Friday 7 October 2011

Blancpain Endurance Series:Round 5 Silverstone, Great Britain 7 October 2011 FREE PRACTICE Hayek Fastest on Day One at a Wet and Windy Silverstone

Round 5 Silverstone, Great Britain

7 October 2011


Hayek Fastest on Day One at a Wet and Windy Silverstone

Newly crowned ADAC GT Masters Amateur Champion Marc A Hayek was the quickest driver on the first day at Silverstone, with the weather playing a major role in the proceedings. The nr24 Blancpain-Reiter Lamborghini set a lap time of 2:05.107, just 0.182s ahead of the Marc VDS entered Alpina B6, with GT Masters Champion Dino Lunardi at the wheel.

Half way through the session a rain storm put paid to any further improvements in the times. The teams concentrated on finding a good wet weather set up in preparation for Sunday's race in case the weather continues to be unsettled in England over the weekend.

The session was briefly interrupted when red flags were shown as the nr59 McLaren of Alvaro Parente stopped on the Wellington Straight and with visibility reduced due to the spray, the session was stopped to recover the car.

Pre Qualifying for the Blancpain Endurance Series will start at 9am tomorrow morning, with qualifying for the final race of the 2011 season due to start at 13:25.

CLICK HERE for the result of Free Practice

Contenders Ready!

The drivers still in contention for the four Blancpain Endurance Series titles lined up for the traditional contenders pictures at Silverstone.

In the GT3 Pro Cup Paolo Ruberti, Gianluca Roda, Raffaele Gianmaria, Bert Longin, Stephane Ortelli, Filipe Albuquerque and Markus Palttala will all be trying to stop Greg Franchi from getting his hands on the Championship trophy on Sunday afternoon.

More contenders pictures from the GT3 Pro-Am Cup, GT3 Gentlemen Drivers and the GT4 Cup are available in the gallery HERE

Drivers Gather for the Final Picture of 2011

The 83 drivers who will compete in the final round of the 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone gathered for a group photograph to celebrate the end of a highly successful first season of international GT racing.

Weather for the Weekend

The weather forecast for the Silverstone area is changeable over the weekend but the track should be dry for Sunday’s race.

Results Free Practice.

124PAMMarc A. Hayek / Peter KoxLamborghini LP56002:05.10726
241PRODylan Derdaele / Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof / Dino LunardiAlpina B602:05.289270.182
320PAMFranck Morel / Jean-Luc Beaubelique / Ludovic BadeyFerrari 458 Italia02:06.237281.130
435PRORichard Westbrook / Peter Dumbreck / Nicky CatsburgNissan GTR GT-302:06.598221.491
59PROGianluca Roda / Raffaele Gianmaria / Paolo RubertiPorsche 997 GT3 R02:06.776281.669
61PROFrank Kechele / Nico Verdonck / Matteo BobbiFerrari 458 Italia02:07.247282.140
72PAMNick Hommerson / Louis Machiels / Michael BartelsFerrari 458 Italia02:07.251292.144
860PROAdam Christodoulou / Klaas Hummel / Phil QuaifeMcLaren GT02:07.356252.249
990PAMDavid Jones / Godfrey JonesMercedes SLS AMG02:08.047212.940
1032PROBert Longin / Filipe Albuquerqe / Stephane OrtelliAudi R8 LMS02:09.549244.442
1133PROGreg Franchi / Andrea Piccini / Christopher MiesAudi R8 LMS02:10.269265.162
126PAMRicardo Bravo / Lourenco Beirao da Veiga / Duarte Felix da CostaLamborghini LP 60002:10.283265.176
1329PROGiacamo Petrobelli 1 / Carlos Iacomelli / Filip SalaquardaFerrari 458 Italia02:10.548305.441
143PROJulien Rodrigues / Laurent Cazenave / Stef DusseldorpAston Martin DBRS 902:11.793226.686
1542PAMMichael Petit / Eric Cayrolle / Christophe JouetFerrari 430 Scuderia02:12.137277.030
164PROYann Clairay / Henri Moser / Frederic MakowieckiAston Martin DBRS 902:12.373237.266
1750PROPierguiseppe Perazzini / Marco Cioci / Matt GriffinFerrari 458 Italia02:13.098267.991
187PAMJose Manuel Balbiani / Alejandro Chahwan / Sebastian MartinezLamborghini LP 60002:13.544278.437
1940PROMarkus Palttala / Bas Leinders / Maxime MartinBMW Z402:15.1312410.024
2031GTRGeorges Cabannes / Fabien Michal / Gregory GuilvertLamborghini Gallardo GT302:16.1242711.017
2163GT4Alex Buncombe / Jordan Tresson / Christopher WardNissan 370Z02:18.3132113.206
2245PROFrederic Fatien / Andrea Barlesi / Fabien GiroixLamborghini Gallardo LP60002:18.3632913.256
2359PRODanny Watts / Alvaro Parente / Oliver TurveyMcLaren GT02:26.0811320.974
2422GTRRobert Hissom / Chris Dymond / Lionel ComoleFerrari 430 Scuderia02:29.0432523.936
2551PAMYannick Mallegol / Jean Marc Bachelier / Howard BlankFerrari 458 Italia02:31.1492226.042
26100GT4Raffaelle Sangiuolo / Guiseppe De PasqualeBMW M302:32.8612527.754
2770GT4Edoardo Piscopo / Leo Mansell / Greg MansellLotus Evora GT402:33.5542228.447
2819GTR Brody / Mathijes Harkema / Christoff CortenPorsche 997 GT3 Cup S02:33.6232628.516
2936CupLuigi Emiliani / Sergio Negroni / Marco CasseraPorsche 997 GT3 Cup02:34.1642729.057
Session Notes
Track conditionsWet

Jeff Carter/Press Delegate

Photos: © VIMAGES/Fabre

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