Paul Meijer scores maiden GT4 victory in Silverstone Dutchman Paul Meijer won the first round of the Silverstone GT European Cup meeting. The Rhesus Aston Martin started from pole and took its maiden GT4 win in the opening round of the 2010 ...
Paul Meijer scores maiden GT4 victory in Silverstone
Dutchman Paul Meijer won the first round of the Silverstone GT European Cup meeting. The Rhesus Aston Martin started from pole and took its maiden GT4 win in the opening round of the 2010 season. Michael Mallock took second position, while Menno Kuus finished third in his BMW M3. The first GT4 race of the season was very open, with battles throughout the race.
Initially Christian Dick drove his Ginetta G50 into second position, just 3 tenths of second ahead of the Aston Martin of Michael Mallock, but after scrutineering Christian Dick's Ginetta was excluded from the result for being 10 kilogram below the minimum weight.
Paul Meijer took a furious start and after only a few laps the Dutch driver already had a comfortable lead. 40 minutes later Paul Meijer took a well deserved win without ever really being threatened, but the battle for second position was only decided at the start finish line. In the opening stages of the race, Michael Mallock, who started from second place, Paul van Splunteren in his Porsche and Nissan driver Lucas Ordo?ez were all trying to take and hold onto second spot.
Lucas Ordo?ez would disappear out of the race with a gearbox problem and Paul van Splunteren and Matthijs Harkema dropped down into 8th position, but still the battle for the remaining podium spot was wide open.
Meanwhile Ordo?ez's teammates Alex Buncombe and Jordan Tresson were forced to retire when the left rear wheel of their Nissan 370Z came off.
After the pit window Mallock came under pressure from the blue Speedworks Ginetta G50 and in the closing stages of the race, Christian Dick made his way up into second place, but he would be excluded after the race.
Behind the top-3 Belgian GT4 newcomer Menno Kuus drove the DVB BMW M3 to a fine fourth spot, followed by Brice Mena and Kevin Veltman, making it a 4,5 and 6 for BMW. Nicoll-Jones Matt and Hunter Abott finished in 7th, while Gianni Guidici finished 10th and first in Supersport, right behind the Nissan 350Z of Rick Pearson and Derek Palmer.
Paul Meijer (winner): "It was a good race, it honestly was. In the warm-up lap I really heated up my tyres and thus my pace during the opening laps of the race was really good. As the drivers behind me were fighting for second, the gap was becoming ever bigger. By the end of the race I was struggling a bit with my tyres and the last five laps were really difficult, but I made it. This is a victory for the entire Rhesus team!"
Michael Mallock (second): "We had a problem with the brakes in qualifying and I started on new brake pads, which is far from ideal. As a result of that, I lost precious time in the opening stages, but I'm glad to finish third after a hard race."
Menno Kuus: "Thanks to the team we finish in third position in our first ever international race. I've never been to Silverstone before and I didn't do a lap in the BMW M3, so this is a great result."
Gianni Guidici (winner in Supersport): "I'm very happy, racing is part of my life and that's why I do it!"
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