Germany Edward Lewis Brauner Am 2
Germany Jürgen Häring
Germany Alfred Renauer
Germany Wolfgang Triller
Sources:[4][5][6][7]
Icon Class
P Pro Cup
PA Pro-Am Cup
Am Am Cup
  Cars not nominated by a manufacturer and therefore not eligible for manufacturer or overall driver points
  Drivers participating in championship for Bronze-rated drivers

Race results[edit]

Rnd. Circuit Pole position IGTC Winners Bronze Winners Winning Manufacturer
1 Australia Bathurst Australia No. 22 Audi Sport Team MPC[N 6] Belgium No. 37 Audi Sport Team WRT Australia No. 75 Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 Racing Audi
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Australia Garth Tander
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch
Netherlands Robin Frijns
United Kingdom Stuart Leonard
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Australia Kenny Habul
2 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps Belgium No. 2 Audi Sport Team WRT[N 7] France No. 25 Audi Sport Team Saintéloc[N 8] United Kingdom No. 42 Strakka Racing Audi
Netherlands Robin Frijns
Switzerland Nico Müller
Germany René Rast
Germany Christopher Haase
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch
Germany Markus Winkelhock
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
3 Japan Suzuka Hong Kong No. 888 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing[N 9] Hong Kong No. 888 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing United States No. 75 SunEnergy 1 Racing Mercedes-AMG
Germany Maro Engel
Italy Raffaele Marciello
France Tristan Vautier
Germany Maro Engel
Italy Raffaele Marciello
France Tristan Vautier
Australia Kenny Habul
4 United States Laguna Seca Germany No. 29 Audi Sport Team Land Germany No. 29 Audi Sport Team Land United Kingdom No. 42 Strakka Racing Audi
Germany Christopher Haase
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Germany Christopher Mies
Germany Christopher Haase
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Germany Christopher Mies
United Kingdom Nick Leventis

Championship standings[edit]

Scoring system

Championship points were awarded for the first ten positions in each race. Entries were required to complete 75% of the winning car's race distance in order to be classified and earn points, with the exception of Bathurst where a car simply had to cross the finish line to be classified. Individual drivers were required to participate for a minimum of 25 minutes in order to earn championship points in any race. A manufacturer only received points for its two highest placed cars in each round.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

Drivers' championships[edit]

The results indicate the classification relative to other drivers in the series, not the classification in the race.

Pos. Driver Manufacturer BAT
Australia
SPA
Belgium
SUZ
Japan
LGA
United States
Points
1 France Tristan Vautier Mercedes-AMG 2 3 1 3 73
2 Germany Christopher Haase Audi Ret 1 3 1 65
3 Italy Raffaele Marciello Mercedes-AMG 2 3 1 7 64
4 Germany Markus Winkelhock Audi Ret 1 3 2 58
4 Germany Maro Engel Mercedes-AMG 2 1 3 58
5 Belgium Dries Vanthoor Audi 1 13 4 2 55
5 Netherlands Robin Frijns Audi 1 4 2 55
6 South Africa Kelvin van der Linde Audi 12 3 1 40
7 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Audi 12 1 4 37
7 Germany Christopher Mies Audi Ret 13 4 1 37
7 United Kingdom Stuart Leonard Audi 1 Ret 9 5 37
8 Germany Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG 13 5 2 7 34
9 Germany Maximilian Buhk Mercedes-AMG 13 5 7 3 31
10 United Kingdom Lewis Williamson Mercedes-AMG 7 72 2 7 30
11 Portugal Álvaro Parente Mercedes-AMG 13 5 2 28
Bentley 113
12 France Romain Dumas
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Germany Dirk Werner
Porsche 6 11 12 4 22
13 Australia Kenny Habul Mercedes-AMG 2 82 102 12 18
13 Germany Luca Stolz Porsche 31 18
Mercedes-AMG 2 102 11
13 Australia Jamie Whincup Mercedes-AMG 2 18
13 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman Mercedes-AMG 2 18
14 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Tim Pappas
Porsche 3 14 13 8 19
15 Monaco Vincent Abril
Spain Andy Soucek
Belgium Maxime Soulet
Bentley Ret Ret 6 6 16
16 Germany Marc Lieb Porsche 3 14 15
16 Spain Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG 3 15
17 United States Patrick Long Porsche 4 9 15
18 United States David Calvert-Jones
Australia Matt Campbell
Australia Alex Davison
Porsche 4 12
18 Switzerland Nico Müller
Germany René Rast
Audi 4 12
18 South Africa Sheldon van der Linde Audi 9 5 12
19 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Porsche 5 Ret 10 12
19 France Kévin Estre Porsche 5 11 11
20 Spain Alex Riberas Audi 13 5 10
20 New Zealand Earl Bamber Porsche 5 Ret Ret 10
20 Japan Tatsuya Kataoka
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Mercedes-AMG 5 10
20 France Adrien Tambay Mercedes-AMG 7 8 12
21 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara
United Kingdom Gary Paffett
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Mercedes-AMG 6 8
22 France Côme Ledogar McLaren Ret 9 Ret 6
22 United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat McLaren 9 Ret 6
22 Italy David Fumanelli
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
Mercedes-AMG 7 72 Ret2 DSQ 6
22 Australia Cameron Waters Mercedes-AMG 7 6
22 France Olivier Pla McLaren 9 6
22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Mercedes-AMG 7 6
23 France Jules Gounon
United Kingdom Steven Kane
Bentley 11 10 14 11 4
23 South Africa Jordan Pepper Bentley 10 14 11 4
23 United Kingdom Andrew Watson McLaren 8 15 Ret 4
23 United Kingdom Alexander West McLaren 8 15 4
23 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Australia Fraser Ross
McLaren 8 4
23 United Kingdom Richard Lyons
Belgium Alessio Picariello
Japan Ryuichiro Tomita
Audi 8 4
23 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Germany Christian Vietoris
Mercedes-AMG 8 6
24 New Zealand Craig Baird
Australia Tony D'Alberto
Australia Max Twigg
Mercedes-AMG 9 2
24 United Kingdom Jake Dennis Audi 9 2
25 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Australia Will Davison
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Austria Mathias Lauda
Audi 10 1
25 Germany Edward Lewis Brauner
Germany Jürgen Häring
Germany Alfred Renauer
Germany Wolfgang Triller
Porsche 12 1
25 France Mathieu Jaminet Porsche 11 1
25 Brazil Rodrigo Baptista
United States Bryan Sellers
Bentley 11 1
United Kingdom Guy Smith Bentley 11 0
United States Marc Miller Porsche 14 13 0
Australia Garth Tander Audi 12 0
United Kingdom Chris Goodwin
United Kingdom Chris Harris
McLaren 15 0
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Craig Lowndes
McLaren Ret
Germany Timo Bernhard Porsche Ret
United Kingdom Andy Meyrick
United Kingdom Seb Morris
United Kingdom Derek Pierce
United Kingdom Rob Smith
Bentley Ret
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Brazil Daniel Serra
Audi Ret
Japan Tomonobu Fujii
Germany Sven Müller
Porsche Ret
Drivers ineligible to score points
United Kingdom Chris Buncombe Mercedes-AMG 7
Brazil Felipe Fraga Mercedes-AMG Ret 8
Germany Thomas Jäger
Austria Martin Konrad
Germany Bernd Schneider
Mercedes-AMG 8
Canada Mikaël Grenier Mercedes-AMG 10 13
Pos. Driver Manufacturer BAT
Australia
SPA
Belgium
SUZ
Japan
LGA
United States
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes
  • 1 – Luca Stolz's result with Porsche did not count, because he scored more points with Mercedes-AMG.
  • 2 – Ineligible to score points.
  • 3 – Álvaro Parente's result with Bentley did not count, because he scored more points with Mercedes-AMG.
  • 4 - Results finalised on 27 July 2019 following review of California 8 Hours.

Bronze Drivers[edit]

Pos. Driver Manufacturer BAT
Australia
SPA
Belgium
SUZ
Japan
LGA
United States
Points
1 Australia Kenny Habul Mercedes-AMG 2 8 10 13 83
2 United States Tim Pappas Porsche 3 14 13 10 66
Pos. Driver Manufacturer BAT
Australia
SPA
Belgium
SUZ
Japan
LGA
United States
Points

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Only the top two cars for a manufacturer are eligible for points.

Pos. Manufacturer Car BAT
Australia
SPA
Belgium
SUZ
Japan
LGA
United States
Points
1 Audi R8 LMS 1 1 3 1 138
10 4 4 2
2 Mercedes-AMG AMG GT3 2 2 1 3 127
7 3 2 7
3 Porsche 911 GT3 R 3 11 11 4 69
4 12 12 10
4 Bentley Continental GT3 (2016)
Continental GT3 (2018)
11 10 6 5 40
Ret Ret 14 11
5 McLaren 650S GT3 8 9 Ret 20
Ret 15
Pos. Manufacturer Car BAT
Australia
SPA
Belgium
SUZ
Japan
LGA
United States
Points

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cars No. 1, 2, 19, 37, 39 and 66 entered as Audi Sport Team WRT. Car No. 17 entered as Belgian Audi Club Team WRT at Round 2 and as Audi Sport Team WRT at Rounds 3 and 4.
  2. ^ a b Car No. 8 entered as Scott Taylor Motorsport and car No. 75 entered as Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 Racing.
  3. ^ a b Car No. 42 entered as Strakka Racing and cars No. 43, 55 and 56 entered as Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing. Car No. 44 entered as Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing at Round 3 and as Strakka Racing at Round 4.
  4. ^ a b Car No. 84 entered as Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER and car No. 175 entered as SunEnergy1 Team HTP Motorsport.
  5. ^ a b c Car No. 75 entered as SunEnergy1 Racing, car No. 88 entered as Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP and car No. 175 entered as Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 Racing.
  6. ^ Chaz Mostert took Pole position in the No. 43 BMW Team Schnitzer car, but Kelvin van der Linde was the highest qualified Intercontinental GT Challenge driver.
  7. ^ Maxime Martin took Pole position in the No. 62 R-Motorsport car, but Nico Müller was the highest qualified Intercontinental GT Challenge driver.
  8. ^ Tom Blomqvist, Philipp Eng and Christian Krognes won the race in the No. 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport car, but Christopher Haase, Frédéric Vervisch and Markus Winkelhock were the highest classified Intercontinental GT Challenge drivers.
  9. ^ Nick Foster took Pole position in the No. 28 HubAuto Corsa car, but Raffaele Marciello was the highest qualified Intercontinental GT Challenge driver.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dagys, John (31 January 2018). "Five Manufacturers Set for IGTC Season; New Bronze Title". sportscar365. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ Kilshaw, Jake (28 July 2017). "Suzuka 10H to Replace Sepang on IGTC Schedule". sportscar365. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ Dagys, John (25 November 2017). "Date Change for California 8H". sportscar365. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge - Provisional Entry List - Round 1 - Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour" (PDF). SRO Motorsports Group. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge - Round 2 - Total 24 Hours of Spa" (PDF). SRO Motorsports Group. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge - Round 3 - Suzuka 10 Hours" (PDF). SRO Motorsports Group. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ "33-car strong entry list for second edition of Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours". SRO Motorsports Group. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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