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FIA GT1 Weltmeisterschaft 2010Last weekend the GT1 teams met for the third FIA GT1 World Championship race in Brno (Czech Republic). After the Silverstone race Swiss Racing Team had been busy repairing Wendlinger’s/Moser’s severely damaged NISSAN GT-R. Wendlinger/Moser got one world championship point in Brno indicating that the Swiss team is on the right path.

Unfortunately Seiji Ara (JPN) got stuck in a yellow flag phase during the first qualifying session and just missed the Top 16 for the second session. Karl Wendlinger (AUT) qualified for Q2 and handed the NISSAN GT-R over to his colleague, Henri Moser (CHE), who reached start position 15 for the qualifying race. The second car, Ara/Nilsson, qualified two places behind them.

Nilsson (SWE) handled the flying start of the qualifying race well and gained a few places. However, he had lost them again when it was time for the pit stop. The driver change went perfectly, and Seiji Ara finished his stint in 15th place.
Henri Moser in the second car lost a few places at first but managed to reach P15 again during his stint. Wendlinger took over the NISSAN GT-R, managed to hold his ground and drove across the finish line in 12th place.

“The lap times prove that we can keep up with the pace of the top group. We need to use this in the qualifying now in order to get the cars to the top,” says Erich Kolb, SRT’s team manager. Karl Wendlinger feels more confident, too: “We make constant progress. I was able to keep up with the Aston Martin’s and the Maserati’s. We definitely increased our pace.”

A safety car phase at the beginning of the pit stops in Sunday’s race made them a game of chance for almost all teams called their pilots into the pit at the same time. As a result both Swiss Racing Team cars lost places.

Afterwards, Max Nilsson was able to demonstrate that his NISSAN GT-R worked better as well. He reached lap times that matched those of the top group. He did not manage to gain places because the car in front of him was too far away.
Henri Moser was very happy to drive across the finish line in P10 and to get his first World Championship point.

“The beginning of the season was not very good for us and the new FIA-GT1 World Championship is very strong. But the team is working very hard and now we can gradually see that we are on the right track. We had a much better pace in Brno. We will have six weeks until the Paul Ricard race and we will continue to do our homework,” says managing director Othmar Welti.

The forth championship race will take place in Le Castellet (Paul Ricard HTTT) on July3rd /4th, 2010.

Quelle: motioncompany

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