Sean Edwards has moved into the lead of the FIA GT3 European Championship after he and team-mate Phil Keen scythed through the field to claim victory at a wet and windy Mugello, with just one race of the season remaining.

Although the championship standings remain provisional following a dispute of the results from Dijon-Prenois, meaning the championship won't be decided today, Edwards looks well placed to claim the inaugural title having speared off the line from ninth on the grid in his Tech 9 Porsche and ease to the front of the field, leading home the Damax Ascari of Andrew Thompson and Matt Allison by just over two seconds.

"Obviously Phil did a mega job getting us from P9 to P2 before the pit-stop, which was just amazing. I got out in P3, but the conditions were really undriveable. I caught the leading Ascari before the pit stops, and he seemed to be going quite slowly, then I had Andy Thompson catching me up, not letting the pressure off at all.

"I had to keep pushing on, the back-markers were just getting in the way, and I had some contact. The car was just aquaplaning down the straight, and I was having a windscreen problem, because it was all fogged up, and I was looking down the straight, trying to wipe the screen. It was unbelievable; I just ended up trying to follow the white lines.

"It wasn't ideal, but we won. The team did just a mega job, and the car drove perfectly. The circuit is completely different in the wet. If we win, I'm going to love the circuit. We start from pole tomorrow, so there's hope."

Ben Collins in the sister Ascari had led the way early on from pole position but eventually slipped back to sixth place with Klaas Zwart. Instead, the final spot on the podium was claimed by Andrea Ceccati and Stefano Livio in the Racing Box Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, crossing the line just ahead of the BMS Aston Martin DBRS9 of Massimiliano Mugelli and Marcello Zani, thus making it four makes in the top four.

Auto Sport Promotion's Porsche finished fifth, after an impressive drive from Morgan Moullin-Traffort in his stint. The leading Ferrari, of Hector Lester and Alan Simonsen, was ninth, ahead of Roberto Palma and Andrea Sperati in the first Maserati, and the leading Lamborghini of Luciano Linossi and Lorenzo Bontempelli. The Corvettes had a rather difficult race, with the leading car, the nr 21 Riverside Corvette of Christopher Campbell and Philippe Charriol, 23rd.

 

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