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Fia GT 1 - Paul Ricard
Double Top for Luhr, Krumm and Nissan

Over 10,000 visitors witnessed a Nissan double victory in the seventh round of the FIA GT1 World Championship at Paul Ricard with the JRM Motorsports No.23 GT-R of Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr taking the win in the Championship Race to add to yesterday's Qualifying Race victory. The German pair were able to control the race from pole, complete a rapid pit stop and take their fourth chequered flag of the season.
In overcast conditions suited to the Aston Martins, the Young Driver cars were second and third. The No.8 of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke led home the sister car of Tomas Enge and Alex Muller - a reversal of the placings from the Qualifying Race for the Astons. David Brabham and Jamie Campbell-Walter, starting from 11th position, produced a spirited performance to claim fourth place. The Hexis Aston No.4 of Christian Hohenadel and Andrea Piccini took fifth while Maxime Martin and Fred Makowiecki flew the flag for Ford with sixth place in the Marc VDS Ford GT No.41.
The unluckiest of the Nissans was the No.22 JRM car of Peter Dumbreck and Richard Westbrook which limped back to the pits with a suspenion problem with five minutes remaining. The British duo were fourth in the Qualifying Race and were threatening a podium position in the main event when fate conspired against them once again.
The Munnich Motorsport No.38 of Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng was running strongly in the top four, before being handicapped by a slow pit stop and finished eighth.
It was a torrid race for the Corvettes. The Exim Bank Team China No.11 of Mike Hezemans and Andreas Zuber retired on the opening lap after running wide and bounced over the kerb on the exit of turn two and sustaining front tyre and under body damage. It was the second retirement of the weekend for the pair. The DKR No.47 of Michael Rossi and Dimitri Enjalbert made a solid start from the seventh row on the grid but eventually finished 10th.
The result puts a completely different complexion on the drivers' standings. Krumm and Luhr take over at the top with 111 points. Basseng and Winkelhock, the leaders prior to the Paul Ricard weekend, drop to second on 97 while Hohenadel and Piccini remain third on 84.JRM (166) also closed the gap on Munnich Motorsport (169) in the teams' championship. Young Driver moved to third on 159.
The next round of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship takes place in China at the Ordos circuit in Inner Mongolia on 2-4 September

Renato Sailis - 17 luglio 2011 - Content by Fia GT1 World

Campionato Italiano GT - Mugello
Corvette, Audi e Porsche si dividono le vittorie

Al Mugello, nelle tre gare del 5° round del Campionato Italiano Gran Turismo, vittorie di Merendino-Di Benedetto (Corvette), Bonanomi-Sonvico (Audi) e Fornaroli-Mastronardi (Porsche).
Sul gradino più alto del podio della GT Cup salgono anche Malucelli-Pierleoni (Ferrari F 430), nella GT2 doppio successo di “Linos”-Linossi (Ferrari F 430), mentre nella GT4 si impongono Cappelletti-Piron e Frazza-Cressoni (Ginetta G 50).
Sono state ben tre le gare che hanno animato il quinto appuntamento stagionale del Campionato Italiano Gran Turismo. Nella gara riservata alle classi GT2-GT3 e GT4
sono saliti sul gradino più alto del podio Merendino-Di Benedetto (Corvette Z06-Island Motorsport/Sikelia) davanti alle due Audi R8 LMS di Bonanomi-Sonvico e Capello-Cicognani
(Audi Sport Italia). Nella GT2 il successo è andato a “Linos”-Linossi (Ferrari F 430-Edil Cris), mentre Cappelletti-Piron (Ginetta G 50-Nova Race) si sono imposti nella GT4 davanti ai
compagni di squadra Frazza-Cressoni e Lasagni-Foglio.
La prima gara riservata alle GT Cup ha offerto spettacolo ed emozioni e, dopo il dominio iniziale di Passuti-Gagliardini e nel finale di Malucelli-Pierleoni, il successo è andato all´equipaggio
Fornaroli-Mastronardi (Porsche 997-GDL Racing) che hanno concluso davanti a Baccani-Bellini (Porsche 997- AB Motorsport/Antonelli) e alla Lamborghini Gallardo di Sanna-Stancheris (Team Imperiale). In gara-2, con tutte le vetture schierate, è arrivata la doppietta Audi con Bonanomi-Sonvico e Capello-Cicognani sui due gradini più alti del podio davanti a “Linos”- Linossi, primi di classe GT2, Malucelli-Pierleoni (Ferrari F 430-Scuderia 27 Baldini Mode), vincitori della GT Cup. Nella GT4 hanno tagliato per primi il traguardo Frazza-Cressoni, davanti a Lasagni-Foglio e Bettini-Malavasi, tutti su Ginetta G 50. Le classifiche delle singole classi vedono al comando i fratelli Coggiola (GT2), Bonanomi-Sonvico (GT3), Cappelletti (GT4) e Malucelli-Pierleoni (GT Cup).

ReSa - 31 luglio  2011 - Content by Aci Sport

Fia GT 1 - Sachsenring
Hexis Aston Takes the Spoils in Germany

Andrea Piccini and Christian Hohenadel took their Hexis Aston Martin No.4 to victory in the Championship Race at Sachsenring. The Hexis pair started from fifth on the grid and stayed clear of a spate of early incidents to secure their first win of the 2011 season. Second place went to the No.37 All-Inkl Munnich Motorsport Lamborghini of Dominik Schwager and Nicky Pastorelli while third was the Young Driver Aston Martin No.8 of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner. The nr 41 Marc VDS Ford of Maxime Martin led the field into the first turn with Stef Dusseldorp in the nr3 Hexis AMR Aston Martin on the outside of the Ford as the pair vied for the lead.  The nr3 was pushed wide and onto the gravel by the Ford, allowing the nr8 Young Driver Aston of Stefan Mucke to nip through and take the lead.  At Turn 2 the nr5 Swiss Racing Lamborghini of Karl Wendlinger and the nr7 Young Driver Aston Martin of Tomas Enge collided, tipping the Lamborghini into a spin.  The unfortunate Max Nilsson in the nr6 Swiss Racing Lamborghini t-boned his teammates car and was left stranded on the circuit with severe front end damage.  Both the nr5 and nr7 cars pulled off the circuit into retirement two corners later and the safety car was deployed to recover the stricken Nilsson car.
The race was restarted at the end of lap 5 just as rain began to fall on to the circuit.  Christian Hohenadel in the nr4 Hexis Aston was challenging the nr7 Young Driver Aston for the lead.  However it wasn't until lap 10 that Hohenadel took the lead into Turn 1 but as soon as he was free he opened up a gap to Mucke's car.
Meanwhile the nr41 Marc VDS Ford slowed with a punctured right rear tyre, with damage to the bodywork.  Martin pulled into the pitlane but the car retired and took no further part in the race. Mike Hezemans was making progress in the Exim Bank Team China Corvette from 14th on the grid, moving up to 8th and challenging the nr21 Sumo Power GT Nissan of Jamie Campbell-Walter for 7th.  On lap 11 Stefan Mucke lost another place as he was passed at Turn 1 by Dominik Schwager in the nr37 All Lamborghini.  Meanwhile the rain had stopped and the teams put away their Michelin wets and prepared for the pit stop window to open.
The leaders came in and went back out in the same order, with Andrea Piccini now leading in the Hexis Aston from Nicky Pastorelli in the All-Inkl Lamborghini and Darren Turner in the Young Driver Aston.  The main beneficiary of the pitstops was the nr3 Hexis Aston of Clivio Piccione, which emerged in 5th place in between the nr20 and nr21 Nissans. Piccini had a comfortable lead but Pastorelli was under pressure from Turner for the first few laps after the pitstops but the Italian started to pull away from the British driver aby lap 23.  Championship leader Marc Basseng's weekend finished on a low note when the nr37 Lamborghini went straight on at Turn 8 with a problem with the rear tyre. Back at the front of the field Piccini was managing to maintain a comfortable gap to Pastorelli's Lamborghini, who in turn was a comfortable two seconds ahead of the third placed Aston Martin of Darren Turner.  Further back Nicky Catsburg in the nr11 Exim Bank Corvette was challenging David Brabham in the nr20 Sumo Power Nissan but the Australian just held his line and his position until the chequered flag.
At the flag it was Andrea Piccini who took the first win for the nr4 Hexis AMR Aston Martin DB9, taking the lead in the Driver's Championship for himself and Christian Hohenadel in the process.  Hohenadel and Piccini now have 61 points to Marc Basseng's and Markus Winkelhock on 57.  Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke are third on 56 points. THe result also means Hexis AMR extend their lead in the Team Championship to 17 points over Munnich Motorsport.
Christian Hohenadel also becomes the first FIA GT3 European Champion to win an FIA GT1 World Championship race.  2008 FIA GT3 Champion James Ruffier won a race in the FIA GT Championship at the wheel of a GT1 class Corvette in 2009 but Hohenadel is the first GT3 Champion to win a GT1 World Championship race.  
The next race is at Silverstone on the 3-5 June when the drivers in the FIA GT1 World Championship will compete for the world famous Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy.  The Championship will also be the first to use the new pits complex at Silverstone, which will be officially unveilled on Tuesday 17th May.

ReSa - 15 maggio 2011 - Content by Fia GT1 World

Fia GT 1 - Algarve
Nissan Conclude Dominant Weekend in Portugal with Another Win

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.
In the post race technical checks the minimum weight of the front upper wishbones of the nr23 and n21 Nissans were found not in compliance with the homologation form.  After a hearing the FIA Stewards accepted that the homologation form contains a formal mistake and decided to impose a fine of 5000 Euros for each car and an obligation to correct the homologation form before the next event (Stewards Decisions 13 and 14)

ReSa - 08 maggio 2011 - Content by Fia GT1 World

Campionato Italiano GT - Vallelunga - Gara 2
Seconda doppietta nel weekend perfetto per le Audi

Dopo il dominio nei due turni di prove ufficiali e la doppietta in gara uno il weekend perfetto di Audi Sport Italia si è completato con il dominio anche nella seconda corsa vinta dalla Audi R8 LMS GT3 di Marco Bonanomi e Andrea Sonvico davanti alla coupè gemella affidata a Dindo Capello e Alessandro Cicognani. Al terzo posto della classifica assoluta, ma vincitori in classe GT CUP, Giacomo Piccini e Stefano Livio (MIK Corse, Lamborghini Gallardo) che hanno preceduto Matteo Malucelli e Stefano Pierleoni (Scuderia 27 - Baldini Mode, Ferrari F430, GT CUP) e l´equipaggio composto da Emanuele Romani e Stefano Comandini (M Racing, Porsche 993, GT CUP).
In GT2 nuova affermazione per Victor e Giovanni Coggiola (Victor Racing, Porsche 997), così come in GT4 per la Ginetta G50 di Tiziano Cappelletti e Stefano Pozzi (Nova Race), vincitrice stamattina della prima corsa.
Il Campionato Italiano GT tornerà in pista il prossimo 5 Giugno a Misano Adriatico.

ReSa - 17 aprile 2011 - Content by Aci Sport

Giorgio Sanna

Campionato Italiano GT - Vallelunga - Gara 1
Vittoria di Bonanomi - Sonvico e doppietta per le Audi

Il Campionato Italiano GT si apre con la doppietta di Audi Sport Italia nella prima gara del round inaugurale della stagione a Vallelunga. L'equipaggio composto da Marco Bonanomi e Andrea Sonvico (Audi Sport Italia, Audi R8 LMS, GT3) ha infatti preceduto sotto la bandiera a scacchi la vettura gemella affidata a Dindo Capello e Andrea Cicognani (Audi R8 LMS, GT3); terzo gradino del podio per Joel Camathias e Mario Cordoni (Autorlando Sport, Porsche 997 GT3 R, GT3).
In GT CUP vittoria per Giorgio Sanna e Davide Stancheris (Team Imperiale, Lamborghini Gallardo), che hanno preceduto Matteo Malucelli e Flavio Pierleoni (Scuderia 27 - Baldini Mode, Ferrari F430); al terzo posto Christian Passuti e Andrea Gagliardini (Antonelli Motorsport, Porsche 997).
In GT2 successo per Victor e Giovanni Coggiola (Victor Racing, Porsche 997), mentre in GT4 si sono imposti Tiziano Cappelletti e Stefano Pozzi (Nova Race, Ginetta G50).

ReSa - 17 aprile 2011 - Content by Aci Sport

GT 1 - Zolder
All-Inkl Lamborghini Claims Max Points in Belgium

Markus Winkelhock and Marc Baseng made it a perfect weekend for the Muennich Motorsport team with a lights to flag victory in the Championship Race during Round 2 of the FIA GT1 World Championship at Zolder in Belgium.  Winkelhock brought the Lamborghini home nearly 10-seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Andrea Piccini in the Hexis AMR Aston Martin DB9.  The Italian was put in a race winning position after another lightning pitstop by the Hexis team which enabled the Aston Martin to move from 9th to 2nd.  Piccini held off an early challenge by Tomas Enge in the Young Driver Aston Martin, who in turn had to defend from Nicky Catsburg in the Exim Bank Team China Corvette. Catsburg was caught and passed right on the line by the charging Karl Wendlinger, who secured 4th place and the Swiss Racing Team's best finish in the FIA GT1 World Championship.
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.

Marc Basseng, Munnich Motorsport Lamborghini No.38
“It’s been an incredible, amazing weekend – I didn’t believe it was possible! Thanks to the tam, the car and everybody who did the best possible job this weekend. We set up the car even better for the Championship Race than the Qualifying Race, and it was just great! Of course as a team manager I am happy we won but it’s not good that (the No. 37 Lamborghini) had a problem - we need both cars in the points for the team championship. It’s good for us to be leading the Drivers’ Standings though – everybody has to chase us and I like it that way.”

Markus Winkelhock, Munnich Motorsport Lamborghini No.38
“It was easy actually. First of all the pit stop was good, the car was just great and the balance was in the car after the first few laps. It couldn’t have been much better than yesterday, but even at the end I was able to attack and get good lap times. I’m so happy, I think we definitely took the maximum out of the weekend. For sure it won’t be easy next weekend with so much ballast, and I have never driven at Portimao, but hopefully we can be strong again.”

Christian Hohenadel, Hexis Aston Martin Racing No. 4
“It was not a bad race, although it was a difficult start because there was a mess in the first corner and then I made a mistake on the third or fourth lap when I put in the speed limiter on the pit straight and lost two or three places. Luckily there was a safety car which brought us back into the pack, and we know the team do a perfect job in the pits and they brought us out nearly in the lead. Credit to my team-mate of course, but I think the team did the best job today!”

Andrea Piccini, Hexis Aston Martin Racing No. 4
“The pit stop was the key of the race for us, because the guys again did an excellent job. At the moment it looks like we have an advantage here, but its because all the team train many times a week to be so good and they are always thinking about strategy – they are really, really good like that. When I got out I tried to keep in touch with the Lamborghini but it was not possible – I think they showed they’re the quickest car at the moment, but we’re in contention in the Drivers’ Standings and the team is leading, which is important.”

Tomas Enge, Young Driver Aston Martin Racing No. 7
“The race was not easy, it reminded me of Portimao last year when I was P2 after the pit stop and slid down to P10. Luckily it did not happen this time, as I was trying to save the tyres much more and it paid dividends at the end. We had a pretty good pit stop and I was able to overtake the Corvette on my out lap. Third is a great result for the whole team, we scored points and we go to the next race without too much weight ballast so we will try and keep going like this.”

Alex Muller, Young Driver Aston Martin Racing No. 7
“The start was okay, it was quite tight at the first turn but we managed to get through it. Apart from that it was a clean race, when the Safety Car came out it blocked everybody up but in the end I started third and finished third so we scored important points. Now we look forward to Portimao and another podium maybe!”

Ricardo Zonta, Sumo Power Nissan GT-R No.20
“It has been a bad weekend for us. We had a puncture in the Qualifying Race yesterday which ruined our race. Today at the start, the Corvette (No.47) hit me so hard in the main straight it spun me round and I ran into the other (Sumo) Nissan. An another race over. It's difficult to take."

Peter Dumbreck, JR Motorsports  Nissan GT-R No.22
“It was a daft start. I managed to keep good control at the start. I was very careful and conceded position to slower cars - better safe than sorry. In my eyes I was fully alongside of him (the Marc VDS Ford GT No.40) I saw him turn in and I tried to get out of it. I get collected, he spun me around and we are out of the race.”

Mike Hezemans, Exim Bank Team China Corvette No.11
“It’s a pity that we lost one place in the pit stop because I think we could have been as high as third today. We know that with the Corvettes there is so much rear tyre wear in the last five or six minutes so it is a struggle for us. The racing is very competitive just the two All-Inkl cars seem to be a bit ahead at the moment but I’m happy with the car, the team is coming together and it’s going well so far.”

Milos Pavlovic, Belgian Racing Ford GT No.10
“I am really enjoying being involved in the championship, it’s great to be part of a world championship. It was not such a good weekend for us but we are a new team and we are learning all the time. We are looking forward to the next race in Portugal.”

Peter Kox, Swiss Racing Team Lamborghini No.5
“This is a great result for the team. We have done four races now and we don’t have a scratch on the car which makes a nice change from last year. I am sure we can get better and challenge for the podium or even a win soon. I was pushing Nicky Catsburg (Corvette No.11) a bit at the end and waiting for the chance to take him. I could see that he was struggling a little bit with traction. So I saw my chance and made the pass. It was a good clean fight and I enjoyed the race a lot.”

Fred Makowiecki, Marc VDS Ford GT No.41
“We are suffering due to lack of power. I feel that the balance of performance is hurting us. Basically we have the same package as last year but we can’t run at any good pace on the straights. We just don’t have the straight line speed. It makes overtaking very difficult for us. We go to the next race but we will still have the same issues.”

17 aprile 2011 - Content by GT1 World Championship

GT 1 - Abu Dhabi
Aston Martin clinch victory in Championship Race
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 German 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.

27 marzo 2011 - Content by GT1 World Championship




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