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2011 GT1 World Championship

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Jarrod Keen, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Has anyone heard if the FIA GT organizers got either the Corvette teams or Maserati teams in for this season. Last I heard, there was only 16 cars entered and they need/want 20. I know the orgainzers were shooting for getting one or the other back into the championship.... Honestly, I hope it's the maserati.
  2. well, judging from the coverage here on the net, the grandstands looked pretty empty at the events I followed online, so i wouldn't blame anyone dropping out.
    That said, GT1 are - like WRC - choking on their own moves to come up with a squeeky clean, super-perfect format without taking into account the rough and tumble that has made GT racing so interesting for decades (as in: varying race lengths, privateers entering competition, different makes of the same car on the track etc.) Where has the Safari rally gone? where's the real Monte? Where's a "4hours of ..." in the GT1 championship? or a track like Nordschleife? etc. etc.
  3. Televison, makes the rules, most of the times they don't think much in who is going there to see it live, I know that feeling very well.
  4. yep, and it didn't even got much coverage in Germany, I think two events were shown that was about it.
  5. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Don't forget to tune in for live FIA GT1 action this weekend as all the races are live broadcasted over the internet http://gt1world.com/gt1tv
  6. GO Ford! Love the Ford GT.
  7. Bruno Sousa Ferreira

    Bruno Sousa Ferreira
    Strategy Mister!

    must have been a heck of a pit stop.
  8. Yes, go Stef the new Champion
  9. 7th place runner Nicky Catsburg actually is a fellow simracer. Been racing against him a couple of times on Live For Speed, great and helpful chap and amazing alien aswell. He was making his GT1 debuts this week-end after clinching the Megane Trophy title last year.

    Here's a thread about his career so far, nice read: http://www.lfsforum.net/showthread.php?t=65779
  10. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Aston Martin sealed a thrilling victory in the Championship Race at Abu Dhabi with the Hexis AMR No. 3 of Stef Dusseldorp and Clivio Piccione holding off a late charge by the JR Motorsport Nissan GT-R No.22 of Peter Dumbreck and Richard Westbrook to take the chequered flag.

    Third place went to the All-Inkl Munnich Motorsport Lamborghini No.38 of Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, which also had to fight hard in the closing stages, with both the No. 4 Hexis Aston Martin of Christian Hohenadel and Andrea Piccini and the No. 8 Young Driver Aston Martin of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke finishing within two seconds on the road.

    Victory belonged to Piccione and Dusseldorp however, with Hexis' superb pit stop the key as it allowed the team to jump from fifth into a healthy lead of around seven seconds. That proved just enough as Westbrook in the JRM Nissan GT-R was able to close to within four tenths in the final stages of the race, but couldn't quite do enough to find a way through.

    Piccione acknowledged the role the stop had played, saying: "A big thank you to the team; they made this win possible with an amazing pit stop."

    The win, which comes on Dusseldorp's GT1 debut, also puts the Dutchman and his teammate top of the 2011 standings, while Hexis sit top of the team classification.

    The start of the race was notably less dramatic than its afternoon counterpart, although a storming start by Enrique Bernoldi in the No. 20 Nissan Sumo Power GT-R saw him jump from fourth to first.

    The top five remained within two seconds of each other almost until the pit lane opened, but drama ensued as the lead No. 20 Sumo Power GT and the No. 41 Marc VDS Ford - which had been second - collided in the pit lane. The Nissan suffered damage and the Ford was later penalised, ending both cars' victory challenges.

    That left the No. 3 Hexis Aston Martin and the No. 22 JMR Nissan in a shootout for the win, while behind them the No. 38 All-Inkl Lamborghini did will to hold onto third under heavy pressure from the second Hexis Aston Martin and a resurgent No. 8 Young Driver Aston Martin, which had started the race from the penultimate row of the grid.

    Tomas Enge and Alex Muller were sixth in the No. 7 Young Driver AMR, ahead of the No. 5 Swiss Racing Lamborghini of Peter Kox and Karl Wendlinger.

    Despite their penalty the No. 41 Marc VDS of Maxime Martin and Frederic Makowieski was Ford's highest finisher in eighth, while Mike Hezemans and Nicky Catsburg guided the Exim Bank team China Corvette to tenth.

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  11. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

  12. Just saw the video,very don't like the fxxking Ford GT on the pit hit the GTR :mad:
  13. Just saw the video,we can saw the Ford GT on the pit left pit box and then hit the GTR,NO GOOD!!
  14. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Yeah its unbelievable what they are doing there. Intentionally hitting eachother with expensive damage as a result.

    Such guys should be booted from the series immediately as this is exactly the behaviour that the bigger brands, that are not (yet) in the series, don't want to see happening!
  15. What happened to the #20 gtr? I watched the first part of the championship race and he was leading but results say he finished next to last?
  16. LOL those Nissans have an awful sound!
  17. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock completed a dominant weekend in Zolder, romping to a comprehensive Championship Race victory in their All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Lamborghini No.38 - a day after collecting the team's first GT1 win in the Qualifying Race.

    It was an impressive performance from the German duo who led from pole and crossed the line over nine seconds ahead at the flag, capturing the lead in the Drivers' Standings in the process.

    Second was the Aston Martin No.4 of Christian Hohenadel and Andrea Piccini who again benefitted from some slick work from the Hexis crew in the pit stop.

    Third place went to the Young Driver Aston Martin No.7 of Alex Muller and Tomas Enge with the Swiss Racing Lamborghini No.5 of Karl Wendlinger and Peter Kox pipping the Exim Bank Team China Corvette No.11 of Mike Hezemans and Nicky Catsburg at the line to clinch fourth.

    A torrid start saw a collision between the two Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-Rs which was triggered by the DKR Engineering Corvette No.47. In fact it was a trying day for the Nissan quartet with only the No.23 JRM car finishing the race.

    The No.37 Lamborghini of Dominik Schwager and Nicky Pastorelli, which had set pole in Abu Dhabi, was also an early casualty, while the No. 6 Lamborghini of Jiri Janak and Max Nilsson wasn't able to start the race due to an oil pump problem.

    As the field came through the first lap it was the No. 38 Lamborghini in the lead from the No. 11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette of Mike Hezemans and Nicky Catsburg.

    The field remained tightly bunched however with less than four seconds covering the top eight after five laps, and the order condensed further three laps later when the Safety Car came out. Peter Dumbreck had dived down the inside of the No.40 Marc VDS Ford GT and looked to have the line, but spun as the Ford refused to cede ground and was collected by the helpless No. 9 Belgian Racing Ford GT - the resulting damage causing a lengthy Safety Car spell.

    With the race resuming just one lap before the pit lane window opened, pit stops were crucial and Hexis again pulled off a superb stop to help the No. 4 Aston Martin of Andrea Piccini and Christian Hohenadel vault from ninth to second.

    All-Inkl matched Hexis' superb 49-second stop however, and the No. 38 Murcielago emerged with a healthy lead which it proceeded to build in the closing stages, eventually coming nine seconds clear to give the team its second consecutive victory in Zolder.

    The No.11 Corvette had been second after the pit stops but was picked off firstly by the No.4 Hexis car and then by its sister No.7 Young Driver Aston Martin - with the two DB9s rounding out the podium.

    The Corvette tried to respond and exerted huge pressure on the Aston, only to fade badly in the closing stages and fall into the clutches of the No. 5 Swiss Racing Lamborghini - which claimed fourth on the run down to the chequered flag, 0.025s ahead of Catsburg in the Corvette.

    Hexis' No. 3 DB9 claimed sixth ahead of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke in the No.8 Young Driver Aston Martin, which had to work extremely hard to keep the No.41 Marc VDS Ford GT of Frederic Makowiecki and Maxime Martin at bay.

    Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr were the top Nissan pairing in the No.23 JRM GT in ninth, with the No. 40 and No.10 Ford GTs rounding out the finishers.

    Coming out of Zolder, Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock lead the Drivers' Standings on 49 points ahead of Stef Dusseldorp and Clivio Piccione on 36 points, while the Hexis Aston Martin squad lead All-Inkl in the Team's Standings by 66 points to 49.

    GT1 next heads to Portimao, Portugal, in four weekends' time for the third round of the 2011 championship.
  18. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

  19. Bruno Sousa Ferreira

    Bruno Sousa Ferreira
    Strategy Mister!

    Let's hope its like last years race :)
  20. RaceDepartment

    Administrator Staff

    Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm made it a double success for Nissan with victory in the Championship Race at Portimao. Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner in the Young Driver Aston Martin No.8 got the better of an absorbing battle for second place from the Sumo Power Nissan GT-R No.21 of Jamie Campbell-Walter and David Brabham.

    There was bitter disappointment for the Qualifying Race winners and pole sitters Richard Westbrook and Peter Dumbreck in the JRM Nissan GT-R No.22. Having led the race by as much as six seconds in the hands of Algarve specialist Westbrook, the car developed a gearbox problem when in the lead following the pit stops and was forced to retire with 12 minutes remaining.

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