TWO PODIUM FINISHES FOR Team WRT TO Start THE Sprint CUP Period
It was a superior start out of the 2022 Dash Cup time for Workforce WRT at Models Hatch, as Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts were second two times, conquering two podium finishes, irrespective of the Audi R8 LMS not currently being the fastest car on the historic British track. There was additional good, as Valentino Rossi and Frédéric Vervisch scored details in Race 2, the to start with ones in his ‘new life’ for the Italian bike champion, who beautifully resisted strain in Race 2, on top rated of location some very rapid lap periods. The weekend of the other two vehicles of the Belgian squad was compromised after they ended up faultlessly involved in a to start with corner incident in Race 1. Once once more however, Workforce WRT crews did a terrific task, getting all 4 automobiles back again to racing sort for Race 2 and with the #32 crew rewarded as the quickest Pit Stop crew of the weekend.
Team WRT Principal Vincent Vosse was not not happy just after the race: “Given that the Ferrari and the Mercedes experienced far better speed and that two of our cars and trucks got their race ruined at the begin of Race 1 by another competitor, we obtained the maximum out of the weekend. It’s not a negative start off in the sprint Cup. Charles and Dries took house two fantastic outcomes and pretty weighty details, and our men did a excellent task. It is also the 1st details for Vale and Fred right after a pretty constant race. Vale actually did a massive stage forward and his lap periods at the conclusion of Race 2 have been amid the most effective.”
The weekend started out with the 4 cars and trucks of Group WRT in the top rated team but not obtaining the face of fastest autos. In Qualifying for Race 1, Weerts was 4th, with Simmenauer 14th, Goethe 16th and Rossi 17th.
Race 1 yielded fast drama as one particular of the mid-grid Mercedes tried out to squeeze on the within on the grass and initiated a amount of contacts, which resulted in various cars likely out at initially corner. Regretably, two of the Team WRT cars, #30 of Benjamin Goethe and #33 of Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, were being among the harmless victims.
At restart right after the yellow period, Charles Weerts was fourth and saved the situation through his stint, though Valentino Rossi also experienced a really superior effectiveness in the center of site visitors, in P14. Each automobiles pitted in lap 16, and ideal pit quit do the job authorized Dries Vanthoor to get second and Frédéric Vervisch P14. Vanthoor fought difficult to capture the primary Ferrari, reducing the gap from 3 to 1.5 seconds but not acquiring the prime speed of its opponent. At the identical time he had to protect P2 from the Mercedes of Marciello. At some point the purchase did not adjust. On a monitor were being overtaking is pretty much impossible, Vervisch could only gain one particular place to complete 13th.
There was, of training course, a ton of operate for the Crew WRT crews to maintenance the two vehicles ruined in Race 1, with the chassis and the engine of the spare automobile (the one racing in the Endurance Cup as #31) being applied to have #30 in good shape yet again. The transplant though entailed starting up from the pits and a time penalty of 10 seconds.
At the get started of Race 2, Dries Vanthoor saved P3, although Christopher Mies climbed to P7 and Vervisch took P10 following a couple laps. These positions did not transform during the initially stint, while Thomas Neubauer in auto #30 made a robust recovery by way of the area. Just after the pit stops, Charles Weerts was second behind the Mercedes of Boguslavskiy but like in Race 1, the hole could not be diminished. Vale Rossi rejoined in 8th after the pit stop and did a excellent position to manage this position, also less than great pressure from Drouet in the remaining laps, although Benji Goethe shut in P16 (6th in the Silver Cup).
Dries Vanthoor: “We absolutely did not hope this outcome after Saturday, so we have to be happy. The group did an astounding work, we had clean races and the pit stops were being perfect. Two second positions is terrific and a large amount of points.”
Charles Weerts: “We feared Models Hatch was not likely to be the very best circuit for us this calendar year and even now we occur dwelling with two 2nd positions, which can be incredibly helpful at the finish of the period. We can be happy and happy.”
Benjamin Goethe: “It’s not the weekend we experienced hoped for, we ended up incredibly unfortunate in Race 1, but we produced the most we could out of it in Race 2.”
Thomas Neubauer: “It’s racing, we experienced very lousy luck in Race 1, but in Race 2, we centered on ourselves. In spite of setting up past and the issue to overtake, we could recover, complete 6th in the Silver Cup and scori some points.”
Christopher Mies: “To be sincere, rather a challenging Sunday. In Race 1, we fundamentally did not start, and in Race 2, we ended up struggling with pace. Still, we could have finished 6th but we have been once again included in an incident with another competitor pushing us out of keep track of.”
Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer: “Despite every little thing, it was a good overall performance, under the conditions. I learnt a good deal and we will maintain pushing. Wanting ahead to be at Magny-Cours in two months.”
Frédéric Vervisch: “We score our very first details of the time and are quite happy of the performance. We are progressing perfectly, and Vale is learning fast and creating large measures. We now will need to concentrate on improving both equally of us our speed in qualifying.”
Valentino Rossi: “In Race 1, I was blessed to escape any problem at 1st corner and then I fundamentally stayed exactly where I was… Race 2 was a great deal superior, I am very joyful for the reason that I sensed a huge action ahead in my driving and I improved a lot my lap occasions, especially to the close of the race, when I was experience a lot more at ease with the vehicle and the observe. I definitely enjoyed individuals remaining laps!”
Fanatec Entire world GT Challenge Europe driven by AWS – Dash Cup Round 1
Makes Hatch, United Kingdom – 30 April – 1st May 2022
Race 1 benefits:
1. Jean-De Pauw (Ferrari 488) 40 laps
2. Vanthoor-Weerts (Audi R8 LMS) + 1s290
3. Marciello-Boguslavskiy (Mercedes AMG) + 1s657
4. Gounon-Pla (Mercedes AMG) + 7s836
5. Panis-Niederhauser (Audi R8 LMS) +12s982
13. Rossi-Vervisch (Audi R8 LMS) +33s760
DNF Goethe-Neubauer (Audi R8 LMS) 0 laps (injury)
DNF Simmenauer-Mies (Audi R8 LMS) laps (harm)
Race 2 Final result
1. Boguslavskiy-Marciello (Mercedes AMG) 42 laps
2. Vanthoor-Weerts (Audi R8 LMS) + 6s557
3. Gounon-Pla (Mercedes AMG) + 6s830
4. Gachet-Haase (Audi R8 LMS) +23s489
5. Panis-Niederhauser (Audi R8 LMS) +23s489
8. Rossi-Vervisch (Audi R8 LMS) +40s216
14.Simmenauer-Mies (Audi R8 LMS) +52s608
16.Goethe-Neubauer (Audi R8 LMS) +1m14s720