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2009 FIA GT Championship season
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Michael Bartels & Andrea Bertolini won the GT1 Championship for Drivers

The 2009 FIA GT Championship season was the thirteenth season of the FIA GT Championship for grand tourer cars competing in the GT1 and GT2 categories. The season began 3 May, and ended 25 October after eight races. This was also the final season of a combined GT1 and GT2 championship before the launch of the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010.

Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati drivers Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini successfully defended their GT1 Championships, pulling clear of the rivals in the final two events of the season after a close battle with the Peka Racing Chevrolet team of Anthony Kumpen and Mike Hezemans. Bartels and Bertolini won races at Adria International Raceway and Hungaroring in the way to the title, a third championship each for the pair. With the assistance of Miguel Ramos and Alex Müller in the team's second Maserati MC12 GT1, Vitaphone Racing Team also secured the Teams Championship.

In the lower specification GT2 category, former Porsche Supercup champion Richard Westbrook won the GT2 championship, driving a Prospeed Competition Porsche. Westbrook won the title by just two points over AF Corse Ferrari pairing of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Controversially Westbrook was split from his season long partner Emmanuel Collard at the final round, swapping cars with Brixia Racing driver Marco Holzer in a successful attempt to maximise Porsche's chances of defeating the Ferrari pairing. AF Corse, with the help of the team's second car of Álvaro Barba and Niki Cadei, did defeat Prospeed in the teams championship. CRS Racing driver Chris Niarchos was awarded the Citation Cup for amateur drivers.

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ScheduleEdit

The 2009 schedule was initially announced by the FIA on 5 November 2008, with seven events consisting of two-hour races, the Bucharest City Challenge of two separate one-hour races, and the Spa 24 Hours. Adria's event was once again scheduled to take place at night.[1] However at a further meeting of the FIA on 17 March 2009 the calendar was set at eight rounds, with the cancellation of the Potrero de los Funes event and the inclusion of Circuit Paul Ricard. This decreased the number of two-hour races from seven to six.[2]

On 16 June the Bucharest Ring, Romania cancelled their planned FIA GT event. The series therefore replaced the fifth round with an event at the Hungaroring in Hungary which would return to the normal two-hour race format.[3]

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1   RAC Tourist Trophy Silverstone Circuit 3 May
2   Adria 2 Hours Adria International Raceway 16 May
3   Oschersleben 2 Hours Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 21 June
4   24 Hours of Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 25 July
26 July
5   Budapest City Challenge Hungaroring 30 August
6   Algarve 2 Hours Autódromo Internacional do Algarve 20 September
7   Paul Ricard 2 Hours Circuit Paul Ricard 4 October
8   Zolder 2 Hours Circuit Zolder 25 October

Entry listEdit

GT1Edit

Entrant Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12 GT1 Maserati 6.0 L V12 M 1   Michael Bartels All
  Andrea Bertolini All
  Stéphane Sarrazin 4
  Alexandre Negrão 4
2   Miguel Ramos All
  Alex Müller All
  Eric van de Poele 4
  Pedro Lamy 4
  Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 33   Alessandro Pier Guidi 4–8
  Vincent Vosse 4
  Carl Rosenblad 4
  Stéphane Lémeret 4
  Matteo Bobbi 5–8
  Selleslagh Racing Team Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8 M 3   Bert Longin All
  James Ruffier All
  Maxime Soulet 4
  Oliver Gavin 4
  PekaRacing nv Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8 M 4   Anthony Kumpen All
  Mike Hezemans All
  Kurt Mollekens 4
  Jos Menten 4
  Sangari Team Brazil Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8 M 8   Enrique Bernoldi 4–8
  Roberto Streit 4–8
  Xavier Maassen 4, 6
  DKR Engineering 9   Jos Menten 1
  Markus Palttala 1
  Full Speed Racing Saleen S7-R Ford 7.0 L V8 P 11   Stéphane Lémeret 1–3, 5–6
  Luke Hines 1–3, 5–6
  Robert Dierick 4
  Carlo van Dam 4
  Arjan van der Zwaan 4
  Rob van der Zwaan 4
13   Ferdinando Monfardini 1–3
  Michael Orts 1–2
  Johnny Mowlem 3
  K plus K Motorsport Saleen S7-R Ford 7.0 L V8 M 14   Karl Wendlinger 1–3, 5
  Ryan Sharp 1–3, 5
18   Adam Lacko 1–3, 5
  Mario Domínguez 1–3
  Max Nilsson 5
  Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8 M 19   Xavier Maassen 1–3, 5, 7–8
  Guillaume Moreau 1–2
  Thomas Biagi 3, 5, 7–8
  Solution F Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello Ferrari 5.9 L V12 M 21   Ange Barde 7
  Olivier Panis 7
  Nissan Motorsports[N 1] Nissan GT-R GT1 Nissan VK56DE 5.6 L V8 M 35   Darren Turner 1, 3–4, 8
  Michael Krumm 1, 3–4, 8
  Anthony Davidson 4
  Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT1 Ford 5.0 L V8 M 40   Bas Leinders All
  Renaud Kuppens All
  Eric de Doncker 4
  Matech GT Racing Ford GT1 Ford 5.0 L V8 M 44   Thomas Mutsch 1–3, 5, 7
  Thomas Biagi 1–2
  Marc Hennerici 3
  Jonathan Hirschi 5
  Henri Moser 7
  1. ^ As Nissan Motorsports were considered to be a factory team, they and their drivers were ineligible to score championship points.

GT2Edit

Entrant Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
  AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTC Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 50   Toni Vilander All
  Gianmaria Bruni All
  Jaime Melo 4
  Luís Pérez Companc 4
51   Álvaro Barba All
  Niki Cadei All
  Matías Russo 4
  Pierre Kaffer 4
  CRS Racing Ferrari F430 GTC Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 55   Tim Mullen All
  Chris Niarchos 1–7
  Phil Quaife 4
  Chris Goodwin 4
  Antonio García 8
56   Andrew Kirkaldy All
  Rob Bell All
  Antonio García 4
  Peter Kox 4
  Trackspeed Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
M 58   David Ashburn 8
  Sascha Maassen 8
59   David Ashburn 1–7
  Tim Sugden 1–2, 4–6
  Jörg Bergmeister 3–4, 8
  Stéphane Ortelli 4
  Sascha Maassen 7
  Chris Mamerow 8
  Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
M 60   Richard Westbrook All
  Emmanuel Collard 1–7
  Sean Edwards 4
  Darryl O'Young 4
  Marco Holzer 8
61   Marco Holzer 1–3, 5–7
  Darryl O'Young 1–2, 5–8
  Sean Edwards 3
  Paul van Splunteren 4
  Raymond Coronel 4
  Niek Hommerson 4
  Louis Machiels 4
  Marc Lieb 8
  IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 70   Raymond Narac 4
  Patrick Pilet 4
  Patrick Long 4
  BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GTC Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M
P
77   Paolo Ruberti All
  Matteo Malucelli All
  Kenneth Heyer 4
  Diego Romanini 4
78   Diego Romanini 1–3, 5–7
  Kenneth Heyer 1–3, 5
  Fabio Babini 4
  Christian Pescatori 4
  Marcello Zani 4
  Ettore Bonaldi 6-7
  Stéphane Lémeret 8
  Luigi Lucchini 8
  Hexis Racing AMR Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 M 80   Stefan Mücke 1, 3
  Frédéric Makowiecki 1, 3
  Pecom Racing Ferrari F430 GTC Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 95   Matías Russo 1, 3, 5–8
  Luís Pérez Companc 1, 3, 5–8
  Cédric Sbirrazuoli 2, 4
  Francesco La Mazza 2
  Lorenzo Casè 4
  Brixia Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
M 97   Martin Ragginger All
  Luigi Lucchini 1-7
  Marco Holzer 4
  Bryce Miller 4
  Emmanuel Collard 8
  JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GTC Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 99   Maurizio Basso 4
  Peter Kutemann 4
  John Hartshorne 4
  Stéphane Daoudi 4

Season resultsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Points were awarded to the top eight finishers in the order of 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1. Cars which failed to complete 75% of the winner's distance were not awarded points. Drivers who did not drive for at least 35 minutes do not receive points.

Driver championshipsEdit

GT1 standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Team SIL
 
ADR
 
OSC
 
SPA
 
BUD
 
ALG
 
PAU
 
ZOL
 
Total
points
1   Michael Bartels   Vitaphone Racing Team 2 1 2 4 1 5 5 3 55
1   Andrea Bertolini   Vitaphone Racing Team 2 1 2 4 1 5 5 3 55
2   Anthony Kumpen   PekaRacing nv 4 2 1 1 5 2 Ret 2 53
2   Mike Hezemans   PekaRacing nv 4 2 1 1 5 2 Ret 2 53
3   Bert Longin   Selleslagh Racing Team 6 5 4 5 6 1 3 6 38
3   James Ruffier   Selleslagh Racing Team 6 5 4 5 6 1 3 6 38
4   Xavier Maassen   Luc Alphand Aventures 3 4 5 4 4 4 35
  Sangari Team Brazil Ret 4
5   Alessandro Pier Guidi   Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 2 2 6 6 1 32
6   Miguel Ramos   Vitaphone Racing Team Ret 3 3 6 Ret 3 2 7 31
6   Alex Müller   Vitaphone Racing Team Ret 3 3 6 Ret 3 2 7 31
7   Enrique Bernoldi   Sangari Team Brazil Ret 3 4 1 5 25
7   Roberto Streit   Sangari Team Brazil Ret 3 4 1 5 25
8   Matteo Bobbi   Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 2 6 6 1 24
9   Thomas Biagi   Matech GT Racing 8 9 20
  Luc Alphand Aventures 5 4 4 4
10   Stéphane Lémeret   Full Speed Racing 9 6 8 Ret 8 13
  Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 2
11   Jos Menten   DKR Engineering 7 12
  PekaRacing nv 1
12   Guillaume Moreau   Luc Alphand Aventures 3 4 11
13   Karl Wendlinger   K plus K Motorsport 1 Ret 10 DSQ 10
13   Ryan Sharp   K plus K Motorsport 1 Ret 10 DSQ 10
14   Kurt Mollekens   PekaRacing nv 1 10
15   Renaud Kuppens   Marc VDS Racing Team 10 7 6 NC 7 7 9 Ret 9
15   Bas Leinders   Marc VDS Racing Team 10 7 6 NC 7 7 9 Ret 9
16   Vincent Vosse   Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 2 8
16   Carl Rosenblad   Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 2 8
17   Adam Lacko   K plus K Motorsport 5 8 Ret 8 6
18   Stéphane Sarrazin   Vitaphone Racing Team 4 5
18   Alexandre Negrão   Vitaphone Racing Team 4 5
19   Mario Domínguez   K plus K Motorsport 5 8 Ret 5
20   Luke Hines   Full Speed Racing 9 6 8 Ret 8 5
21   Maxime Soulet   Selleslagh Racing Team 5 4
21   Oliver Gavin   Selleslagh Racing Team 5 4
22   Thomas Mutsch   Matech GT Racing 8 9 7 9 8 4
23   Eric van de Poele   Vitaphone Racing Team 6 3
23   Pedro Lamy   Vitaphone Racing Team 6 3
24   Markus Palttala   DKR Engineering 7 2
24   Marc Hennerici   Matech GT Racing 7 2
24   Ange Barde   Solution F 7 2
24   Olivier Panis   Solution F 7 2
25   Max Nilsson   K plus K Motorsport 8 1
25   Henri Moser   Matech GT Racing 8 1
Pos. Driver Team SIL
 
ADR
 
OSC
 
SPA
 
BUD
 
ALG
 
PAU
 
ZOL
 
Total
points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

GT2 standingsEdit

 
Richard Westbrook won the GT2 Cup for Drivers
Pos. Driver Team SIL
 
ADR
 
OSC
 
SPA
 
BUD
 
ALG
 
PAU
 
ZOL
 
Total
points
1   Richard Westbrook   Prospeed Competition 1 1 Ret DSQ 1 2 2 1 56
2   Gianmaria Bruni   AF Corse 11 2 1 1 2 6 1 4 54
2   Toni Vilander   AF Corse 11 2 1 1 2 6 1 4 54
3   Emmanuel Collard   Prospeed Competition 1 1 Ret DSQ 1 2 2 49
  Brixia Racing 6
4   Álvaro Barba   AF Corse 5 3 7 Ret 5 1 3 7 34
4   Niki Cadei   AF Corse 5 3 7 Ret 5 1 3 7 34
5   Rob Bell   CRS Racing 3 7 5 2 6 5 8 3 34
5   Andrew Kirkaldy   CRS Racing 3 7 5 2 6 5 8 3 34
6   Luís Pérez Companc   Pecom Racing 2 Ret 7 4 4 10 30
  AF Corse 1
7   Paolo Ruberti   BMS Scuderia Italia 4 10 Ret Ret 3 3 7 2 27
7   Matteo Malucelli   BMS Scuderia Italia 4 10 Ret Ret 3 3 7 2 27
8   Marco Holzer   Prospeed Competition 6 4 DSQ 4 Ret DSQ 1 23
  Brixia Racing DSQ
9   Tim Mullen   CRS Racing 9 6 3 3 8 8 5 Ret 21
9   Chris Niarchos   CRS Racing 9 6 3 3 8 8 5 21
10   Matías Russo   Pecom Racing 2 Ret 7 4 4 10 20
  AF Corse Ret
11   Martin Ragginger   Brixia Racing 8 5 4 DSQ 9 7 6 6 18
12   Luigi Lucchini   Brixia Racing 8 5 4 DSQ 9 7 6 15
  BMS Scuderia Italia Ret
13   Darryl O'Young   Prospeed Competition 6 4 DSQ 4 Ret DSQ 8 14
14   Jaime Melo   AF Corse 1 10
15   Frédéric Makowiecki   Hexis Racing AMR 7 2 10
15   Stefan Mücke   Hexis Racing AMR 7 2 10
16   Antonio García   CRS Racing 2 Ret 8
16   Peter Kox   CRS Racing 2 8
17   Jörg Bergmeister   Trackspeed Racing 6 DSQ 5 7
18   Phil Quaife   CRS Racing 3 6
18   Chris Goodwin   CRS Racing 3 6
19   Maurizio Basso   JMB Racing 4 5
19   Peter Kutemann   JMB Racing 4 5
19   John Hartshone   JMB Racing 4 5
19   Stéphane Daoudi   JMB Racing 4 5
20   Chris Mamerow   Trackspeed Racing 5 4
21   David Ashburn   Trackspeed Racing Ret 8 6 DSQ 11 10 9 9 4
22   Diego Romanini   BMS Scuderia Italia 10 9 8 Ret 10 9 Ret 1
23   Kenneth Heyer   BMS Scuderia Italia 10 9 8 Ret 10 1
24   Tim Sugden   Trackspeed Racing Ret 8 DSQ 11 10 1
25   Marc Lieb   Prospeed Competition 8 1
Pos. Driver Team SIL
 
ADR
 
OSC
 
SPA
 
BUD
 
ALG
 
PAU
 
ZOL
 
Total
points

Citation CupEdit

New for 2009, the Citation Cup involved amateur drivers in the GT2 category rather than the GT1 category used since 2007. Drivers rated as bronze by the GT Bureau driver classification system were allowed to enter the Citation Cup if they competed in a car which was homologated before 2009. Points in the Citation Cup were awarded at every FIA GT round except for the Spa 24 Hours.[4]

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1   Chris Niarchos   CRS Racing 8 10 10 8 8 8 52
2   Luís Pérez Companc   PeCom Racing Team 10 0 10 10 10 8 48
3   David Ashburn   Trackspeed Racing 0 8 8 6 6 6 10 44
4   Jean-Claude Lagniez   Red Racing 6 6

Team championshipsEdit

GT1 standingsEdit

The Nissan Motorsports entry was not allowed to score championship points due to being run as a factory team.

Pos. Team SIL
 
ADR
 
OSC
 
SPA
 
BUD
 
ALG
 
PAU
 
ZOL
 
Total
points
1   Vitaphone Racing Team 2 1 2 4 1 3 2 3 86
Ret 3 3 6 Ret 5 5 7
2   PekaRacing nv 4 2 1 1 5 2 Ret 2 53
3   Selleslagh Racing Team 6 5 4 5 6 1 3 6 38
4   Vitaphone Racing Team DHL 2 2 6 6 1 32
5   Luc Alphand Aventures 3 4 5 4 4 4 30
6   Sangari Team Brazil Ret 3 4 1 5 25
7   K plus K Motorsport 1 8 10 8 16
5 Ret Ret DSQ
8   Marc VDS Racing Team 10 7 6 NC 7 7 9 Ret 9
9   Full Speed Racing 9 6 8 Ret Ret 8 5
Ret Ret Ret
10   Matech GT Racing 8 9 7 9 8 4
11   DKR Engineering 7 2
11   Solution F 7 2
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

GT2 standingsEdit

Pos. Team SIL
 
ADR
 
OSC
 
SPA
 
BUD
 
ALG
 
PAU
 
ZOL
 
Total
points
1   AF Corse 5 2 1 1 2 1 1 4 88
11 3 7 Ret 5 6 3 7
2   Prospeed Competition 1 1 DSQ DSQ 1 2 2 1 70
6 4 Ret DSQ 4 Ret DSQ 8
3   CRS Racing 3 6 3 2 6 5 5 3 55
9 7 5 3 8 8 8 Ret
4   BMS Scuderia Italia 4 9 8 Ret 3 3 7 2 28
10 10 Ret Ret 10 9 Ret Ret
5   Pecom Racing 2 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 4 10 20
6   Brixia Racing 8 5 4 DSQ 9 7 6 6 18
7   Hexis Racing AMR 7 2 10
8   Trackspeed Racing Ret 8 6 DSQ 11 10 9 5 8
9
9   JMB Racing 4 5
  IMSA Performance Matmut DSQ 0

Manufacturers CupsEdit

 
Ferrari won the GT2 Manufacturers' Cup

Results of the GT2 Manufacturers’ Cup were as follows. Although a GT1 Manufacturers’ Cup was listed in the Sporting Regulations for the 2009 FIA GT Championship, no points table for this award was published. An award was given only for the manufacturers in the GT2 category.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1   Ferrari 23 19 22 19 21 0 25 21 150
2   Porsche 14 20 8 19 15 0 11 18 105
3   Aston Martin 2 8 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "05/11/2008 2009 Calendar announced by FIA World Motor Sport Council". FIA. 2008-11-05. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  2. ^ "World Motor Sport Council – Decisions". FIA. 2009-03-17. Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  3. ^ "Budapest to replace Bucharest for Round 5". FIA GT Championship. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  4. ^ "23/02/2009 New look for the Citation Cup in 2009". FIA GT Championship. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-24.

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