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1 Race Facts: 2007 Round 3 - Monza

Lap Description
0 Weather: dry and hot
0 Luca Pirri, in the nr 18 Martini Callaway Corvette, starts from the pole position, for the first time in the FIA GT3 European Championship. Eight different cars are in the first four rows
0 The nr 4 Trackspeed Racing Porsche withdraws before the race with a gearbox problem. The nr 17 Martini Callaway Corvette will start from the pit lane
0 37 cars are expected on the grid
0 nr 44 Matech Racing Ford GT was pushed from the grid to the pits, it has a mechanical problem.
0 18 - 15 - 38 - 23 - 8 - 31 - 5 - 39 - 27 - 32 - 30 - 1 - 36 - 22 - 34
0 Good start from Lica Pirri, who is leading in front of Vannelet and Janis. Vannelet overtakes Janis in the first chicane
0 Start OK, all the cars are there
0 Alessi also overtakes Janis. The nr 15 S-Berg Lamborghini is now 4th
0 Alessi overtakes Vannelet, than attacks Pirri at the entrance of the Parabolic. Both cars touch a little bit, and Alessi takes the lead, whereas Pirri is down to 6th position
1 23 - 38 - 15 - 8 - 5 - 18 - 31 - 27 - 39 - 34
1 Strong battle between Alessi (nr 23 Aston Martin), Vannelet (nr 38 Ferrari), Janis (nr 15 Lamborghini), Ellis (nr 8 Dodge) and Williams (nr 5 Porsche)
2 Vannelet overtakes Alessi in the first chicane. Janis under pressure from Ellis. In 6th position, Pirri is pushing hard to come back through to the lead
2 nr 39 to the pits
2 Alessi takes back the lead in the straight line
2 Janis also overtakes Vannelet.
3 23 - 15 - 38 - 8 - 5 - 18 - 31 - 27 - 1 - 36
3 6 cars in less than 3 seconds!
4 Janis takes the lead at the first chicane. But Alessi is still there
4 The nr 34 JMB Racing Ferrari is in the gravel at turn 11 and rejoins one lap later
4 Still a strong battle between Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Dodge, Porsche and Ascari. Six different cars, all fighting together !
5 15 - 23 - 38 - 8 - 5 - 18 - 31 - 27 - 1 - 36
5 nr 39 to the pits
6 Janis is leading by 1.1 seconds after 12 minutes. Vannelet overtakes Alessi at the first chicane and takes the second position. Pirri overtakes Williams for 5th position
6 Alessi takes back second position by overtaking Vannelet one more time.
7 Vannelet overtakes Alessi again in the first chicane, and Ellis also passes the Aston Martin. And Pirri is comling back onto this trio
8 15 - 38 - 8 - 23 - 18 - 5 - 31 - 27 - 1 - 36
8 Janis is leading by 1.4 seconds. Behind him, it is really close. Vannelet is under pressure from Ellis for 2nd position and Alessi is now under pressure from Pirri for 4th position
9 Pirri overtakes Alessi before the first chicane
10 After 20 minutes, Janis is leading in front of Vannelet, Ellis, Pirri, Alessi, Williams and Zwart. Top 5 in 3 seconds !
10 Janis goes straight at the second chicane, so Vannelet and Ellis overtake him
11 Very strong battle between the 5 leaders ! Pirri overtakes Janis for 3rd position, but those 5 cars are so close that anything could happen
11 Pit lane open. Nr 43 first car to change driver
12 38 - 8 - 18 - 15 - 23 - 31 - 5 - 27 - 36 - 22
12 Bradley Ellis, in the nr 8 Dodge Viper, went straight in the first chicane and loses a position.
12 Luca Pirri is back in the lead !
13 18 - 38 - 8 - 23 - 15 - 5 - 27 - 31 - 36 - 22
13 The nr 31 Team Berlanga Ascari is the first of the top 10 cars to go the pits
13 Vannelet overtakes Pirri, the nr 38 Ferrari is now leading again
14 nr 5 Trackspeed Porsche to the pits
14 The leader, Gilles Vannelet, loses the control of his car. The nr 38 Kessel Ferrari is stuck in the gravel at turn 6. Vannelet manages to rejoine, but loses a lap.
15 Luca Pirri to the pits. Driver change to Jurgen von Gartzen
15 22 seconds stop & Go penalty for car 43 due to pit stop windows violation
16 After 30 minutes, Bradley Ellis is leading, Diego Alessi second and Erik Janis third. They all need to pit
16 Janis to the pits. Driver change to Jirik
17 Ellis, the leader, to the pits. Driver change to Ed Morris. Alessi is also pitting. Driver change to Frassinetti
18 Francesco Maggi in the nr 22 BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9 is now leading, but he needs to pit. So the virtual leader is the nr 8 RPM Dodge Viper, now driven by Ed Morris
19 The nr 27 Aston Martin in the gravel at turn 11
19 car nr 22 to the pits
20 Morris is leading with 3 seconds on Frassinetti (nr 23 Aston Martin). Jurgen von Gartzen (nr 18 Corvette) is 5 seconds behind the leader, but he is really fast on the track
20 40 seconds Stop & Go penalty for car 22: disrespected the driver change window
20 8 - 23 - 18 - 5 - 31 - 28 - 15 - 1 - 19 - 22
21 Puncture for the nr 3 Porsche and he finishes his race in the gravel at Turn 11
21 Von Gartzen overtakes Frassinetti to take second position
21 Von Gartzen, in the nr 18 Martini Callaway Racing Corvette Z06R GT3 is pushing hard to come back on the leader, Ed Morris, in the nr 8 RPM Dodge Viper Competition Coupe
22 8 - 18 - 23 - 5 - 31 - 26 - 15 - 19 - 1 - 22
22 15 minutes to go. 2.7 seconds behind Morris and von Gartzen. Five different cars in the top 5
23 Fastest lap : James Ruffier in the nr 19 Riverside Corvette. In 8th position, Ruffier is pushing
24 Jürgen von Gartzen overtakes Ed Morris' Dodge Viper. Nr 18 Corvette is back in the lead
24 car 32 in the gravel at Turn 7 and rejoins
24 car 31 in the gravel at Turn 11 and rejoins
25 18 - 8 - 23 - 5 - 19 - 15 - 1 - 28 - 31 - 26
25 von Gartzen is leading, Morris is second and Frassinetti third. Ruffier is now 5th.
26 7 minutes to go. The positions seem to be set now !
27 18 - 8 - 23 - 5 - 19 - 15 - 28 - 1 - 26 - 24
28 The nr 15 Lamborghini stops at the exit of turn 1. Jirik manages to restart, but he is very slow on track
29 18 - 8 - 23 - 5 - 19 - 28 - 1 - 26 - 24 - 32
30 Last lap. Von Gartzen is leading with more than 3 seconds on Morris. Frassinetti is third, and O'Young 4th. Four different makes in the top 4
30 Ruffier overtakes O'Young in the last lap
31 18 - 8 - 23 - 19 - 5 - 28 - 1 - 26 - 24 - 32
  Luca Pirri and Jurgen von Gartzen win for the first time of the season, and are now second in the Championship. Best result of the season for a Dodge so far, with Ed Morris and Bradley Ellis in 2nd position.
  Diego Alessi and Alex Frassinetti are third, first of the Aston Martins. In 5th position, O'Young and Williams are first of the Porsches.