Third title for Alex Fontana in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe

31/07/2023
Mission accomplished for Alex Fontana in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe: with one race still to be run, the experienced Swiss GT driver has won the Pro-Am class title in the Endurance Cup series at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R number 24 entered by Centri Porsche Ticino, a team making its debut in the SRO series. Fontana can therefore celebrate a result that rewards the efforts that he and his teammate, fellow Swiss nationals Ivan Jacoma and Niki Leutwiler have made during a season in which the driver from the class of 1992 has been a leading protagonist. For Fontana, this is the third title in the series, following on from the Silver Cup wins in 2018 and 2021.
 
 The Centri Porsche Ticino team claimed the title in the Pro-Am class at the end of the Nüburgring 3 Hours, the penultimate round of the Endurance Cup. The fourth race in the championship in which no less than 54 cars were entered, saw the crew at the wheel of Porsche no. 24 cross the finishing line in second position, conquering sufficient points to be crowned champions with a fifth race still to be run. Following an excellent performance in qualifying, completed in second place on the Pro-Am grid with a combined time of 2:12.853, the race began well thanks to a fine opening stint from Leutwiler. After Jacoma had driven well in the central part of the race, it was up to Fontana to complete the job, not that there was any lack of incident: the Swiss driver in fact had to complete three laps without ABS due to an electronics glitch that complicated the situation.
 
After having slipped down to fourth place, Fontana showed all his talent in climbing back to second, the placing he need to claim the title: thanks to the 90 points gained in the first four races, Centri Porsche Ticino can rightly celebrate a prestigious victory in its first year in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, a result that brings Fontana his third title in the most important series dedicated to GT racing.
 
After the deserved celebrations, Fontana will be back on track with Centri Porsche Ticino on the occasion of the final race of the season, the Barcelona 3 Hours, scheduled for the 1st of October, concluding what has proved to be a triumphant year for the Swiss outfit.
 
Alex Fontana
“I’m delighted with this result, but also really proud of the fantastic teamwork we have displayed.The Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe is a very prestigious and highly competitive championship; bringing home a class title is therefore an incredible achievement.I have to congratulate Centri Porsche Ticino; on their debut in the series, they have proved capable to tackling a full season to best effect and provided me with a truly competitive car thanks also to the technical support from Car Collection; I would also like to thank my teammates, Ivan and Niki, as without them none of this would have been possible.For me this is the third class title in the Endurance Cup series following those in the 2018 and 2021 Silver Cup and winning with this team behind me is a wonderful sensation. There’s one race left now and we’re determined to close what has been a truly spectacular year for us in style.”


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