FIA GT1 – Gulf Liveried Aston Fastest On Day One In Ordos

September 3, 2011

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The first day at the Ordos International Circuit finished with the new look Gulf sponsored Young Driver Aston Martin DB9 of Tomas Enge and Alex Müller at the top of the pecking order.

The Aston Martin nr7, resplendent in the famous light blue and burnt orange Gulf Oil livery, finished just 0.015s ahead of the Marc VDS Ford GT nr41 of Maxime Martin and Fred Makowiecki with the JRM Racing Nissan GT-R nr22 of Peter Dumbreck and Richard Westbrook third fastest.

Free Practice:

The nr21 Sumo Power Nissan GT-R of Jamie Campbell-Walter and David Brabham was the quickest car in Free Practice with a time of 1:38.486 around the 3.7km Ordos International Circuit. The nr41 Marc VDS Ford GT of Maxime Martin and Fred Makowiecki was 0.5 seconds adrift of the Sumo Nissan, with Martin setting the best time of 1:40.044, just five thousandths quicker than the nr37 All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Lamborghini in 3rd.

China’s Ho Pin Tung was 7th fastest in first run in the nr11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette, while their teammate’s in the nr12 Exim Bank Team China Corvette was 12th fastest.

Championship leaders Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm in the nr23 JRM Nissan GT-R only completed 4 laps during the 80-minute session and finished in 17th overall.

Pre Qualifying:

The Gulf Oil-sponsored Young Driver Aston Martin DB9 of Alex Müller and Tomas Enge topped the time sheets in the second session of the first day in Ordos with Müller setting a 1:39.393 lap in the overcast conditions as rain threatened. Müller’s time was just 0.015s ahead of the nr41 Marc VDS Ford GT of Maxime Martin and a further 0.101 ahead of the nr22 JRM Motorsports Nissan of Peter Dumbreck.

In fact the top 14 cars were covered by less than one second and the entire grid by 1.187s, with the exception of the nr47 Lamborghini which didn’t set a time due to a technical issue.

Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr were languishing at the bottom of the time sheet for most of the 80-minute session before Krumm set a 1:39.778 in the last 10-minutes, good enough for 5th overall. Krumm and Winkelhock’s main championship rivals Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock could only manage 9th fastest, but only 0.5 seconds behind the nr7 Aston.

The only car not to set a time was the nr48 DKR www-discount.de Lamborghini of Jonathan Kennard. After an encouraging performance in the earlier Free Practice session the British driver completed less than a lap before returning to the pitlane with a broken fly wheel, which sidelined Kennard and Christopher Brück for the rest of Pre Qualifying.

WHAT THE DRIVERS SAY……

 

Alex Müller

nr7 Young Driver Aston Martin DB9

“The track isn’t that difficult and the time was good, the secret with this track is to put all three sectors together. It is very easy to make a mistake with the low grip, so you are always fighting with the car. You are happy if you bring three green sectors together and I think that is the secret for the weekend. Having the Gulf colours on the car certainly gives some extra motivation.”

 

Michael Krumm

nr23 JR Motorsports Nissan GT-R

“Considering we are carrying 60kilos of success ballast, I’m fairly happy with where we are today. We had to push quite hard to get the times and having new tyres appears to make such a big difference. I’m therefore a bit concerned what will happen if the tyres drop off early in the race.”

 

Marc Basseng

nr37 All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV

“It didn’t go so well for us today. With only 10kg (ballast) in the car I thought we would be higher but in fact Michael (Krumm) and Lucas (Luhr) are in front of us with 60kg so that’s not a good sign. But it’s really nice to be here. China is a very nice country there is no question about it. Ordos is really cool, the people are really friendly. I think if they get a bit more used to us and we get to know them a bit more we will have a nice future with GT1 in China.”

 

Michael Rossi

nr12 Exim Bank Team China Corvette Z06

“Today we concentrated on learning the circuit and doing set-up work on old tyres. The circuit is very tight with no real high speed corners and difficult kerbs at the exit to some corners.  I think it will be difficult to overtake during the race. I think for the Corvette we will be OK over the kerbs but not for traction in general. Let’s see what happens tomorrow in the race but I think we can make the top 10 for sure.”

 

Jonathan Kennard

nr48 DKR www-discount.de Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV

“The first practice went really well, we were fifth for a while and it was looking quite good.  Then in Pre Qualifying I literally did a lap and the fly wheel has gone.  Initially we thought it was an electronic problem so I went back out again hoping it was fixed, but it was the fly wheel. A bit disappointing as both of us need time in the car, the only good thing is we’ve got an extra set of tyres and at least we had a good practice session earlier on.  The car is good, very driver friendly and got used to it pretty quickly.  Apart from this problem we are very well.”

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