MOTOR RACING: Latif maintains lead in Blancpain Sprint series after Dutch round

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Alessandro Latif Alessandro Latif

ALESSANDRO LATIF remains in the lead of the Blancpain Sprint Series Pro-Am Trophy.

The 18-year-old former Marlborough College student and German co-driver Marc Basseng brought their Audi R8 LMS Ultra home into 10th and 13th placings in the two rain-affected one-hour races at Circuit Park Zandvoort on Holland's North Sea coast.

That was good enough to finish second twice in the Pro-Am Trophy category.

But the Phoenix Racing duo could easily have been celebrating two top-six overall placings. Latif was needlessly bumped out of sixth place in race one on the penultimate lap and then a gamble to switch to wet weather tyres in race two backfired when the rain stopped.

“Luck was not in our favour in either race but we remain in the fight and the team performed really well once again,” said Latif.

The next Blancpain races are staged at the Slovakia Ring, near Bratislava, over August 22-24.

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