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Audi start seizoen FIA GT1 met dubbelzege

Voor Audi had het seizoen in het FIA GT1-wereldkampioenschap niet beter kunnen beginnen: op het circuit van Nogaro in het zuidwesten van Frankrijk behaalde het Belgian Audi Club Team WRT tijdens het Paasweekeinde zowel in de kwalificatierace als in de hoofdwedstrijd een overtuigende dubbelzege. Daarbij bleek de voor dit seizoen nieuw ontwikkelde Audi R8 LMS ultra onder alle omstandigheden de snelste auto in het veld.

Het FIA GT1-wereldkampioenschap, een van de vijf officiële WK’s van de mondiale autosportfederatie FIA, wordt dit jaar voor het eerst met auto’s volgens het GT3-reglement gereden. Daarmee acteert ook de Audi R8 LMS ultra voor het eerst op WK-niveau. Het Belgian Audi Club Team WRT brengt dit seizoen twee auto’s aan de start, de ene met de Monegask Stéphane Ortelli en de jonge Belgische rijder Laurens Vanthoor en de andere met oud-DTM-coureurs Oliver Jarvis uit Groot-Brittannië en Frank Stippler uit Duitsland.

Gestage opmars in natte kwalificatierace
Op zondag werd de kwalificatierace verreden, waarin de Audi van Ortelli/Vanthoor als tweede en de auto van Jarvis/Stippler als derde startte. Op een vanwege de regen natte baan maakten de beide Audi’s een gestage opmars, zodat ze uiteindelijk als eerste en tweede over de eindstreep kwamen. Ortelli en Vanthoor wonnen, gevolgd door hun teamgenoten Jarvis en Stippler.

Ook een dubbelzege in de ‘Championship race’
De hoofdwedstrijd, in het FIA GT1-WK aangeduid als ‘Championship race’, werd op Paasmaandag onder droge omstandigheden verreden. Als eerste en tweede gestart bepaalden de beide Audi’s in deze wedstrijd vrijwel van begin tot einde het tempo, hoewel deze Audi-duo’s onderling elkaar het vuur na aan de schenen legden. Uiteindelijk was het opnieuw de Monegasks-Belgische combinatie van Stéphane Ortelli en Laurens Vanthoor die met de overwinning aan de haal ging, terwijl Frank Stippler en Oliver Jarvis de dubbelzege voor Audi completeerden.

Veel tijd om van de succesvolle seizoensstart te genieten is er echter niet: komend weekeinde staat voor het Belgian Audi Club Team WRT de openingsronde van de Blancpain Endurance Series op het circuit van Monza in Italië op het programma, een week later (21 en 22 april) vindt het volgende FIA GT1-evenement plaats op het circuit van Zolder in België. De thuiswedstrijd van het Belgian Audi Club Team WRT op het circuit in Belgisch Limburg is ook voor Nederlandse autosportliefhebbers de dichtstbijzijnde gelegenheid om de FIA GT-bolides ‘live’ in actie te zien.

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 Berichttitel: Re: FIA GT1 seizoen 2012
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Victory and podium places for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the FIA GT season opener

During the traditional “Coupes des Pâques” at the Paul Armagnac circuit in Nogaro in the south-west of France, the FIA GT1 World Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship started into the new season over the Easter weekend. In both series, customer teams were competing with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. In the championship race of the FIA GT1 World Championship, the two gullwings entered by the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team with Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock and Nicky Pastorelli / Thomas Jäger ended up third and fourth. In the FIA GT3 European Championship, Dominik Baumann and Maximilian Buhk won the second race of the weekend with the HEICO GRAVITY CHAROUZ TEAM’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. On the day before, they had already scored a podium result by finishing third.
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Good team performance in the FIA GT1 World Championship’s race
With third and fourth place in the FIA GT1 World Championship’s championship race, Mercedes-Benz customer team ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport showed a good team performance. In the opening stages of the race, the two gullwings were at the front of the midfield. With fast lap times, Nicky Pastorelli and Marc Basseng were already able to make up some positions before the driver changes. After the mandatory pit stops, Markus Winkelhock, who had taken over the car previously driven by Basseng, was third. Thomas Jäger was fourth with the team’s second car, in which he had replaced Nicky Pastorelli. In these positions, the two SLS AMG GT3s crossed the finish line at the end of the one-hour race.
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The qualifying race at a damp track on Sunday saw Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng end up sixth in their gullwing with starting number 38. Their team-mates Thomas Jager and Nicky Pastorelli crossed the finish line in seventh place in their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 with starting number 37. In the opening stages, the two Mercedes-Benz cars were in fifth and tenth place respectively. Winkelhock came into the pits for a driver change at an early stage, Marc Basseng was able to defend sixth place and bring this result home. A relatively late pit stop by Thomas Jäger allowed the second SLS AMG GT3 to move up, so that Nicky Pastorelli was able to finish seventh after an entertaining final stage of the race.
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René Münnich, team principal ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport: “Scoring a podium finish in the opening round of the new FIA GT1 World is probably more than we had expected. Competition was strong, but our strategy of trying to make up ground with a late pit stop worked out very well. Our SLS AMG GT3 cars ran like clockwork and once again convinced with their immense reliability. Of course, you always need a little bit of luck, too, and that is what we had today. Thanks to the entire team for the great performance.”
Markus Winkelhock: “Our SLS AMG GT3 was quick from the very beginning and our strategy with the late pit stop turned out to be the right one, too. With third and fourth place, this was a good start of the season for our team.”
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Victory in the second FIA GT3 European Championship race
With the HEICO-GRAVITY CHAROUZ TEAM’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, Dominik Baumann and Maximilian Buhk drove victory home in the race of the FIA GT3 European Championship on Easter Monday. In the first half of the race, Baumann already showed an upward trend, which promoted him to second place. After the phase of the mandatory pit stops with driver changes, Buhk was able to take the lead and went on to drive victory home with a comfortable margin. Team-mates Max Nilsson / Mika Vähämäki crossed the finish line in fifth place.
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In the first race on the day before, Buhk and Baumann had already claimed a podium position: in challenging conditions in the rainy race, the German/Austrian pairing was classified third. Max Nilsson / Mika Vähämäki finished sixth.
Maximilian Buhk: “I am delighted to have scored such top results together with my team-mate Dominik Baumann in the first races of the hotly-contested of the FIA GT3 European Championship right away. Our SLS AMG GT3 was among the top cars throughout the weekend. Of course, victory is a great motivation for the remainder of the reason. Many thanks to the entire HEICO-GRAVITY CHAROUZ TEAM!”
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Brice Bosi, team manager HEICO-GRAVITY CHAROUZ TEAM: “Of course, scoring a race win in this strong field at the season opener right away, is great. All weekend here at Nogaro, we didn’t have any problems with our pair of SLS AMG GT3 cars. Now, the entire team is already looking forward to the next races. Our position couldn’t be better.”
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AMG Customer Sports Team claims third price in Monza

Together with the Belgians Anthony Kumpen und Koen Wauters, the AMG brand ambassador and former Formula One driver Karl Wendlinger claimed the third place with the SLS AMG GT3 of the customer team KRK Racing in the first race of the season of the Blancpain Endurance Series.
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The three-hour race in the Royal Park in Monza had to be started behind the Safety Car because of heavy rain falls. The Belgian-Austrian team had finished the qualifying in the eighth position but was able to quickly establish itself among the top drivers when the race, which had an extraordinarily high number of participants with 56 cars in starting positions, was started after 30 minutes. With weather conditions remaining wet, start driver Wendlinger was the first to catch up in the positioning, then Wauters and, in the last stint Kumpen, followed him. A good 20 minutes before the end of the race they finally managed to claim the third position with which they crossed the finish line unendangeredly. The time discrepancy to the winner was 20.9 seconds, while the time discrepancy to the second podium place was only 3.3 seconds.
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The second SLS AMG GT3 of KRK Racing, which was driven by Raf Vanthoor, Marius Ritskes and Dennis Retera finished the endurance race on the Italian Grand Prix track in the 27th position. The British Customer Sports Team Preci-Spark with the twins David and Godfrey Jones as drivers showed a remarkable race to catch up from the 49th starting position to the 30st position. The two SLS AMG GT3s of Black Falcon from Meuspath in the Eifel (Germany) crossed the finish line scoring the 43rd and 44th position. Ricardo Brutschin, Oliver Morley und Jérôme Thiry continued to have the upper hand in the race over their team colleagues Bret Curtis, Sean Edwards and Steve Jans.
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Karl Wendlinger, driver of KRK Racing: "This race was not an easy one! The track and the visibility conditions provided us serious difficulties. However, even under those conditions, the SLS AMG GT3 was a harmonically balanced and fast race car which did not cause us any problems. The fight for the lead was hard but exciting. We did not make any mistake and thus completely deserve the third position."
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Raf Vanthoor, team manager of KRK Racing: "Finishing third in this highly competitive race and in face of the difficult conditions on the track, we have definitely had a good start in this year's Blancpain Endurance Championship. We managed to prove the potential of the SLS AMG GT3 as the car showed an excellent performance. We can now build up on the results and are looking forward to the next race."
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Second race of the VLN Endurance Race Championship at the Nürburgring
The second race of this year's Nürburgring Endurance Race Championship has also been marked by changing weather conditions. Only towards the half of the 4-hour race on the legendary Nordschleife ("north loop") were the conditions on the track continuously dry before it continued to rain a quarter of an hour before the finish and the race had to be ended ahead of schedule as it had previously happened in the first race of the season.
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Due to the difficult weather conditions, the AMG Customer Sports Teams were already caught on the wrong foot in the qualifying, when rainfalls prevented them from driving fast lap times. Thanks to constantly fast driving, the two SLS AMG GT3 of ROWE RACING managed to reclaim a top ten position in the race. The gullwing car of Thomas Jäger and Jan Seyffarth starting in the 20st position crossed the finish line claiming the seventh position while their sister car with Roland Rehfeld / Marko Hartung / Alexander Roloff managed to finish eighth from starting position 19. The SLS AMG GT3 of Hankook-Team HEICO Motorsport of Bernd Schneider / Pierre Kaffer / Kenneth Heyer / Alexandros Margaritis had to make two unscheduled pit stops because of a tyre failure and a consequential damage resulting from it and were thus severely thrown back. The quartet ended the race on position 57.
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