FIA GT1 – Sachsenring in Pictures

Hexis Aston Martin took 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.

JRM Nissan GTR has a lot to do to get up to competitiveness this season.

Ford didn’t managed to continue their stranglehold on the weekend warmup onto the race.

The tricky Sachsenring circuit caught several drivers out during Qualifying, and both Q1 and Q2 were split by red flags as the No.41 and No.10 Fords respectively spun into the gravel and had to be rescued.

All-Inkl Lamborghini took its third pole position of 2011 in the Sachsenring, although only after the No.11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette had its times discounted for an infringement during qualifying.

Schwager Dominik of Lamborghini Murcielago 670 RSV

“At the start I just focussed on staying out of trouble, not hitting anyone but still making up positions. It’s not that easy, you can see on TV that our starts are much closer than GT3 starts because everybody is really on it and its sometimes millimetres between being kicked out of the race or getting a good start. Under braking, I made two or three positions, then I had the two Astons in front of me. I made a move on the Young Driver car and it worked out perfectly.
“I was quite happy that the rain didn’t come too heavy because with the slightest mistake in the wet and you’re off on this track. I am happy that we finally have our podium. We missed so many I can’t count them anymore. I’m not jumping for joy but it’s a start, we collected decent points and I’m really looking forward to the next race.”

Busy pitlane as cars preparing to go out for a spin.

Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R

Jamie Campbell-Walter

nr21 Sumo Power Nissan GT-R
“It’s nice to have a result, and while it’s not a win or a podium I think it’s a great result for the Nissan GT-R, the Sumo Power team and the JRM team to have all four cars in the top ten. Realistically it isn’t a great track for us so we’ve pulled out a really good result for ourselves. I’m personally really happy: Brabs has driven amazingly, the pit stop crews have done a fantastic job and we’ve produced a nice result and a good haul of points.”

David Brabham

nr21 Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R
“We knew coming in that it wasn’t going to suit us, especially with the extra weight we got from the Algarve. We had a few issues in Qualifying, but in the races we kept going, the guys did a great job in the pit stops and we gained a few places. The team has improved massively: they’re a brand new outfit for this year, but they have just got better and better and it’s been great to see. I think we got it right today, and Jamie did a great job towards the end. For Sumo Power, fourth and fifth is a great result.”

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.

Michael Krumm – Lucas Luhr / Nissan GTR

First victory of the 2011 season for Hexis

Andrea Piccini

nr4 Hexis AMR Aston Martin DB9
“It’s never easy when you are first because so many things can happen, and the weather was unpredictable. Christian did a good job and he did most of the work for me. The car was OK, the tyres were fine and the pit stop was fantastic. I just got the car to the end. It’s very nice to be leading the (drivers’) championship but there is still a long way to go.”

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. Julien will be there to witness the history in the making.

editorial : gt1world / Mu’az
photo : gt1world / dppi

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