better late then never…;-)
I would like to say thank you to all of you who left me a message or comment on my blog.
I still have to read some of them. Most I have already read the last days since I am a bit better.
Just the not seeing to my right hemisphere gives me enough trouble to not read and writing anymore as before. It’s taking extremely long for me and is sometimes very frustrating. Anyhow, for now I have to start to liv with that, even though I don’t give up and hope it will get better in the future. 😉
This is my way of saying: “Thank You” to all of you for standing beside me in this time….
Round 1: Valencia
International GT Open
Race 2 GTS + GTL (50′)
Dramatic win in rain-soaked GTS race for Ceccato-Salucci (Kessel)
Italians Andrea Ceccato and Uccio Salucci, on one of the Kessel Racing’s Ferrari F430 Scuderia (the one bearing the legendary nr. 46 of their friend Valentino Rossi) took an unexpected and brilliant win in GTS’ Race 2, in front of teammates Livio-Bontempelli and the Phoenix Audi R8 of Tieman-Matthews, which dominated the first stint. The race was rain-soaked and had a dramatic finale, when the leading Ferrari of Dayrault suffered a mechanical failure and Ceccato overtook Livio after a furious fight.
Tiemann takes the lead at the start in front of Frezza, Bontempelli, Ortelli, Lancieri, Scheier and Salucci, on a very wet track where visibility is an issuer. The Autorlando Porsche of Gruber goes off track on lap 2, remaining trapped in the gravel for a moment, as does Frezza in lap 5, while Scheier passes Lancieri for fourth.
The Audi dominates until the pit-stop. After all driver changes are done, Matthews has to let Dayrault take the lead but he resists the attacks of Ceccato. There is a slight contact between the two and in lap 20, and Livio takes the opportunity to pass both for second. The two Kessels are now chasing the leading Luxury Ferrari and fighting between themselves.
The end of the race is spectacular, with Dayrault suffering a drive-shaft failure and Ceccato overtaking and touching Livio a few corners from the flag, to take a superb victory, as he did two years ago here, in similar conditions with the Racing Box Lambo. The Audi is third ahead of the Villois Aston, the second Luxury car and the RPM Ford GT, while Escamez-Monzon win among Spanish championship contenders with their Lambo Gallardo.
1.Ceccato-Salucci, 13 p.
2.Matthews-Tiemann, Deverikos-Gruber, 10 p.
4. Livio-Bontempelli, 8 p.
5.Dayrault-Ortelli, 6 p.
Drivers Team Vehicle Total Time Kph
1 46 Andrea Ceccato/Alessio Salucci Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:12.629 – 117.3 8 1:54.200 126.3
2 51 Stefano Livio/Lorenzo Bontempelli Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:16.414 +3.785 117.2 8 1:53.604 126.9
3 59 Jim Matthews/Marcel Tieman Phoenix Racing Audi R8 GTR LMS GTS I
25 51:41.693 +29.064 116.2 4 1:52.334 128.3
4 52 Angelo Lancelotti/Gabriele Lancieri Villois Racing Aston Martin DBRS 9 GTS I
25 51:50.214 +37.585 115.9 5 1:54.977 125.4
5 64 Michel Petit/Johan Boris Scheier Michel Petit Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:53.001 +40.372 115.8 7 1:54.004 126.5
6 62 Alex Mortimer/Peter Bamford Team RPM Ford GT GTS I
25 51:53.133 +40.504 115.8 17 1:55.364 125.0
7 57 Gabriel Balthazard/Jean Luc Beaubelique Team Sofrev Asp Ferrari 430 GT3 GTS I
25 52:57.309 +1:44.680 113.4 10 1:56.640 123.6
8 58 Siebrand Dijkstra/Arjan van der Zwaan Brinkmann Motorsport Audi R8 GTR LMS GTS I
25 52:58.622 +1:45.993 113.4 12 1:56.302 124.0
9 56 Maurice Ricci/Mike Savary Team Sofrev Asp Ferrari 430 GT3 GTS I
25 53:03.058 +1:50.429 113.2 7 1:57.879 122.3
10 63 Jean Philippe Dayraut/Stephane Ortelli Jean Philippe Dayraut Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
24 49:10.259 1 Lap 117.3 13 1:54.089 126.4
Lap 4 Marcel Tieman 1:52.334 128.3 Kph
Interview (german) after the first VLN race 2010
summer is over and as well the time where we had to wait more then 5 weeks for the next race.
The last months past by so quick, My sister got married in Belgrade ( My got what a party. Never tried homemade Slivovitza before but I have to say not too bad, no headaches. We were celebrating for 3 days in a row and it was one of the best weddings I’ve ever been 😉 . If you are single, think about spending a weekend there. You wont regret it. The Parties you can have there are amazing.
Although I was quiet busy, I really missed the Nürburgring/ Nordschleife.
On friday I did some taxi drives and my Osteopath from Hamburg was able to get a lap with me. He is working as well for the Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 footballteam. He couldn’t get the smiling out of his face even hours later ;-). Amazing talent this guy and if you need a serious Osteopath or Physio, drop me a line!
…this race I was lucky to drive on two cars. The Wochenspiegel #116 and my regular one #117
I qualified the #116 with 8:13min on Pole. The Lap was great, I had only one yellow where I had to lift but otherwise hardly no traffic or at least no traffic that slows you down on some parts of the track.
To be able to drive on both cars I needed to start on the #116 and than finish with my #117
Start was good and I was able to lead by nearly 20 sec. after 8 Laps. I was also able to set the fastest Laptime in the race with 8:17min.
For me, the raceday started nearly perfect.
Unfortunately the #116 retired a bit later and again the Wochenspiegel car didn’t finish. These guys are not very lucky this year and its a shame because the car is so nice to drive even with less downforce then the #117. ( but faster on the straight, thats why I could drive the fastest Laptime)
I didn’t have a lot time to relax. Only a view laps later Romain Dumas came in and I had to jump in for the last 9+3 laps.
We were on 4th position when I took over and my job from Olaf Manthey was to attack and try to gain as much as positions as possible.
So I did.
I closed the gap of approx. 15sec to the Audi with Marc Basseng on the wheel. I told Olaf that I am now behind the Audi but its not easy to pass because they are faster on the straights. We had 5 more laps to go and we needed to come in anyhow for fuel for 3 more Laps. So Olaf told me to come in at the end of this lap, if Basseng stays out. He did so I pushed coming in the Pitlane, late braking for the 60km/h pitspeed and hoped for a quick splash and dash! It was perfect and our strategy worked out. Now back on the track I pushed like crazy with no Audi in front of me. We knew he has to come in as well for the 3 Laps of fuel, so now was our chance to take the 2nd position from the Audi.
When I was driving down the Döttinger Höhe Olaf told me Basseng comes for his Pit Stop. Now I was nervous if my laptimes where fast enough to pass him before he comes again out on the track…………Done!, I was in front with a lead of a view seconds and 3 Laps to go.
He could gain back some time but was never close enough to pass me.
Now in the last lap , there was one more yellow and I guess he could close the gap a bit more but still nothing to worry about.
When I came out of Galgenkopf I could see that my advantage is enough to keep the 2nd place.
He never had a chance to attack me but I saw he is coming closer because of the higher topspeed of the Audi. Once you are passing the Tiergarten there is no way to overtake anymore, except he would have been already next to me. But that was not the case.
WHAT HAPPENED THAN:
While I was already driving the downhill left, this lunatic tried to overtake me on the inside. There was never ever a chance to pass me but I guess he has an ego problem, tried to proof everybody what kind of good driver he is and massed it up completely.
There was NO ROOM for him next to me, he touched me at the back left at approx. 275 km/h!!!
My car was immediately oversteering, I drove into the left grass before the compression still struggling to catch the car. My first thought was, if I loose the car or start to roll at that speed, I am dead….. Next thing was that I jumped over the track onto the right grass still not sure if I am able to control the car. By luck, I came back to the track before Hohenrain, the last left, right, left before the start and finish line.
Even after I came back on the track in one piece, he still pushed and tried to pass me!!! He didn’t understand what just happened or how this could have ended…..
In 17 years of racing all kinds of cars and tracks, I was never that scared….
Maybe now some will understand why I was out of control in the Parc ferme and behaved the way I did. Other racing people told me, they would not have been as controlled as I was with Basseng than!
Even if there was a chance, what wasn’t the case, you never try to overtake there. Thats the same for the Fuchsröhre or Schwedenkreuz and other spots on the Nordschleife. You have to be side by side BEFORE the Tiergarten Brücke, otherwise you lost the battle and have to stick back or try later.
These places are too dangerous for passing and it could end up in massive shunts, injuries or even worth.Most of you maybe remember the deadly accidents in Schwedenkreuz and Tiergarten (Ulli Richter) a view year ago.
What Marc Basseng has done there is unacceptable, irresponsible and he was risking his and my life.
I haven’t talked to anyone who is not agreeing…
This, I never want to experience again and I don’t wish that somebody will be in such a situation ever…..
Now I am looking forward to the next VLN race on the 17th.
The Nordschleife is magic and has always been good to me.. 😉
see you guys,
Interview with vln-fanpage.de (german) after the race.
The 6h race is our second most important race of the season and I am very happy with the outcome…..HATTRICK.
For the first time this year I was starting on two cars. My own and the Wochenspiegel car. So on Friday I just did two Laps on the Wochenspiegel to get familiar with it. Its more like a Cup S-Manthey. I could feel that a lot in the medium to fast corners because of the less downforce it was generating. But for that on the straight I gained some Km/h. It was interesting to see which car is performing better the RSR or that one.
Marc was qualifying the RSR and me the Cup S-Manthey. What a surprise, I was just in front of the RSR and qualified third while Marc qualified 4th. So I would guess the cars are very close to each other with different advantages.
I started the race so I could later join my own car for the third stint.
I directly moved to second position and even attacked the Ford. But I didn’t want to risk too much cause my teammates were not so lucky lately and I really wanted to give them the car back in perfect shape. Everything was cool and I could hold second position while it was changing from dry to rain and back and forth. I nearly lost it coming back to the GP track but lucky wise I could catch it. Now I was definitely awake 😉 .
When it started to rain all over the track I was calling the Pit and ask for a driver change and wet tires. Apparently it never happened because when I was in the left hand corner before Schwalbenschwanz I spun while downshifting without touching the wall. When I tried to start again I had no push forward and at this time I thought it is the Gearbox. We had problems with it the whole weekend. Later we found out that a driveshaft broke. So the race was over. I felt really bad for Georg and Michael because they couldn’t race again….
While I was busy with all that Arno handed over the car to Marc and we could take the lead by nearly 50 sec. When it was my turn, I continued to push and before Marc took over from me we had a comfortable gap from around 1,45min.
The conditions were exceptional hard because some parts of the track were extremely wet and some dry and the next lap it was again somewhere else. That’s the moments when you need your experiences and try to survive but at the same time try to open the gap even more.
I was very happy for the team that we could win this 6h race for the third time in a row under this difficult situations.
Now we have a long brake and I will use the time for some holidays and training.
You know: The older you get, the more you have to train yourself to be still quicker then the young guys…..
Interview with vln-fanpage.de (german)
not much to say this time.
Arno started the race and after a view laps the gearbox broke. It was the same we used since the 24h and after this race it would have been rebuild. The only good thing is, that we know how long we can drive with the same one.
Ohh, what really impressed me was the Qualifying time from the Ford!!! Looks like we should get back our old Air-restrictor…Or what do you guys think? ;-))
Of course its a joke. For my understanding the Laptimes were supposed to be slower than last year and I think thats also the right way to go.
Lets see what happens in the 6h race. Probably I will drive as well the Wochenspiegel car. Its something I am looking forward too because the car should be really nice to drive and maybe we can have some fun at the start…
Interview with vln-fanpage.de (german)