LMES – Silverstone – Race Report 1 - The First
The Jota Zytek
will be pitting to replace flat-spotted rubber after its first race
lap. The tyres were flat spotted on someone's oil in second qualifying,
the set unfortunately proving to be the team's nominated rubber
to start the race.
The Audis are
undergoing a seemingly pre-planned tyre change on the grid, presumably
then fitting their nominated tyres. We do have a crowd here - final
total still being added up, but Silverstone is well populated. Next
installment here once the race pattern has settled down after a
few laps - if it ever does... Kerr to romp away? The weather here
is the best it's been so far at this meeting: bright skies and scattered
calmly moved across to the left and took the racing line for Copse,
and throughout the first lap he eased away from Jamie Davies. The
lead was 1.8 seconds at the end of the first lap. A 1:36.9 on Kerr's
second lap and the gap grew to 2.9 seconds, at which point Kerr
eased back to 1:38 pace. Dindo Capello passed Sam Hignett on lap
2 at Club (the Jota Zytek not pitting, as we thought), so Audis
ran second, third and fifth, Minassian filling the gap in fourth.
The Audis and the DBA / Zyteks filled the top six places.
and ninth were Barbosa, Keen and Erdos, but the latter dropped back.
Gounon led LMP2, from a fast starting Pullan in the K2 Pilbeam -
but hounded by Gosselin the Belmondo Courage.
Lap 8 and the
two Veloqx cars were side by side at Club, while Justin Keen in
the Lister was monstering Joao Barbosa's Dallara. Alzen took the
GTS lead on lap 2, while Maassen led GT, from Daoudi and Collard,
three seconds separating them.
Barbosa ending lap 8, the Dallara forced wide out of Luffield by
back markers - and the red and white Lister smoothly pulled away.
P2 in LMP2 on lap 8, Gosselin passing him in the more powerful Courage.
Nine seconds ahead of the blue Courage was the Nasamax, in a solid
the T2M Porsche, having had an early spin. The back of the car was
spattered in oil, and seems the likely cause of the spin.
Lap 10 and Kerr's
lead was a steady six seconds. Lap 11 and the leaders lapped the
GTS leaders, Alzen ahead of Bouchut, by seven seconds.
360 is in fuel pressure trouble, having pitted twice already. Daoudi
is still only a second behind Maassen, with Collard another four
- a very good run for the Lister so far - was catching Sam Hignett
for sixth, the Lister already leading the non-Audi-Zytek-DBA Class.
Lap 14 - 88
and 8 side by side, either side of Johnny Mowlem at Vale, then either
side of Patrick Long, Kaffer taking second place exiting Club -
6.6 seconds behind Robbie Kerr.
Ferrari has pitted three times...
Lap 15 and Kerr
was nine seconds ahead of Kaffer, with Minassian five seconds behind
Davies - and Hignett 15 behind Minassian.
The Lola Caterpillar
has pitted. Gounon leads LMP2 by 28 secs (in what will be the Miracle
car), with Gosselin only a couple of seconds ahead of Pullan - comfortably
ahead of the WR.
20 laps, and we haven't had any real fireworks yet, although Keen
had caught right up with Hignett, for fifth place.
The G Force
Pilbeam pitted, engine cover removed, just after half an hour elapsed.
Oil pressure warning light signalled trouble... that didn't exist.
But the engine wouldn't fire up again.
with the C-S TVR, a very early, routine-looking stop, Warren Hughes
looking as though he would take over, but he didn't.
was 13 seconds in GTS, double that of Kerr at the front.
Collard - having
dropped down to fifth - pitted at 32 minutes, Ortelli took over.
It was looking like a very unscheduled stop. Power steering problems.
22, Keen passed Hignett for sixth, as they lapped traffic. Mowlem
pitted with a clutch problem with the JWR Porsche.
Lap 23: Minassian
the fastest man on the track and closing on the Audis, but on the
next lap they eased away again, Kerr's lead down to four seconds.
after one lap, and has driven straight into the Freisinger garage...
with more p/steering trouble. The pump has to be changed. Maassen's
lead has grown to 12 seconds. Long and Pompidou are thrd and fourth,
but each 15 seconds behind the man in front.
to set off in the JWR Porsche. 45 minutes: Nasamax pitted. Lupberger
stayed at the wheel. Barbosa - ditto. Jordan pits after one lap.....
Keen and Hignett
exchange places, the Lister still best of the rest in seventh. Keen
lap 30 and Kaffer closed to 2.6 seconds behind Kerr, the German
into the 1:38s. Next lap and the gap was suddenly six seconds (traffic)...
as Minassian passed Davies for third place. The DBA was 14 seconds
behind its younger sister.
from the lead at 30 laps, Kaffer leads, Minassian and Davies also
pit. Kerr stays in the 04S and gets out ahead of Davies.
after 31 laps, no tyres (just like the other pit stoppers), and
the German stayed in. Capello pitted and seemed to indicate a problem
at the front end of the Le Mans winner. A very quick Kaffer stop
had him out before Kerr came by... an Audi led for the first time.
Erdos -31 (pitting - about to drop to ninth)
the lead gap down to four seconds at the conclusion of the first
hour, with GTS cars pitting for routine stops.
The JWR RSR
needs a new clutch, approx a 30 minute job.