FIA GT1: Reiter Lamborghini goes two for two at Navarra

FIA GT1: Reiter Lamborghini goes two for two at Navarra

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FIA GT1: Reiter Lamborghini goes two for two at Navarra

Posted: 24 Oct 2010 06:20 PM PDT

Reiter Lamborghini goes two for two at Navarra

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Lamborghini completed a double at Navarra with victory in the Championship Race to add to the Qualifying Race success earlier in the day. Ricardo Zonta and Frank Kechele in the nr25 Reiter Lamborghini recorded a lights to flag win to collect 33 points for their weekend’s work. Their victory margin at the end of a pulsating hour’s racing was over 11 seconds.

Second was the Hexis Aston Martin No.9 of Fred Makowiecki and Yann Clairay with the Sumo Power Nissan GT-R No.22 of Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes third. The Young Driver Aston Martin No.7 of Darren Turner and Tomas Enge finished fourth after a stunning drive from 19th place on the grid.

The Münnich Motorsport Maserati No.38 of Nicky Pastorelli and Dominik Schwager scored an impressive fifth place from a lowly starting position of 18th. The Marc VDS Ford GT No.40 of Bas Leinders and Maxime Martin was sixth.

Thomas Mutsch in the Matech Competition Ford GT No.5, severely damaged the car in a collision with the Phoenix Corvette No.13 of Alex Margaritas soon after taking over from Richard Westbrook 40 minutes into the race. The car was eventually retired causing considerable harm to Mutsch’s drivers’ title hopes.

Seventh place and six points for the championship leaders Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini in the Vitaphone Maserati No.1 enabled them to stretch their advantage to 33 points. Meanwhile, Kechele moved from seventh to third in the drivers’ table.

The victory in both the Qualifying Race and Championship Race for Reiter consolidated their second position in the teams’ standings. It was the third time this year that the FIA GT1 World Championship has featured a double win for one of the six brands. The Vitaphone Maserati achieved the feat at Brno and the Young Driver Aston Martin No.7 doubled up in Nürburgring.

After the race the FIA Stewards gave cars 2 and 38 30-second time penalties for incidents during the race which dropped them to 12th and 9th respectively.

Ricardo Zonta
nr25 Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 RS-V
“To be back in the car after missing one race and to win again is very nice. I’ve enjoyed this weekend, this first time I drove here I felt the car was very quick and easy to drive. The team have done a great job; Frank has done a great job. We didn’t make any mistakes all weekend and that is very important for us. In my stint the car was very consistent, very good and the team chose to stop me early. We didn’t lose, we didn’t gain so I think it was a good decision. The trophy for this race is very nice and very heavy and certainly worth winning.”

Frank Kechele
nr25 Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 RS-V
“I think Ricardo had a harder time than me because it was wet in two or three corners in the beginning and we had to be very careful. We were sure of our pace, so we were focused on making sure we didn’t make any mistakes. The whole team didn’t make any mistakes the whole weekend and that’s why I think we deserve this trophy. It is one thing to be fast but to win you need to make no mistakes and we were 100 percent this weekend and that makes me really, really happy. It’s a shame I missed the first two races because we could be futher up in the driver’s championship and we are also trying to win the team championship. Hans (Reiter) gave me the opportunity to drive in this championship, he put his trust in me and I’m happy to give this back to him.”


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Posted: 24 Oct 2010 03:53 AM PDT

Ricardo Zonta, Frank Kechele, Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV, Navarra

Ricardo Zonta took the chequered flag in the Qualifying Race at Navarra to score the first win of the weekend for the Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV. Frank Kechele, starting from Pole Position, held his position at the first corner and pulled out a comfortable gap to Nico Verdonck in the Triple H Team Hegersport Maserati before handing over to Zonta at the pit stop. Verdonck handed over to Alessandro Pier Guidi, who brought the Maserati home in second place. The nr40 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT Matech was the final points scoring car with Bas Leinders taking the first stint before handing over to Maxime Martin, who held off a very determined challenge from Neel Jani in the nr6 Matech Competition Ford GT Matech to take third place.

Frank Kechele
nr25 Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 RS-V

“It was really, really good. I had a good start; the Lamborghini has good accelleration so it was quite easy for me and the straight is not that long so I could defend until the first corner. I tried to make solid, fast laps in the beginning and then settled down to save the car and not take too many risks. My stint was not that exciting but it is always very difficult when you are at the front and you have to keep your concentration. It all worked pretty well and my thanks go to the team, they did a great job.”

Ricardo Zonta
nr25 Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 RS-V

“Frank had a car in front on his in lap and our pitstop wasn’t fantastic, we lost about two seconds compared to the others. I was very careful on my outlap, I didn’t want to lock my wheels or make any other mistake, so we lost some of the gap. But the car was really nice to drive, very consistent, and I was able to open up another five seconds again and it was very easy. It is very important to have pole for the Championship Race and the points from this race are very nice and good for the championship.”

Peter Kox
nr24 Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV

“It was very eventful out there. Both Reiter Lamborghinis have been quick all weekend. As you saw yesterday my Qualifying lap was not good enough, I drove too aggressively, so we ended up P6 and you can run into all sorts of trouble. We had a really strange drive-through penalty, Christopher as far as I can see was in the middle and he was squeezed so what can he do, break and let everyone pass? We then had a problem with the engine, we lost power, it was not running on all 12 cylinders, I thought that we could fix it so we went out just to see if the the car was OK, but everybody can see that it was quite competitive. Shame we could have more in it for us I think.”

Qualifying Race
Pos Car Class Drivers Car Time Laps Gap Avg
1 25 GT1 Zonta / Kechele Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S 1:01:02.750 37 0.000 250
2 34 GT1 Pier Guidi / Verdonck Maserati MC12 1:01:07.298 37 4.548 247
3 40 GT1 Martin / Leinders Ford GT 1:01:36.861 37 34.111 248
4 6 GT1 Jani / Amindo Ford GT Matech 1:01:36.993 37 34.243 252
5 22 GT1 Campbell-Walter / Hughes Nissan GT – R 1:01:40.156 37 37.406 253
6 33 GT1 Longin / Müller Maserati MC12 1:01:45.066 37 42.316 248
7 1 GT1 Bertolini / Bartels Maserati MC12 1:01:52.877 37 50.127 247
8 37 GT1 Bouchut / Basseng Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S 1:01:59.343 37 56.593 254
9 9 GT1 Makowiecki / Clairay Aston Martin DB9 1:02:07.454 37 1:04.704 255
10 5 GT1 Westbrook / Mutsch Ford GT Matech 1:02:10.245 37 1:07.495 251
11 13 GT1 Hennerici / Margaritis Corvette Z06 1:02:23.877 37 1:21.127 250
12 41 GT1 Bobbi / Palttala Ford GT 1:02:25.413 37 1:22.663 247
13 4 GT1 Ara / Nilsson Nissan GT – R 1:02:28.878 37 1:26.128 254
14 3 GT1 Wendlinger / Moser Nissan GT – R 1:01:14.664 36 11.914 254
15 12 GT1 Huisman / Kuismanen Corvette Z06 1:02:31.252 36 1:28.502 247
16 23 GT1 Dumbreck / Krumm Nissan GT – R 58:41.886 35 2:20.864 251
17 24 GT1 Kox / Haase Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S 1:01:03.829 33 1.079 249
18 38 GT1 Schwager / Pastorelli Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S 21:46.963 13 39:15.787 251
19 7 GT1 Turner / Enge Aston Martin DB9 9:52.786 6 51:09.964 248

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