Interlagos: Maxime Martin championship race report

Another top-5 for Martin and the Ford GT Marc VDS It's in South America that Maxime Martin is coming to the end of his 2010 motorsport season, with the final two rounds of the FIA GT1 World Championship being held on the spectacular circuits...

Another top-5 for Martin and the Ford GT Marc VDS

It's in South America that Maxime Martin is coming to the end of his 2010 motorsport season, with the final two rounds of the FIA GT1 World Championship being held on the spectacular circuits of Interlagos (Brazil) and San Luis (Argentina). A double run which the Marc VDS Racing team had every intention of taking on in full strength, in order to fully prepare for the following world campaign.

Taking on the first part of the qualifying session, Maxime slotted in to the top-5, prior to handing over to his team mate Bas Leinders, who brought the Ford GT into 11th place on the first of the two starting grids. Right from the start of the Qualification Race on Saturday the Limburg based driver soon climbed up through the hierarchy, taking advantage of an accident just ahead of him. But having slotted into 5th place he started falling back in the rankings due to early tyre wear. He finally handed over the drive to Maxime in 14th place ...

" Not only were we faced with this poor tyre management, but when getting going again the clutch seriously played up and I was obliged to get the car going with the inboard means, Maxime explained. I got back on to the track far down in 18th place, before managing to climb back up into 10th spot, and then dropping down a place, once again handicapped by the tyres near the end of the race. And so the Ford GT Marc VDS concluded the first race of the weekend in 11th place ... "

On Sunday Maxime took the start of the Championship Race, promptly moving up two or three places. A progression which was not to alter during the first part of the race ... " Not only was I able to follow the pace of the leading group, but I also managed to move up into the top-5. The drivers ahead of me one by one then called into the pits for their stop, and during one lap I found myself leading the race. I must admit that we had solved our early tyre wear problem by adjusting their pressures. "

Bas Leinders then took over the wheel for the second part of the race, rejoining the track in 6th place after the pit-stop. Near the end of the race the Ford Marc VDS was breathing down on the Krumm-Dumbreck Nissan GT-R and Bas got the better in the last lap, offering the Belgian team an excellent top-5. " A highly positive result, however had the first of the two races been more favourable for us we would definitely have ended up on the podium, Maxime continued. Once again our Ford GT is the best representative of the marque which pleases us no end. We're now heading off for Argentina and the San Luis circuit which I don't really know. This season our car has shown itself to be at ease almost everywhere, so we have every belief that we should be in a position to end the season on a high note. Everything feasible will be done to ensure that we finish off this initial FIA GT1 World Championship in the best possible manner ... "

-source: Maxime Martin

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Bas Leinders , Maxime Martin
Teams Nissan Motorsports , Marc VDS Racing