Late drama gives Cintrano and Morcillo Britcar victory
15/07/2012 - Britcar Race - Contact late on gave Javier Morcillo
and Manuel Cintrano victory in a thrilling two hour Britcar race
which brought the FIA Formula Two Championship weekend at Brands
Hatch GP to a close.
The two hour race began with the polesitters of Andy Schulz and
Paul Bailey in their Ferrari 430 heading the field as they filed
through Paddock Hill Bend. They were closely followed by the Lotus
Evora of Richard Adams, David Green and Martin Byford that
stormed up to second from fifth on the grid. The Mosler of Javier
Morcillo and Manuel Cintrano was third.
The Simon Phillips and Pete Storey in their Ferrari 458, who
started from the sixth row, were on the move as they found a
way past the Mosler for third. A train of cars began tio battle
over third and it didn't take long for the position to change again
when the Chris Beighton and Jon Finnemore car moved up to third and
then second by lap four. Beighton and Finnemore continued to push
and they took the lead by lap 11. The leaders soon began to
make their first pit stops.
Any hopes of the pair building a lead were dashed when the
safety car was deployed for an incident involving Jeff Mileham and
Steve Guglielmi at Paddock Hill. The safety car period was extended
even further when the Phillips/Storey car stopped at Paddock
Mechanical problems for the leaders saw them surrender the lead
and following the pit stop shake up and another safety car
period, the Ferrari of Bailey and Schulz regained the
lead from the Mosler of Morcillo and Cintrano with the
Duyver/Hollings car in third.
But a pit stop for Duyver and Hollings saw them lose third place
to Ryan Ratcliffe and Joe Osborne, while the Byford Evora got
cuaght in the pits dropping them to ninth.
The battle for the lead intensified in the final ten minutes
with the second placed Mosler and the lead Ferrari split by
less than a second. Morcillo and Cintrano applied pressure on
the leaders and seemed to be quicker on the Indy stretch of the
circuit but were unable to find their way past until three
laps from the end. The Mosler tagged the Ferrari at Druids which
gave the Spanish pair the lead and they took the chequered
flag. The Ferrari recovered to finish second with Ratcliffe and
Osborne in third.
Class 2 was claimed by Phillips and Storey with Martin,
Tom, and James Webb winning Class 3. Third overall
Ratcliffe and Osborne won Class 4.
Britcar Race Top 6
Methley on the money in Formula Junior
15/07/2012 - FIA Formula Two Championship Race - David Methley
converted his pole position into a race win but he was pushed all
the way by Pete Morton, crossing the line with a margin of eight
tenths of a second.
In truth the race proved to be a battle between Methley and
Morton with the majority of the field being lapped by the pair.
Despite piling the pressure on Methley, the leader failed to crack
and he went on to take the win by eight tenths of a second. Richard
Smeeton followed the pair home in third but he was one minute and
five seconds back which just goes to show Methley and Morton's
dominance. Only the top five managed to stay on the lead
Formula Junior Race 1 Top 6
1. David Methley
2. Pete Morton
3. Richard Smeeton
4. John Chisholm
5. Alex Morton
6. Andrew Tart
Marinescu powers to claim lights-to-flag victory at Brands
15/07/2012 - FIA Formula Two Championship Race Two - Mihai
Marinescu drove a controlled race from start-to-finish to secure
his second Formula Two win of the season during today's (Sunday)
dry race at Brands Hatch.
Starting from pole, the 23-year-old made a lightning start to pull
away early on and maintained the gap to Christopher Zanella,
including a safety car interruption, to take the chequered flag.
Third place went to Dino Zamparelli who capitalised from a slow
starting Markus Pommer to claim a maiden F2 podium and end as the
Marinescu stormed off the line as the lights went out to lead from
Zanella while third-placed Pommer got bogged down dropping to sixth
with Kevin Mirocha in fourth and Mathéo Tuscher fifth.
On the opening few laps, the Romanian had already carved out more
than a second lead as the Boost Zones became active, with the
closest battle lying for ninth place as a train of four cars lined
up behind Hector Hurst. That battle ended badly for Kralev as the
Bulgarian tried to pass Hurst on the inside of Hawthorns with the
two touching and Kralev having a sizeable impact into the
Meanwhile, the leaders had now opened up a gap to Zamparelli while
fifth placed Tuscher appeared to catch the underside of his car
exiting Paddock Hill Bend to spin into the barrier, bringing out
the safety car on lap 10 - eroding Marinescu's lead.
Marinescu got away cleanly at the restart and looked at ease as he
set about building his advantage, pushing all the way to the flag
to end with a gap of almost four seconds. "It feels really good and
I am happy that I won," said Marinescu. "I made up some points on
the other guys in the championship and that is what I'm aiming for.
I had some difficulty in race two at Spa when I crashed in
qualifying where I could have made a pole but it doesn't matter
anymore. This is bouncing back!"
Despite sustained pressure from Pommer, Mirocha hung onto his
fourth place to complete a strong points haul for the Pole with
championship leader Luciano Bacheta finishing sixth ahead of Alex
Daniel McKenzie finished ninth in front of Zimbabwean Axcil
Jefferies who claimed his third successive points finish, with
Kourosh Khani taking consolation from his race one crash to claim
the final points position.
The next Formula Two rounds take place in one week's time (20-22
July) at Paul Ricard, France, with full coverage on www.formulatwo.com
F2 Results: Brands Hatch - Race 2:
1. Mihai Marinescu, 28 laps
2. Christopher Zanella, +0.3887s
3. Dino Zamparelli, +14.327s
4. Kevin Mirocha, +15.201s
5. Markus Pommer, +16.009s
6. Luciano Bacheta, +17.181s
7. Alex Fontana, +17.515s
8. Daniel McKenzie, +19.306s
9. Axcil Jefferies, +20.996s
10. Kourosh Khani, +21.872s
11. Mauro Calamia, +31.223s
12. Hector Hurst, +31.661s
13. David Zhu, +35.741s
14. Max Snegirev, DNF
15. Mathéo Tuscher, DNF
16. Plamen Kralev, DNF
Great Raimondo wins race two
15/07/2012 - European F3 Open - Canada's Gianmarco Raimondo
overcame polesitter Facu Regalia to record an impressive victory in
the final European F3 Open race of the
Raimondo made a great start and surged into the lead passing
pole man Regalia on the entry to Paddock Hill bend for the first
time. Once in front the Canadian began to gradually open up a
lead lap by lap.
There was plenty of action behind with race one winner Mans
Grenhagen and Sam Dejonghe carving their way through the field.
Grenhagen managed to climb to fifth but he collided with Juan
Carlos Sistos which forced him into retirement.
Dejonghe enjoyed a much safer rise through the field as
he came home to finish in seventh after starting from 15th on the
In the end nobody could catch Raimondo and he went on to take
the chequered flag from Regalia and Niccolo
European F3 Open Race Two Top 6
1. Gianmarco Raimondo
2. Facu Regalia
3. Niccolo Schiro
4. Juan Carlos Sistos
5. Rupert Svendson-Cook
6. Kevin Giovesi
Aston Martin storms through to claim victory in GT Open race
15/07/2012 - International GT Open Race Two - The Aston Martin
Vantage of Alvaro Barba and Matteo Malucelli have claimed victory
in the second International GT Open race of the weekend today
(Sunday) after storming through from 14th on the
Ex-F1 driver Gianmaria Bruni secured second place in his Ferrari
458 shared with Federico Leo while Miguel Ramos and Raffaele
Giammaria steered their Chevrolet Corvette to third after fending
off Andrea Montermini on a last lap drag race to the line.
Home hero Nick Tandy suffered mechanical issues just after his
driver change and was forced to settle for 12th place
after the car had lead the early stages piloted by Marco
In an entertaining race there was drama even before the event
started as the Ferrari 458 of Andrea Montermini was forced to
change its left rear wheel after sustaining damage on the lap to
the grid, while the Porsche of championship leaders Patrick Pilet
and Raymond Narac was forced into starting the race from the pit
lane after an off on the out lap.
The polesitting Porsche of Marco Mapelli held onto the lead into
the fist corner as the field made its way around the first lap
largely without incident, except for Alan Calari who spun his
Ferrari 458 at Clark curve. With the more powerful Super GT cars
starting further down the grid than expected after yesterday's
topsy turvy qualifying session, it was always likely that there
would be a lot of movement in the first laps.
Barba made a lightning start from 14th and by lap three was
pestering Nicky Pastorelli's Chevrolet Corvette for fifth position.
He engineered his way past on lap four down Pilgrims drop to take
the position and then took fourth place going into Paddock Hill
Bend on lap six to take fourth from Andrea Rizzoli's 458. Further
in front, Marco Holzer moved into second place in his Porsche with
a daring move on Daniel Zampieri's 458 at Paddock.
Holzer then set his sights on race leader Mapelli while Barba
moved up into third and began chasing down the leading duo. Holzer
moved into the lead at the end of lap nine at Clark with a well
executed move into Clearways, while Barba was now right with them
and threatening Mapelli now sitting in second place. He eventually
made a move stick on lap 12 when he dived past at Clearways to take
second and set about the leading runner of Holzer.
Calari, recovering after his earlier spin at Clark then spun at
Paddock Hill on lap nine, and retired.
The driver change window opened with 30 minutes remaining and
Holzer pitted to hand over to Nick Tandy with 26 minutes remaining.
However there was drama as Tandy attempted to rejoin the track with
a lick of flame from the Porsche as it trundled down the pit lane.
Tandy stopped the car before rejoining the track and the Porsche
was checked over before resuming in last position.
That left two GTS cars briefly running in first and second with
Marco Mapelli in the lead and the Zampieri Ferrari in second place.
Both cars pitted to change drivers with 21 minutes remaining,
leaving the Aston Martin in the lead, with Matteo Malucelli having
taken over from Barba. With a third of the race remaining the gap
at the front was 17 seconds over ex-F1 driver Gianmaria Bruni in
his Ferrari 458.
That lead was eradicated when the safety car was brought out
with 12 minutes remaining to recover the Stefano Bizzarri Ferarri
which had pulled off the road on the exit of Hawthorns. The safety
car pitted with less than six minutes remaining, ensuring a sprint
race to the finish but Malucelli had the cushion of three lapped
cars between him and Bruni, ensuring he held a lead of over three
seconds at the restart.
That lead was extended to 3.7 seconds by the end of the race as
Malucelli took a well deserved win from Leo/Bruni and
Ramos/Giammaria. Archie Hamilton gave the home crowd something to
cheer about with the class win in GTS, sharing with Mapelli.
GT Open Race Two result
1. Alvaro Barba/Matteo Malucelli, Villois Racing, Aston
Martin Vantage, SGT, 32 laps
2. Federico Leo/Gianmaria Bruni, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 GT
Italia, SGT, +3.796s
3. Miguel Ramos/Raffaele Gianmmaria, V8 Racing Bv, Chevrolet
Corvette C6R, SGT, +8.457s
4. Andrea Montermini/Juan Manuel Lopez, Scuderia Villorba,
Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT , +8.618s
5. Diederich Sijthoff/Nicky Pastorelli, V8 Racing Bv,
Chevrolet Corvette C6R, SGT, +12.451s
6. Michael Broniszewski/Phillipp Peter, Kessel Racing,
Ferrari 458 Italia, SGT, +12.997s
7. Archie Hamilton/Marco Mapelli, Autorlando Sport, Porsche 997 GT3
R, GTS, +16.454s
8. Alexander Talkanitsa Sr/Alexander Talkanitsa Jr, AT Racing
Team, Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, +17.947s
9. Daniel Zampieri/Michael Dalle Stelle, Kessel Racing,
Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, GTS, +18.812s
10. Matteo Beretta/Marcello Puglisi, Autorlando Sport, Porsche 997
GT3 R, GTS,
Methley Brabham dominates Formula Junior qualifying
15/07/2012 - Formula Junior Qualifying - The Brabham BT6
with David Methley behind the wheel secured pole position for this
afternoon's race around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix
Methley proved to be the class of the 20 car field as
he set a best lap time of 1.40.684s which was 1.386s quicker
than Pete Morton's Lightning Envoyette. Richard Smeeton's Wainer
was the best of the rest in third.
Formula Junior Qualifying Top 6
1. David Methley 1.40.684s
2. Pete Morton +1.386s
3. Richard Smeeton +2.413s
4. John Chisholm +4.584s
5. Alex Morton +5.338s
6. Andrew Tart +7.381s
Marinescu snatches pole for F2 Race Two
15/07/2012 - FIA Formula Two Championship Qualifying
- Mihai Marinescu will start from pole for today's (Sunday)
second Formula Two race at Brands Hatch after a superb late lap
secured him his third front-row start of the season.
The 23-year-old Romanian just pipped Christopher Zanella by a mere
0.034s on a bright, dry track to record a best time of 1:14.171s
-the fastest lap for an F2 car around the 2.3-mile Grand Prix
circuit. Meanwhile, German Markus Pommer made up for his bad luck
in yesterday's opening qualifying session to secure third. He was
followed by Dino Zamparelli who picked up his best ever starting
position with fourth, qualifying as the top Brit, with yesterday's
race-winner Kevin Mirocha in fifth - the two also recording exactly
the same time.
Blue skies greeted drivers for the 30-minute session in which they
can use their overboost, increasing power output of the Williams
designed F2 car to 500bhp. Championship leader Luciano Bacheta was
the early pace-setter and already a second under Mirko Bortolotti's
pole time from last year. Zanella, Marinescu and Mirocha were all
looking likely pole contenders as was Mathéo Tuscher who led the
way at the halfway stage.
After pitting for fresh rubber, it was Zanella who went top lapping
in the low 1:14s while Tuscher sat in the pits having used all his
boost. That left the door open for Marinescu who went top in
closing stages while Tuscher had to settle for seventh, although
will start on fresher tyres, with Max Snegirev in sixth.
Brit Bacheta couldn't replicate his usual high standard to
finish eighth ahead of Alex Fontana and Hector Hurst, who
celebrates his 20th birthday today.
Speaking afterwards Marinescu said: "Yesterday was quite
difficult in the rain. It was difficult to see from the spray of
the cars in front but now everything is sorted and it was quite
okay. I felt good in the race and I had the fastest lap. I am happy
it is dry but wet would have been a good choice as well. It is a
tricky pole position but I think it is going to be okay, I have no
fears about it. I just put the power down and go!"
Today's second F2 race gets underway at 14:50 (local time) with
full coverage on the official F2 website.
F2 Results: Brands Hatch - Qualifying 1:
1. Mihai Marinescu, 1:14.171s
2. Christopher Zanella, +0.034s
3. Markus Pommer, +0.366s
4. Dino Zamparelli, +0.541s
5. Kevin Mirocha, +0.541s
6. Max Snegirev, +0.550s
7. Mathéo Tuscher, +0.569s
8. Luciano Bacheta, +0.585s
9. Alex Fontana, +0.806s
10. Hector Hurst, +0.875s
11. Plamen Kralev, +1.209s
12. Daniel McKenzie, +1.463s
13. Kourosh Khani, +1.741s
14. Axcil Jefferies, +1.796s
15. David Zhu, +1.866s
16. Mauro Calamia, +1.901s
Regalia on form with European F3 Open pole
15/07/2012 - European F3 Open Qualifying - Facu Regalia
ended Mans Grenhagen's dominance of the weekend by grabbing pole
position for this afternoon's European F3 Open race.
Regalia was the only driver to dip into the 1 minute 19s
bracket as he set a personal best of 1.19.806s to grab pole by
just three tenths of a second from Canada's Gianmarco Raimondo.
Niccolo Schiro was third fastest ahead of Spain's Juan Carlos
Sistos. Noel Jammal and Roberto La Rocca rounded out the top six
which were split by just a fraction more than a second. Britain's
Rupert Svendson-Cook was seventh quickest.
Grenhagen, who topped every session and won yesterday's race,
was only 19th fastest afer completing just four laps.
European F3 Open Qualifying Top 6
1. Facu Regalia 1.19.806s
2. Gianmarco Raimondo +0.337s
3. Niccolo Schiro +0.709s
4. Juan Carlos Sistos +0.900s
5. Noel Jammal +980s
6. Roberto La Rocca +1.009s
15/07/2012 - 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.