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Donington World GT1: Winkelhock/Basseng take title as Buurman hurt in crash

Munnich Mercedes and Vita4One BMW, Donington Park 2012The final FIA GT1 World Championship was won by the Munnich Motorsport Mercedes SLS of Markus Winkelhock/Marc Basseng, but they did so under a cloud after a collision with title rivals Yelmer Buurman/Michael Bartels sent Buurman's BMW into a concrete wall.

Buurman has been taken to hospital for scans following the heavy impact.

The race was red-flagged with 12 minutes remaining, following the crash, which happened soon after the mandatory pitstops.

Buurman was trying to pass Winkelhock at Redgate corner, and seemed to have made it through by pulling off a switchback move.

But Winkelhock turned right on the exit, the cars collided twice, and Buurman was fired off the track backwards at high speed.

His rearward impact with a wall was sufficient to destroy the concrete block, heavily damaging the rear of the Vita4One BMW Z4.

Buurman was unable to get out of the car, and had to be removed by medics after a long time was taken stabilising his condition at the scene. He has been taken to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for a CT scan.

Winkelhock's car also spun to halt, but he was unhurt.

The Fred Makowiecki and Stef Dusseldorp Hexis McLaren was declared the winner of the race, ahead of Peter Kox and Stefan Rosina in the Reiter Lamborghini.

The second Hexis McLaren, of Alvaro Parente and Gregoire Demoustier, finished third.

Results - 27 laps:

Pos  Drivers                Team/Car                Time/Gap
 1.  Makowiecki/Dusseldorp  Hexis McLaren       1h27m00.879s
 2.  Kox/Rosina             Reiter Lamborghini      + 1.091s
 3.  Parente/Demoustier     Hexis McLaren           + 1.682s
 4.  Vanthoor/Carroll       WRT Audi                + 2.185s
 5.  Ide/Castellacci        AF Ferrari              + 3.172s
 6.  Pastorelli/Jager       Munnich Mercedes        + 4.529s
 7.  Jarvis/Stippler        WRT Audi                + 5.609s
 8.  Salaquarda/Cioci       AF Ferrari              + 6.887s

Retirements:

     Basseng/Winkelhock     Munnich Mercedes         18 laps
     Bartels/Buurman        Vita4One BMW             18 laps
     Mayr-Melnhof/Lauda     Vita4One BMW              0 laps
     Groppi/Lariche         SUNRED Ford               0 laps
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