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2010 FIA GT1 Paul Ricard round

A Matech Ford GT1 testing at Paul Ricard prior to the 2010 season

The 2010 FIA GT1 Paul Ricard round was an auto racing event held at the Paul Ricard HTTT, Le Castellet, France on 2–4 June. The Paul Ricard event was the fourth round of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship season. The 5.81 km (3.61 mi) circuit had previously been utilized by the FIA as a test circuit for all manufacturers as part of FIA GT1's balance of performance, and was also used by the FIA GT Championship in 2009. Support series for the event include the FIA GT3 European Championship, the GT4 European Cup, and the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.

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BackgroundEdit

Success Ballast[1]
Entry Ballast
No. 5 Matech Competition 40 kg (88 lb)
No. 7 Young Driver AMR 30 kg (66 lb)
No. 13 Phoenix Racing / Carsport 20 kg (44 lb)
No. 23 Sumo Power GT 20 kg (44 lb)

After three rounds of the championship, Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch of Matech once again lead the Drivers Championship for the first time since their victory in Abu Dhabi to start the season. Grosjean and Mutsch lead the Vitaphone pair of Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini by twelve points. In the Teams Championship however it is Vitaphone who are on top but are carrying only a four-point margin over Matech. Also, following a fire at Silverstone, Phoenix is once again down to a single Corvette, reducing the series grid to 23. Defending GT1 class race winner Enrique Bernoldi, who won the 2009 FIA GT event in a Corvette, is also part of the 2010 field with Vitaphone Maserati.

Following the previous round in Brno, performance balancing modifications were published by the FIA which affected four manufacturers. The affected four, Corvette,[2] Maserati,[3] Ford,[4] and Aston Martin,[5] all had weight added to their minimum requirement in order to retard their performance potential, with Maserati having the most dramatic change with 55 kg (121 lb) added to their minimum.[3] Further, the Fords also had their air restrictors reduced in size in order to decrease engine power. In addition to performance balancing weight additions, four teams had success ballast further added following their performances at the Brno round. Brno Championship Racing winners Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch in the No. 5 Matech Ford will carry 40 kg (88 lb) of ballast for the second time this season, while the No. 7 Young Driver Aston Martin, No. 13 Phoenix Corvette, and No. 23 Sumo Power Nissan are also carrying with ballast.

QualifyingEdit

Vitaphone Maserati drivers Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini earned their second consecutive pole position in FIA GT1 by setting a lap time over half a second faster than any other competitor in the third qualifying session. Peter Kox and Christopher Haase gave Lamborghini their first front row start in FIA GT1 by taking second.

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 1   Andrea Bertolini   Vitaphone Racing Team 2:04.189 2:04.469 2:03.511 1
  Michael Bartels
2 24   Peter Kox   Reiter 2:04.729 2:05.098 2:04.028 2
  Christopher Haase
3 23   Michael Krumm   Sumo Power GT 2:03.785 2:04.659 2:04.392 3
  Peter Dumbreck
4 11   Mike Hezemans   Mad-Croc Racing 2:04.716 2:04.139 2:04.438 4
  Xavier Maassen
5 22   Warren Hughes   Sumo Power GT 2:04.541 2:05.035 2:04.701 5
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
6 37   Christophe Bouchut   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 2:04.543 2:05.053 2:04.993 6
  Marc Basseng
7 38   Dominik Schwager   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 2:05.097 2:05.065 2:05.058 7
  Nicky Pastorelli
8 8   Christoffer Nygaard   Young Driver AMR 2:05.124 2:05.139 No Time 8
  Stefan Mücke
9 33   Altfrid Heger   Triple H Team Hegersport 2:05.139 2:05.202 9
  Alexandros Margaritis
10 2   Enrique Bernoldi   Vitaphone Racing Team 2:04.339 2:05.206 10
  Miguel Ramos
11 13   Andrea Piccini   Phoenix Racing / Carsport 2:03.924 2:05.360 11
  Marc Hennerici
12 34   Matteo Bobbi   Triple H Team Hegersport 2:04.383 2:05.664 12
  Bert Longin
13 25   Ricardo Zonta   Reiter 2:04.187 2:06.058 13
  Rafael Daniel
14 6   Olivier Panis   Matech Competition 2:04.624 2:06.110 14
  Natacha Gachnang
15 5   Romain Grosjean   Matech Competition 2:05.102 2:06.414 15
  Thomas Mutsch
16 4   Seiji Ara   Swiss Racing Team 2:04.945 2:07.320 16
  Max Nilsson
17 7   Darren Turner   Young Driver AMR 2:05.189 17
  Tomáš Enge
18 40   Bas Leinders   Marc VDS Racing Team 2:05.262 18
  Maxime Martin
19 9   Frédéric Makowiecki   Hexis AMR 2:05.330 19
  Thomas Accary
20 12   Oliver Gavin   Mad-Croc Racing 2:05.334 20
  Pertti Kuismanen
21 3   Karl Wendlinger   Swiss Racing Team 2:05.387 21
  Henri Moser
22 10   Jonathan Hirschi   Hexis AMR 2:05.637 22
  Clivio Piccione
23 41   Renaud Kuppens   Marc VDS Racing Team 2:05.703 23
  Markus Palttala

RacesEdit

Qualifying raceEdit

Race resultEdit

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 1   Vitaphone Racing Team   Michael Bartels
  Andrea Bertolini
Maserati 27
2 24   Reiter   Peter Kox
  Christopher Haase
Lamborghini 27 −5.569
3 22   Sumo Power GT   Warren Hughes
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 27 −7.798
4 11   Mad-Croc Racing   Xavier Maassen
  Mike Hezemans
Corvette 27 −10.639
5 2   Vitaphone Racing Team   Miguel Ramos
  Enrique Bernoldi
Maserati 27 −12.821
6 13   Phoenix Racing / Carsport   Marc Hennerici
  Andrea Piccini
Corvette 27 −16.527
7 5   Matech Competition   Thomas Mutsch
  Romain Grosjean
Ford 27 −31.121
8 33   Triple H Team Hegersport   Altfrid Heger
  Alexandros Margaritis
Maserati 27 −35.443
9 23   Sumo Power GT   Peter Dumbreck
  Michael Krumm
Nissan 27 −37.236
10 7   Young Driver AMR   Tomáš Enge
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin 27 −45.843
11 9   Hexis AMR   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Thomas Accary
Aston Martin 27 −46.941
12 4   Swiss Racing Team   Max Nilsson
  Seiji Ara
Nissan 27 −50.362
13 25   Reiter   Ricardo Zonta
  Rafael Daniel
Lamborghini 27 −59.155
14 34   Triple H Team Hegersport   Bert Longin
  Matteo Bobbi
Maserati 27 −1:03.030
15 38   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Nicky Pastorelli
  Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 27 −1:12.297
16 37   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Marc Basseng
  Christophe Bouchut
Lamborghini 27 −1:13.153
17 10   Hexis AMR   Clivio Piccione
  Jonathan Hirschi
Aston Martin 27 −1:20.561
18 6   Matech Competition   Natacha Gachnang
  Olivier Panis
Ford 27 −1:43.947
19 12   Mad-Croc Racing   Pertti Kuismanen
  Oliver Gavin
Corvette 27 −1:52.246
20 40   Marc VDS Racing Team   Bas Leinders
  Maxime Martin
Ford 27 −2:18.943
21 3   Swiss Racing Team   Karl Wendlinger
  Henri Moser
Nissan 26 −1 Lap
22 41   Marc VDS Racing Team   Renaud Kuppens
  Markus Palttala
Ford 26 −1 Lap
23
DNF
8   Young Driver AMR   Stefan Mücke
  Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin 5 Retired

Championship RaceEdit

Race resultEdit

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 1   Vitaphone Racing Team   Michael Bartels
  Andrea Bertolini
Maserati 28
2 23   Sumo Power GT   Peter Dumbreck
  Michael Krumm
Nissan 28 −7.057
3 33   Triple H Team Hegersport   Altfrid Heger
  Alexandros Margaritis
Maserati 28 −24.633
4 40   Marc VDS Racing Team   Bas Leinders
  Maxime Martin
Ford 28 −26.209
5 13   Phoenix Racing / Carsport   Marc Hennerici
  Andrea Piccini
Corvette 28 −29.670
6 11   Mad-Croc Racing   Xavier Maassen
  Mike Hezemans
Corvette 28 −35.824
7 5   Matech Competition   Thomas Mutsch
  Romain Grosjean
Ford 28 −46.178
8 22   Sumo Power GT   Warren Hughes
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nissan 28 −54.364
9 9   Hexis AMR   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Thomas Accary
Aston Martin 28 −56.699
10 25   Reiter   Ricardo Zonta
  Rafael Daniel
Lamborghini 28 −57.226
11 34   Triple H Team Hegersport   Bert Longin
  Matteo Bobbi
Maserati 28 −1:04.943
12 38   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Nicky Pastorelli
  Dominik Schwager
Lamborghini 28 −1:05.405
13 10   Hexis AMR   Clivio Piccione
  Jonathan Hirschi
Aston Martin 28 −1:11.342
14 41   Marc VDS Racing Team   Renaud Kuppens
  Markus Palttala
Ford 28 −1:14.776
15 3   Swiss Racing Team   Karl Wendlinger
  Henri Moser
Nissan 28 −1:17.780
16 7   Young Driver AMR   Tomáš Enge
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin 28 −1:23.897
17 37   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Marc Basseng
  Christophe Bouchut
Lamborghini 28 −1:26.100
18 24   Reiter   Peter Kox
  Christopher Haase
Lamborghini 28 −1:47.230
19 12   Mad-Croc Racing   Pertti Kuismanen
  Oliver Gavin
Corvette 28 −1:47.240
20 8   Young Driver AMR   Stefan Mücke
  Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin 28 −1:53.704
21
DNF
6   Matech Competition   Natacha Gachnang
  Olivier Panis
Ford 17 Retired
22
DNF
2   Vitaphone Racing Team   Miguel Ramos
  Enrique Bernoldi
Maserati 10 Retired
23
DNF
4   Swiss Racing Team   Max Nilsson
  Seiji Ara
Nissan 9 Retired

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIA Entry List Paul Ricard (FRA) – 04 July 2010" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 2010-07-03.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile GT Committee – Decision" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  3. ^ a b "Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile GT Committee – Decision" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  4. ^ "Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile GT Committee – Decision" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  5. ^ "Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile GT Committee – Decision" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-03.

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