14/07/2012 - Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Race 1 Update - Pierre
Mantello and Olivier Bouche were denied the victory after recieving
a one minute penalty for an infringement under the yellow flags.
Bolaji Odunsi claims the victory from Mantello and Bouche.
Mighty Bouche and Mantello hang on to Aston Martin win
14/07/2012 - Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Race 1 - Pierre Mantello
and Olivier Bouche just managed to hold off a hard charging Bolaji
Odunsi in a thrilling finale to win the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge
race at Brands Hatch.
The heavens opened once again just minutes before
the start of the race rendering driving conditions
extremely tricky. However, the challenging weather didn't affect
Bouche as he stormed into a huge lead. By the halfway stage he had
built a up a two lap lead, but the introduction of the safety
car saw his advantage evaporate to just 50 seconds.
After his mandatory pit stop, Bouche handed the car over to
Mantello with a healthy advantage. As the track began to dry out
second placed Odunsi gathered pace and set about cutting the
deficit to Mantello. At points Mantello was losing six seconds a
lap to Odunsi and the lead evaporated lap by lap.
A spin with nine minutes remaining at Graham Hill bend for the
leader helped Odunsi's charge and by the final lap just 1.5
seconds separated the pair. Odunsi tried to grab the lead at
Surtees and at the final corner, but Mantello just managed to
hold him off to the take the flag by just half a second. The
Brown/Cripps pairing enjoyed a solid race to pick up the final
podium position in
Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Top 6
2. Bolaji Odunsi
Glory for Grenhangen in European F3 Open
14/07/2012 - European F3 Open Race 1 - Sweden's Mans Grenhagen
showed off his impressive wet weather driving skills as he
stormed to victory on a slippery Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Grenhagen made a good getaway from the line and led the field
into Paddock Hill bend with the majority of cars struggling to find
traction on the greasy surface. The polesitter almost lost
control on the way up to Druids but he gathered the car
up and continued to push on. Niccolo Schiro and Rupert
Svendson-Cook were in hot pursuit.
Fourth placed Facu Regalia regretted his decision to start on
slick tyres and he dropped down the field before heading into the
pits to change to wet tyres. Sam Dejonghe was the man on the move
as he slotted into fourth with an impressive move at Surtees. The
other driver making progress was Canada's Gianmarco Raimondo
after starting from 10th on the grid. He rapidly moved up the order
and by the chequered flag he came home in fifth.
In the end, Grenhagen showed why he has topped every
session of the weekend so far as he went on to take the victory
from Schiro and ex-British Formula 3 driver Svendson-Cook.
European F3 Open Race 1 Top 6
1. Mans Grenhagen
2. Niccolo Schiro
3. Rupert Svendson-Cook
4. Sam Dejonghe
5. Gianmarco Raimondo
6. Kevin Giovesi
Peter and Broniszewski hang on to claim Brands Hatch GT
14/07/2012 - GT Open Race 1 - The Ferrari 458 of Philipp Peter
and Michael Broniszewski claimed the win in the first GT Open race
of the weekend after holding off a late charge from the Nick Tandy
and Marco Holzer Porsche 997. Andrea Montermini and Juan Manuel
Lopez finished third after leading the opening stages of the
With further rainfall during the day, the race started wet and
large plumes of spray were thrown up as the cars crossed the line
on the rolling start.
Second placed starter Nick Tandy attempted a move around the
outside of Paddock Hill Bend on the opening lap, but the Italian
fought off the Briton while the rest of the field squirmed their
way through. Tandy though attempted another move on lap two, diving
up the inside of Montermini into Surtees and engaging in a drag
race down Pilgrims Drop, the battle up front resembling more of a
sprint race than a 70 minute endurance.
But by lap three Montermini had begun to stretch his lead and
was over two seconds ahead by the end of lap four. Further back,
Archie Hamilton in his Porsche 997 had taken the lead in the GTS
specification and was threatening the more powerful Super GT cars
The podium positions took a different look on lap nine with
Philipp Peter squeezing his way past Gianmaria Bruni heading up to
Sheene curve to move his Ferrari 458 into third place, just as the
rain began to fall heavier. That didn't affect Montermini though,
who set the fastest lap of the race so far on lap nine.
The charging Montermini made an error on lap 12 though and fell
to fourth place, promoting Tandy, Peter and Bruni into the top
three. Meanwhile conditions saw Michele Rugolo swiped out of the
race by a spinning Alexander Talkanitsa Sr at Druids while Stefano
Bizzarri lost a position in his Ferrari 458 with a well recovered
half spin at Surtees on lap 16.
The driver change window opened on lap 17 and first into the
pits, and championship leader Raymond Narac was the first to stop,
handing over to Raymond Pilec, while former leader Montermini
followed suit moments later to hand over to Juan Manuel Lopez.
GTS leader Archie Hamilton handed over at half distance to Marco
Mapelli, while at the front, Nick Tandy continued to lead the race
until he handed over to Marco Holzer with 32 minutes remaining.
That left the Ferrari 458 of Philipp Peter in the lead, which
they held when he handed over to Michael Broniszewski with 30
minutes remaining with Holzer running in third behind the Federico
Leo/Gianmaria Bruni Ferrari 458 in second.
The race looked to be heading for an intriguing finale as Holzer
began closing on Leo who in turn was closing on leader
Broniszewski. With 20 minutes remaining there was less than 15
seconds covering the top three. Holzer attempted a move up the
inside of Paddock Hill Bend with 18 minutes remaining but Leo held
his line. Holzer though grabbed the position on the inside of
Surtees on the next lap and set of in pursuit of Broniszewski who
was by now only 12 seconds up the road.
A thrilling battle for fifth place was also brewing as Patrick
Pilet and Alvaro Barba closed on the GTS car of Marco Mapelli.
Pilet passed Barba at Druids and then set his sights on Mapelli,
while at the front, leader Broniszewski survived a minor excursion
at Druids. With eight minutes remaining Holzer was just seven
seconds behind and lapping two seconds a lap faster. As they
started the last lap just over two seconds covered the top two, but
Broniszewski held on to claim the win by just over a second. Archie
Hamilton and Marco Mapelli claimed GTS honours in their Porsche
GT Open Race One Result
1. Michael Broniszewski/Phillipp Peter, Kessel Racing,
Ferrari 458 Italia, SGT, 42 laps
2. Marco Holzer/Nick Tandy, Manthey Racing, Porsche 997 GT3
RSR, SGT, +1.955s
3. Andrea Montermini/Juan Manuel Lopez, Scuderia Villorba,
Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT +7.053s
4. Federico Leo/Gianmaria Bruni, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 GT
Italia, SGT, +18.098s
5. Raymond Narac/Patrick Pilet, Imsa Performance Matmut,
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, SGT, +52.216s
6. Alvaro Barba/Matteo Malucelli, Villois Racing, Aston
Martin Vantage, SGT,
Mirocha rains supreme at sodden Brands Hatch
14/07/2012 - FIA Formula Two Championship Race 1 - Kevin Mirocha
mastered a very wet Brands Hatch circuit to take a superb maiden
Formula Two win during today's (Saturday) thrilling opening race at
The 20-year-old Pole got a great start to jump pole-sitter
Luciano Bacheta and Max Snegirev off the line to lead and pull away
in treacherous conditions in a race which saw two safety car
periods. From fourth on the grid, Mathéo Tuscher came home in
second to claim his fifth podium with championship leader Bacheta
finishing third on his home track.
Heavy rain fell as the race got under with Bacheta getting an
awful start from pole allowing Mirocha to power through into the
lead as the entire field struggled for grip. Tuscher had moved into
second with Snegirev in third after his best grid start, fending
from Bacheta in fourth. The Brit soon got past the Russian though
through Dingle Dell and closing in on the leading pair.
With visibility poor, it wasn't long before the safety car was
deployed following a spin by David Zhu coming out of Graham Hill
Bend, causing the pack to bunch up again and eliminating Mirocha's
lead. The restart lasted all of a few moments as Snegirev
immediately spun across the start/finish line with the 25-year-old
colliding with both Alex Fontana and Kourosh Khani to bring out the
safety car again.
Mirocha got away well as the safety car peeled in for the second
time on lap 10 with the race now running to its 40-minute time
limit. At the restart, Hector Hurst was able to take Mihai
Marinescu at the restart into Turn 1 with the Romanian then running
very wide at Druids Bend. Drivers continued to struggle for grip as
the race continued with Hurst now under pressure from Christopher
Zanella with the two battling for several laps before a mistake by
Hurst at Sheene dropped him back.
At the front, there was no stopping Mirocha and despite a slight
mistake at Druids Bend, he was able to control his lead, building a
five-second cushion before taking the chequered flag.
Fourth place went to Marinescu with Markus Pommer driving a patient
race from the back of the field - following his engine woes in
qualifying - to finish fifth. Zanella came home in seventh ahead of
Hurst with Axcil Jefferies picking up his second points finish in
as many races. Mauro Calamia also collected his maiden top 10
position with Daniel McKenzie completing the top 10.
Speaking afterwards a delighted Mirocha said: "This was just
incredible. In the beginning it was like a never ending race in
between I had 10million thoughts going through my head so I just
concentrated to push a bit more to really focus on the driving. I
felt really strong and of course I had an amazing start. This was
the key to be in front. It was really good!"
Tomorrow's second qualifying session gets underway at 10:35
(local time) with full coverage on the official F2 website.
F2 Results: Brands Hatch - Race 1:
1. Kevin Mirocha, 23 laps
2. Mathéo Tuscher, +5.687s
3. Luciano Bacheta, +7.107s
4. Mihai Marinescu, +13.811s
5. Markus Pommer, +15.515s
6. Christopher Zanella, +21.969s
7. Hector Hurst, +26.369s
8. Axcil Jefferies, +27.169s
9. Mauro Calamia, +42.503s
10. Daniel McKenzie, +47.351s
11. Plamen Kralev, +47.685s
12. Dino Zamparelli, DNF
13. Max Snegirev, DNF
14. Alex Fontana, DNF
15. Kourosh Khani, DNF
16. David Zhu, DNF
Mixed up grid for International GT Open
14/07/2012 - International GT Open Race 1 - The
GTS-specification Porsche 997 of Marco Mapelli and Archie Hamilton
has taken a surprise pole position for tomorrow's second GT Open
race at Brands Hatch, after rainfall late in the session restricted
Super GT cars to slower lap times. Fellow GTS runners Daniel
Zampieri and Michael Dalle Stelle qualified second in their Ferrari
458 and Andrea Rizzoli and Stefano Biazzarri qualified third in
their 458. The highest Super GT car was the Porsche 997 of
championship leaders Raymond Narac and Patrick Pilet in fourth.
The cars took to the track facing conditions similar to those
earlier today, with a rather greasy surface initially greeting the
drivers, following a shower during the qualifying session for F3
Open. As in first qualifying, the first part of the session was
exclusively for GTS cars before the Super GTs joined in with 20
minutes to go.
It wasn't long before the cars came back to the pits to change
for slick tyres, with Marco Mapelli bringing his Ferrari in to
receive new rubber after five minutes. As in the earlier session,
drivers had to take caution as Alan Calari proved with a harmless
spin onto the grass at Stirlings in his Ferrari. The Aston Martin
of John Gaw and Phil Drybourgh followed suit at the same corner
moments later, this time making contact with the barriers and
bringing out the red flags.
The drizzle returned under red flags, but that didn't hinder
times at first, with Briton Daniel Zampieri going fastest with a
time of 1m32.751s after the resumption.
With 20 minutes remaining the Super GT cars emerged on track but
due to the constant light rainfall were unable to move ahead of the
GTS-spec cars. The cars also were not aided by a full course yellow
after Raffaele Giammaria ran into trouble at Stirlings.
The fastest Super GT runner early on was Marco Holzer in the
Porsche 997 but only able to set times good enough for fifth on the
grid. Patrick Pilet though was showing promise and was able to move
up to fourth, at least making up somewhat for the spin by colleague
Raymond Narac in the earlier session.
Track conditions were proving more difficult as the drizzle
persisted, as Michael Broniszewski proved with a spin on the
start/finish straight in his Ferrari 458 with eight minutes
remaining, but somehow escaping without damage.
The session wound down with little improvement from the Super GT
drivers, thus ensuring a rather mixed up grid for tomorrow's race,
with three GTS cars at the head of the field and the more powerful
Super GT machines towards the rear.
International GT Open Qualidying Two,
1. Marco Mapelli/Archie Hamilton, Autorlando Sport, Porsche 997
GT3 R, GTS, 1m30.930s
2. Daniel Zampieri/Michael Dalle Stelle, Kessel Racing,
Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, GTS, +0.821s
3. Stefano Bizzarri/Andrea Rizzoli, AF Corse, Ferrari 458
Italia GT3, GTS, +3.721s
4. Raymond Narac/Patrick Pilet, Imsa Performance Matmut,
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, SGT, +5.846s
5. Marco Holzer/Nick Tandy, Manthey Racing, Porsche 997 GT3
RSR, SGT, +6.087s
6. Andrea Cecchellero/Massimo Mantovani, Kessel Racing, Ferrari 458
Italia GT3, GTS, +6.468s
7. Diederich Sijthoff/Nicky Pastorelli,
V8 Racing Bv, Chevrolet Corvette C6R, SGT, +7.178s
8. Freddy Kramer/Steven Earle, Kessel Racing, Ferrari 458 Italia
GT3, GTS, +7.696s
9. Andrea Montermini/Juan Manuel Lopez, Scuderia Villorba,
Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, +8.428s
10. John Gaw/Phil Drybourgh, John Gaw, Aston Martin Vantage GT3,
Grenhagen to start from pole
14/07/2012 - European F3 Open Qualifying - Mans Grenhagen was
the star of the European F3 Open field as he grabbed pole position
with a impressive performance around the 2.3 mile Brands Hatch
Grand Prix circuit.
Grenhagen has been the man to beat all weekend topping every
free practice session heading into qualifying. The Swede set a best
lap time of 1.25.627s which was half a second faster than
Niccolo Schiro. Former British F3 driver Rupert Svendson-Cook
was third quickest just a fraction quicker than Facu Regalia. Sam
Dejonghe was fifth with Kevin Giovesi in sixth.
European F3 Open Qualifying Top 6
1. Mans Grenhagen 1.25.627s
2. Niccolo Schiro +0.588s
3. Rupert Svendson-Cook +1.144s
4. Facu Regalia +1.191s
5. Sam Dejonghe +1.673s
6. Kevin Giovesi +1.963s
Bailey and Schulz master damp Brands Hatch
14/07/2012 - Britcar Qualifying - Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz
transferred their impressive free practice pace into qualifying by
storming to pole position in difficult conditions at Brands
The Ferrari 430 adapted well to the tricky wet/dry conditions
and with Bailey and Schulz behind the wheel it set a very
impressive time of 1.27.442s, which was a full 1.537s quicker
than anyone else.
A late blitz from the Spanish paring of Javier Morcillo and
Manuel Cintrano saw them grab the remaining place on the front row,
just ahead of Owen O'Neill and Danny Winstanley in third Marcos
Mantis. The Marcos had held secnd spot for the majority of the
Britcar Qualifying Top 6
Montermini takes pole in eventful session
14/07/2012 - International GT Open Qualifying - The Ferrari
458 of Andrea Montermini and Juan Manuel Lopez has claimed pole
position for the first International GT Open race at Brands Hatch
today (Saturday), in a red flag interrupted session that saw times
constantly dropping as the circuit continued to dry out.
The session started in damp conditions and although the majority
of the field were running on slick tyres, lap times were initially
over 10 seconds off yesterday's pace. The opening part of the
session was open for the GT3 specification GTS cars, and Martin
Lanting and Michele Rugolo in the Ferrari 458 were the initial pace
setters as the drivers acclimatised to the conditions.
Times quickly improved but conditions were still tricky as the
Ferrari 458 of Stefano Bizzarri proved, slipping off into the
gravel at Paddock Hill Bend after setting a time good enough for
third position at the time.
However as the red flags fell, there was a brief light shower
and there was an expensive queue of Sportscar exotica in the pit
lane as the drivers rushed to get back on track once the session
With 20 minutes remaining the cars from the more powerful Super
GT category were permitted to join the fun, but almost immediately
the red flags were out again after the Alexander Talkanitsa Sr
Ferrari were caught out at Paddock, with Archie Hamilton lying
fastest in his Ferrari.
After a short delay the cars returned to the circuit once more
and the Super GT cars began to stretch their legs, but not before
GTS-runner Rugolo went faster still to take over at the top of the
times once more. Former F1 pilot Andrea Montermini was the first to
show pace moving up to third place before yesterday's pace setters
Marco Holzer and Nick Tandy usurped the Italian in their Porsche to
take over third position.
Another ex-F1 driver, Gianmaria Bruni then moved into second,
just a couple of tenths shy of pole, before going fastest with nine
minutes remaining. Tandy then showed his hand and went fastest by
half a second, before Montermini took over the lead spot.
The pole position carousel continued turning as the Aston Martin
of Matteo Malucelli went faster before Montermini further improved
with the fastest time of the weekend so far on a 1m25.051s.
Surprisingly, championship leaders Raymond Narac and Patrick
Pilet were struggling, and caused yet another red flag while lying
in eighth place after a spin at Paddock Hill with just a couple of
minutes remaining in the session.
As the session resumed, cars were left with opportunity for just
a warm up lap and one flying lap, ensuring late flurry of times.
However there was little room for improvement apart from the Tandy
Porsche which jumped from fifth to second on the grid, behind the
Gianmaria Bruni qualified third, with Michael Broniszewski
fourth in a Ferrari 458, Tandy, Bruni and Broniszewski separated by
just five hundredths of a second.
The first GT Open race of the weekend takes place at 14.55
International GT Open Qualifying result:
1. Andrea Montermini/Juan Manuel Lopez, Scuderia Villorba,
Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, 1m25.051s
2. Marco Holzer/Nick Tandy, Manthey Racing, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR,
3. Federico Leo/Gianmaria Bruni, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 GT Italia,
4. Michael Broniszewski/Phillipp Peter, Kessel Racing, Ferrari 458
5. Alvaro Barba/Matteo Malucelli, Villois Racing, Aston
Martin Vantage, SGT
6. Miguel Ramos/Raffaele Giammaria, V8 Racing Bv, Chevrolet
Corvette C6R, SGT
7. Diederich Sijthoff/Nicky Pastorelli, V8 Racing Bv,
Chevrolet Corvette C6R, SGT
8. Raymond Narac/Patrick Pilet, Imsa Performance Matmut,
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, SGT
9. Martin Lanting/Michele Rugolo, AF Corse, Ferrar 458 Italia
Blistering Bacheta battles to pole
14/07/2012 - FIA Formula Two Championship qualifying -
Luciano Bacheta secured his third Formula Two pole during
today's (Saturday) enthralling wet/dry qualifying session at Brands
The 22-year-old Brit posted a best time of 1:22.806s, in the
last few seconds on the damp but drying track to just edge out Max
Snegirev with the Russian claiming his best ever qualifying
Polish racer Kevin Mirocha ended in third with Dino Zamparelli,
one of a handful of drivers to opt for slicks, in fourth and Swiss
teenager Mathéo Tuscher completing the top five for this
afternoon's opening race.
Overnight rain left the 2.3-mile circuit damp but with no
further rain expected, it was likely to dry out during the
30-minute session. Even so, all the drivers began on wets with a
trio of Brits in Bacheta, Zamparelli and Hector Hurst setting the
Mihai Marinescu then interrupted the all British front-row with
the times creeping down as Mirocha added his name to the pole
contenders. At the halfway stage, championship leader Bacheta still
led the way and by more than a second from Mirocha after going
purple in each sector on his 11th lap.
Just outside the front-runners, Snegirev was looking strong in
fifth together with yesterday's pace-setter Markus Pommer. Axcil
Jefferies then decided to brave a slick tyre run, the first driver
to do so, although could only manage a best of 11th. Pommer also
sat in the pits on a fresh set of dry tyres but sadly a car issue
ended his session with the German forced to watch the remainder
from the pit wall.
With five minutes left on the clock, Bacheta was now leading
from Alex Fontana before the Swiss made a trip into the gravel at
Paddock Hill, bringing out waved yellow flags and leaving him in
P7. Mirocha then went top with Bacheta almost stealing his P1 start
until a poor final sector allowed Snegirev to jump ahead and
momentarily hold onto pole.
Bacheta had time for one more lap though which in the end
cleared the Russian's time by more than half a second. Marinescu
finished sixth with Daniel McKenzie further down in ninth and
Kourosh Khani bouncing back from his high-speed Spa crash to claim
Speaking afterwards Bacheta said: "It was one of those sessions
where the track was always changing and you didn't know if you
needed to be on slicks or not so it wasn't a typical sessions where
we usually do two runs. I went out to see what the track was like
and every lap it was getting faster and faster and the tyres didn't
drop off so that said to me even if does get quite dry I'll stick
to wets because the tyres were holding up really well. I saw it
wasn't going to rain any more, the track was getting drier and
drier and knew my last lap would be the best so I had a cool down
lap and pushed for the last one."
A five-place grid penalty for Zamparelli from Spa means
the Brit will start from P9. Today's opening race takes place at
13:45 (local time) with full live coverage on Motors TV and the
official F2 website.
F2 Results: Brands Hatch - Qualifying 1:
1. Luciano Bacheta, 1:22.806s
2. Max Snegirev, +0.561s
3. Kevin Mirocha, +1.165s
4. Dino Zamparelli, +1.228s
5. Mathéo Tuscher, +1.510s
6. Mihai Marinescu, +1.676s
7. Alex Fontana, +2.095s
8. Christopher Zanella, +2.308s
9. Daniel McKenzie, +2.373s
10. Kourosh Khani, +2.435s
11. Axcil Jefferies, +2.435s
12. Hector Hurst, +2.725s
13. David Zhu, +3.417s
14. Mauro Calamia, +3.591s
15. Plamen Kralev, +3.756s
16. Markus Pommer, +5.295s
14/07/2012 - This weekend (13-15 July) sees the 2012 FIA Formula
Two Championship make its annual visit to the legendary Brands
Hatch Grand Prix circuit and the battle for rounds nine and
Last time out at Spa it was Markus Pommer who was at the top of his
game, picking up his maiden win from pole in race one, followed by
a further podium during a very wet race two. Race two honours went
to Luciano Bacheta who mastered the Spa spray to claim his fifth
victory but with just half points awarded after the treacherous
weather cut short the race, his championship lead is still within
Heading into this weekend the Brit holds a 40.5 point advantage but
with three other countrymen all keen to impress on home soil, he's
certainly not going to have things all his own way. Hector Hurst,
Dino Zamparelli and Daniel McKenzie - who picked up his maiden
podium at the Belgian F1 track - all know Brands Hatch well and
will be keen to make the most of this advantage during rounds nine
Rounds nine and ten of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship at
Brands Hatch get underway on Friday with the opening practice
session. For full coverage of all the action visit www.formulatwo.com.
The International GT Open Series returns to Brands Hatch for the
third successive year this weekend (July 13-15), co-headlining with
the FIA Formula Two Championship. The Spanish-based series has
grown in stature as the entry list features an increasing number of
Included in the entry list for the weekend's race are two former
Formula 1 drivers who have already stood on the top step of the
podium in the series this season. Italians Gianmaria Bruni and
Andrea Montermini both race Ferrari 458 GT Italias, however both
have had to give best to other marques in the title race as the
series enters its halfway stage.
So far consistency has placed the Porsche 997 GT3 RSR of Raymond
Narac and Patrick Pilet at the top of the pile but just four points
adrift is the similar car from marque specialists Manthey Racing.
Their driving squad features Marco Holzer and Nick Tandy. The
latter has a reputation of one of the world's best Porsche drivers,
with multiple wins in the rear-engined car over the years. Having
raced at Brands Hatch from his early days in Minis and Formula
Ford, he is perfectly placed to assume the title lead at home.
However there are expected to be a few wild card entries at
Brands Hatch, with the series popular amongst local GT racers.
British GT frontrunner David Ashburn is poised to race in a
Trackspeed 997 and will be a serious contender for overall
The huge grids of the European F3 Open, Formula Junior, Aston
Martin GT4 Challenge and the Britcar MSA British Endurance
Championship. Follow all the action from the weekend at www.msvracing.co.uk.