Kumpen - Longin win in Oschersleben and are leading the FIA GT Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin won the fifth round of the FIA GT championship in Oschersleben. Kumpen took pole on Saturday, made a perfect start and he and Longin stayed in the lead...
Kumpen - Longin win in Oschersleben and are leading the FIA GT
Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin won the fifth round of the FIA GT championship in Oschersleben. Kumpen took pole on Saturday, made a perfect start and he and Longin stayed in the lead from the start to flag. And what's more, the Belgian pair also took the lead in the championship standings.
For the first time this season, Anthony Kumpen started from pole in an FIA GT race. Kumpen: "I knew that my start had to be perfect, as our car was about 10 km/h slower than Wendlinger's Aston, that car starting next to me. I did a few start practices and it paid off. My start wasn't good - it was really excellent. I took the lead and drove as if every lap was a qualifying lap. When I came in to hand over the Corvette to Bert, our lead was already really comfortable."
The pitstop was again very good and Bert Longin kept the lead with a 45" advantage. Bert Longin: "It was the best stop of the day, again a great performance from the team. I didn't have to fight for places, but nevertheless it wasn't an easy job. You have to stay concentrated and luckily the team gave me very good support over the radio. They told me to keep the pace and by doing so, our advantage even increased up to one minute."
Anthony Kumpen had to finish the race "and the remaining twenty minutes were maybe the most difficult of my life. There were little noises everywhere and time goes by very slowly in these conditions." "What we achieved is superb and everybody is very, very happy with the result. I would like to thank Bert because he slightly changed the set-up this morning and that was the right thing to do. Thanks to his decision, we were the only team capable of maintaining the pace throughout the race." "We're the first Belgian drivers ever leading the FIA GT Championship and we'll go to Spa in that position, that's really wonderful, as Spa is the first race (of the season) in Belgium and it's of course a great classic!" Bert Longin: "One has to know that our team is unlike most other teams in FIA GT, not a full professional team and we have a rather small budget. So this is a real achievement."
One of the team's sponsors, Ridley Bikes also won the first stage of the Tour de France, with Australian Rooby McEwen.