2011 Dutch Grand Prix
|2011 Superleague season|
|Date||October 13th, 2011|
|Official name||2011 Dutch Grand Prix|
|Location|| Circuit Park Zandvoort|
Zandvoort, The Netherlands
|Course|| Road Course |
2.676 mi / 4.307 km
|Distance||70 laps, 187.320 mi / 301.490 km|
|Second||David Jundt||Red Archer-Renault|
|Third||Gregg Lawson||Red Archer-Renault|
Coming into the 19th round of the 2011 Superleague season, Joe Consiglio had the chance to claim his 2nd drivers crown in 3 years simply by finishing ahead of Lee Morris on the road. Many people up and down the paddock agreed this championship was effectively over and now all Consiglio needed to do was simply get it over with.
Consiglio did not disappoint by taking pole position in the qualifying session by just under a second ahead of Red Archer driver David Jundt. Nordsjoen #2 driver Pavel Loknovski qualified in 4th place whilst Red Archers 2nd driver Gregg Lawson qualified a couple of spots below in 6th position giving Nordsjoen an advantage on the grid in their battle with Red Archer for the constructors championship which looked set whatever the result to go down to the wire in the next race at Singapore. Elsewhere on the grid, Morris took an impressive 3rd for Draig after others did not fulfill the potential of their cars whilst Morris exacted the maximum from his car to line up on the 2nd row of the grid. Dave Carr-Smith of Midnight qualified in 5th with Kieran Ryan setting a time good enough for 7th grid, a good result for the Irishman after a difficult season on the track. Debutants Boyd Bryson of Woods set a time good enough for 18th on the grid whilst Viesturs Priede of ST Racing qualified in 20th position.
With the race underway, Consiglio got away cleanly and held the lead into the first turn. Behind him, Loknovski jumped into 2nd place with Morris falling rapidly down the field and ending the first lap in 9th position. Nick Rowland on the other hand had a storming start after having to start from the back of the grid, he found himself in 12th position at the end of lap1. At this stage, Nordsjoen looked to have a healthy lead over Red Archer who found their cars in 4th and 6th after lap 1. Viesturs Priede had a nightmare debut and retired 3 laps into his debut after visiting the pits twice. Things got worse for ST Racing as David Stanton retired 16 laps in to end the teams hopes of more points for the season. Ben Warren for Nijo followed shortly after having fallen foul of lag problems. An amusing incident occured just before Ben disconnected as he appeared to take fastest lap of the race though this was induced by the lag he was suffering.
It was on lap 22 that the race really took a turn for the worse for Nordsjoen as their driver Pavel Loknovski entered difficulties. Having been struggling with issues all race with his connection, a freak accident where Christoph Lichtenstein's Synergetic car lagged infront of Pavels, sending him into the air and into the barriers, ending the Estonians race and denting Nordsjoens challenge for the constructors title. Only 4 laps later, Lee Morris made a rare error whilst pushing to get a podium place, putting one wheel on the grass in the fast right hander of turn 2 and crashing out of the race. This crash guaranteed Joe Consiglio the 2011 drivers world championship which Lee was quick on hand to congratulate his rival for the season as he joined the commentary team after the crash.
As the race headed towards the end, little happened on track as everyone found themselves spread out in the field. Ben Morgan suffered another retirement to hurt Computrac's chances in their battle for 11th with Nijo whilst Phil Perkins fell foul to yet another problem in his Draig car. The final retirement of the race was Ojay Clark who retired 22 laps from the end. In the last few laps, Rowland and Carr-Smith had a tussle with Nick letting Dave past who went in pursuit of Lawson but ran out of laps to chase the Englishman down for the final podium spot.
But in the end, it was Consiglio who crossed the line not only to take his 6th victory in a row but also the 2011 Superleague World Drivesr Championship. David Jundt took 2nd place with Red Archer teammate Gregg Lawson in 3rd in what was an excellent result for the team who now look odds on favourite to take the constructors title having a healthy 10 point lead over Nordsjoen going into the final round. Dave Carr-Smith led his teammate Nick Rowland home as they finished 4th and 5th in what was an impressive drive by both the Midnight drivers, Nick using a 2 stop strategy to his advantage after starting from the rear of the grid was a real highlight of the race for many people. Christoph Lichtenstein took a very impressive 6th place after an extremely calm and mature drive from the German with Mark Stanton crossing home 7th with Ryan Walker, Abdel Damghi and Ric Scott claiming the last points of the race. Boyd Bryson did a good job to finish 12th on his debut for Woods after keeping the car on the road whilst avoiding trouble.
After this result, the top 3 positions in the drivers championship were secured with Joe Consiglio taking the title with Lee Morris runner up and David Jundt taking 3rd place. 4th place is held by Jason Muscat though with his retirement from racing and Dave Carr-Smith only 2 points behind, its looks as if Jason will lose that place. The battle for 6th is more intesified as 4 drivers are seperated by 10 points with Loknovski on 56, Wicks and Clark on 52 and Rowland on 46 with De Vos only 6 points adrift of the Midnight Motorsports driver. No less than 7 drivers are in the battle for 11th in the final standings as they are seperated by only 6 points. Millar currently sits in 11th but Mark Stanton, Kieran Ryan, Lawson, Adam Rouse, Lichtenstein and Ryan Walker are all hot on his heels. In the constructors championship, top spot is currently held by Red Archer and they hold a comfortable 10 point gap going into the final race of the season over a depleted Nordsjoen Racing. After that, the table is mainly sorted with Draig in 3rd and Midnight in 4th. A battle for 5th between Woods Racing and Triple-Double Racing is there with only 2 points seperating the teams. 7th currently held by Synergetic who look comfortable ahead of 8th placed Williamson Dynamics who are expected to fold after the Singapore Grand Prix. 9th place is held by Constant with 10th place occupied by ST Racing. The final 2 spots are still being fought for between Computrac and Nijo with Computrac holding a slight 2 point lead over the Japanese based team.
|2||6||David Jundt||Red Archer-Renault||01:11.032||+0.934s|
|6||5||Gregg Lawson||Red Archer-Renault||01:12.000||+1.932s|
|2||6||David Jundt||Red Archer-Renault||70||+1:02.426||2||3||01:11.813||12|
|3||5||Gregg Lawson||Red Archer-Renault||69||+1 Lap||6||2||01:12.374||10|
|4||24||Dave Carr-Smith||Midnight-Renault||69||+1 Lap||5||3||01:11.868||8|
|5||25||Nick Rowland||Midnight-Renault||69||+1 Lap||22||2||01:12.759||6|
|6||9||Christoph Lichtenstein||Synergetic-Ferrari||67||+3 Laps||10||3||01:14.219||5|
|7||7||Mark Stanton||Constant-Renault||67||+3 Laps||9||3||01:13.937||4|
|8||15||Ryan Walker||TDR-Toyota||67||+3 Laps||8||4||01:14.371||3|
|9||21||Abdel Damghi||Nijo-Toyota||66||+4 Laps||14||5||01:14.590||2|
|10||23||Ric Scott||TDR-Toyota||66||+4 Laps||17||4||01:14.629||1|
|11||11||Gavin Thomas||Computrac-BMW||66||+4 Laps||16||3||01:14.119||0|
|12||3||Boyd Bryson||Woods-Mercedes||65||+5 Laps||18||4||01:15.644||0|
|13||4||Kieran Ryan||Woods-Mercedes||64||+6 Laps||7||5||01:15.339||0|
|14||8||William Ponissi||Constant-Renault||63||+7 Laps||19||6||01:15.729||0|
Standings after the Race
2011 Belgian Grand Prix
|2011 Dutch Grand Prix
2011 Singapore Grand Prix