Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm win World GT1 qualifying race at Paul Ricard
|By Gary Watkins||Saturday, July 16th 2011, 15:51 GMT|
Nissan drivers Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm took first blood at Paul Ricard by winning the qualifying race for the latest round of the GT1 World Championship.
The German duo took a clear victory in their JRM-run machine after moving to the front during the pitstop sequence. Luhr trailed his team-mate Peter Dumbreck through the first half of the race, but a quicker stop for the second-placed car reversed the positions.
Dumbreck's co-driver Richard Westbrook briefly edged ahead on the start-finish straight at the end of Krumm's outlap, but the German held the inside line into the first corner and was able to hang onto the lead. Krumm subsequently edged away from Westbrook, whose pace dropped off over the last third of the race.
Krumm said: "It was an incredible turnaround; the boys did an amazing job in the pits. I struggled to get my tyre pressures up and Richard caught me and was almost past. It was a hard race until his tyres went off."
Tomas Enge chased down Westbrook in the closing laps in the best of the Young Driver AMR Aston Martins and claimed second place with an opportunist move at the chicane on the Mistral Straight on the final lap.
Westbrook lost momentum and was caught and passed by Stefan Mucke in the second Young Driver Aston for the final podium position at the penultimate corner.
Fifth place, behind the Dumbreck/Westbrook Nissan went to the best of the Marc VDS Fords driven by Maxime Martin and Frederic Makowiecki.
Results - 27 laps: Pos Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Krumm/Luhr JRM Nissan 1h01m48.063s 2. Enge/Muller Young Driver Aston + 8.350s 3. Mucke/Turner Young Driver Aston + 9.406s 4. Westbrook/Dumbreck JRM Nissan + 10.375s 5. Makowiecki/Martin Marc VDS Ford + 17.171s 6. Hohenadel/Piccini Hexis Aston + 21.142s 7. Winkelhock/Basseng All-Inkl Lamborghini + 23.547s 8. Enjalbert/Rossi DKR Corvette + 25.986s 9. Catsburg/Bernoldi Sumo Power Nissan + 37.111s 10. Campbell-Walter/Brabham Sumo Power Nissan + 58.282s Retirements: Hezemans/Zuber Exim Corvette 17 laps Pastorelli/Schwager All-Inkl Lamborghini 15 laps Leclerc/Clairay Belgian Ford 15 laps Leinders/Hennerici Marc VDS Ford 4 laps Ickx/Nygaard Belgian Ford 3 laps Piccione/Dusseldorp Hexis Aston 2 laps