PK Carsport scores podium after a difficult weekend SILVERSTONE. Bert Longin and Anthony Kumpen finished third in the second race of the FIA GT Championship this weekend at Silverstone. After a difficult weekend the ...
PK Carsport scores podium after a difficult weekend
SILVERSTONE. Bert Longin and Anthony Kumpen finished third in the second race of the FIA GT Championship this weekend at Silverstone. After a difficult weekend the Belgian pair drove the Corvette C5-R to a strong third position in the mythic Tourist Trophy in Great-Britain. After two hours of racing, Longin and Kumpen finished third behind the Maserati of Biagi/Salo and the Corvette C6.R of Hezemans/Delatraz.
Free practice and the unique qualifying session on Saturday evening were disappointing for the Belgian team. "After our third spot in China earlier this season, we were ambitious for Silverstone, even if this track didn't bring us any luck the past seasons. But we didn't find the right set-up on Saturday and Anthony only finished 7th in qualifying", explains Bert Longin. "We continued working and after a difficult warm-up on Sunday morning we decided to race with the China set-up, not an easy decision, but one that finally paid off."
Anthony Kumpen took a good start and immediately made up some places. "My start was excellent", the young Belgian driver explained. "But the car wasn't too fast on the straights and I dropped back to 6th. I was able to maintain this position and what's more important, I was able to follow the cars in front of me. After about 20 laps, I drove from 6th to 4th and later even to 3rd. But the gap with the top-2 was too important and I realized that victory was probably out of sight."
PK Carsport is famous for thir fast pit stops, but the first one in Silverstone was the exception that proves the rule. "The engine stalled", explains Bert Longin. "As a result, we lost a place, but I managed to get back in third. Meanwhile the difference with the frontrunners did not get any smaller. As the cars behind us didn't get any closer, we decided to play it safe and secure third spot. Anthony took over the wheel to finish the race and staid in third place."
"Indeed", agreed Anthony Kumpen. "Without the set-up difficulties, a better start position could have been possible and the race would have been different, but that's not the case, so we're happy with this podium finish. We score valuable points and maintain our position at the top of the championship rankings. We're now second in the championship and it will be important to score high again in Bucharest."
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