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The 2010 FIA GT1 Algarve round was an auto race held at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão, Portugal on 17–19 September 2010. Serving as the seventh round of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship season, the FIA GT1 race served as part of the larger Portimão Supercar event and was joined by the FIA GT3 European Championship, GT4 European Cup, and Superleague Formula. The former FIA GT Championship previously raced at the Algarve circuit in 2009.

BackgroundEdit

Success Ballast[1]
Entry Ballast
No. 7 Young Driver AMR 40 kg (88 lb)
No. 24 Reiter 30 kg (66 lb)
No. 13 Phoenix Racing / Carsport 20 kg (44 lb)
No. 1 Vitaphone Racing Team 10 kg (22 lb)
No. 10 Hexis AMR 10 kg (22 lb)
No. 33 Triple H Team Hegersport 10 kg (22 lb)

As part of the FIA Balance of Performance, Ford GTs were allowed the team to increase the size of their air restrictors for more power, although the cars also had to carry an extra 12 kg (26 lb) of ballast.[2] Further, six teams entered the Portimão round with success ballast. The No. 7 Young Driver which won the previous round at the Nürburgring carried 40 kg (88 lb), while further top four finishers Reiter, Phoenix, and Hexis also gained ballast. The No. 11 Vitaphone entry, which led both the Drivers' and Teams' Championships entering Portimão, retains 10 kg (22 lb) of the 20 previously carried in the previous round, while the No. 33 Hegersport car shed 40 kg of ballast carried over from the Nürburgring.

Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini of Vitaphone retained the Drivers' Championship lead they had held since the Paul Ricard round, holding a fourteen-point gap over Thomas Mutsch of Matech. Tomáš Enge and Darren Turner shared third place a further twelve points behind Mutsch. In the Teams' Championship, Vitaphone also held the points lead by a margin of 26 points over Reiter, while Young Driver were four points further back.

QualifyingEdit

Phoenix's Marc Hennerici was able to put the team's sole Corvette on pole position in the final qualifying session by a margin of three hundredths of a second. Marc VDS initially earned their best qualifying position to date by claiming the front row in the No. 40 Ford GT, but were later penalized to the back of the grid after their car failed a stall test during technical inspection. The penalty promoted the No. 23 Sumo Power Nissan to the front row, while the Vitaphone duo locked out the second row on the grid.

Qualifying resultEdit

For qualifying, Driver 1 participates in the first and third sessions while Driver 2 participates in only the second session. The fastest lap for each session is indicated with bold.

Pos No. Driver 1 Team Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Grid
Driver 2
1 13   Marc Hennerici   Phoenix Racing / Carsport 1:42.912 1:42.597 1:42.394 1
  Alexandros Margaritis
2 40   Maxime Martin   Marc VDS Racing Team 1:42.802 1:43.022 1:42.424 23
  Bas Leinders
3 23   Peter Dumbreck   Sumo Power GT 1:43.102 1:42.583 1:42.724 2
  Michael Krumm
4 2   Enrique Bernoldi   Vitaphone Racing Team 1:43.188 1:43.327 1:42.827 3
  Miguel Ramos
5 1   Andrea Bertolini   Vitaphone Racing Team 1:43.088 1:42.721 1:42.843 4
  Michael Bartels
6 38   Nicky Pastorelli   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:43.398 1:42.901 1:43.537 5
  Dominik Schwager
7 34   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof   Triple H Team Hegersport 1:43.439 1:42.465 1:44.605 6
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
8 33   Altfrid Heger   Triple H Team Hegersport 1:43.557 1:43.153 No Time 7
  Alex Müller
9 37   Christophe Bouchut   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:43.153 1:43.429 8
  Marc Basseng
10 25   Frank Kechele   Reiter 1:42.750 1:43.510 9
  Jos Menten
11 7   Darren Turner   Young Driver AMR 1:43.110 1:43.581 10
  Tomáš Enge
12 11   Julien Jousse   Mad-Croc Racing 1:42.819 1:43.727 11
  Xavier Maassen
13 8   Stefan Mücke   Young Driver AMR 1:43.397 1:44.303 12
  Pedro Lamy
14 9   Frédéric Makowiecki   Hexis AMR 1:43.102 1:44.596 13
  Yann Clairay
15 4   Seiji Ara   Swiss Racing Team 1:42.953 1:44.607 14
  Max Nilsson
16 12   Laurent Cazenave   Mad-Croc Racing 1:43.568 1:45.124 15
  Pertti Kuismanen
17 6   Nicolas Prost   Matech Competition 1:43.762 16
  Neel Jani
18 41   Markus Palttala   Marc VDS Racing Team 1:43.796 17
  Renaud Kuppens
19 3   Karl Wendlinger   Swiss Racing Team 1:43.812 18
  Henri Moser
20 10   Jonathan Hirschi   Hexis AMR 1:43.904 19
  Clivio Piccione
21 24   Peter Kox   Reiter 1:44.008 20
  Christopher Haase
22 5   Thomas Mutsch   Matech Competition 1:44.083 21
  Richard Westbrook
23 22   Jamie Campbell-Walter   Sumo Power GT 1:44.686 22
  Warren Hughes

RacesEdit

Qualifying RaceEdit

Alexandros Margaritis led the field away from pole position, taking command for the first half of the race. After the pit stop and driver change, Sumo Power's Peter Dumbreck was able to catch up to leader Marc Hennerici, eventually passing the Corvette into Turn 1 in the final ten minutes of the race. The Vitaphone Maserati of Andrea Bertolini, following close behind the two, was eventually able to also pass Hennerici and secure second place

Race resultEdit

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 23   Sumo Power GT   Peter Dumbreck
  Michael Krumm
Nissan 34
2 1   Vitaphone Racing Team   Michael Bartels
  Andrea Bertolini
Maserati 34 −2.474
3 13   Phoenix Racing / Carsport   Marc Hennerici
  Alexandros Margaritis
Corvette 34 −9.222
4 7   Young Driver AMR   Tomáš Enge
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin 34 −26.210
5 5   Matech Competition   Thomas Mutsch
  Richard Westbrook
Ford 34 −29.079
6 33   Triple H Team Hegersport   Altfrid Heger
  Alex Müller
Maserati 34 −39.464
7 11   Mad-Croc Racing   Xavier Maassen
  Julien Jousse
Corvette 34 −39.581
8 38   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Nicky Pastorelli
  Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 34 −39.982
9 22   Sumo Power GT   Warren Hughes
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 34 −40.108
10 9   Hexis AMR   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Yann Clairay
Aston Martin 34 −40.428
11 4   Swiss Racing Team   Max Nilsson
  Seiji Ara
Nissan 34 −40.680
12 24   Reiter   Peter Kox
  Christopher Haase
Lamborghini 34 −41.549
13 2   Vitaphone Racing Team   Miguel Ramos
  Enrique Bernoldi
Maserati 34 −43.590
14 25   Reiter   Jos Menten
  Frank Kechele
Lamborghini 34 −44.500
15 8   Young Driver AMR   Stefan Mücke
  Pedro Lamy
Aston Martin 34 −47.150
16 10   Hexis AMR   Clivio Piccione
  Jonathan Hirschi
Aston Martin 34 −58.365
17 12   Mad-Croc Racing   Pertti Kuismanen
  Laurent Cazenave
Corvette 34 −1:51.030
18 34   Triple H Team Hegersport   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
Maserati 33 −1 Lap
19 41   Marc VDS Racing Team   Renaud Kuppens
  Markus Palttala
Ford 33 −1 Lap
20 6   Matech Competition   Nicolas Prost
  Neel Jani
Ford 25 −9 Laps
21
DNF
40   Marc VDS Racing Team   Bas Leinders
  Maxime Martin
Ford 22 Retired
22
DNF
3   Swiss Racing Team   Karl Wendlinger
  Henri Moser
Nissan 18 Damage
23
DNF
37   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Marc Basseng
  Christophe Bouchut
Lamborghini 13 Retired

Championship RaceEdit

Following the Qualifying Race win, the Sumo Power Nissan led into the first turn, ahead of the No. 1 Vitaphone Maserati. Further down the field the No. 38 Münnich Lamborghini spun onto the outside runoff where it was collected by the No. 2 Vitaphone Maserati. Jamie Campbell-Walter's Nissan was also hit in the first turn, causing steering damage and forcing the team's retirement. At the opening of the pit window, the two leaders pitted together, but Sumo Power suffered from a tire change problem which dropped them down the race order, handing the lead to Vitaphone's Andrea Bertolini. The Phoenix Racing Corvette was promoted into second after the pit stops before being overtaken by Richard Westbrook in the No. 5 Matech Ford. Westbrook attempted to chase down the leading Maserati, but was only able to come within a second and a half at the end of the race.

Race resultEdit

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 1   Vitaphone Racing Team   Michael Bartels
  Andrea Bertolini
Maserati 34
2 5   Matech Competition   Thomas Mutsch
  Richard Westbrook
Ford 34 −1.402
3 13   Phoenix Racing / Carsport   Marc Hennerici
  Alexandros Margaritis
Corvette 34 −15.482
4 23   Sumo Power GT   Peter Dumbreck
  Michael Krumm
Nissan 34 −24.623
5 40   Marc VDS Racing Team   Bas Leinders
  Maxime Martin
Ford 34 −31.945
6 9   Hexis AMR   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Yann Clairay
Aston Martin 34 −32.483
7 24   Reiter   Peter Kox
  Christopher Haase
Lamborghini 34 −32.850
8 25   Reiter   Jos Menten
  Frank Kechele
Lamborghini 34 −34.845
9 33   Triple H Team Hegersport   Altfrid Heger
  Alex Müller
Maserati 34 −41.948
10 7   Young Driver AMR   Tomáš Enge
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin 34 −43.495
11 8   Young Driver AMR   Stefan Mücke
  Pedro Lamy
Aston Martin 34 −44.434
12 6   Matech Competition   Nicolas Prost
  Neel Jani
Ford 34 −46.306
13 10   Hexis AMR   Clivio Piccione
  Jonathan Hirschi
Aston Martin 34 −47.565
14 11   Mad-Croc Racing   Xavier Maassen
  Julien Jousse
Corvette 34 −54.916
15 41   Marc VDS Racing Team   Renaud Kuppens
  Markus Palttala
Ford 34 −1:10.419
16 12   Mad-Croc Racing   Pertti Kuismanen
  Laurent Cazenave
Corvette 33 −1 Lap
17 37   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Marc Basseng
  Christophe Bouchut
Lamborghini 32 −2 Laps
18 4   Swiss Racing Team   Max Nilsson
  Seiji Ara
Nissan 32 −2 Laps
19 34   Triple H Team Hegersport   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
Maserati 32 −2 Laps
20 3   Swiss Racing Team   Karl Wendlinger
  Henri Moser
Nissan 31 −3 Laps
21
DNF
38   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Nicky Pastorelli
  Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 13 Retired
22
DNF
22   Sumo Power GT   Warren Hughes
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 1 Damage
23
DNF
2   Vitaphone Racing Team   Miguel Ramos
  Enrique Bernoldi
Maserati 0 Collision

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIA Entry List Algarve (PRT) – 19 September 2010" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 2010-09-18.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Upgrades for Marc VDS in Portimao". gt1world.com. SRO Group. 2010-09-16. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18.

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