2010 FIA GT1 Paul Ricard round

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A Matech Ford GT1 testing at Paul Ricard prior to the 2010 season

The 2010 FIA GT1 Paul Ricard round was an auto racing event held at the Paul Ricard HTTT, Le Castellet, France on 2–4 June. The Paul Ricard event was the fourth round of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship season. The 5.81 km (3.61 mi) circuit had previously been utilized by the FIA as a test circuit for all manufacturers as part of FIA GT1's balance of performance, and was also used by the FIA GT Championship in 2009. Support series for the event include the FIA GT3 European Championship, the GT4 European Cup, and the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.

Background[edit]

Success Ballast[1]
Entry Ballast
No. 5 Matech Competition 40 kg (88 lb)
No. 7 Young Driver AMR 30 kg (66 lb)
No. 13 Phoenix Racing / Carsport 20 kg (44 lb)
No. 23 Sumo Power GT 20 kg (44 lb)

After three rounds of the championship, Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch of Matech once again lead the Drivers Championship for the first time since their victory in Abu Dhabi to start the season. Grosjean and Mutsch lead the Vitaphone pair of Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini by twelve points. In the Teams Championship however it is Vitaphone who are on top but are carrying only a four point margin over Matech. Also, following a fire at Silverstone, Phoenix is once again down to a single Corvette, reducing the series grid to 23. Defending GT1 class race winner Enrique Bernoldi, who won the 2009 FIA GT event in a Corvette, is also part of the 2010 field with Vitaphone Maserati.

Following the previous round in Brno, performance balancing modifications were published by the FIA which affected four manufacturers. The affected four, Corvette,[2] Maserati,[3] Ford,[4] and Aston Martin,[5] all had weight added to their minimum requirement in order to retard their performance potential, with Maserati having the most dramatic change with 55 kg (121 lb) added to their minimum.[3] Further, the Fords also had their air restrictors reduced in size in order to decrease engine power. In addition to performance balancing weight additions, four teams had success ballast further added following their performances at the Brno round. Brno Championship Racing winners Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch in the No. 5 Matech Ford will carry 40 kg (88 lb) of ballast for the second time this season, while the No. 7 Young Driver Aston Martin, No. 13 Phoenix Corvette, and No. 23 Sumo Power Nissan are also carrying with ballast.

Qualifying[edit]

Vitaphone Maserati drivers Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini earned their second consecutive pole position in FIA GT1 by setting a lap time over half a second faster than any other competitor in the third qualifying session. Peter Kox and Christopher Haase gave Lamborghini their first front row start in FIA GT1 by taking second.

Qualifying result[edit]

For qualifying, Driver 1 participates in the first and third sessions while Driver 2 participates in only the second session. The fastest lap for each session is indicated with bold.

Pos No. Driver 1 Team Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Grid
Driver 2
1 1 Italy Andrea Bertolini Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 2:04.189 2:04.469 2:03.511 1
Germany Michael Bartels
2 24 Netherlands Peter Kox Germany Reiter 2:04.729 2:05.098 2:04.028 2
Germany Christopher Haase
3 23 Germany Michael Krumm United Kingdom Sumo Power GT 2:03.785 2:04.659 2:04.392 3
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
4 11 Netherlands Mike Hezemans Belgium Mad-Croc Racing 2:04.716 2:04.139 2:04.438 4
Netherlands Xavier Maassen
5 22 United Kingdom Warren Hughes United Kingdom Sumo Power GT 2:04.541 2:05.035 2:04.701 5
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
6 37 France Christophe Bouchut Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 2:04.543 2:05.053 2:04.993 6
Germany Marc Basseng
7 38 Germany Dominik Schwager Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 2:05.097 2:05.065 2:05.058 7
Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
8 8 Denmark Christoffer Nygaard Germany Young Driver AMR 2:05.124 2:05.139 No Time 8
Germany Stefan Mücke
9 33 Germany Altfrid Heger Germany Triple H Team Hegersport 2:05.139 2:05.202 9
Greece Alexandros Margaritis
10 2 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 2:04.339 2:05.206 10
Portugal Miguel Ramos
11 13 Italy Andrea Piccini Germany Phoenix Racing / Carsport 2:03.924 2:05.360 11
Germany Marc Hennerici
12 34 Italy Matteo Bobbi Germany Triple H Team Hegersport 2:04.383 2:05.664 12
Belgium Bert Longin
13 25 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Germany Reiter 2:04.187 2:06.058 13
Brazil Rafael Daniel
14 6 France Olivier Panis Switzerland Matech Competition 2:04.624 2:06.110 14
Switzerland Natacha Gachnang
15 5 Switzerland Romain Grosjean Switzerland Matech Competition 2:05.102 2:06.414 15
Germany Thomas Mutsch
16 4 Japan Seiji Ara Switzerland Swiss Racing Team 2:04.945 2:07.320 16
Sweden Max Nilsson
17 7 United Kingdom Darren Turner Germany Young Driver AMR 2:05.189 17
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
18 40 Belgium Bas Leinders Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team 2:05.262 18
Belgium Maxime Martin
19 9 France Frédéric Makowiecki France Hexis AMR 2:05.330 19
France Thomas Accary
20 12 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin Belgium Mad-Croc Racing 2:05.334 20
Finland Pertti Kuismanen
21 3 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Swiss Racing Team 2:05.387 21
Switzerland Henri Moser
22 10 Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi France Hexis AMR 2:05.637 22
Monaco Clivio Piccione
23 41 Belgium Renaud Kuppens Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team 2:05.703 23
Finland Markus Palttala

Races[edit]

Qualifying race[edit]

Race result[edit]

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 1 Germany Vitaphone Racing Team Germany Michael Bartels
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Maserati 27
2 24 Germany Reiter Netherlands Peter Kox
Germany Christopher Haase
Lamborghini 27 −5.569
3 22 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT United Kingdom Warren Hughes
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 27 −7.798
4 11 Belgium Mad-Croc Racing Netherlands Xavier Maassen
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Corvette 27 −10.639
5 2 Germany Vitaphone Racing Team Portugal Miguel Ramos
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Maserati 27 −12.821
6 13 Germany Phoenix Racing / Carsport Germany Marc Hennerici
Italy Andrea Piccini
Corvette 27 −16.527
7 5 Switzerland Matech Competition Germany Thomas Mutsch
Switzerland Romain Grosjean
Ford 27 −31.121
8 33 Germany Triple H Team Hegersport Germany Altfrid Heger
Greece Alexandros Margaritis
Maserati 27 −35.443
9 23 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Germany Michael Krumm
Nissan 27 −37.236
10 7 Germany Young Driver AMR Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin 27 −45.843
11 9 France Hexis AMR France Frédéric Makowiecki
France Thomas Accary
Aston Martin 27 −46.941
12 4 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Sweden Max Nilsson
Japan Seiji Ara
Nissan 27 −50.362
13 25 Germany Reiter Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Brazil Rafael Daniel
Lamborghini 27 −59.155
14 34 Germany Triple H Team Hegersport Belgium Bert Longin
Italy Matteo Bobbi
Maserati 27 −1:03.030
15 38 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
Germany Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 27 −1:12.297
16 37 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Germany Marc Basseng
France Christophe Bouchut
Lamborghini 27 −1:13.153
17 10 France Hexis AMR Monaco Clivio Piccione
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
Aston Martin 27 −1:20.561
18 6 Switzerland Matech Competition Switzerland Natacha Gachnang
France Olivier Panis
Ford 27 −1:43.947
19 12 Belgium Mad-Croc Racing Finland Pertti Kuismanen
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Corvette 27 −1:52.246
20 40 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Bas Leinders
Belgium Maxime Martin
Ford 27 −2:18.943
21 3 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Austria Karl Wendlinger
Switzerland Henri Moser
Nissan 26 −1 Lap
22 41 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Renaud Kuppens
Finland Markus Palttala
Ford 26 −1 Lap
23
DNF
8 Germany Young Driver AMR Germany Stefan Mücke
Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin 5 Retired

Championship Race[edit]

Race result[edit]

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 1 Germany Vitaphone Racing Team Germany Michael Bartels
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Maserati 28
2 23 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Germany Michael Krumm
Nissan 28 −7.057
3 33 Germany Triple H Team Hegersport Germany Altfrid Heger
Greece Alexandros Margaritis
Maserati 28 −24.633
4 40 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Bas Leinders
Belgium Maxime Martin
Ford 28 −26.209
5 13 Germany Phoenix Racing / Carsport Germany Marc Hennerici
Italy Andrea Piccini
Corvette 28 −29.670
6 11 Belgium Mad-Croc Racing Netherlands Xavier Maassen
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Corvette 28 −35.824
7 5 Switzerland Matech Competition Germany Thomas Mutsch
Switzerland Romain Grosjean
Ford 28 −46.178
8 22 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT United Kingdom Warren Hughes
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 28 −54.364
9 9 France Hexis AMR France Frédéric Makowiecki
France Thomas Accary
Aston Martin 28 −56.699
10 25 Germany Reiter Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Brazil Rafael Daniel
Lamborghini 28 −57.226
11 34 Germany Triple H Team Hegersport Belgium Bert Longin
Italy Matteo Bobbi
Maserati 28 −1:04.943
12 38 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
Germany Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 28 −1:05.405
13 10 France Hexis AMR Monaco Clivio Piccione
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
Aston Martin 28 −1:11.342
14 41 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Renaud Kuppens
Finland Markus Palttala
Ford 28 −1:14.776
15 3 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Austria Karl Wendlinger
Switzerland Henri Moser
Nissan 28 −1:17.780
16 7 Germany Young Driver AMR Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin 28 −1:23.897
17 37 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Germany Marc Basseng
France Christophe Bouchut
Lamborghini 28 −1:26.100
18 24 Germany Reiter Netherlands Peter Kox
Germany Christopher Haase
Lamborghini 28 −1:47.230
19 12 Belgium Mad-Croc Racing Finland Pertti Kuismanen
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Corvette 28 −1:47.240
20 8 Germany Young Driver AMR Germany Stefan Mücke
Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin 28 −1:53.704
21
DNF
6 Switzerland Matech Competition Switzerland Natacha Gachnang
France Olivier Panis
Ford 17 Retired
22
DNF
2 Germany Vitaphone Racing Team Portugal Miguel Ramos
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Maserati 10 Retired
23
DNF
4 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Sweden Max Nilsson
Japan Seiji Ara
Nissan 9 Retired

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