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2011 FIA GT1 : Perfect Weekend in Beijing for Young Driver Aston Martin

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Monday, September 12, 2011 | 4:32 AM


2011 FIA GT1 - Beijing Winners : Stefan Mücke / Darren Turner #8 Young Driver AMR - Aston Martin DB9

The Young Driver Aston Martin team completed a stunning double in a dramatic ninth round of the championship in Beijing. The combination of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke in the No.8 car took the chequered flag in the Championship Race to record their first victory of the 2011 season. The result crowned a perfect two days for the German squad after Tomas Enge and Alex Muller in the No.7 car had taken the honours in the Qualifying Race earlier in the day.



2011 FIA GT1 - Beijing Winners : Stefan Mücke / Darren Turner #8 Young Driver AMR - Aston Martin DB9

It meant that Young Driver took the maximum 43 points in Beijing to climb to the top of the teams' standings. Turner and Mucke also move to second in thedrivers' table.

Third place for Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm in the No.23 JRM Nissan GT-R consolidated their lead of the drivers' championship.

The race started and ended under the safety after a heavy downpour before the start made for treacherous conditions at the Goldenport circuit. The rate of attriition was high with only nine of the 18 starters running at the chequered flag.

It was looking like an Aston Martin 1-2-3 for the second consecutive race. The No.4 Hexis car of Andrea Piccini (Christian Hohenadel) was leading the race with six minutes left but like so many before him, Piccini pirouetted the car into the gravel at T7.

Enge in the No.7 had started the Championship Race from pole but there was a three-way shuffle at the pit stop. Turner in the No.8 got out ahead of Enge's co-driver Muller while Piccini in the Hexis No.4 leapfrogged them both to grab the lead before his mishap.

The No.41 Marc VDS Ford GT (Maxime Martin and Bertrand Baguette), the Qualifying Race pole-sitter, staged a great fightback through the field from 14th place to finish fifth (10 points).

Marc Basseng (Markus Winkelhock) in the No.38 car spun into the gravel at T1 soon after the start while Dominik Schwager parked the sister No.37 All-Inkl car at T13 under the same safety car just 15 minutes into the race.

The driver title ambitions of Basseng and Winkelhock took a big blow. Luhr and Krumm now head the standings on 131 points from Turner and Mucke on 120. The All-Inkl pair slipped to third on 101. Eleven drivers have a mathematical chance of taking the crown at the season-ending round 10 in San Luis.

In the teams' championship, the German Lamborghini squad dropped to fourth (182) behind Young Driver (224), JRM Racing (216) and Hexis (195).

Nico Verdonck (Exim Bank Team China Corvette No.12) and Enrique Bernoldi (Sumo Power No.20 Nissan GT-R) provided great entertainment in a heated squabble over fifth place in the closing stages.

The honours eventually went to Verdonck even though Bernoldi crossed ahead of him af the flag. The stewards ruled Bernoldi's overtaking move under the safety car was illegal and relegated him to sixth.

Bernoldi's demotion handed the Team China car fifth place - welcome cheer for home fans.

Ho-Pin Tung and Jeroen Den Boer in the No.11 Team China Corvette were running 11th, just out of the points, before Den Boer became yet another casualty with eight minutes left.

Tomorrow the spotlight shifts to Beijing's iconic Olympic Park where the Beijing GT1 World Supercars event takes place.

The GT1 race cars will take part in a demonstration street race on a street circuit layout that runs between the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. It promises to be a spectacular climax to GT1 World's successful tour of China.

Championship Race-result
Pos Car Class Drivers Car Time Laps Gap Avg

speed
1
8
GT1
Stefan Mücke / Darren Turner Aston Martin DB9
1:00:23.990
42
2
7
GT1
Tomas Enge / Alex Müller Aston Martin DB9
1:00:24.962
42
0.972
3
23
GT1
Lucas Luhr / Michael Krumm Nissan GT-R
1:00:25.583
42
1.593
4
41
GT1
Maxime Martin / Bertrand Baguette Ford GT Matech
1:00:26.716
42
2.726
5
12
GT1
Michael Rossi / Nico Verdonck Corvette Z06
1:00:26.945
42
2.955
6
20
GT1
Nicky Catsburg / Enrique Bernoldi Nissan GT-R
1:00:27.377
42
3.387
7
22
GT1
Richard Westbrook / Peter Dumbreck Nissan GT-R
1:00:27.713
42
3.723
8
21
GT1
Jamie Campbell-Walter / David Brabham Nissan GT-R
1:00:28.828
42
4.838
9
47
GT1
Manuel Lauck / Benjamin Leuenberger Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S
1:00:30.150
42
6.160
10
4
GT1
Christian Hohenadel / Andrea Piccini Aston Martin DB9
52:20.286
37
8:03.704
11
11
GT1
Ho-Pin Tung / Jeroen den Boer Corvette Z06
59:58.753
37
25.237
12
40
GT1
Marc Hennerici / Bas Leinders Ford GT Matech
39:29.013
25
20:54.977
13
10
GT1
Antoine Leclerc / Yann Clairay Ford GT Matech
33:24.021
21
26:59.969
14
48
GT1
Christopher Brück / Jonathan Kennard Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S
28:45.028
18
31:38.962
15
37
GT1
Dominik Schwager / Nicky Pastorelli Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S
11:34.378
7
48:49.612
16
9
GT1
Jonathan Hirschi / Christoffer Nygaard Ford GT Matech
6:43.611
4
53:40.379
17
3
GT1
Stef Dusseldorp / Clivio Piccione Aston Martin DB9
4:56.860
3
55:27.130
18
38
GT1
Marc Basseng / Markus Winkelhock Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S
5:00.706
3
55:23.284

FIA GT1 World Championship for Drivers
Pos
Class
Driver
Nat
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total
Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R
1
GT1
Lucas Luhr
DEU
4
2
6
25
2
6
25
8
8
25
2
3
15
131
1
GT1
Michael Krumm
DEU
4
2
6
25
2
6
25
8
8
25
2
3
15
131
2
GT1
Darren Turner
GBR
10
6
3
18
4
15
1
4
18
10
6
25
120
2
GT1
Stefan Mücke
DEU
10
6
3
18
4
15
1
4
18
10
6
25
120
3
GT1
Markus Winkelhock
DEU
1
15
8
25
8
10
8
18
4
4
101
3
GT1
Marc Basseng
DEU
1
15
8
25
8
10
8
18
4
4
101
4
GT1
Christian Hohenadel
DEU
12
18
4
2
25
2
10
1
10
12
4
1
101
4
GT1
Andrea Piccini
ITA
12
18
4
2
25
2
10
1
10
12
4
1
101
5
GT1
Alex Müller
DEU
8
4
15
8
18
6
15
8
18
100
5
GT1
Tomas Enge
CZE
8
4
15
8
18
6
15
8
18
100
6
GT1
Maxime Martin
BEL
8
4
2
4
1
8
4
12
2
8
8
25
12
98
7
GT1
Clivio Piccione
MCO
2
25
1
8
6
2
12
4
3
15
2
80
7
GT1
Stef Dusseldorp
NLD
2
25
1
8
6
2
12
4
3
15
2
80
8
GT1
Dominik Schwager
DEU
2
12
18
1
1
6
25
2
1
8
76
8
GT1
Nicky Pastorelli
ITA
2
12
18
1
1
6
25
2
1
8
76
9
GT1
David Brabham
AUS
2
4
15
10
3
15
12
4
6
4
75
9
GT1
Jamie Campbell-Walter
GBR
2
4
15
10
3
15
12
4
6
4
75
10
GT1
Peter Dumbreck
GBR
6
18
8
1
6
2
3
6
18
6
74
10
GT1
Richard Westbrook
GBR
6
18
8
1
6
2
3
6
18
6
74
11
GT1
Frédéric Makowiecki
FRA
8
4
2
4
8
2
8
8
25
69
12
GT1
Enrique Bernoldi
BRA
3
6
3
12
3
6
6
2
8
49
13
GT1
Mike Hezemans
NLD
1
6
10
2
8
4
15
46
14
GT1
Nicky Catsburg
NLD
1
6
10
2
8
6
2
8
43
15
GT1
Peter Kox
NLD
6
3
12
10
31
15
GT1
Karl Wendlinger
AUT
6
3
12
10
31
16
GT1
Bertrand Baguette
BEL
4
12
12
28
17
GT1
Warren Hughes
GBR
3
12
3
6
24
18
GT1
Andreas Zuber
AUT
4
15
19
19
GT1
Michaël Rossi
FRA
17
20
GT1
Bas Leinders
BEL
1
1
4
8
1
1
16
20
GT1
Marc Hennerici
DEU
1
1
4
8
1
1
16
21
GT1
Nico Verdonck
BEL
10
10
22
GT1
Ricardo Zonta
BRA
3
6
9
23
GT1
Dimitri Enjalbert
FRA
6
1
7
24
GT1
Antoine Leclerc
FRA
1
4
5
25
GT1
Markus Palttala
FIN
4
4
26
GT1
Christoffer Nygaard
DNK
2
1
3
27
GT1
Benjamin Leuenberger
CHE
2
2
27
GT1
Manuel Lauck
DEU
2
2
27
GT1
Vanina Ickx
BEL
2
2
27
GT1
Yann Clairay
FRA
1
1
2
28
GT1
Jonathan Hirschi
CHE
1
1
29
GT1
Michaël Rossi
?
6
1
0
29
GT1
Michael Rossi
?
10
0
Pos
Class
Driver
Nat
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total









FIA GT1 World Championship for Teams
Pos
Class
Team
Nat
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
Total
Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R Q R
1
GT1
Young Driver AMR
DEU
18
6
23
3
18
4
15
8
18
1
10
33
10
14
43
224
2
GT1
JR Motorsports
GBR
10
18
1
4
14
25
1
12
6
25
12
11
25
6
20
3
23
216
3
GT1
Hexis AMR
FRA
2
37
2
28
4
8
26
3
15
2
16
1
11
3
27
6
4
195
4
GT1
All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport
DEU
1
16
8
25
2
20
18
2
14
14
43
6
1
12
182
5
GT1
Sumo Power GT
GBR
3
2
4
21
3
22
4
8
3
15
18
6
6
16
131
6
GT1
Marc VDS Racing Team
BEL
8
4
3
8
1
2
8
6
10
4
14
2
8
8
26
112
7
GT1
Swiss Racing Team
CHE
6
4
12
10
32
8
GT1
Belgian Racing
BEL
1
1
2
1
10
1
1
17
Pos
Class
Team
Nat
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10






Images : 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship - Round 9 : Beijing, China

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
  

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