GT1 World Championship: Preview the season finale in San Luis
Two teams and two driver combinations can still become champions on the scenic railway at Potrero de los Funes - but just as exciting is the question of the future of the GT (1) -World Cup ...
Full optimally planning the calendar of the GT1 organizers is not: there are two of months between the penultimate race weekend in China, and the season finale in Argentina - so long pauses are not good to keep the series in memory of the audience. Slightly more organizational skills Stephane Ratel has to prove if it in 2012 should be a GT World Championship - his improvised change of course in recent months to keep up with those of the great policy in the euro crisis all, and the goal is the same: to do everything to meet the needs of the market, so it next year yet somehow continues.
Given later, after all, it is in the heart of Argentina also to elect a master. At first glance it is a duel between Young Driver Aston Martin and JR Motorsports Nissan. The initial situation is, however, so that in the end all could at least go halfway home happy: in the drivers' standings are Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm (JR Motorsport) eleven points ahead of Darren Turner and Stephen mosquito (Young Driver), in the team standings, each team earning points for both vehicles, the German Young Driver AMR-team the nose to eight counter forward.
The requirement for two exciting races would be given purely mathematically - but the GT1 World Championship is just one of a series in which success ballast is used and that will make two championship contenders life difficult. 55 extra kilos must Mücke and Turner after the victory in Beijing drag around the course, 30kg, there are Krumm and Luhr for. The Team colleagues are also well loaded: Enge / Muller (Young Driver) with 30kg, Westbrook / Dumbreck (JR Motorsports) with 15kg.
The championship decision is therefore not likely to fall at the top of the field, but on the points behind: which of the two teams, in spite of the additional weight more points to go home? Except Maxime Martin / Yann Clairay whose MarcVDS Ford GT is also loaded with 35kg, all the other competitors are free of such restrictions.
A small computational championship chance also have Basseng and Markus Winkelhock All-Inkl.com-Lamborghini, which have eased somewhat unfortunately in the second half of the season, as well as high nobility / Piccini for Hexis AMR: win one of the two duos both race and score Luhr / Krumm maximum of two points, the title could go surprisingly to Germany or France. One also rather small chance of Hexis Aston Martin still on the team standings: since each team here are two cars in the game, and all four competition cars as states are laden with success ballast, could here still quite a turn in favor of the French be possible who have always been impressed in the season with quick pit stops.
Enough medium and fast corners, the 2008 revived all the way around the crater, so that the weight could play a decisive role. As a reference, to be called the race of the year: then the Young Driver duo Turner / Enge at Interlagos had cleared. The resulting ballast they managed at the season finale not even into the second qualifying segment, which resulted in 10 and 15 races in places, while Hexis AMR won both races. For the French Aston Martin team's chances are not bad ...
The route character described results from the fact that the course is composed predominantly of roads that lead around the lake, a real old-school track so: the scenery is beautiful, the height differences in size and the walls close, created even if well calculated run-out zones were to allow a FIA-run there. In two places, unfortunately, had to be installed harassment, but can ruin your day at the track just a little. Overtaking on such routes but unfortunately not the easiest exercise, but it is possible for GT cars all.
So the DBR9 goes well on said faster route, the dashing curves are the in the tooths British sports car, for it will be the last race. Thus, an era ends: 2005 won the DBR9 developed by Prodrive / Aston Martin Racing in his debut race, the 12 Hours of Sebring. This was followed by Le Mans victories in 2007 and 2008 as well as various team and drivers' title in LM (e) S and FIA GT. In 2010 could reach third place in the GT1 class at the Young Driver guest appearance at Le Mans.
The competition (or at least one of the two) would in any case a nice ending for the service of this model. But Nissan would have deserved all this, because the GT-R has also proven to be a good GT car, and also the GT3 version will be featured in the next few years at the helm of various series. A true comparison of the car is due balance of performance, of course, nonsense.
The BoP was largely stable over the course of 2011, no changes have been made since May it: after a half season officials were satisfied with the level of performance. This has greatly enhanced when it is remembered in comparison to the quarrels to the beginning of the 2010 season, as Nissan still threatened with getting the 2011 season.
Next year could again be problematic in terms of the BoP. For then will be at the start as this season definitely not the same six vehicles. Who will however be exactly at the start, is still unclear. It was announced in the summer should be even and old GT2 cars as well as the numerous GT3 models start footing with the current GT1 cars from Nissan, Ford and Lamborghini with an upgrade kit. It is reported a number of teams in time for Ratels deadline, with another one is in talks: 20 vehicles by ten producers, that was the goal.
But as this number does not seem to let muster, Ratel changed the concept: now the successful GT3 regulations should be the basis for the World Cup, with some minor modifications and transitional arrangements for the GT1 cars from Nissan, Ford and Lamborghini, with MarcVDS and their satellite team Belgian Racing off anyway, to focus on the Blancpain Endurance Series.
But the abrupt exit MarcVDS-falsified and finally his thesis, private teams are more reliable than factory teams, so he always excluded the latter for his series. But at the end of the privateers economic constraints are of course also subject as large groups: is not worth a series of cost-benefit factor ago, the exit is the result. There were nonsensical restrictions like the one that forced four vehicles of any sort would be at the start, or in 2012, two per model.
The "final" ultimatum for enrollments ran until the end of October - the fan base should therefore must expect that Ratel announced as part of the season finale, as it is now 2012 in terms of "World Cup" continues.
Either way, the last two races this short GT1 era, should the weekend sports car fans and those who want to be there, definitely look: the cars are great, the route well and the championship fight is probably due to the weight for exciting fights provide in midfield, while arguing in front of other teams to victory. And, who knows, maybe Hexis AMR succeed wonder still turn in the title fight actually ...
The two races are too europe-ready times on Saturday and Sunday at 17:45 clock instead and can be seen in the live stream on gt1world.com. Sport 1 is only partially live performances, the times are given in the TV schedule.
At the end some pictures from the show event at the Olympic facilities in Beijing:
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