FIA GT »

Corvette duo take Oschersleben victory

PK Carsport pair Anthony Kumpen and Mike Hezemans picked up their first win of the FIA GT Championship season at Oschersleben, taking the flag ahead of the two Vitaphone Maserati MC 12 cars.

As for the GT2 category, AF Corse, victorious at this circuit in 2007 and 2008, made it three in a row, with reigning champions Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander taking their first victory of the season in their Ferrari 430 GT2. Sharing the podium was the #61 Prospeed Competition Porsche and the Hexis Racing AMR's Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Despite qualifying down in seventh position, Hezemans made the best of the start, while a three-way sandwich at the first corner dropped the pole-sitting #2 Maserati MC12, the #14 K plus K Saleen and the #19 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette out of immediate contention. Although the cars made their way back up the field, Hezemans took the lead and pulled away, followed initially by the SRT Corvette and the #18 K plus K Saleen.

When rain started to fall, the gap at the front closed up, but once the car had pitted for rain tyres, Kumpen continued the good work, keeping the lead and seemingly unbothered by the treacherous conditions. Hezemans took over for the last few minutes, emerging with an eleven-second lead and finally crossing the finish line after 71 laps with a 9 second advantage.

“We're happy, we're still second in the Championship but it's close,” Kumpen said afterwards. “Bartels and Bertolini did a fantastic job again so they are making life tough for us.”

The Corvette was followed across the line by the two Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati cars. Bertolini, in the #1 car, had dropped some places at the start, but he and Bartels put in a steady performance despite the weight in their MC12, lying third for much of the first hour until they were overtaken by the recovering #2 car.

However, in the rain, the #1 recovered the advantage, and they were lying in second place after the second round of pit stops, followed by the #2 car, 26 seconds adrift. The fine group finish for Vitaphone not only confirmed Bartels and Bertolini's points lead heading into the Total 24 Hours of Spa, but strengthened the team's position in the Team classification.

Belgian team SRT finished in a fine fourth position, Longin and Ruffier having made the most of the first corner chaos and kept in the leading group for most of the race. The #19 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette was fifth, crossing the line ahead of the two battling Ford GT cars, the Marc VDS Racing car just ahead of that entered by Matech GT Racing.

The best Saleen was the #11 Full Speed Racing Saleen S7 Twin Turbo of Luke Hines and Stephane Lemeret in eighth, taking the final point. The Nissan GT-R achieved the team's objective, which was to reach the finish line, being classified for the first time in an FIA GT Championship race. The #14 K plus K Motorsport Saleen S7 the final classified car in tenth, having dropped back during the heavy rain due to visibility problems.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mike Hezemans (NED)/Anthony Kumpen (BEL) - Pekaracing nv Corvette Z06
Gavin/Soulet/Longin/Ruffier - Corvette C6.R [Pic credit: DPPI]
PK Carsport wins at Spa [Pic credit: DPPI]
PK Carsport wins the Spa 24 Hours [Pic credit: DPPI/FIA GT]
Anthony Kumpen
Mike Hezemans
Alvaro Barba Lopez (ESP)/Niki Cadei (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Alvaro Barba Lopez (ESP)/Niki Cadei (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Alvaro Barba Lopez (ESP)/Niki Cadei (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Alvaro Barba Lopez (ESP)/Niki Cadei (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Alvaro Barba Lopez (ESP)/Niki Cadei (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Toni Vilander (FIN)/Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Toni Vilander (FIN)/Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Toni Vilander (FIN)/Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Toni Vilander (FIN)/Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Toni Vilander (FIN)/Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) - AF Corse Ferrari F430
Xavier Maassen (NED)/Guillaume Moreau (FRA) - Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette Z06
Xavier Maassen (NED)/Guillaume Moreau (FRA) - Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette Z06

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.