LMES - Silverstone 1000 Kms - Hour 1
Very Wet & Windy Start
The rain was
still blowing around as start time approached – and it was
very windy. Audi weather or not?
the lead up the inside at Copse and takes a substantial lead as
Tom Chilton spins at Club in the #15 Zytek.
End of lap 1
and Minassian leads from Kurosawa, Bouillon having spun out of sight,
rejoining just behind third placed Erdos. The Pescarolo though grabs
the place back in the complex.
spins at Copse after contact with Chilton, the Zytek spins
again but the Dome hits the wall on the outside, driver OK but end
of the race for the RfH Dome.
Early pit stops
for both the Peninsula TVR and G Force Courage, the TVR swapping
inters (wisely) for wets
a quick spin and drops to fourth.
2, Minassian, Bouillon, Erdos, Kurosawa and Vergers.
Erdos leads Vergers, Vosse and Tinseau.
Bouchut leads a flying A-Level Porsche (Kaufmann at the wheel) then
Pompidou leads Kirkaldy and Rockenfeller.
awful, Pompidou is up to 13th overall in the #90 Sebah Porsche.
In stealth mode, McNish is sixth.
crashes, Lap 5, as he came onto the Hangar straight, he
hits the wall on the outside - rear end damage…. as the #15
Zytek is pushed into the garage with front end damage (after hitting
the Dome). The Pescarolo meanwhile is struggling back and spins
in the Complex again but finally pits.
Lap 5 Kaufmann
now leads GT1 by 4 seconds, a storming drive, he’s 14th overall
but Pompidou, leading GT2 is tenth (!) and gaining on the LMP2 cars
ahead of him.
McNish is now
up to fourth, with the LMP2 leading RML MG Lola second overall.
#56 and #28
are confirmed as withdrawals, the Tampolli with a broken gearbox.
is fending off Jonny Kane for second in GT2 as another flurry of
pit stops takes place, the Lister and Bouchut’s Convers Ferrari.
back up to second as Erdos stumbles a little, down to fourth with
McNish also taking advantage. The Scot is driving beautifully and
passes the Jota Zytek to grab second, he’s almost 30 seconds
behind the Creation DBA though.
after starting at the very back, had made up more than 20 places
by the 20 minute mark, he’s up to 20th overall by the half
The #57 Viper
has had a trip into the gravel and now pits whilst Jonathan Cocker
is struggling, he pits for the second time just after 20 minutes
and Sugden replaces him at the wheel of #88.
an awful start for the majority of the LMP1 and GT1 front runners
whilst the LMP2 and GT2 cars are shining. There are only three LMP1s
in the top ten at 30 minutes.
GT2 and GT1
leaders are now in the top 10. Pompidou eighth and Kaufmann tenth
as Tinseau pits from seventh in the Del Bello Courage.
McNish is now
closing on the DBA at 2-3 seconds per lap, Kurosawa though is still
well in touch. The gap is traffic-related though and when Minassian
is clear once again he eases away.
is in the gravel.
is making progress, getting quicker in the Binnie Lola, indeed he’s
third quickest of all at the half hour mark, not for long though,
Erdos posts a 2:05 to close in again on Kurosawa.
10 at 30 minutes
7, 4, 9, 25, 30, 36, 41, 90, 53, 76
- #25 Erdos, #90 Pompidou, #53 Kaufmann. An astonishing top ten
and an amazing first 30 minutes.
Lieb: “The car seems to be very good in the rain”
No s*** Sherlock.
Lammers: “It was Chilton in the car wasn’t
it? He hit Beppe at Copse. Maybe he had too many Weetabix this morning?”
Jan was still smiling and added “There are children dying
for lack of food, this is only racing.”
In the Pescarolo
pit there is furious activity, with the underfloor, rear boxes and
wing being replaced, Bouillon stays in the car, Collard standing
by - looking unhappy.
posts the fastest lap of the race so far on lap 17, the
gap is closing, down to 16 seconds at 45 minutes.
Nissan pits unexpectedly, the car is pushed into the garage.
meanwhile spins away seventh spot, rejoins and pits immediately
and Tim Sugden too is in trouble, the #88 car in the gravel, it
is retrieved and pits again (for the third time in 40 minutes).
#35 and #82
are given stop go penalties but the G Force spins into the gravel
before taking it.
catching Pompidou but is passed himself by Barbosa in the Rollcentre
Dallara Nissan, the Dallara is soon by Pompidou too, up to seventh.
in the Lola B98 is going well, the car running well inside the top
is now aboard the recovering #15 Zytek, he posts the fastest
lap of the race on lap 13, a 2:00.863.
In GT1, Kaufmann
still dominates, a minute ahead of Kox in the MenX 550 with the
remaining front running GT1 runners propping up the top 30. Bouchut
though is closing fast after his early delay, ten seconds a lap
quicker than his GT1 competitors.
a trip across the grass at Club, avoiding the approaching #15 Zytek
and rejoining without damage.
It is still
raining quite heavily.
post the first lap below 2 minutes as Minassian posts his
best so far, some 2 seconds adrift of the Scot’s mark, the
gap is now just 8 seconds.
““Joao aquaplaned off early on. We just lost the paddle
shift on #8, I think the water is getting into everything.”
The Nissan engined #18 Dallara has an oil leak.
was about to rejoin at 50 minutes elapsed. Pat Pearce has
no wipers in the #82 TVR. Allan Simonsen is suffering a misted screen
in the JWA Porsche.
pair are now together on the track, with Erdos now back up into
third, ahead of Kurosawa but more than a minute down on the leader.
fifteen at 55 minutes:
7, 4 (-).8
seconds), 25, 9, 30, 36, 8, 27, 53, 37, 90, 76, 81, 67, 6.
DBA has an electrical problem with the gear cut –
hence McN closing. Safety Car at 1 hour – very heavy rain……
is out - scavenge pump failure.