ETCC: Super Production A1-Ring round 7 race report

Simon scores his first success as Rustad jumps the start Start– Pole sitter Rustad's Nissan moves slightly before the green light and dashes to take the lead. Villamil, fourth on the grid, stalls his engine. Lap 1 - Morbidelli, Kox,...

Simon scores his first success as Rustad jumps the start Start– Pole sitter Rustad's Nissan moves slightly before the green light and dashes to take the lead. Villamil, fourth on the grid, stalls his engine.

Lap 1 - Morbidelli, Kox, Huisman, Simon, Gabellini and Masini fight hard for the position behind Rustad at the first corner. Gabellini and Masini make contact at the Lauda bend ; Masini runs wide over the gravel and retires. Viglione misses a gear and blows his engine. Top-10: 3 - 5 - 1 - 14 - 2 - 18 - 16 - 6 - 7 - 27

Lap 2– The battle for the second position is harder than ever. There is a collision between Kox (third) and Huisman (fourth); Kox slows down with a blown engine, while the championship leader Huisman goes off into the gravel and retires. Palttala's Honda Integra stops along the track with electrical problems. Ferrier also retires with a broken clutch. Top-10: 3 - 5 - 2 - 18 - 6 - 7 - 27 - 15 - 10- 12

Lap 3– Rustad increases his margin to 5.4 seconds. Kox rejoins after a pit stop to change a wheel damaged in the collision with Huisman. Top-10: 3 - 5 - 2 - 18 - 6 - 7 - 27 - 15 - 10 - 12

Lap 4– Rustad is given a stop and go penalty for taking a jump start. Hanson retires with alternator problems. Morbidelli defends his position from Simon and Villamil. Top-10: 3 - 5 - 2 - 18 - 6 - 7 - 27 - 15 - 4 - 12

Lap 5– Simon overtakes Morbidelli for second place at the Gösser bend. Top-10: 3 - 2 - 5 - 18 - 6 - 7 - 27 - 15 - 4 - 12

Lap 7– Villamil is chasing Morbidelli, but stops along the track with a broken gearbox. Rustad comes in for his penalty, handing the lead to Simon. Top-10: 2 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 15 - 27 - 4 - 12 - 21

Lap 8– Bacci retires from seventh due to an electrical failure. Ruberti loses his fourth place due to gearbox problems. Rustad rejoins in eighth place after his penalty. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 7 - 4 - 12 - 3 - 20 - 21

Lap 9– Cavicchi blows his engine after breaking the oil sump over a kerb. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 7 - 4 - 12 - 3 - 20 - 1

Lap 10– Rustad overtakes Andersson for seventh place. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 7 - 4 - 3 - 12 - 20 - 1

Lap 11– Rustad moves to sixth passing his team-mate Di Luca, who runs over the gravel, losing seventh place to Andersson. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 7 - 3 - 12 - 4 - 20 - 1

Lap 12– Rustad overtakes Ruberti for fifth. Martin is chasing Gabellini for the third position. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 3 - 7 - 12 - 4 - 20 - 1

Lap 13– Martin makes a mistake and Gabellini pulls away from him. Bonaldi pits for a puncture and loses tenth place to Kox. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 3 - 7 - 12 - 4 - 1 - 20

Lap 14– Di Luca regains seventh position overtaking Andersson. Rustad is right behind Martin. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 15 - 3 - 7 - 4 - 12 - 1 - 20

Lap 15– Rustad overtakes Martin for fourth. Simon increases his leading margin to 3.5 seconds ahead of Morbidelli. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 6 - 3 - 15 - 7 - 4 - 12 - 1 - 20

Lap 16– Rustad moves to pass Gabellini on the outside line at the Jochen Rindt corner. There is a clash : Rustad drives sideways to keep his car on the track and claims third position behind Simon, taking his first Touring Car win, and Morbidelli. Gabellini finishes fourth ahead of Martin. Top-10: 2 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 15 - 7 - 4 - 12 - 1 - 20

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Provisional standings after 7 of 10 rounds :

Drivers : 1. Huisman (NED) 102 points 2. Kox (NED) 92 points 3. Simon (GER) 69 points 4. Rustad (NOR) 48 points 5. Morbidelli (ITA) 47 points 6. Andersson (SWE) 39 points 7. Ruberti (ITA) 37 points 8. Masini (ITA) 22 points 9. Villamil (ESP) 17 points 10. Gabellini (ITA) 16 points

Teams : 1. Motorsport (ITA) 161 points 2. Carly Motorsport (GER) 156 points 3. CiBiEmme Team (ITA) 94 points 4. RJN Motorsport (GBR) 54 points 5. Edenbridge Racing (GBR) 25 points

Next event : Round 7 - Nürburgring (GER) - September 8th - 9th, 2001

-eurostc

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Drivers Jochen Rindt