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Blancpain Endurance Navarra, Spain 14-10-12 2012 Full Race Video.

 

 

Blancpain Endurance Navarra, Spain 14-10-12 2012 Full Race Video.

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT clinched both the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series drivers’ and teams’ titles at Navarra in a dramatic and incident-filled afternoon, as the usual Spanish sunshine turned to a torrential downpour.

The No.1 WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra of Christopher Mies (DEU), Christopher Haase, (DEU) and Stephane Ortelli (MCO) finished the race in second place under safety car conditions in the wet weather, bringing home the drivers’ championship, finishing on 114 points for the season.

An emotional Stephane Ortelli explained his feelings: "I’m so happy for the team. I was already happy when we were running in second place. I think both Christophers have done a great job today. I didn’t do that much, but they both drove great stints. They had the chance to pass some cars, before the safety car was deployed."

Ortelli thanked team owner Vincent Vosse: "Every point counts in this championship. Vincent told me at Monza, ‘If you continue like this we can win the championship at the end of the season.’"

Their closest rivals in the No.3 Marc VDS Racing Team BMW, Bas Leinders (BEL), Markus Palttala (FIN) and Maxime Martin (BEL) finished second in the championship with 111 points. The BMW took fourth in the race, behind the second Team WRT Audi of Filipe Albuquerque (PRT), Frank Stippler (DEU) and Oliver Jarvis (GBR).

Alvaro Parente set the team up well with the opening stint. "The start went well. I then defended my position nicely into the first corner. Then we had a little bit of rain, which slowed us down for three laps but then it was back to normal. The track is really good for our McLaren which helped, and combined to our great pit stops, I think was a good combination."

In the PRO-AM class Niek Hommerson (NLD) and Louis Machiels (BEL) won the drivers’ championship with a total of 76 points. The duo was teamed with Alessandro PierGuidi for the final round, and had a three-point lead from the Italian combination of Eugenio Amos, Alessandro Bonacini and Giacomo Petrobelli in the No.57 Vita4one Team Italy Ferrari. Their race ended disappointingly with retirement due to suspension damage.

The PRO-AM team fight also had a narrow points margin with the AF Corse Ferrari team winning by a slim four points. Second, also running a brace of Ferraris was SOFREV ASP with 90 points. Third, with 67 points was the disappointed Italian Vita4one team.

In today’s race the ART Grand Prix McLaren MP4-12C of Grégoire Demoustier (FRA) and Duncan Tappy (GBR) was victorious in the PRO-AM class, with an impressive win despite a spin in the wet conditions. Tappy’s spectacular stint, including several inspired overtaking manoeuvres, helped their route to victory. "It was a really entertaining race for me. I couldn’t relax!" Tappy said. "I had Audis coming from all sorts of directions. I actually had contact in one of the corners, which we were both lucky to escape from. Once I got them out of the way I managed to do a great overtaking manoeuvre on the Boutsen-Ginion Racing McLaren. Then it started to rain," he concluded.

Following today’s dramatic race, the Gentlemen Trophy class produced an interesting finalé to the teams’ championship. The French Sainteloc Racing Team only had to finish the race to win the championship with its Audi R8. With less than an hour to go, in treacherous conditions, Philippe Giauque spun and hit the No.9 Gulf Racing UK McLaren damaging the front section of the car. With minutes to go, the Sainteloc team repaired the car and finished champions.

The Gentlemen Trophy drivers’ championship title also went to the Sainteloc Racing drivers Robert Hissom (USA) and Pierre Hirschi (CHE), who after their second-in-class finish at Navarra gave them a total of 94 points.

Hissom expressed his championship winning thoughts: "This is the first championship I’ve ever won and it feels amazing. I have to thank the drivers, thank Sainteloc and the other teams, the competition in this series was simply fantastic."

As the champions were announced and the Blancpain Endurance Series drew to a close, Stephane Ratel, Founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group, expressed his thanks to the teams and congratulated the winners. "This has been a great season in the Blancpain Endurance Series. We have had different brands, teams and drivers scoring wins in all over the classes through the events. I would like to congratulate the three champion teams today: Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, AF Corse and Sainteloc Racing on their successes."

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Results: 2012 Final – Navarra.

 

Race Result
Pos Car Class Drivers Car Time Laps Gap Avg

speed
1 7 PRO Stef Dusseldorp / Alvaro Parente / Frederic Makowiecki McLaren MP4-12C 2:50:53.849 89   68,34
2 1 PRO Christopher Mies / Christopher Haase / Stephane Ortelli Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2:50:55.612 89 1.763 65,79
3 6 PRO Frank Stippler / Oliver Jarvis / Filippe Albuquerque Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2:50:57.230 89 3.381 66,37
4 3 PRO Bas Leinders / Markus Palttala / Maxime Martin BMW Z4 2:51:03.115 89 9.266 65,93
5 75 PRO Marc Hennerici / Xavier Maassen / Marc Goossens Porsche 997 GT3 R 2:51:03.501 89 9.652 68,81
6 71 PRO Davide Rigone / Stefano Gattuso / Daniel Zampieri Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:04.827 89 10.978 67,11
7 66 PRO Gregory Franchi / Mathias Lauda / Frank Kechele BMW Z4 2:51:08.918 89 15.069 65,36
8 5 PRO Zoel Amberg / Andy Soucek / Nico Verdonck McLaren MP4-12C 2:51:14.555 89 20.706 68,81
9 12 PAM Gregoire Demoustier / Duncan Tappy McLaren MP4-12C 2:51:16.348 89 22.499 68,81
10 37 PAM Jochen Habets / Andrew Danyliw / Simon Knap BMW Z4 2:51:25.595 89 31.746 65,93
11 24 PRO Jos Menten / Stefan Rosina / Peter Kox Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ 2:51:25.894 89 32.045 67,57
12 4 PRO Bert Longin / Henri Moser / Nick Catsburg BMW Z4 2:50:54.888 88   65,93
13 19 PAM Oliver Morley / Steve Jans / Sean Edwards Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 2:50:59.285 88   67,87
14 51 PAM Gaetano Ardagna Perez / Daniel Brown / Giuseppe Ciro Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:00.285 88   66,67
15 20 PAM Patrice Goueslard / Jean Luc Beaubelique / Ludovic Badey Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:06.876 88   65,79
16 52 PAM Niek Hommerson / Louis Machiels / Alessandro Pier Guidi Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:09.768 88   66,37
17 15 PAM Edouard Mondron / Fabien Thuner / Jerome Thiry McLaren MP4-12C 2:51:13.511 88   69,12
18 17 PAM Dennis Andersen / Martin Jensen Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:15.162 88   65,79
19 60 PAM Julien Draper / Matt Draper / Stephen Jelley McLaren MP4-12C 2:51:18.745 88   68,34
20 34 PAM Henry Hassid / Roland Berville / Anthony Beltoise Porsche 997 GT3 R 2:51:21.794 88   67,72
21 79 PAM Andrew Smith / Joe Twyman / Ollie Millroy BMW Z4 2:50:58.277 87   65,50
22 42 PAM Paul Lanchere / Emmet O Brien / Kevin Despinasse Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:12.547 87   66,96
23 2 PRO Marco Bonanomi / Edward Sandstroem / Laurens Vanthoor Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2:51:36.840 87   66,23
24 43 PAM Jerome Demay / Jean-Marc Quitois / Adrien Tambay Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2:51:11.987 86   65,22
25 9 PAM Michael Wainwright / Robert Bell McLaren MP4-12C 2:51:34.194 86   69,12
26 30 PAM Craig Wilkins / Aaron Scott Audi R8 LMS 2:51:52.742 86   65,36
27 98 GTR Jan Brunstedt / Mikael Bender / Daniel Roos Audi R8 LMS 2:51:18.071 85   65,22
28 49 PAM Yannick Mallegol / Howard Blank / Jean Marc Bachelier Ferrari 458 Italia 2:51:22.878 83   65,65
29 80 PRO Lorenz Frey / Gabriele Gardel / Fredy Barth Emil Frey Jaguar XK 2:51:10.757 82   65,93
30 41 GTR Robert Hissom / Pierre Hirschi / Philippe Giauque Audi R8 LMS 2:51:35.985 81   64,66
31 10 PAM Maurice Ricci / Gabriel Balthazard / Jerome Policand Ferrari 458 Italia 2:35:40.592 79   65,65
32 50 PAM Jack Gerber / Marco Cioci Ferrari 458 Italia 2:17:31.497 74   66,23
33 57 PAM Eugenio Amos / Alessandro Bonacini / Giacomo Petrobelli Ferrari 458 Italia 2:15:03.050 69   66,82
34 36 PAM Michael Mallock / Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof / Jeroen den Boer BMW Z4 1:47:45.800 61   65,50
35 38 PAM Danny Candia / Jody Fannin / David McDonald Ferrari 458 Italia 1:04:01.187 35   66,37
36 18 PRO Congfu Cheng / Dominik Baumann / Jereon Bleekemolen Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 49:13.766 28   68,03
37 88 PAM Leon Price / Jordan Groger / Robert Barff McLaren MP4-12C 40:07.186 22   67,42
38 58 GTR Daniel Desbrueres / Christian Kelders Porsche 997 GT3 R 14:36.310 8   67,42
39 33 PAM Eric Dermont / Antoine Leclerc Porsche 997 GT3 R 3:49.793 2   66,67



 

Championship results

GT3 Pro Cup

 

Pos Class Driver Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
           
Pos Class Driver Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
 
1 PRO Christopher Haase DEU 8 15 25 36 12 18 114
1 PRO Stéphane Ortelli MCO 8 15 25 36 12 18 114
1 PRO Christopher Mies DEU 8 15 25 36 12 18 114
2 PRO Markus Palttala FIN 25 25 18 31   12 111
2 PRO Maxime Martin BEL 25 25 18 31   12 111
2 PRO Bas Leinders BEL 25 25 18 31   12 111
3 PRO Marc Hennerici DEU 10 4 12 11 25 10 72
3 PRO Xavier Maassen NLD 10 4 12 11 25 10 72
3 PRO Marc Goossens BEL 10 4 12 11 25 10 72
4 PRO Andrea Piccini ITA   18   44     62
5 PRO Edward Sandström SWE 18 18   15 8   59
5 PRO Laurens Vanthoor BEL 18 18   15 8   59
6 PRO Frank Stippler DEU       44   15 59
7 PRO Frank Kechele DEU 4 10   24 15 6 59
8 PRO Greg Franchi BEL 4 10   24 15   53
9 PRO Rene Rast DEU       44 2   46
10 PRO Daniel Zampieri ITA 12 8 15 2   8 45
10 PRO Stefano Gattuso ITA 12 8 15 2   8 45
10 PRO Davide Rigon ITA 12 8 15 2   8 45
11 PRO Mathias Lauda AUT       24 15 6 45
12 PRO Marco Bonanomi ITA 18 0   15 8   41
13 PRO Bert Longin BEL 6 0 10 8 6 1 31
13 PRO Alvaro Parente PRT   2 4     25 31
13 PRO Henri Moser CHE 6 0 10 8 6 1 31
14 PRO Mike Hezemans NDL 6 0 10 8 6   30
15 PRO Frédérick Makowiecki FRA           25 25
15 PRO Stef Dusseldorp NDL           25 25
16 PRO Karl Wendlinger AUT 15 6         21
16 PRO Anthony Kumpen BEL 15 6         21
16 PRO Koen Wauters BEL 15 6         21
17 PRO Jeffrey van Hooydonck NLD 1 12   8     21
17 PRO Jeroen den Boer NLD 1 12   8     21
17 PRO Stéphane Lémeret BEL 1 12   8     21
18 PRO Mike Parisy FRA         18   18
18 PRO Jeroen Bleekemolen NDL         18   18
18 PRO Congfu Chen CHN         18   18
19 PRO Nico Verdonck BEL   1 8   4 4 17
20 PRO Felipe Alburquerque PRT           15 15
20 PRO Oliver Jarvis GBR           15 15
21 PRO Marcel Fässler CHE       10     10
21 PRO Adam Carroll GBR   10         10
21 PRO Tom Kristensen DAN       10     10
21 PRO Andre Lotterer DEU       10     10
22 PRO Eric Clement FRA 2   6 1     9
22 PRO Olivier Pla FRA 2   6 1     9
22 PRO Philippe Gache FRA 2   6 1     9
22 PRO Edouard Mondron BEL   1 8       9
22 PRO Jack Clarke GBR   1 8       9
23 PRO Matthew Bell GBR   2 4       6
23 PRO David Brabham GBR   2 4       6
23 PRO Gregory Franchi BEL           6 6
24 PRO Grégory Guilvert FRA       5     5
24 PRO Dino Lunardi FRA       5     5
24 PRO Filippe Albuquerque PRT       5     5
25 PRO Andy Soucek ESP           4 4
25 PRO Seiji Ara JAP         4   4
25 PRO Yelmer Buurman NLD 4           4
25 PRO Marino Franchitti GBR         4   4
25 PRO Zoel Amberg CHE           4 4
26 PRO Lorenz Frey CHE     2       2
26 PRO Gabriele Gardel CHE     2       2
26 PRO Harold Primat FRA         2   2
26 PRO Luca Ludwig DEU         2   2
26 PRO Fredy Barth CHE     2       2
27 PRO Michael Wainwright GBR       1     1
27 PRO Nick Catsburg NDL           1 1
27 PRO Robert Bell GBR       1     1
27 PRO Andy Meyrick GBR       1     1


GT3 Pro / Am Cup

 

Pos Class Driver Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
           
Pos Class Driver Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
 
1 PAM Louis Machiels BEL 4 1 25 38   8 76
1 PAM Niek Hommerson NLD 4 1 25 38   8 76
2 PAM Andrea Bertolini ITA 4   25 38     67
3 PAM Alessandro Bonacini ITA 25 18 18 4     65
3 PAM Eugenio Amos ITA 25 18 18 4     65
3 PAM Giacomo Petrobelli ITA 25 18 18 4     65
4 PAM Jean-Luc Beaubelique FRA 18 12   12 12 10 64
4 PAM Patrice Goueslard FRA 18 12   12 12 10 64
5 PAM Duncan Tappy GBR 6 8 4   15 25 58
5 PAM Grégoire Demoustier FRA 6 8 4   15 25 58
6 PAM Ludovic Badey FRA 18 12   12 12   54
7 PAM Hans Guido Riegel DEU 15   12 25     52
7 PAM Mike Stursberg DEU 15   12 25     52
8 PAM Oliver Morley GBR     10   25 15 50
9 PAM Anthony Beltoise FRA 10   6 14 18 1 49
9 PAM Henry Hassid FRA 10   6 14 18 1 49
10 PAM Marc A. Hayek CHE   25   21     46
10 PAM Peter Kox NDL   25   21     46
11 PAM Steve Jans LUX   6     25 15 46
12 PAM Sean Edwards GBR         25 15 40
13 PAM Alessandro Pier Giudi ITA       38     38
14 PAM Christian Menzel DEU     12 25     37
15 PAM Daniel Brown GBR   10   13   12 35
15 PAM Gaetano Ardagna VEN   10   13   12 35
15 PAM Giuseppe Ciro ITA   10   13   12 35
16 PAM Jochen Habets NLD 1 4     8 18 31
16 PAM Andrew Danyliw CAN 1 4     8 18 31
16 PAM Simon Knap NLD 1 4     8 18 31
17 PAM Roland Berville FRA 10   6 14   1 31
18 PAM Dylan Derdaele BEL 12     4 10   26
18 PAM Paul van Splunteren NLD 12     4 10   26
18 PAM Maxime Soulet BEL 12     4 10   26
19 PAM Uwe Alzen DEU       25     25
20 PAM Jos Menten NDL       21     21
20 PAM Albert von Thurn und Taxis DEU       21     21
21 PAM Andrea Ceccato ITA   15     2   17
22 PAM Robert Barff GBR       17     17
22 PAM Roger Wills GBR       17     17
22 PAM Chris Goddwin GBR       17     17
22 PAM Alvaro Parente PRT       17     17
23 PAM Edouard Mondron BEL       9   6 15
24 PAM Josh Wakefield GBR   15         15
24 PAM Mike Savarry FRA     15       15
24 PAM Michael Lyons GBR   15         15
24 PAM Jérôme Policand FRA     15       15
24 PAM Richard Westbrook GBR 15           15
24 PAM Gabriel Balthazard FRA     15       15
25 PAM Fabien Barthez FRA       15     15
25 PAM Olivier Panis FRA       15     15
25 PAM Matt Griffin IRL 8     3 4   15
25 PAM Eric Debard FRA       15     15
25 PAM Morgan Moulin Traffort FRA       15     15
26 PAM Enzo Ide BEL       14     14
26 PAM Jack Gerber ZAF       14     14
26 PAM Nicolas Armindo FRA       14     14
26 PAM Raffaele Giammaria ITA       14     14
26 PAM Marco Cioci ITA       14     14
27 PAM Toni Vilander FIN       13     13
28 PAM Tristan Vautier FRA       12     12
29 PAM Duncan Cameron GBR 8     3     11
30 PAM Martin Jensen DNK       6   4 10
30 PAM Manuel Metzger DEU     10       10
30 PAM Riccardo Brutschin DEU     10       10
30 PAM Stefan Rosina ITA           10 10
30 PAM Dennis Andersen DNK       6   4 10
31 PAM Eric van de Poele BEL       9     9
31 PAM Nico Verdonck BEL       9     9
31 PAM Jack Clarke GBR       9     9
32 PAM Alessandro Pier Guidi ITA           8 8
32 PAM Dennis Retera NLD     8       8
32 PAM Marius Ritskes NLD     8       8
32 PAM Rafael Vanthoor BEL     8       8
32 PAM Peter Belshaw GBR       2 6   8
32 PAM Craig Wilkins GBR       2 6   8
33 PAM Mike Edmonds GBR       3 4   7
34 PAM Adam Christodoulou GBR         6   6
34 PAM Jérôme Thiry BEL           6 6
34 PAM Bret Curtis USA   6         6
34 PAM Fabien Thuner CHE           6 6
34 PAM Iain Dockerill GBR       6     6
34 PAM Mike Parisy FRA   6         6
35 PAM Alessio Salucci ITA 2       2   4
35 PAM Jonathan Hirschi CHE       4     4
35 PAM Frédéric Bouvy BEL       4     4
35 PAM Valentino Rossi ITA 2       2   4
36 PAM Roger Grouwels NLD     2 1     3
36 PAM Nick Catsburg NDL     2 1     3
36 PAM Nicola Cadei ITA       3     3
37 PAM Aaron Scott GBR       2     2
37 PAM Emmet O’Brian     2         2
37 PAM Stephen Jelley GBR           2 2
37 PAM Julien Drapper GBR           2 2
37 PAM Phil Keen GBR       2     2
37 PAM Arno Santamato FRA   2         2
37 PAM Kevin Despinasse FRA   2         2
37 PAM Matt Draper GBR           2 2
38 PAM Patrice Madeleine FRA     1       1
38 PAM Ollie Millroy GBR         1   1
38 PAM Bertrand Baguette BEL       1     1
38 PAM Maurizio Mediani ITA   1         1
38 PAM Andrew Smith GBR         1   1
38 PAM Marc Sourd FRA     1       1
38 PAM Robert Nearn GBR       1     1
38 PAM Damien Dupont BEL       1     1
38 PAM Joe Twyman GBR         1   1
38 PAM Dino Lunardi FRA     1       1
38 PAM Ronnie Latinne BEL       1     1
38 PAM Jaap van Lagen NLD       1     1


GT3 Gentlemen Trophy

 

Pos Class Driver Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
           
Pos Class Driver Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
 
1 GTR Robert Hissom GBR 15 18 15 27   18 93
1 GTR Pierre Hirschi CHE 15 18 15 27   18 93
2 GTR Mikael Bender SWE   25 18 14   25 82
2 GTR Jan Brunstedt SWE   25 18 14   25 82
3 GTR Jocke Mangs SWE   25 18 14     57
4 GTR Christian Kelders BEL     25 4 25   54
4 GTR Daniel Desbrueres FRA     25 4 25   54
5 GTR Gilles Vannelet FRA 18     33     51
5 GTR Gaël Lesoudier FRA 18     33     51
6 GTR Paolo Andreasi VEN 25 15   9     49
6 GTR Pablo Paladino VEN 25 15   9     49
6 GTR Beniamino Caccia CHE 25 15   9     49
7 GTR Johan Vanloo BEL       49     49
7 GTR Armand Flumal BEL       49     49
7 GTR Bert Redant BEL       49     49
7 GTR Steve van Bellingen BEL       49     49
8 GTR Philippe Marie FRA     15 27     42
9 GTR Erik Behrens SWE       20     39
10 GTR Christophe Decultot FRA       33     33
10 GTR Pierre Fontaine FRA       33     33
11 GTR Georges Cabannes FRA     12   18