Brno: Series race report

Ford GT takes the spoils in Brno The Matech Ford GT No.5 of Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch won an eventful Championship Race in Brno. Second was Czech driver Tomas Enge and Darren Turner in the Young Driver Aston Martin No.7. Peter...

Ford GT takes the spoils in Brno

The Matech Ford GT No.5 of Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch won an eventful Championship Race in Brno.

Second was Czech driver Tomas Enge and Darren Turner in the Young Driver Aston Martin No.7.

Peter Dumbreck and Peter Krumm claimed the final podium position in their Sumo Power Nissan GT-R.

The Hexis Aston Martin No.10 of Jonathan Hirschi and Clivio Piccione was fourth ahead of the Vitaphone Maseratis of pole-sitter Andrea Bertolini/Michael Bartels and Enrique Bernoldi/Miguel Ramos.

Nicky Pastorelli/Dominik Schwager rounded out a successful weekend for the Lamborghini No.38 with seventh place.

The No.13 of Stefan Rosina and Marc Hennerici flew the flag for Corvette in eighth place followed by the Hexis Aston Martin No.9 of Frederic Makowiecki/Stephane Sarrazin with the Swiss Racing Nissan GT-R of Karl Wendlinger/Henri Moser claiming the final point for 10th place.

It was the second race win and 25 points for the Ford GT pair after taking the spoils in the opening race in Abu Dhabi.

Michael Krumm, Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R No.23

"I'm not too proud of the start. I noticed something happened to Tomas. It was a bit confusing I think, because Bertolini was flat out before we even got sorted on the straight line. It was a bit confusing for me because he was gone, and the race hadn't even started yet. Obviously I had no option but to put the throttle down as well and followed. Unfortunately for Tomas, but good for me as I ended up in second and there was no extra formation lap. The car ran well. I could keep close, I felt comfortable sitting behind Bertolini for a time and then, luckily for us, he got a penalty.

And then unfortunately, I tried to make a gap for Peter for the pitstop and unfortunately the safety car came in and the fight in the pits was exciting. The problem was we were stuck with the car and couldn't get out. We tried and we had to push the car back, but even so, we came out third, so this was probably one of the best pitstops the boys have done. I want to thank the whole Sumo Team, it was a fantastic effort. And the race in the end was fantastic, and I think the only reason we couldn't get second was that Darren knows well the Nissan GTR from last year, so he knows exactly where it's strong or not. Unfortunately for us, the safety car was the problem."

Peter Dumbreck, Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R No.23

"It was hard work to find a way by. The guys ahead made no mistakes. We were all running a similar pace. I felt that I was faster in some areas but they were quicker in other areas. If I was to have a go at passing it was into turn three. And every time it got a bit close, Darren's radar went up and he covered the inside, and it left me nowhere to go. It was a little bit frustrating. We got caught behind the Corvette in the pits; I could see I was never going to make the turn, there was no way, the boys had to push me back. I don't think we would have gone out in the lead, but we would certainly have got 2nd, in front of the Aston.

This third place is something to build on. It's not too heavy going into the next race. I think we'll be up there again and fighting. We're gradually getting to grips with everything; two podiums in the last two races. 2 different cars, but we were still getting there. I'm really proud of everyone at the team. I'm happy with my team mate, he's on the pace; so bring on the rest of the year."

Darren Turner, Young Driver Aston Martin No.7

"My heart is still pumping. It was a fantastic race. Thomas made no mistakes at the front, I had Peter right behind me, very strong in some places around the circuit, so I had to play quite a clever game between the two of them. I wanted to attack but not obviously put myself in a position that Peter could make a move that stuck. It was a long race where I sat, being in the middle of the Ford/Nissan sandwich.

The main thing is the guys did an amazing job in the pit-stop and leap-frogged us right up to the front of the field. It was good to get some points on the board at last. It's been a good car all weekend. It was lovely in the race. Maybe we can improve and maybe we can have a car I can attack a bit more. It's a great come-back for the team and hopefully we can come back to the next race and keep on building on these points."

Tomas Enge, Young Driver Aston Martin No.7

"The starting procedure was definitely not ok. I went already to the race director and told him about that. There was no green light, which means there will be another formation lap. But our fantastic pit work brought us to second position. The last laps were really thrilling with the great battle of Darren (Turner) with the leading car. It's a great comeback for the entire to finish second after our bad luck at Silverstone, and it's especially nice for me to come second in front of my home crowd."

Bas Leinders, Marc VDS Racing Ford GT No.40

"At the start of the Qualifying Race Maxime lost two places, which put him among a group of madmen who pushed him back to 18th. Even though we set 4th fastest lap time we could not get higher than 16th in the end. From that position we started the Championship Race, on a new set of tyres, so I was able to push very hard. Just before halfway I occupied 9th spot, just behind the Triple H Maserati's and an Aston Martin. Those guys were driving like crazy, pushing each other off all the time. Even though I was careful not to get involved, I quickly managed to pass the Greek Margaritis.

But two corners later he found it necessary to push me hard, so we both ended up in the gravel trap. Even his team manager came to apologize afterwards. Of course it is very unfortunate to lose a great result because of the actions of a clumsy idiot, but I suppose that's part of racing. Now we shall focus completely on the Le Mans 24 Hours, in three weeks' time."

Renaud Kuppens, Marc VDS Racing Ford GT No.40

"Since the start of the weekend we suffered from a general lack of grip. Together with Markus I tried an enormous amount of different set-ups, but none worked. I hope that we can have a extensive test before the next race in Paul Ricard, because it is very frustrating to cope with a weekend like this."

Stefan Mucke, Young Driver Aston Martin No.8

"I had to start from the pits, but could quickly close the gap to the cars in front of me. I had some really nice fights and could make up some positions. It was a lot of fun, the car was really great. But unfortunately there was a problem with the wheel hub."

Christoffer Nygaard, Young Driver Aston Martin No.8

"Due to the retirement just when I should overtook the car from Stefan, there was no race for me. That's racing, next time we will attack again."

-source: gt1world

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Tomas Enge , Michael Krumm , Darren Turner , Stéphane Sarrazin , Peter Dumbreck , Michael Bartels , Dominik Schwager , Clivio Piccione , Miguel Ramos , Marc Hennerici , Bas Leinders , Nicky Pastorelli , Stefan Mücke , Renaud Kuppens , Stefan Rosina , Romain Grosjean , Thomas Mutsch , Henri Moser , Christoffer Nygaard , Jonathan Hirschi
Teams Nissan Motorsport , Marc VDS Racing