The All-Inkl Lamborghini team claimed its first FIA GT1 World Championship race win at Zolder today.
Victory in the qualifying race went to the All-Inkl Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV driven by Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng, which started from 12th on the grid, rather than the sister car that had qualified on pole. Winkelhock was one of the beneficiaries of a first-corner accident in which the lead All-Inkl entry driven by Nicky Pastorelli tangled with Stefan Mucke's Young Driver Aston Martin.
Winkelhock finished the first lap in third place behind the Selleslagh-run Team China Chevrolet driven by Nicky Catsburg and Frederic Makowiecki in the best of Marc VDS Fords.
"I think I was just lucky at the start to come through," said Winkelhock. "All of a sudden I was P3."
Basseng resumed in third place after the mandatory pitstops and was able to pass Mike Hezemans in the Chevy and then Christian Hohenadel's Hexis Aston to take the win.
Hohenadel had been propelled into second place in the car he shared with Andrea Piccini by another super-fast Hexis pitstop. He took the lead from Hezemans on the Chevrolet's out-lap, but a collision with Basseng at the final corner four laps from home resulted in suspension damage that put him out of the race.
The second Young Driver Aston finished third in the hands of Tomas Enge and Alex Muller. It was less than a tenth of a second ahead of the best of the Swiss Racing Lamborghinis driven by Peter Kox and Karl Wendlinger.
The VDS Ford, now with Maxime Martin at the wheel, crossed the line just behind Wendlinger in fifth.
Results - 39 laps:
Pos Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Basseng/Winkelhock All-Inkl Lamborghini 1h00m19.287s
2. Hezemans/Catsburg China Corvette + 3.251s
3. Muller/Enge Young Driver Aston + 6.715s
4. Wendlinger/Kox Swiss Lamborghini + 6.778s
5. Martin/Makowiecki Marc VDS Ford + 7.055s
6. Piccione/Dusseldorp Hexis Aston Martin + 11.128s
7. Luhr/Krumm JR Nissan + 33.588s
8. Nilsson/Janak Swiss Lamborghini + 1m12.490s
9. Rossi/Camara DKR Corvette + 1m17.326s
Hohenadel/Piccini Hexis Aston Martin 36 laps
Campbell-Walter/Brabham Sumo Power Nissan 33 laps
Zonta/Bernoldi Sumo Power Nissan 29 laps
Pavlovic/Matzke Belgian Ford 10 laps
Beche/Ickx Belgian Ford 10 laps
Turner/Mucke Young Driver Aston 3 laps
Dumbreck/Westbrook JR Nissan 1 lap
Schwager/Pastorelli All-Inkl Lamborghini 1 lap
Hennerici/Leinders Marc VDS Ford 0 laps