Oschersleben: Second qualifying report

LISTER TAKES POLE Jamie Campbell-Walter took pole position for the sixth round of the FIA GT Championship at Oscherseben, Germany. The Lister Storm Racing driver set a time of 1m 24.992s, despite making two mistakes at the end of his flying lap,...

LISTER TAKES POLE

Jamie Campbell-Walter took pole position for the sixth round of the FIA GT Championship at Oscherseben, Germany. The Lister Storm Racing driver set a time of 1m 24.992s, despite making two mistakes at the end of his flying lap, to take his fourth pole position of the year. Andrea Piccini was second fastest in the nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello with a 1m 25.187s, four-tenths of a second faster than third placed Fabrizio Gollin in the nr 4 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R.

Vincent Vosse qualified the nr 2 Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper GTS-R ahead of his team-mate Christophe Bouchut, whose nr 1 Chrysler Viper is carrying the maximum 100kg success ballast, followed by Mike Hezemans in the nr 3 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R. The six will form the first three rows of the grid for tomorrow's 500-mile, three-hour event.

MAASSEN TAKES N-GT POLE FOR FREISINGER

Sascha Maassen set pole position time in the N-GT class, and will start from tenth position overall in his nr 54 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R. The German set a lap of 1m 28.800, a time that was faster than the N-GT provisional pole position from first qualifying. The cars have unlimited laps during the first forty-five minute session, but in the Super Pole session, drivers have just one flying lap to get it right.

Iradj Alexander qualified the nr 53 JMB Competition Ferrari 360 Modena in second position, his best ever qualifying position in the FIA GT Championship. The Swiss driver set a time of 1m 29.651 despite a big moment at the final corner, beating his team-mate Andrea Bertolini in the nr 51 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena. Philipp Peter was fourth fastest in the nr 58 Autorlando Porsche 996 GT3-R, three tenths of a second faster than the nr 76 RWS Porsche 996 GT3-R of Antonio Garcia.

Andrea Montermini was devastated to qualify last in the group in his nr 50 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena, his lap spoiled by light showers of rain and was a full five seconds off the pole time.

SECOND QUALIFYING SESSION -- KUMPEN FASTEST

Anthony Kumpen set fastest time in the second of the two qualifying sessions in the nr 3 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R. The Belgian set a time of 1m 27.257s during a session that threw teams into confusion owing to the light shower of rain at the start. The session was declared wet, but many teams pitted soon after their first lap to change back to slick racing tyres.

Jean-Denis Deletraz was second fastest in the nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello, just one tenth of a second slower while Fabio Babini was third fastest in the nr 12 Paul Belmondo Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R. Paul Knapfield had his first laps around the Oschersleben race track in the nr 15 Lister Storm Racing Lister Storm. The car missed much of Friday's free practice sessions due to an oil pressure problem that was eventually traced back to an oil line that collapsed under pressure.

Knapfield, and his driving partner Bobby Verdon-Roe, set fourth fastest time, just under a second from Kumpen's best time. Philipp Peter and Toto Wolff set the pace in the N-GT category in their nr 58 Autorlando Porsche 996 GT3-R, ahead of Stephane Ortelli in the nr 54 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche. Stephane Daoudi and Bert Longin followed up in the nr 55 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R, ahead of the troubled Christian Pescatori in the nr 50 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena.

LAUNCH OF DART RACING FERRARI 550 MARANELLO

The Dart Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello, which will make its debut in the FIA GT Championship at the Italian round in Pergusa, on September 22nd, was launched at Oschersleben today. The team also runs an Alfa Romeo 156 Gta for Tom Ferrier in the FIA European Touring Car Championship. The Red-Bull sponsored Ferrari will be driven by Dieter Quester and Luca Riccitelli. "We have been working on the project since the winter," team principal Alessandro Mariani said. "The car still has to be updated but we are confident that we will be ready for Pergusa. We can't guarantee to win, but we can guarantee to do our best."

Luca Riccitelli, who has been one of the frontrunners in the N-GT class over the past two seasons, with Dieter Quester, is looking forward to the project. " It is an exciting challenge; we are facing a hard job but we are confident that we will be ready to compete. It is a winning car, and very fast, so we hope for a good end of the season, maybe with a podium or a race. I know Pergusa well, but I have not driven there for seven years. It will be very special to drive a Ferrari for the first time in Italy."

Quester will be alongside him again. "After 40 years in motorsport, this is the first time I will have driven a Ferrari. It is a strange feeling, and I now know what the spirit of Ferrari means. It is really a different feeling," the Austrian driver said.

Mike Hezemans, nr 3 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R: "We have been very slow since Anderstorp. Since then, we have had a lot of understeer, you can see that on the television. The road stops and I am still turning so I finish up on the grass and still trying to turn in. We have tried just about everything, I think that the only thing that we have not changed yet is the differential. The problem is that we are so late on the throttle and losing a lot of time. I really don't know what to do anymore."

Fabrizio Gollin, nr 4 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R: "I had no particular problem with the car, it was really OK. I had a little bit of rain on my lap, but it is the same for Jamie and Andrea. I think that it will probably rain tomorrow. The Pirelli is very good in the rain, but only in heavy rain. The intermediate situation is not that good, so I hope that we have either sun or rain, nothing in between!"

Paul Belmondo, nr 11 Paul Belmondo Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R: "We had the wrong set-up this morning but for the race we should be OK because this afternoon we went back to where we were yesterday. It is not a power circuit, you always need power but the track changes quite a lot and it is quite difficult to follow it. It is important to have an engine with plenty of torque, which is a good thing about the Viper engine - that is a very strong point for us here."

Jamie Campbell-Walter, nr 14 Lister Storm Racing Lister Storm: "We made some small changes to the car because it is quite tricky to set the car up for this track and to get a good balance. Towards the end of the lap I made two mistakes at the last two corners, and I lost a few tenths there. Otherwise it was a nice lap, but I think that it will be a hard race. I am finding it very hot in the car due to the humidity and I think that it will be very hard on tyres. Nicolaus is going very well here. He is walking around like a child, really happy, and he is going really well. His times are closer to mine than he has been all year."

Mauro Casadei, nr 17 Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT2: "I am very happy with the car at the moment. I did a 1m31.9s lap, and that with an old Porsche fitted with a phase one engine. The other car [the nr 16 Proton Competition Porsche] has a twin-spark engine that was the last evolution from Porsche, but mine is the first one. That time around here is very good, and I am very pleased."

Andrea Piccini, nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello: "The only problem that we had was the temperature of the tyres. I think that the Michelin tyres are very good on the distance, but on one lap of Super Pole it is difficult to get in the temperature into the tyres. Also in one corner I went from third to second but went into neutral for a while so I lost a lot of time. Jamie lost time on his lap too, so it is balanced. The track is not very wide, but it is a very safe circuit.

Andrea Bertolini, nr 51 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena: "I think that the lap time by Sascha is not possible for me, that was a very good lap time for me on only the second lap. I hope to have a good balance for the race tomorrow. We had a problem yesterday with the oil pressure, but they changed the pump overnight, so it should be OK."

Iradj Alexander, nr 53 JMB Competition Ferrari 360 Modena: "Magny Cours was my first Super Pole. I am happier now because I am more comfortable in the car. However, I haven't driven a lot because my co-driver has to take more time to learn the circuit."

Sascha Maassen, nr 54 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R: "We had a problem in qualifying and we just changed the set-up a little bit, so it was a lot better. Obviously it was really good, it was not the best lap and we did that with 50kg of ballast so it was not easy. The ballast will probably not make a difference for Stephane because he is light, but it will be more for me. It is a penalty and it works. We can see that, especially around here because you use more tyres, more brakes and it will be difficult."

Antonio Garcia, nr 76 RWS Motorsport, Porsche 996 GT3-R: "We had a problem getting heat into the Pirelli tyres. During first qualifying it took seven laps, so we didn't stand a chance over one lap. It is different during the race, we have three hours to do it! I think that we should be able to do the race on one stop if it is dry, and certainly one stop if it is wet."

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Antonio Garcia , Fabrizio Gollin , Christian Pescatori , Vincent Vosse , Stéphane Ortelli , Sascha Maassen , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Jean-Denis Deletraz , Andrea Montermini , Anthony Kumpen , Mike Hezemans , Luca Riccitelli , Christophe Bouchut , Dieter Quester , Paul Belmondo , Mauro Casadei , Fabio Babini , Andrea Bertolini , Bobby Verdon-Roe , Paul Knapfield , Bert Longin , Philipp Peter , Tom Ferrier , Alexander Iradj
Teams Proton Competition , Larbre Competition