GT1 World Zolder – Free Practice and Pre Qualifying
Round 2 of the FIA GT1 World Championship got underway today at Zolder with the Free Practice and Pre Qualifying sessions. Marc VDS Racing Team and All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport were quickest in the two sessions.
In the 80 minutes long free practice session the Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT of Frederic Makowiecki set the fastest time on the 4.004m long Belgian circuit. The French driver was the only one to complete a lap around the Zolder in the 1:29s, setting a 1:29.631.
Second quickest was the Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 of Stefan Mücke at 0.448 seconds from Makowiecki, while Ricardo Zonta in the Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R was just 0.002 seconds slower in third. At the end of the session 13 cars were within one second.
Several cars made a trip through the gravel or were caught cutting the chicane. The Ford GTs had some brake issues, with smoke coming from the cars when they stopped in the pit – one of the Belgian Racing cars even requiring the fire extinguishers to be used on the left rear wheel.
DKR Engineering’s Corvette suffered left side damage when it went off and clipped the tyre wall. After the session the team immediately started work on the car.
In Pre Qualifying a few hours later the All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV was the fastest car on the track. Dominik Schwager set a 1:28.716, 0.277 seconds quicker than the second placed JR Motorsports Nissan GT-R of Michael Krumm. Tomas Enge finished third in his Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9.
A couple of cars hit trouble during the session. Vanina Ickx went into the graveltrap at turn 9, causing a yellow flag in sector one for a couple of minutes. Then it was the Sumo Power GT Nissan #20 that went into the gravel at turn 8 and just ten minutes before the end of the session the Hexis AMR Aston Martin DBR9 #4 stopped at the inside at turn 11, bringing out the third yellow flag of the day.
The FIA Stewards issued penalties of a drop of three grid places for the qualifying race for not slowing down under yellow flags to the following cars –
· Nr7 Young Driver Aston Martin DB9
· Nr23 JR Motorsports Nissan GT-R
· Nr11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette Z06
· Nr40 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT
· Nr20 Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R
· Nr38 All-Inkl.com Muennich Motorsport Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV
The nr 40 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT will also have to drop five grid places in the Championship Race due to changing the engine for the third time.