FIA GT3: Team Rosberg Audi on top during first practice

FIA GT3: Team Rosberg Audi on top during first practice

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FIA GT3: Team Rosberg Audi on top during first practice

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 07:18 AM PDT

Team Rosberg Audi R8 LMS of Gregoire Demoustier and Michael Ammermueller

With clear blue skies and bright sunshine the final weekend of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship got underway at Zolder in Belgium with the first 60-minute Free Practice session. The nr4 Team Rosberg Audi R8 LMS of Gregoire Demoustier and Michael Ammermueller set the fastest time of the session with a lap of 1:31.321, 0.9 seconds quicker than the rest of the GT3 field. The race winning Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3 R of Marco Holzer and Paul vam Splunteren was second fastest, 0.006 seconds ahead of the nr27 Belgian Audi Club Audi R8 LMS of Greg Franchi and Enzo Ide. The second Free Practice session is due to start at 13:05 (local time) and qualifying for Rounds 11 & 12 will take place at 17:00.

Free Practice 1
Pos Car Class Drivers Car Time Laps Gap Avg
1 4 GT3 Demoustier/Ammermüller Audi R8 LMS 01:31.321 27 0 0
2 61 GT3 van Splunteren/Holzer Porsche 911 GT3 R 01:32.295 23 0.974 0
3 27 GT3 Ide/Franchi Audi R8 LMS 01:32.301 19 0.98 0
4 3 GT3 Lemeret/Heyer Audi R8 LMS 01:32.358 28 1.037 0
5 99 GT3 Lesoudier/Martin Ford GT 01:32.393 25 1.072 0
6 1 GT3 Rodrigues/Makowiecki Aston Martin DBRS9 01:32.611 27 1.29 0
7 101 GT3 Keilwitz/Hohenadel Corvette Z06R GT3 01:33.001 25 1.68 0
8 6 GT3 Demay/Lorgere-Roux Audi R8 LMS 01:33.005 20 1.684 0
9 2 GT3 Paillard/Accary Aston Martin DBRS9 01:33.015 23 1.694 0
10 23 GT3 Brown/Bell Audi R8 LMS 01:33.251 27 1.93 0
11 5 GT3 Hirschi/Guilvert Audi R8 LMS 01:33.693 27 2.372 0
12 16 GT3 Lambotte/Parisy Corvette Z06R GT3 01:34.151 25 2.83 0
13 12 GT3 Fumal/Thiry Porsche 911 GT3 R 01:34.170 27 2.849 0
14 77 GT3 Walter/Hürtgen BMW Z4 01:34.632 28 3.311 0
15 87 GT3 Dockerill/Ferrier Ferrari 430 Scuderia 01:34.775 27 3.454 0
16 22 GT3 Guasch/Patterson Audi R8 LMS 01:34.802 31 3.481 0
17 14 GT3 Eskelinen/Nygaard Ford GT 01:34.930 27 3.609 0
18 11 GT3 Vannelet/Narac Porsche 911 GT3 R 01:35.015 29 3.694 0
19 17 GT3 Vincent/Peyroles Corvette Z06R GT3 01:35.318 26 3.997 0
20 60 GT3 Lappalainen/Palttala Porsche 911 GT3 R 01:35.354 26 4.033 0
21 98 GT3 De Doncker/Beche Ford GT 01:35.389 23 4.068 0
22 76 GT3 Söderlund/Sandström BMW Z4 01:35.697 28 4.376 0
23 30 GT3 Teregulov/Romanov Ascari KZ1R GT3 01:35.904 28 4.583 0
24 100 GT3 Ritskes/van Oranje Corvette Z06R GT3 01:40.159 27 8.838 0
25 28 GT3 Cameron/Griffin Ferrari 430 Scuderia 01:41.995 23 10.674 0

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Belcar: W Racing Team looking to repeat at Zolder this weekend

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 05:50 PM PDT

W Racing Team at Spa-Francorchamps

Photo: © 2010 Loek Pictures |

After three races in Francorchamps, including two consecutive wins for the Audi R8 LMS Grégory Franchi and Anthony Kumpen, the Belcar Endurance Championship is getting ready for the end of a season twice, on the Zolder circuit. Before the grand finale of “10 Hours of Zolder,” Saturday, November 13, the Belcar happen this weekend with the prologue of the European Championship FIA-GT3. Franchi, Kumpen and dream to continue their winning ways while their teammates Francois Verbist and Bert Longin hope to retain their leadership in the championship.

“Having two crews who claim a title, it’s a luxury problem. Frankly, it gets worse! “The man who speaks in these words, Vincent Vosse, team manager of the W Racing Team. Before the last two races of the season on the circuit of Zolder, the two crews and Audi R8 LMS are in fact the head of Belcar Endurance Championship. Even if they have not won yet this year, Francois Verbist and Bert Longin lead the dance with a point ahead of their teammates Greg Franchi and Anthony Kumpen, winners of the last two races in Francorchamps. “Even if we struggling with a Porsche crew, we will not set team, “says Vincent.” We will ensure that our two duets can claim their chances until the end. But our drivers know we’re a small private team that represents the Audi importer and I know they will behave in a very sporting. ”

As for drivers, the motivation is at its peak. “The end of the season will be very interesting,” smiled Bert Longin. “A Francorchamps, we fought for victory until the end and, with my teammate Francois Verbist, we were always a little disappointed to finish second. It is in our character to want to win! I also hope that this will happen this Sunday after the race of 125 minutes. It would allow us to have a little advantage when entering the last race of the 10 Hours. I have already won the championship 5 times Belcar and I want to keep this record and even better! ”

Obviously, Gregory Franchi and Anthony Kumpen also hope to win this Sunday in the pine Limburg. “Clearly, we will win as the last two races,” said Liegeois. “Our Audi R8 LMS is very powerful and I think that can be said of the crew that we train with Anthony. Even if we do not have much experience with this car at Zolder, I think we should be in it! ”

Greg Franchi is also especially busy this weekend. Besides the race Belcar, which will start at 13:20, he will play end in the event of the European Championship FIA-GT3 on the third car of W Racing Team. “Indeed I will team with the young Enzo Ide One of our usual rivals in Belcar, “says Greg.” I saw the level of the FIA-GT3 is really observed in the three races that I had played earlier in the season with Stéphane Lémeret, but I think we can aim for a top 5. ”

The same Stéphane Lémeret, driver of an Audi R8 LMS WRT team in the league with Greg Franchi de France, will also be taking part in this Belgian round of the European Championship. He will ride indeed – with the young German Kenneth Heyer, who won a race at Jarama this year – an Audi R8 LMS Team Rosberg. With these drivers, we should talk a lot of Members of the Belgian Audi Club during the test of Belcar, but also in the two races of 60 minutes from the FIA-GT3 scheduled till 10:35 and 16.05. So … See you in Zolder!

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