ALL FOR NOTHING AT THE RING The weekend of Bas Leinders and Maxime Martin was ruined in the first corner of the qualifying race, even though they managed to claim 11th in the championship race. Palttala-Kuppens had rather uneventful ...
ALL FOR NOTHING AT THE RING
The weekend of Bas Leinders and Maxime Martin was ruined in the first corner of the qualifying race, even though they managed to claim 11th in the championship race. Palttala-Kuppens had rather uneventful races, finishing 12th and 17th. Those were the results for the Marc VDS Racing Team in the German round of the FIA GT1 World Championship, this weekend on the Nurburgring.
The weather conditions determined the sixth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship on the Nurburgring. Conditions that normally suit the Marc VDS Racing Team, because in free practice Bas Leinders a second time, with slicks on a wet track. In qualifying Leinders and Martin had to be happy with 16th.
Bas Leinders took the start of the qualifying race, but it ended in the first corner, when the Ford GT was hit twice by newcomer Clairay, causing chaos with his Aston Martin. "If that clumsy driver hadn't hit me, I could have finished in 8th", Leinders states. Now, Maxime Martin had to take the start of the championship race in 19th. The Brussels driver had a strong start, was 16th in the first corner, but then had his own encounter with less sporting drivers. "The car was hit on the left front, causing understeer", Maxime Martin says. Still, he managed to end his stint in 13th, Bas Leinders continued the climb in the classification to end in 11th. Not really the result the team was looking for. "As long as our topspeed is lower than that of the competition, I'm afraid this is the best we can do", Leinders concludes.
The #41 car, that started the qualifying race in a lowly 22nd place, finished in an encouraging 12th position. Renaud Kuppens and Markus Palttala eventually finished in 17th, after being spun round by a slower car.
-source: marc vds