2011 New Zealand Grand Prix

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New Zealand  2011 New Zealand Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3, Round 4 of 5 of the 2011 Toyota Racing Series
Manfeild Autocourse track map (New Zealand).svg
Date 13 February 2011
Official name LVI New Zealand Grand Prix
Location Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding, New Zealand
Course Permanent racing facility
3.033 km (1.885 mi)
Distance 35 laps, 106.16 km (65.96 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Time 1:04.141
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Time 1:04.509 on lap 31
Podium
First New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Second Russia Daniil Kvyat Victory Motor Racing
Third Australia Scott Pye ETEC Motorsport

The 2011 New Zealand Grand Prix event for open wheel racing cars was held at Manfeild Autocourse near Feilding on 13 February 2011. It was the fifty-sixth New Zealand Grand Prix and was open to Toyota Racing Series cars. The event was also the third race of the fourth round of the 2011 Toyota Racing Series.

Sixteen Tatuus-Toyota cars started the race which was won by 16-year-old New Zealander Mitch Evans who became the youngest ever winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix[1] and who is believed to have become the youngest driver to win an international grand prix anywhere in the world.[2] The Giles Motorsport driver won by three seconds from another 16-year-old competitor, Russian Daniil Kvyat, of Victory Motor Racing. Australian ETEC Motorsport driver Scott Pye was third.

Evans started from pole position alongside Nick Cassidy[3] and won the drag race to the first corner. Evans, Cassidy, Kvyat and Pye quickly built a gap on the field.

On lap 16 Cassidy spun, bringing to an end to the direct threat to the lead held by Evans who controlled the second half of the race from the front to win from Kvyat and Pye.[4] British driver and grandson of 1964 and 1965 NZ Grand Prix winner, Josh Hill finished fourth winning a battle for the position with Australian Nick Foster. German driver Mario Farnbacher was sixth also winning his position battle with Russian Ivan Lukashevich. Cassidy finished a disappointing eighth ahead of Kotaro Sakurai and Jordan Skinner. New Zealand open-wheel legend Ken Smith also completed full race distance. Jamie McNee was the only other driver to be classified.

Defending race champion Earl Bamber, a late entry into the race, withdrew on lap 19.

Classification[edit]

Results:[5]

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 1 New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 38m 55.818s
2 29 Russia Daniil Kvyat Victory Motor Racing Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +3.2
3 19 Australia Scott Pye ETEC Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +4.9
4 20 United Kingdom Josh Hill ETEC Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +14.0
5 13 Australia Nicholas Foster Giles Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +14.3
6 48 Germany Mario Farnbacher Giles Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +16.5
7 5 Russia Ivan Lukashevich M2 Competition Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +16.9
8 7 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Giles Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +21.4
9 4 Japan Kotaro Sakurai M2 Competition Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +24.6
10 22 Australia Jordan Skinner M2 Competition Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +26.4
11 11 New Zealand Ken Smith Ken Smith Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 35 +22.5
12 8 New Zealand Jamie McNee ETEC Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 32 + 3 laps
Ret 2 New Zealand Earl Bamber Bamber Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 18
Ret 17 New Zealand Alastair Wootten DART International Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 14
Ret 36 United Kingdom Alex Lynn Giles Motorsport Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 13
Ret 87 New Zealand Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Evans becomes youngest Grand Prix winner". Toyota Racing Series. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Martinez, Peter (13 February 2011). "Mitch Evans youngest NZ Grand Prix winner". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ [3]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2010 New Zealand Grand Prix
New Zealand Grand Prix
2011
Succeeded by
2012 New Zealand Grand Prix