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The AF Corse Ferrari of Toni Vilander and Filip Salaquarda, and the Reiter Lamborghini pairing of Stefan Rosina and Peter Kox, came away with the spoils from this past weekend’s FIA GT1 World Championship races at the Nürburgring.
In Saturday’s Qualifying Race it was Stefan Rosina and Peter Kox who brought their Reiter Lamborghini to a maiden victory of the season in an incident-filled race. The Reiter team did an excellent job at the pit stop to propel the No.25 Lamborghini from fourth to the lead when Kox took over the controls from Rosina.
However, it was a bitter-sweet afternoon for Reiter Lamborghini. The safety car was required after the sister No.24 Reiter Lamborghini of Jeroen Bleekemolen made heavy contact with the tyre barriers at the Schumacher S on the opening lap. The car suffered major damage, resulting in an early retirement for Bleekemolen, who was making his debut in the 2012 championship, and co-driver Mike Parisy, who began the season at the wheel of a Porsche. Read the rest of this entry »
The FIA GT1 World Championship arrives at the Nürburgring circuit this weekend, 22-23 September, for the penultimate round of the 2012 season. The German round is expected to have a major impact on drivers’ and team’s championships. The Nürburgring is also the home event for two of the main title protagonists.
The German circuit presents many challenges for drivers, with its mix of high and low speed corners including the fast NGK chicane, which will be used for the GT1 round. The region’s fickle weather also has a habit of throwing up surprises for engineers seeking the ideal set-up.
It will be the second visit to the Nürburgring for the GT1 World Championship, the circuit having staged the sixth round of the inaugural season in 2010. This season’s drivers’ battle is tight with the Vita4One Racing BMW pair of Michael Bartels and Yelmer Buurman on 127 points, leading the All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Mercedes German duo Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock by just six points. Read the rest of this entry »
Less than a year after he first stepped into a racing car and Jann Mardenborough has taken a pole position for the first of this weekend’s British GT races (race 3 of the Championship) at the Nürburgring. This is also the first pole position for the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car.
What makes Jann’s performance even more spectacular is that this is the first time he has been to the Nürburgring. As the newest recruit to Nissan’s roster of GT Academy graduates, Jann has a lot to live up to, and results like this are proof of the success of the Academy programme.
“Jann’s performance today was exemplary,” said GT Academy Team RJN boss, Bob Neville. “He did exactly what I would have expected from a seasoned professional. We waited a moment or two at the start of the session then sent him and he was straight on the pace. To take pole with time to spare just shows the level Jann is at now.”
“I’m feeling pretty good at the moment,” said Jann. “That’s my first proper pole position as a professional racing driver. I had to work hard for it though. We tried a few things during free practice and going into qualifying we thought we would be okay but the car felt better than ever so I went for it!” Read the rest of this entry »
The British GT field will entertain the vast Nürburgring crowd, which topped 200,000 in 2010, ahead of the main event and on the 3.2-mile Grand Prix circuit. It will be a race to remember, says championship manager Benjamin Franassovici: “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce this. The Nürburgring 24 Hours is an historic and very special race, and to be a part of it will be great for everyone connected with the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.”
The confirmation of the German date has meant a small revision to the calendar, with the Rockingham rounds, which had been scheduled for 26/27 May, pushed back by a fortnight to 9/10 June.
The tenth and final round of the gruelling Nürburgring VLN endurance championship − the 36th DMV Münsterlandpokal four hour race − has seen Aston Martin’s Nürburgring Test Centre Team claim second and third in the SP8 class for GT cars over 4.0 litres, to round off a most successful 2011 season.
The number 122 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, driven by British trio Andy Meyrick, James Appleby and Ant Scragg, took second in class and 28th overall finish from a field of 160 starters. Aston Martin Racing factory driver Meyrick had led the class in a fast and consistent opening stint before handing over to Scragg and Appleby, who drove the middle stints before Meyrick saw the car safely home in a short final stint.
The number 118 V8 Vantage, driven by Aston’s Nürburgring Test Centre Director Wolfgang Schuhbauer, experienced Nürburgring pilot Jurgen Stumpf and 2011 newcomer Beat Loretz took a podium finish with third place in the same class. Read the rest of this entry »
Jack Harvey, championship leader Felipe Nasr and Kevin Magnussen emerged on top at the weekend’s Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series German rounds.
With the championship now at the half-way stage, Nasr’s points lead has stretched to 75, but the Brazilian promises there will be no let-up in his campaign: “We have to still be looking for victories and the team and I will just keep pushing.”
Round 13 on Saturday saw Kevin Magnussen leading from pole position to chequered flag despite intense, race-long pressure from his Carlin team-mate and championship leader Felipe Nasr. Read the rest of this entry »
The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series heads to Germany this coming weekend (2/3 July) for the first of three European summer stops.
The Nürburgring is the venue for the mid-season trio of events; it’s the first time that British Formula 3 has visited the Grand Prix track since ‘05. After Germany the series travels to Paul Ricard in France and the Belgian Grand Prix circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. These next three events will play an very important phase for the drivers aiming to take the 2011 championship title. Read the rest of this entry »