Yelmer still in the title hunt
Yelmer and Michael Bartels started fourth and finished fourth. Marcus Basseng and Marcus Winkelhock started third and finished second. As a result the Germans have taken over the lead with Yelmer on one single point with the final event at Donington coming up.
After the start the first corner at the Nürburgring once again live up to its expectations with cars all over the place. For Alvaro Parente (McLaren) it was the end of his race while the Audi R8 of Frank Stippler and the Mercedes of Nicky Pastorelli crawled back to the pits with a flat tyre. Fortunately Yelmer was not seriously affected but like yesterday he was stuck in fourth place behind the Mercedes of Marc Basseng. “I was a bit lucky to escape from the mayhem without a scratch. But the tangle uined my chances of gaining places”, Yelmer explained afterwards. And like yesterday there was no way that Yelmer could overtake the German. Even worse was that he came under an increasing pressure of the Mercedes SLS of Dominik Baumann who on his turn was haunted by Frédéric Makowiecki and his McLaren. The Frenchman forced his way past the Mercedes by punting him into a spin and then set after Yelmer. The three championship contenders fought along till the ultimate moment they had to come in for their compulsory pit-stops. Michael Bartels took over the BMW Z4 but the Vita4One pit-stop was exactly as long as that of the All-inkl.com team with Marcus Winkelhock leaving the pits just in front of Bartels. The Vita4One team boss was chanceless against the Mercedes driver and even had to concede to Stefan Rosina and his Lamborghini. Basseng and Winkelhock finished second behind the Ferrari of Filip Salaquarda and collected 18 points where as Yelmer and Michael Bartels ended up with 12 points.
This coming weekend the FIA GT1 class is travelling to the Donington Park for the final round and championship decider. “With rainy and cold weather it will be extremely hard to get our tyres working on our BMW. But when it is dry we will have a fair chance with all the winding and fast corners at Donington”, Yelmer predicts. He and Michael Bartels are now trailing Marc Basseng and Marcus Winkelhock by one single point.
1. Vilander/Salaquarda - Ferrari 458 31 laps in 1 hour 01.51.376
2. Basseng/Winkelhock - Mercedes SLS at 6.437
3. Kox/Rosina - Lamborghini Gallardo at 9.932
4. Buurman/Bartels - BMW Z4 at 19.071
5. Mayr-Meinhof/Lauda - BMW Z4 at 33.481
6. Ortelli/Vanthoor - Audi R8 at 51.272
7. Ide/Castellacci - Ferrari 485 at 1.20.846
8. Pastorelli/Jäger - Mercedes SLS at 1 lap
9. Parisy/Bleekemolen - Lamborghini Gallardo at 5 laps
1. Basseng/Winkelhock 143
2. Buurman/Bartels 142
3. Makowiecki/Dusseldorp 111
4. Ortelli/Vanthoor 104
5. Pastorelli/Jäger 91
6. Vilander/Salquarda 80
7. Jarvis/Stippler 75
8. Peter Kox 57
9. Lauda/Mayer-Meinhof 57
10. Demoustier/Parente 46