Luhr and Krumm win in Portugal
|Sunday, May 8th 2011, 15:19 GMT|
JR Motorsports took its second GT1 World Championship win of the weekend in the main race at Portimao, with Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm triumphing after their team-mates Richard Westbrook and Peter Dumbreck hit gearbox problems.
The latter pair had led a JR Nissan one-two through the first stint, but as the stops neared it became clear that their #22 car had an issue developing. Soon afterwards Dumbreck allowed Krumm into the lead, and though the team hoped the car could be nursed to the finish, the Scotsman had to park at the trackside.
That left Krumm to pull away and take Nissan's first championship race win of the year by 5.4 seconds over Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner's Young Driver Aston Martin. This crew passed the Jamie Campbell-Walter/David Brabham Sumo Power Nissan in the pitstops - despite stalling - with Turner then holding off Brabham and the Dominik Schwager/Nicky Pastorelli All-Inkl Lamborghini to the finish.
The two All-Inkl cars had run together at first, but staying out longer before the pitstop did not pay off for Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng, who fell behind the Karl Wendlinger and Peter Kox Swiss Racing Team Lamborghini. Basseng was later passed by Bas Leinders' Marc VDS Ford too, but resisted Ricardo Zonta in the second Sumo Power Nissan to finish seventh.
Results - 34 laps: Pos Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Luhr/Krumm JRM Nissan 1h00m25.013s 2. Mucke/Turner Young Driver Aston + 5.497s 3. Campbell-Walter/Brabham Sumo Power Nissan + 6.273s 4. Pastorelli/Schwager All-Inkl Lamborghini + 8.095s 5. Wendlinger/Kox Swiss Lamborghini + 19.651s 6. Hennerici/Leinders Marc VDS Ford + 25.248s 7. Winkelhock/Basseng All-Inkl Lamborghini + 28.713s 8. Bernoldi/Zonta Sumo Power Nissan + 29.045s 9. Hohenadel/Piccini Hexis Aston + 31.111s 10. Hezemans/Catsburg Exim China Corvette + 31.929s 11. Nygaard/Ickx Belgian Ford + 1m34.717s Retirements: Westbrook/Dumbreck JRM Nissan 26 laps Enge/Muller Young Driver Aston 20 laps Bobbi/Rossi DKR Corvette 6 laps Clairay/Martin Marc VDS Ford 3 laps Nilsson/Janak Swiss Lamborghini 2 laps Matzke/Leclerc Belgian Ford 1 lap Dusseldorp/Piccione Hexis Aston 0 laps