Round 7 - Zandvoort —

 

Qualifying Report

The first qualifying session started with a very wet track, all cars had tested the day before in similar conditions so had experienced the technical Zandvoort circuit in the wet. Chris Kemp in the Stratton Motorsport # 91 car set the pace, Pierre Mantello in the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car was second, third was Kenneth Greenberg in the Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 car and fourth was Andreas Baenziger in the Aston Martin St Gallen # 76 car. This qualifying session set the grid for race 1 and at the end of the session there was a 10 minute parc ferme in the pit lane before qualifying session 2 commenced.


Qualifying Result

1. 91 Chris Kemp - Stratton Motorsport - 2:13.711
2. 22 Pierre Mantello - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 2:19.423
3. 62 Kenneth Greenberg - Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 2:21.826
4. 76 Andreas Baenziger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 2:24.774

Qualifying 2 Report

The second qualifying was also very wet, Stuart Hall now driving the Stratton Motorsport # 91 car set the pace, and he was pushing for the overall pole position in the Dutch GT grid as well, just narrowly missing it by less than 2 hundredths of a second. Florian Kamelger in the Aston Martin St Gallen # 76 car was second with Olivier Bouche in the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car third, Andreas Kramer in the Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 car was fourth. This qualifying session set the grid for race 2. The grid for race 3 was determined by the fastest lap out of qualifying sessions 1 and 2 meaning the Stratton Motorsport # 91 car would have pole position for all three races.


Qualifying 2 Result

1. 91 Stuart Hall - Stratton Motorsport - 2:02.241
2. 76 Florian Kamelger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 2:07.591
3. 22 Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 2:08.443
4. 62 Andreas Kramer - Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 2:23.284

Qualifying 3 Result

1. 91 Chris Kemp/Stuart Hall - Stratton Motorsport - 2:02.241
2. 76 Florian Kamelger/Andreas Baenziger- Aston Martin St Gallen - 2:07.591
3. 22 Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 2:08.443
4. 62 Kenneth Greenberg/Andreas Kramer - Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 2:21.826

Race 1 Report

The circuit conditions for the first 25 minute race had improved since the morning’s qualifying sessions; this meant that all cars started on slick tyres. Chris Kemp driving the Stratton Motorsport # 91 car led as the lights went out, but Chris had left his traction control on, meaning Pierre Mantello, in the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car, would pass him to lead by the end of the first lap. Kenneth Greenberg, in the Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 car, was in third but pushing Chris very hard for second position. On lap 3 Kenneth got passed Chris by going down the inside at the first corner, Tarzan.

At the end of lap 4 the safety car was brought out because one of the Corvettes had crashed at the back of the circuit. The race restarted on lap 6 with Pierre still leading in #22 from Kenneth in # 62, third was Chris Kemp in # 91 and fourth was Andreas Baenziger in the Aston Martin St Gallen # 76 machine. The safety car was brought out again on lap 9 for another accident involving the second Corvette, two BMW M3`s and the pit wall, this was a very big accident meaning the chequered flag came out two laps later while the field was still behind the safety car. Pierre Mantello won the race to make it 6 out of 7 victories for the # 22 crew.

There was a very closely fought battle going on for fifth spot with Sid Sadique in the # 88 Stratton Motorsport with 88 Racing car holding off Kenneth Greenberg in the Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 machine, he in turn was being pushed very hard by Ben Gulliver in car # 8 and Desmond Smail in the Mardi Gras # 5 machine.

Desmond Smail in the # 5 Mardi Gras car was having a great battle with Chris Kemp in the # 91 Stratton Motorsport car and the # 62 Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 entry of Kenneth Greenberg.

Race 1 Result

1. 22 Pierre Mantello - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 11 Laps
2. 62 Kenneth Greenberg - Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 11 Laps
3. 91 Chris Kemp - Stratton Motorsport - 11 Laps
4. 76 Andreas Baenziger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 11 Laps

Fastest lap: 62 Kenneth Greenberg - Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 1:54.447

Race 2 Report

The second race was also 25 minutes in duration and the circuit was dry. Olivier Bouche now driving the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car failed to make the start of the race with drive shaft issues. Stuart Hall now driving the Stratton Motorsport # 91 car led the field away at the start, he was dicing with the Dutch GT competitors and managed to get up to 12th overall before suffering power steering problems on lap 6 forcing him to retire the car.

This meant Florian Kamelger driving the Aston Martin St Gallen # 76 car now led the race and Andreas Kramer was second in the Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 car.

The chequered flag came out on lap 13 for Florian Kamelger to win his first race of the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain.

Race 2 Result

1. 76 Florian Kamelger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 13 Laps
2. 62 Andreas Kramer - Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 13 Laps

Not Classified

91 Stuart Hall - Stratton Motorsport - 6 Laps
22 Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 0 Laps

Fastest lap: 91 Stuart Hall - Stratton Motorsport - 1:50.655

Race 3 Report

The third and final race of the weekend was a 50 minute race with a mandatory pit stop between the 20th and 30th minute. Chris Kemp, driving the Stratton Motorsport # 91 car led the field away as the lights went out, Olivier Bouche driving, the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato, # 22 car passed Chris into the first corner as did Florian Kamelger in the Aston Martin St Gallen # 76 car. At the end of the first lap it was Olivier in car # 22 leading from Florian in car # 76, third was Chris Kemp in car # 91 and Kenneth Greenberg in car # 62 was fourth.

There was a great battle going on for second place with Chris Kemp pushing Florian Kamelger very hard, Kenneth Greenberg in the Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 car was also fighting for second position.

On lap 3 Chris managed to find away passed Florian, then Kenneth also found away passed a little later in the same lap. Olivier Bouche was putting together some great laps and started to open up a very strong lead.

First to pit for the 105 second mandatory pit stop was the leader # 22, Olivier was remaining in the car for the second stint so just had to sit and wait for the time to elapse. Next to pit was Chris Kemp in car # 91 he handed over driving duties to Stuart Hall, they were closely followed by # 62 with Kenneth Greenberg handing over to Andreas Kramer. Last to pit was the # 76 car with Florian Kamelger handing over to Andreas Baenziger. After all the stops had been completed it was Olivier Bouche in car # 22 leading from Stuart Hall in car # 91, third was Andreas Baenziger in # 76.

News then came through that Olivier`s pit stop had been 6 seconds too short, race control had no choice but to issue a stop and go penalty for the # 22 car. Olivier pitted on lap 18 to take his 6 second stop and go penalty, he had built up enough of a gap for this not to affect his lead, Stuart Hall was still in second and pushing hard to catch the leader.

The battle for third continued as Andreas Kramer in car # 62 was chasing down the #76 car of Andreas Baenziger and on lap 20 the # 62 machine took third place.

The chequered flag came out on lap 26 for Olivier Bouche in the Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato # 22 car to claim victory number 7 in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain 2012.

Race 3 Result

1. 22 Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 26 Laps
2. 91 Chris Kemp/Stuart Hall - Stratton Motorsport - 26 Laps
3. 62 Kenneth Greenberg/Andreas Kramer- Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 - 25 Laps
4. 76 Andreas Baenziger/Florian Kamelger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 25 Laps

22 Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 1:52.257