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2012 FIA GT1 Nogaro round

The 2012 Easter Cup (French: Coupes de Pâques 2012) is a motor race that will be the first of ten rounds in the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.[1] It will take place at the Circuit Paul Armagnac in France on 8 April 2012.[2] The race will be the first time the opening race of the GT1 World Championship season has not taken place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Eighteen cars representing nine manufacturers will take part in the race, including six new manufacturers and seven new teams.[3] The event will also be the first round of the 2012 FIA GT3 European Championship season.

AF Corse's Toni Vilander and Filip Salaquarda started the qualifying race from pole position. The qualifying race was won by Audi drivers Stéphane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor, with team-mates Frank Stippler and Oliver Jarvis in second place.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resultEdit

Qualifying decides the grid order for the Qualifying Race, which in turn decides the grid order for the Championship Race. It is divided into three twenty-minute sessions. Each car has two drivers, designated "Driver 1" and "Driver 2". Driver 1 takes part in the first and third sessions, while Driver 2 takes part in the second session. At the end of the first session, the three slowest cars are eliminated, while the six slowest cars in the second session are also eliminated. The third and final session is contested between the remaining eight cars.

As the No. 11 Sunred Ford of Emmanuel Moncini and Andy Soucek was withdrawn from the event, three cars were eliminated from the first session instead of the normal four.

Pos. No. Driver 1 Team Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Grid
Driver 2
1 3   Toni Vilander   AF Corse 1:26.776 1:26.907 1:26.138 1
  Filip Salaquarda
2 32   Stéphane Ortelli   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:26.930 1:26.750 1:26.250 2
  Laurens Vanthoor
3 33   Frank Stippler   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:26.915 1:26.736 1:26.292 3
  Oliver Jarvis
4 38   Marc Basseng   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:27.617 1:26.876 1:26.876 4
  Markus Winkelhock
5 4   Enzo Ide   AF Corse 1:27.932 1:26.705 1:27.010 5
  Francesco Castellacci
6 37   Nicky Pastorelli   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:29.163 1:26.916 1:27.020 6
  Thomas Jäger
7 24   Albert von Thurn und Taxis   Reiter Engineering 1:27.418 1:26.400 no time1 7
  Tomáš Enge
8 2   Grégoire Demoustier   Hexis Racing 1:28.873 1:27.017 no time 8
  Álvaro Parente
9 9   Mike Parisy   Exim Bank Team China 1:27.220 1:27.099 9
  Matt Halliday
10 25   Darryl O'Young   Reiter Engineering 1:27.058 1:27.321 10
  Peter Kox
11 17   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof   Vita4One Racing Team 1:28.571 1:27.765 11
  Mathias Lauda
12 18   Yelmer Buurman   Vita4One Racing Team 1:28.308 1:27.895 12
  Michael Bartels
13 7   Maxime Martin   Valmon Racing Team Russia 1:28.724 1:32.763 13
  Alexey Vasilyev
14 1   Frédéric Makowiecki   Hexis Racing 1:28.004 no time 14
  Stef Dusseldorp
15 8   Benjamin Lariche   Exim Bank Team China 1:29.325 15
  Ren Wei
16 6   Andreas Zuber   Valmon Racing Team Russia 1:29.921 16
  Sergey Afanasyev
17 10   Miloš Pavlović   Sunred 1:31.835 17
  Matteo Cressoni

Notes:

  • ^1 — The No. 24 Reiter Lamborghini had its Qualifying 3 times cancelled following a stewards decision.[4]

Race resultsEdit

Qualifying RaceEdit

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 32   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Laurens Vanthoor
  Stéphane Ortelli
Audi 35
2 33   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Frank Stippler
  Oliver Jarvis
Audi 35 +6.030
3 24   Reiter Engineering   Albert von Thurn und Taxis
  Tomáš Enge
Lamborghini 35 +6.914
4 2   Hexis Racing   Álvaro Parente
  Grégoire Demoustier
McLaren 35 +7.164
5 3   AF Corse   Filip Salaquarda
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 35 +31.293
6 38   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Marc Basseng
  Markus Winkelhock
Mercedes-Benz 35 +33.785
7 37   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Nicky Pastorelli
  Thomas Jäger
Mercedes-Benz 35 +34.414
8 25   Reiter Engineering   Peter Kox
  Darryl O'Young
Lamborghini 35 +47.177
9 9   Exim Bank Team China   Mike Parisy
  Matt Halliday
Porsche 35 +48.622
10 4   AF Corse   Francesco Castellacci
  Enzo Ide
Ferrari 35 +49.997
11 17   Vita4One Racing Team   Mathias Lauda
  Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
BMW 35 +1:02.466
12 18   Vita4One Racing Team   Michael Bartels
  Yelmer Buurman
BMW 35 +1:27.7911
13 6   Valmon Racing Team Russia   Sergey Afanasyev
  Andreas Zuber
Aston Martin 34 +1 Lap
14 8   Exim Bank Team China   Ren Wei
  Benjamin Lariche
Porsche 34 +1 Lap
15 10   Sunred   Miloš Pavlović
  Matteo Cressoni
Ford 33 +2 Laps
16 7   Valmon Racing Team Russia   Alexey Vasilyev
  Maxime Martin
Aston Martin 33 +2 Laps
DNS 1   Hexis Racing   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Stef Dusseldorp
McLaren Did not start

Notes:

  • ^1 — The No. 18 Vita4One BMW was given a 30 second post-race penalty for failing to turn off their engine during their pit stop.

Championship RaceEdit

Pos No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 32   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Laurens Vanthoor
  Stéphane Ortelli
Audi 40
2 33   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Frank Stippler
  Oliver Jarvis
Audi 40 +3.731
3 38   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Marc Basseng
  Markus Winkelhock
Mercedes-Benz 40 +4.421
4 37   All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport   Nicky Pastorelli
  Thomas Jäger
Mercedes-Benz 40 +6.366
5 4   AF Corse   Francesco Castellacci
  Enzo Ide
Ferrari 40 +18.925
6 3   AF Corse   Toni Vilander
  Filip Salaquarda
Ferrari 40 +21.231
7 25   Reiter Engineering   Peter Kox
  Darryl O'Young
Lamborghini 40 +21.682
8 24   Reiter Engineering   Tomáš Enge
  Albert von Thurn und Taxis
Lamborghini 40 +35.234
9 9   Exim Bank Team China   Mike Parisy
  Matt Halliday
Porsche 40 +49.619
10 18   Vita4One Racing Team   Michael Bartels
  Yelmer Buurman
BMW 40 +1:00.307
11 17   Vita4One Racing Team   Mathias Lauda
  Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
BMW 40 +1:05.808
12 7   Valmon Racing Team Russia   Maxime Martin
  Alexey Vasilyev
Aston Martin 40 +1:27.167
13 6   Valmon Racing Team Russia   Sergey Afanasyev
  Andreas Zuber
Aston Martin 39 +1 Lap
14 10   Sunred   Miloš Pavlović
  Matteo Cressoni
Ford 38 +2 Laps
15 8   Exim Bank Team China   Ren Wei
  Benjamin Lariche
Porsche 37 +3 Laps
16
DNF
2   Hexis Racing   Grégoire Demoustier
  Álvaro Parente
McLaren 18 Retired
17
DNF
1   Hexis Racing   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Stef Dusseldorp
McLaren 3 Throttle

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GT1: Revised 2012 Calendar Released". speedtv.com. Speed Channel. 4 February 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ Foubert, Claude (9 November 2011). "Le Championnat du Monde GT 2012 débutera à Nogaro" [GT World Championship 2012 will begin at Nogaro]. endurance-info.com (in French). Endurance-Info. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ Watkins, Gary (12 March 2012). "Entry of three new teams secures future of FIA GT1 World Championship". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Results List Qualifying 3" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-04-08.[permanent dead link]


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