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Report: Race 2 Report, Silverstone 2007

A perfect weekend for Henri MOSER and Gilles VANNELET

A perfect weekend for Henri MOSER and Gilles VANNELET
Henri Moser and Gilles Vannelet made a perfect start in the FIA GT3 European Championship as they won both races at Silverstone. But they had to wait until the last second to win the second race, as the nr 15 S-Berg Racing Lamborghini Gallardo, driven by Erik Janis, was pushing really hard at the end of the race. With two wins in a row, Moser and Vannelet are leading the FIA GT3 European Championship after both Silverstone races.

 Two wins to start with!

Gilles Vannelet and Henri Moser made an incredible start to the 2007 season with two victories. But to win the second race, Gilles Vannelet had to fight hard in order to contain the flying Lamborghinis which were coming back on him. During the first part of the race, Frederic Makowiecki in the nr 26 Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 and Ben Collins in the nr 33 Team Berlanga Ascari KZ1R GT3 were the quickest and nobody could keep up with them. But both cars had trouble: a transmission problem for the Aston Martin and a spin for the Ascari. So after the pit stop, the nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 was leading by more than 15 seconds but the Lamborghini was pushing really hard. “One more lap and both Lamborghinis would have passed me!” declared Gilles Vannelet, “Our car was not consistent; it was really hard to drive at the end.”

Behind the leader, Erik Janis and Nicolas Navarro tried as hard as they could. Both young drivers did their best, and Janis finally managed to overtake Navarro. “It was the best race of my career” declared Erik Janis.

Despite of this incredible finish, Gilles Vannelet and Henri Moser won the second race. After the Silverstone round, they are leading the FIA GT3 European Championship with 20 points, and Luca Pirri, Jürgen von Gartzen, Erik Janis and Jaromir Jirik are behind them with 8 points each.
 
Lamborghini, first of the other makes

Second and third, the Lamborghini Gallardo GT3s have improved a lot since last year. Erik Janis and Jaromir Jiris’ nr 15 S-Berg Racing, and Nicolas Navarro and Maxime Dubrulle’s nr 10 First Racing were the fastest at the end of the race, but they could not beat the nr 38 Ferrari. In fourth place, BMS Scuderia Italia’s Alex Frassinetti and Diego Alessi were the first of the Aston Martin DBRS9s, but both drivers were quite disappointed: “To be honest we expected to win here, but we were not quick enough” said Diego Allessi. But the Aston Martins are surely going to take their revenge very soon, and in Bucharest they will be motivated to beat the Ferrari cars.

Richard Williams and Alex Buncombe were first of the Porsches, and Mikael Forsten and Robert Wilson finished first of the Dodges. To know the Ascari winner, it was necessary to wait for the last lap, where Howard Spooner in nr 29 Damax Ascari overtook Daniel Gibson in the nr 32 Team Berlanga Ascari.

Thomas Mutsch and Martin Bartek, in spite a drive through at the beginning of the race, finished first of the Fords in nr 43 Matech Racing Ford GT.

 The next race in Bucharest will be the first ever street race of the FIA GT3 European Championship. Nobody has raced there before, so this new round will be even more open!
 

2007-05-06

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First qualifying and first pole position for the Ford GT

For its first ever qualifying session, the Matech Racing Ford GT set the pole position, when Romain Bera managed to beat Erik Janis’ (S-Berg Racing Team Lamborghini Gallardo) time. “It is quite a surprise for us, we had an electrical problem during the first day, but I really did my best during this session” declared Romain Bera. The Ford GT is still under development, and so far the Matech Racing have never raced with this car for an hour, so the race is going to be interesting for this team. Anyway, the Ford GT proves that this car has started off well, and is efficient over a lap. “Now we know that our laps are fast, after the race we will see how consistent the car is” analysed Bera.

Erik Janis and Diego Alessi (BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9) were respectively second and third. Three different makes were in the Top 3, and seven different cars in the Top10!

With fourteen cars within 2 seconds of each other, the first race of the season is going to be close!

Just like last Year, a Ferrari won the first race

The nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari won the first race of the season, with Gilles Vannelet, and young Swiss driver Henri Moser. In only his second season in motorsport, Moser got his first win in an international race. “Last year in Silverstone, I drove a racing car for the first time, in the Ferrari Challenge. Now I’m winning this race with Gilles Vannelet. It is a great pleasure, and I hope it is the beginning of a long series” declared Moser after the race.

Vannelet took the start of the race from the 3rd row. He made a great start and was third after the second lap. The battle for the first position was amazing, and although the nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9 was leading, behind them Gilles Vannelet (Ferrari 430), Romain Bera (Ford GT), Richard Williams (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) and Erik Janis (Lamborghini Gallardo) were fighting hard; the race order changed on every lap. When the Safety Car took to the track, everybody changed drivers as soon as the pits opened. Only Erik Janis and Romain Bera stayed out on the track for one more lap, and lost many places because of it. “Kessel Racing did a great job during the pit stop, as we managed to keep our position in a top place” analysed Vannelet.

During the second part of the race, when Jürgen Von Gartzen started to put pressure on Henri Moser, the young driver raised the rhythm and built a gap between his Ferrari and the others. Then Moser kept up a good pace until the end and was the first to cross the finish line, ahead of the nr 34 JMB Ferrari and the nr 18 Martini Callaway Racing Corvette Z06R GT3.

After the race, the nr 34 JMB Racing Ferrari 430 was excluded as the car did not comply with the ride height regulations.
 

5.5.2007

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Qualifying sessions: MATECH FORD GT and HEXIS RACING ASTON MARTIN on pole

GT3 NEWS #3

MATECH FORD GT and HEXIS RACING ASTON MARTIN on pole

The two qualifying sessions were very close, and with more than 40 cars on the track, the traffic was a significant factor. During the first session, qualifying the cars for race one, Romain Bera was the quickest, claiming the first pole position for him in the FIA GT3 European Championship, and pole position for the Ford GT for its first ever race. Frederic Makowiecki set pole position in the second qualifying session, in the Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9, only 7 thousandths ahead of Thomas Mutsch in the Ford GT

FIRST QUALIFYING AND FIRST POLE POSITION FOR THE FORD GT

For its first ever qualifying session, the Matech Racing Ford GT set the pole position, when Romain Bera managed to beat Erik Janis’ (S-Berg Racing Team Lamborghini Gallardo) time. “It is quite a surprise for us, we had an electrical problem during the first day, but I really did my best during this session” declared Romain Bera. The Ford GT is still under development, and so far the Matech Racing have never raced with this car for an hour, so the race is going to be interesting for this team. Anyway, the Ford GT proves that this car has started off well, and is efficient over a lap. “Now we know that our laps are fast, after the race we will see how consistent the car is” analysed Bera.
Erik Janis and Diego Alessi (BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9) were respectively second and third. Three different makes were in the Top 3, and seven different cars in the Top10!
With fourteen cars within 2 seconds of each other, the first race of the season is going to be close!

FIRST POLE POSITION FOR MAKOWIECKI

Racing last year in a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, Frederic Makowiecki is now in the Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9. The Frenchman set his first pole position in the FIA GT3 European Championship during the second qualifying session at Silverstone. Makowiecki had a huge fight with the nr 43 Matech Racing Ford GT driven by Thomas Mutsch, but by seven thousandths, Makowiecki was the quickest. Newcomer team, Hexis Racing, is learning very fast. “The team works very well, since the beginning of the week-end our car is good, and we improved a lot during each session” declared Makowiecki. “We could do something good during the second race; it is a great advantage to be on the first row, as with so many cars, the start could be dangerous!”
With Stephane Daoudi’s nr 34 JMB Racing Ferrari 430 in 3rd position, the nr 10 First Racing Lamborghini Gallardo driven by Maxime Dubrulle in 4th position and Jon Barnes’ nr 30 Damax Ascari KZ1R GT3 in 5th, five different cars are in the top 5, and this time sixteen drivers were only 2 seconds apart.
The second race will start on Sunday afternoon.

Quotes

Qualifying 1:
Romain Bera – nr 44 Matech Racing Ford GT, 1st: “It is great! This pole position is a good way to thank the team for all the work they have done to be ready today. We worked hard; yesterday during the free practice we had an electrical problem, so I was not able to drive the car fast. Today it was OK, and we had a good set-up. Also, it is my first time on this track, so I’m pleased. We have never driven this car for one hour, so we will learn a lot during this race. My last pole position was in 2004 in the French GT Championship, and I have not been racing for eight months, so I’m glad to be back on pole position.”

Erik Janis – nr 15 S-Berg Racing Team Lamborghini Gallardo, 2nd: “I’m quite satisfied; our goal was to be on the first row, so it is good. I would like to thank the team because since the beginning of the week-end the car is really good, very well prepared, and we did not have any problems. We have to concentrate on the race, it is an hour long and so many things could happen. The level is very close, so no mistakes are allowed. We had similar times with Jirik Jaromir, so it is a good situation. I chose to do only one flying lap in order to keep the tyres for the race.”

Diego Alessi – nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9, 3rd: “We could have done something better. During my qualifying session, I could have gone faster, but I did not manage to have an ideal lap. I’m impressed by the time the Hexis Racing Aston Martin set during the second qualifying; I did not think that we could go so fast! For the race, we are very confident because with my team mate we are on the same time. That could be the key.”

Qualifying 2:
Frederic Makowiecki – nr 26 Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9, 1st: “The car is very nice to drive, it is a real racing car, you have to push it as much as you can to do a good time, and it is great. The team did a fantastic job, the car is better and better, we worked on the set-up, and today the car is perfect. The car is consistent so it is good for the race. My team-mate, Jean-Claude Lagniez is discovering this championship and this car. During the race he is going to improve again, and I’m sure we could do something good.”

Stephane Daoudi – nr 34 JMB Racing Ferrari 430, 3rd: “We are happy to be on the pace today, because during the free practice it was not easy for us. I pushed really hard to make this time, it was not easy. Our suspension is too soft… We put it on the hardest position that we could, but on the hard breaking my car touches the ground, so it is not really great. The car is not easy to drive, and during the race it will be really difficult to keep a consistent car like that!”

Jon Barnes – nr30 Damax Ascari KS1R GT3, 5th: “That was my first time in the Ascari with new tyres, so I’m happy with my time. I’m not completely used to this car, I only did few laps with it, so I’m confident, and we will improve. The Ascari is good for this track, even if with the weight it is more difficult for us, but as long as we manage to keep a good speed in the corner, the car is brilliant.”

5.5.2007

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Qualifying 2 rundown from Silverstone

11:00 The weather is cloudy but dry
11:04 all the cars are ready for the second qualifying session, after an exciting first session
11:05 Green flag
11:06 nearly all the cars are on the track, the traffic is going to be decisive
11:10 Stephane Daoudi (nr 34 JMB Racing Ferrari 430) is the quickest so far 1:56.221
11:10 Henri Moser (nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari 430) set the fastest time 1:55.711. Two Ferraris are leading, and then two Ascaris with Collins ahead of Thompson
11:11 James Pickford in the nr 4 Trackspeed Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup takes the pole, but Daoudi immediately regains 1rst place, then Jirik Jaromir (nr 15 S-Berg Racing Lamborghini Galardo GT3) sets the fastest time : 1:53.519.
 

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Report: Free Practice Report, Silverstone 2007

Free Practice 1&2

GT3 NEWS #2
FREE PRACTICE
    

First Free Practice : S-Berg Lamborghini fastest in first free practice session

Under cloudy but dry skies, the first session of the year was quite close. Most of the cars took to the track immediately, and most of the drivers spent as much time as possible behind the wheel, in order to find a good set-up for the first race of the season.
After a few laps, when the tyres and the breaks were warmed up, the BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9 nr 23 set the fastest time with a lap of 1.55.918, ahead of the Tech 9 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup and the Damax Ascari KZ1R GT3 nr 28. The times improved and after about 30 minutes, the nr 26 Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 set the fastest time with 1.54.163.
So half way through the session, two Aston Martins were leading ahead of two Ferraris and two Ascaris, with the Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 nr 26 ahead of the BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9. The nr 34 JMB Racing Ferrari 430 was third and nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 was fourth. Respectively sixth and seventh, the nr 33 Team Berlanga Ascari KZ1R GT3 was ahead of the nr 30 Damax Ascari KZ1R.
During the second part of the session, a few of the cars improved and the hierarchy was very different after the chequered flag! A  few minutes before the end of the session, the nr 15 S-Berg Racing Team Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 set the fastest time with a lap of 1.53.706, and the nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari went up to third position. So three different cars finished the session in the top 3: the nr 15 S-Berg Racing Team Lamborghini, ahead of the nr 26 Hexis Racing Aston Martin and the nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari. First of the Ascari, the nr 28 Damax was 5th, and the first Corvette Z06R GT3, the Riverside nr 19, was 7th. A sixth different make was in the top 10 as the nr 5 Trackspeed Racing Porsche 997 Cup was 10th - once more proving the homogeneity of the cars of the FIA GT3 European Championship.
The Ford GT was on good pace for its first session on this track, with the nr 43 Matech Racing Ford GT finishing in 14th position.
Three cars did 23 laps, the nr 28 Damax Ascari, the nr 25 Hexis Racing Aston Martin and the nr 29 Damax Ascari.


Second Free Practice : S-Berg Lamborghini still the fastest

The rivalry of the first session carried on during the second free practice session. From the very beginning, the nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9 was leading ahead of nr 15 S-Berg Racing Lamborghini Gallardo and the nr 4 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. But the nr 15 Lamborghini raised the pace, and set the fastest time with a lap of 1.53.343, faster than its morning best laps. The opposition for the second position was very close between the nr 26 Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 and the nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBRS9. The nr 26 Hexis Racing Aston Martin managed to gain the second position, but near the end of the session, the nr 38 Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge GT3, with a lap of 1.54.222, finally won the battle for second position.
With the nr 1 Tech9 Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in 5th position, four different cars were in the top 5.
During this session, the Spectrum Topspeed Racing Ford GT went off in the gravel, but the car is not damaged. The nr 17 Martini Callaway racing Corvette Z06R GT3 broke its differential, so the rest of the week-end is quite compromised for this car.

5.5.2007

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Paddock Rundown

GT3 NEWS #1
PADDOCK RUNDOWN

The first day of competition for the FIA GT3 European Championship saw the nr 15 S-Berg Lamborghini Gallardo set the fastest time in both free practice sessions. All the cars and all the drivers are ready, but it is clearly too early to have an initial hierarchy.

PADDOCK RUNDOWN

Seventeen teams, with eleven different cars are in Silverstone for the first round of the season.
Before the first qualifying tomorrow, here is a rundown of all the teams.
 

S-Berg Racing Team – Lamborghini Gallardo GT3
nr 13 Hans Knauss, Werner Grobl
nr 14 Marius Ritske, Vadim Kuzminykh
nr 15 Erik Janis, Jirik Jaromir

This Austrian team, founded and owned by Hans Weitgasser is racing for their second season in the FIA GT3 European Championship. The team knows the Lamborghini very well, and with drivers used to this Championship, the aim of the S-Berg Racing Team is to fight for the victory this year.
 

5.5.2007