2013 FIA GT Nogaro round

The 2013 FIA GT Nogaro, also known as 2013 Easter Cup (French: Coupes de Pâques 2013) was the first of six rounds in the 2013 FIA GT Series season. It took place at the Circuit Paul Armagnac in France between 30 March – 1 April 2013. The race was the first race under the newly renamed FIA GT Series after the FIA GT1 World Championship name was discontinued due to no GT1-spec cars competing.

The most notable entrants are nine-times World Rally Championship champion Sébastien Loeb racing with his own team and former professional football goalkeeper Fabien Barthez competing racing in the Gentleman Trophy with SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion. Also competing in the race is reigning FIA GT3 European Championship Teams champions HTP Gravity Charouz as well as one of the reigning Drivers' champions from 2012 Maximilian Bühk who will enter in the Pro Cup. His team mate last season Dominik Baumann also competes in the series for Grasser Racing in the Pro-Am Cup.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resultEdit

Qualifying took place on Saturday 30 March and determined the grid for the Qualifying Race the next day. Rather than the usual knockout qualifying sessions seen in the past series, there were two qualifying sessions for all twenty-four cars. The fastest ten times from the two combined sessions would go through to the Superpole session where they would compete for pole position. Seeing as the first session was partly wet, everybody set their fastest time in session two. As a result, the fastest ten drivers from session two went through to the Superpole session.

René Rast set the fastest time in the Superpole session for Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and would start in pole position for the Qualifying Race.

Pos. No. Driver 1 Team Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Superpole Grid
Driver 2
1 12   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:35.718 1:27.107 1:26.091 1
  René Rast
2 9   Sébastien Loeb   Sébastien Loeb Racing 1:29.359 1:26.840 1:26.210 2
  Álvaro Parente
3 13   Edward Sandström   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:30.780 1:27.000 1:26.528 3
  Frank Stippler
4 11   Stéphane Ortelli   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:30.530 1:26.670 1:26.779 4
  Laurens Vanthoor
5 14   César Campaniço   Team Novadriver 1:30.795 1:27.174 1:26.862 15
  Carlos Vieira
6 0   Cacá Bueno   BMW Sport Trophy Team Brasil 1:30.247 1:27.601 1:27.110 5
  Allam Khodair
7 35   Alex Buncombe   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN 1:31.272 1:27.145 1:27.436 6
  Lucas Ordóñez
8 5   Anthony Kumpen   Phoenix Racing 1:31.138 1:27.774 1:27.474 7
  Enzo Ide
9 10   Mike Parisy   Sébastien Loeb Racing 1:30.290 1:26.804 no time 8
  Andreas Zuber
10 1   Maximilian Bühk   HTP Gravity Charouz 1:29.166 1:27.797 no time 9
  Alon Day
11 21   Sérgio Jimenez   BMW Sport Trophy Team Brasil 1:30.344 1:27.860 10
  Ricardo Zonta
12 28   Karun Chandhok   Seyffarth Motorsport 1:31.815 1:27.920 11
  Jan Seyffarth
13 25   Dominik Baumann   Grasser Racing 1:32.278 1:28.147 12
  Hari Proczyk
14 7   Cláudio Ricci   Rodrive Competições 1:29.976 1:28.334 13
  Matheus Stumpf
15 2   Sergey Afanasyev   HTP Gravity Charouz 1:29.359 1:28.397 14
  Andreas Simonsen
16 32   Wolfgang Reip   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN 1:31.794 1:29:050 16
  Mark Shulzhitskiy
17 6   Julien Jousse   BMW Sports Trophy Team India 1:31.391 1:29.145 17
  Armaan Ebrahim
18 31   Fabien Barthez   SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion 1:39.046 1:29.426 18
  Gérard Tonelli
19 16   Daniel Keilwitz   Dörr Motorsport 1:29.990 1:29.463 19
  Niclas Kentenich
20 30   Soheil Ayari   SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion 1:34.513 1:29.656 20
  Jean-Luc Beaubélique
21 8   Raijan Mascarello   Rodrive Competições 1:38.768 1:31.522 21
  Felipe Tozzo
22 3   Petr Charouz   HTP Gravity Charouz 1:41.527 1:39.063 22
  Jan Stoviček
DNS 51   Fabio Onidi   AF Corse no time no time 23
  Filip Salaquarda

Race resultsEdit

Class winners in bold.

Qualifying RaceEdit

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 Pro 9   Sébastien Loeb Racing   Sébastien Loeb
  Álvaro Parente
McLaren 39
2 Pro-Am 12   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
  René Rast
Audi 39 +5.323
3 Pro 1   HTP Gravity Charouz   Maximilian Bühk
  Alon Day
Mercedes-Benz 39 +5.511
4 Pro 5   Phoenix Racing   Anthony Kumpen
  Enzo Ide
Audi 39 +25.257
5 Pro-Am 14   Team Novadriver   César Campaniço
  Carlos Vieira
Audi 39 +25.928
6 Pro 28   Seyffarth Motorsport   Karun Chandhok
  Jan Seyffarth
Mercedes-Benz 39 +41.088
7 Pro 0   BMW Sport Trophy Team Brasil   Cacá Bueno
  Allam Khodair
BMW 39 +47.646
8 Pro 21   BMW Sport Trophy Team Brasil   Sérgio Jimenez
  Ricardo Zonta
BMW 39 +49.278
9 Pro 7   Rodrive Competições   Cláudio Ricci
  Matheus Stumpf
Ford 39 +58.852
10 Pro 10   Sébastien Loeb Racing   Mike Parisy
  Andreas Zuber
McLaren 39 +59.938
11 Pro-Am 6   BMW Sport Trophy Team India   Julien Jousse
  Armaan Ebrahim
BMW 39 +1:04.496
12 Pro-Am 25   Grasser Racing   Dominik Baumann
  Hari Proczyk
Lamborghini 39 +1:07.981
13 Pro-Am 2   HTP Gravity Charouz   Sergey Afanasyev
  Andreas Simonsen
Mercedes-Benz 39 +1:09.067
14 Pro-Am 32   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN   Wolfgang Reip
  Mark Shulzhitskiy
Nissan 39 +1:19.144
15 Gent. 31   SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion   Fabien Barthez
  Gérard Tonelli
Ferrari 38 +1 Lap
16 Pro 11   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Stéphane Ortelli
  Laurens Vanthoor
Audi 38 +1 Lap
17 Gent. 8   Rodrive Competições   Raijan Mascarello
  Felipe Tozzo
Ford 37 +2 Laps
18 Gent. 3   HTP Gravity Charouz   Petr Charouz
  Jan Stoviček
Mercedes-Benz 37 +2 Laps
19 Pro-Am 35   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN   Alex Buncombe
  Lucas Ordóñez
Nissan 36 Mechanical
DNF Pro 16   Dörr Motorsport   Daniel Keilwitz
  Niclas Kentenich
McLaren 18 Mechanical
DNF Pro 13   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Edward Sandström
  Frank Stippler
Audi 17 Electrical
DNF Pro-Am 30   SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion   Soheil Ayari
  Jean-Luc Beaubélique
Ferrari 1 Mechanical
DNS Pro-Am 51   AF Corse   Fabio Onidi
  Filip Salaquarda
Ferrari  – Collision Damage

Championship RaceEdit

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired
1 Pro 13   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Edward Sandström
  Frank Stippler
Audi 35
2 Pro 11   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Stéphane Ortelli
  Laurens Vanthoor
Audi 35 +8.041
3 Pro 1   HTP Gravity Charouz   Maximilian Bühk
  Alon Day
Mercedes-Benz 35 +8.950
4 Pro 5   Phoenix Racing   Anthony Kumpen
  Enzo Ide
Audi 35 +10.085
5 Pro-Am 14   Team Novadriver   César Campaniço
  Carlos Vieira
Audi 35 +15.248
6 Pro-Am 12   Belgian Audi Club Team WRT   Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
  René Rast
Audi 35 +18.050
7 Pro-Am 35   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN   Alex Buncombe
  Lucas Ordóñez
Nissan 35 +18.637
8 Pro-Am 25   Grasser Racing   Dominik Baumann
  Hari Proczyk
Lamborghini 35 +31.438
9 Pro 0   BMW Sport Trophy Team Brasil   Cacá Bueno
  Allam Khodair
BMW 35 +34.599
10 Pro 28   Seyffarth Motorsport   Karun Chandhok
  Jan Seyffarth
Mercedes-Benz 35 +35.056
11 Pro 10   Sébastien Loeb Racing   Mike Parisy
  Andreas Zuber
McLaren 35 +36.407
12 Pro 9   Sébastien Loeb Racing   Sébastien Loeb
  Álvaro Parente
McLaren 35 +41.035
13 Pro 21   BMW Sport Trophy Team Brasil   Sérgio Jimenez
  Ricardo Zonta
BMW 35 +53.581
14 Pro-Am 32   Nissan GT Academy Team RJN   Wolfgang Reip
  Mark Shulzhitskiy
Nissan 35 +1:08.461
15 Pro-Am 7   Rodrive Competições   Cláudio Ricci
  Matheus Stumpf
Ford 35 +1:15.160
16 Pro-Am 2   HTP Gravity Charouz   Sergey Afanasyev
  Andreas Simonsen
Mercedes-Benz 35 +1:23.670
17 Pro 16   Dörr Motorsport   Daniel Keilwitz
  Niclas Kentenich
McLaren 35 +1:24.393
18 Pro-Am 6   BMW Sports Trophy Team India   Julien Jousse
  Armaan Ebrahim
BMW 34 +1 Lap
19 Pro-Am 30   SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion   Soheil Ayari
  Jean-Luc Beaubélique
Ferrari 34 +1 Lap
20 Gent. 31   SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion   Fabien Barthez
  Gérard Tonelli
Ferrari 34 +1 Lap
21 Gent. 3   HTP Gravity Charouz   Petr Charouz
  Jan Stoviček
Mercedes-Benz 33 +2 Laps
22 Gent. 8   Rodrive Competições   Raijan Mascarello
  Felipe Tozzo
Ford 33 +2 Laps
DNS Pro-Am 51   AF Corse   Fabio Onidi
  Filip Salaquarda
Ferrari  – Collision Damage


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