2011 FIA GT1 Sachsenring round

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The 2011 FIA GT1 Sachsenring round is an auto racing event held at the Sachsenring, Saxony, Germany on 13–15 May, and will be the fourth round of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship season. It is the FIA GT1 World Championship's first race held at the 3.7 km (2.3 mi) Sachsenring, as the circuit replaces the Nürburgring as the German round for the series. The event will be supported by the German ADAC Masters Weekend, featuring the ADAC GT Masters, ATS Formel 3 Cup, ADAC Formel Masters, and ADAC Procar Series, as well as the German Mini Challenge.

Background[edit]

Success Ballast[1]
Entry Ballast
No. 38 All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 45 kg (99 lb)
No. 23 JR Motorsports 35 kg (77 lb)
No. 8 Young Driver AMR 20 kg (44 lb)
No. 21 Sumo Power GT 10 kg (22 lb)
No. 37 All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 5 kg (11 lb)

Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock of Münnich Motorsport retained their championship lead following the Algarve round and further extended their advantage to twenty points over both Young Driver's Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke and Algarve Championship Race-winners Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr of JR Motorsports. Basseng and Winkelhock's car also has lost five kilograms of the 50 kg (110 lb) of success ballast they carried at Algarve. Luhr and Krumm have gained 35 kg, while Turner and Mücke carry only 20 kg into Sachsenring. Luhr and Krumm also have the addition of 15 kg which have been added to the minimum weight for all Nissans as part of the FIA's balance of performance. The Ford GT teams have also had their minimum weights altered, losing 10 kg.[2] In the Teams' Championship Hexis AMR has taken over the title lead, a single point ahead of both Münnich and JR Motorsports, while Young Driver is two points further behind in fourth.

With only a week between the Algarve and Sachsenring, the majority of teams have retained the line-ups. Frédéric Makowiecki returns to Marc VDS after being absent in the Algarve, while Yann Clairay moves from Marc VDS to Belgian Racing to replace Martin Matzke.[3] Warren Hughes rejoins the Sumo Power GT team he drove for in 2010, replacing Ricardo Zonta in the team's No. 20 car, partnering Enrique Bernoldi.[4] The sole DKR Engineering Corvette has withdrawn from the Sachsenring event due to a lack of spare parts after the team has suffered three accidents in past four races, reducing the field to seventeen cars.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

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 37 Germany Dominik Schwager Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:19.941 1:19.308 1:18.763 1
Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
2 3 Netherlands Stef Dusseldorp France Hexis AMR 1:19.337 1:19.449 1:19.028 2
Monaco Clivio Piccione
3 8 Germany Stefan Mücke Germany Young Driver AMR 1:19.591 1:19.119 1:19.471 3
United Kingdom Darren Turner
4 20 United Kingdom Warren Hughes United Kingdom Sumo Power GT 1:19.657 1:19.503 1:19.605 4
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
5 22 United Kingdom Richard Westbrook United Kingdom JR Motorsports 1:20.007 1:19.599 1:19.634 5
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
6 40 Belgium Bas Leinders Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team 1:19.832 1:19.295 1:19.739 6
Germany Marc Hennerici
7 11 Netherlands Mike Hezemans China Exim Bank Team China 1:19.143 1:19.135 1:18.7141 7
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
8 23 Germany Lucas Luhr United Kingdom JR Motorsports 1:19.885 1:19.300 No Time 8
Germany Michael Krumm
9 5 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Swiss Racing Team 1:19.859 1:19.605 172
Netherlands Peter Kox
10 7 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Germany Young Driver AMR 1:19.522 1:19.652 9
Germany Alex Müller
11 21 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Sumo Power GT 1:19.598 1:19.820 10
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
12 10 France Yann Clairay Belgium Belgian Racing 1:19.883 1:19.992 11
France Antoine Leclerc
13 4 Germany Christian Hohenadel France Hexis AMR 1:19.229 1:20.075 16
Italy Andrea Piccini
14 41 Belgium Maxime Martin Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team 1:18.889 No Time 12
France Frédéric Makowiecki
15 38 Germany Markus Winkelhock Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:20.015 13
Germany Marc Basseng
16 9 Belgium Vanina Ickx Belgium Belgian Racing 1:20.165 14
Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
17 6 Sweden Max Nilsson Switzerland Swiss Racing Team 1:21.115 15
Czech Republic Jiří Janák
  1. ^ The No. 11 Exim Bank Corvette had its Qualifying Session 3 times cancelled for stopping in the pit lane instead of returning to its garage during the session.[6]
  2. ^ The No. 5 Swiss Racing Lamborghini was penalized ten grid spots for overtaking during a red flag period in the Qualifying sessions.

Races[edit]

Qualifying Race[edit]

Following a penalty handed to the Corvette of Exim Bank Team China, the No. 37 Münnich Lamborghini of Nicky Pastorelli lead the field at the start, quickly getting a clear hold on first ahead of Clivio Piccione's Hexis Aston Martin. Entering Turn 1, Antoine Leclerc's Belgian Racing Ford tipped the Marc VDS Ford into a spin. Facing backwards, Marc Hennerici was then collected by the second Belgian car of Christoffer Nygaard. With both cars unable to get moving again, the safety car was dispatched for a full course caution to gather the field at the end of the first lap. The safety car was recalled at the start of Lap 4 and Pastorelli resumed his lead of the race. A lap later Nicky Catsburg in the Exim Corvette started to make a pass for seventh place on the JR Motorsports Nissan of Michael Krumm in the first sequence of corners, but spun into the gravel after getting ahead of Krumm exiting Turn 3, stranding the car in the gravel trap.

After the restarting the race in 12th place, Marc VDS's Frédéric Makowiecki began to make his way through the field, passing five cars on track in the next ten laps. As Makowiecki challenged Young Driver's Alex Müller for fifth place into Turn 3 the two made contact and Müller spun his car around, resuming at the back of the field, while Makowiecki continued to race on without being slowed by the incident. At the front of the field, Piccini closed on the rear of Pastorelli and began to challenge for the race lead, followed closely by Darren Turner in third. On Lap 18, the pit window opened and the top three all made their pit stops at the end of that lap. Hexis made the quickest pit stop of the three, allowing Stef Dusseldorp to exit the pits first, followed by Young Driver's Stefan Mücke. Münnich Motorsport suffered a problem with their tire challenge, slowing their pit stop and losing Dominik Schwager three positions as he returned to the track. Enrique Bernoldi briefly held the race lead for Sumo Power for one lap before making his pit stop, handing the lead to Makowiecki. Marc VDS brought the Ford into the pits as the last car to make a pit stop and Maxime Martin was able to exit in the race lead, but he was immediately challenged by Dusseldorp into Turn 1. After Martin defended the race lead he was able to pull away from Dusseldorp, while Warren Hughes had taken over third place after the completion of all pit stops.

With twenty minutes remaining in the race, Max Nilsson went wide in Turn 9 and hit the safety barriers, retiring on the spot. Yann Clairay of Belgian Racing attempted to challenge Markus Winkelhock for tenth place, but spun on his own in Turn 4 and fell to 12th. In the closing five minutes of the race, Mücke caught Hughes to challenge for third place and passed for the position. Further behind them, Christian Hohenadel and Schwager challenged Peter Dumbreck's Nissan for fifth position, but Schwager braked too late for Turn 1 while attempting to pass Dumbreck and went into the gravel trap, eventually falling to seventh. Hohenadel then took over the challenge to Dumbreck and successfully passed him on the final lap of the race. Martin cross the finish line 6.6 seconds ahead of Dusseldorp, followed by Hughes and Mücke, and finally Hohenadel and Dumbreck completed the final two positions for championship points.

Race result[edit]

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 41 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Maxime Martin
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Ford 43
2 3 France Hexis AMR Monaco Clivio Piccione
Netherlands Stef Dusseldorp
Aston Martin 43 −6.683
3 8 Germany Young Driver AMR United Kingdom Darren Turner
Germany Stefan Mücke
Aston Martin 43 −20.166
4 20 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Nissan 43 −24.041
5 4 France Hexis AMR Germany Christian Hohenadel
Italy Andrea Piccini
Aston Martin 43 −33.083
6 22 United Kingdom JR Motorsport United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Nissan 43 −34.907
7 37 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
Germany Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 43 −38.325
8 21 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 43 −39.884
9 38 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Germany Marc Basseng
Germany Markus Winkelhock
Lamborghini 43 −39.884
10 7 Germany Young Driver AMR Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Germany Alex Müller
Aston Martin 43 −40.376
11 23 United Kingdom JR Motorsport Germany Michael Krumm
Germany Lucas Luhr
Nissan 43 −48.863
12 5 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Austria Karl Wendlinger
Netherlands Peter Kox
Lamborghini 43 −48.991
13 10 Belgium Belgian Racing France Yann Clairay
France Antoine Leclerc
Ford 43 −51.058
14
DNF
6 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Sweden Max Nilsson
Czech Republic Jiří Janák
Lamborghini 25 Accident
15
DNF
11 China Exim Bank Team China Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Corvette 4 Spun
16
DNF
9 Belgium Belgian Racing Belgium Vanina Ickx
Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Ford 0 Collision
17
DNF
40 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Bas Leinders
Germany Marc Hennerici
Ford 0 Collision

Championship Race[edit]

Race result[edit]

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 4 France Hexis AMR Germany Christian Hohenadel
Italy Andrea Piccini
Aston Martin 42
2 37 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
Germany Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 42 −2.523
3 8 Germany Young Driver AMR United Kingdom Darren Turner
Germany Stefan Mücke
Aston Martin 42 −4.218
4 20 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Nissan 42 −22.861
5 21 United Kingdom Sumo Power GT Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 42 −23.547
6 11 China Exim Bank Team China Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Corvette 42 −23.867
7 22 United Kingdom JR Motorsport United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Nissan 42 −24.287
8 40 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Bas Leinders
Germany Marc Hennerici
Ford 42 −25.272
9 23 United Kingdom JR Motorsport Germany Michael Krumm
Germany Lucas Luhr
Nissan 42 −26.477
10 10 Belgium Belgian Racing France Yann Clairay
France Antoine Leclerc
Ford 42 −29.419
11 3 France Hexis AMR Monaco Clivio Piccione
Netherlands Stef Dusseldorp
Aston Martin 42 −55.554
12
DNF
38 Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Germany Marc Basseng
Germany Markus Winkelhock
Lamborghini 19 Puncture
13
DNF
41 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Belgium Maxime Martin
France Yann Clairay
Ford 9 Puncture
14
DNF
9 Belgium Belgian Racing Belgium Vanina Ickx
Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Ford 2 Damage
15
DNF
5 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Austria Karl Wendlinger
Netherlands Peter Kox
Lamborghini 0 Collision
16
DNF
7 Germany Young Driver AMR Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Germany Alex Müller
Aston Martin 0 Collision
17
DNF
6 Switzerland Swiss Racing Team Sweden Max Nilsson
Czech Republic Jiří Janák
Lamborghini 0 Collision

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIA Entry List – Sachsenring (DEU) – 15 May 2011" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Federation Internationale de l'Automobile GT Committee – Decision" (PDF). fia.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  3. ^ Laurent Mercier (2011-05-12). "Sachsenring : Yann Clairay trouve refuge chez Belgian Racing.". endurance-info.com (in French). Endurance-Info. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  4. ^ Laurent Mercier (2011-05-11). "Sachsenring : Warren Hughes revient chez Sumo Power GT.". endurance-info.com (in French). Endurance-Info. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  5. ^ Laurent Mercier (2011-05-12). "Sachsenring : La Corvette/DKR Engineering forfait !". endurance-info.com (in French). Endurance-Info. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  6. ^ Gary Watkins (2011-05-14). "Schwager takes pole in Germany". autosport.com. Haymarket Press. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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