Blancpain Sprint Series

June 2019, Blancpain Sprint, Misano, Italy

Race 1 :
  • P3 AM class, for the Lamborghini #15 of Claude-Yves Gosselin and Pierre Feligioni.

Race 2 : 

  • The chequered flag for Gosselin/Feligioni, P3 Am class, P27 overall.

 

April 2018, Blancpain Sprint Series, Zolder : A win in sprint !

Claude-Yves Gosselin and Pierre Feligioni, our regular Blancpain GT Sports Club drivers, participated with their Lamborghini in this round of the Blancpain Sprint.
  • Qualifying session : P22 - P1 AM
  • Qualifying race  : P15 - P1 AM !
  • Main race : P1 AM ! la victoire de catégorie AM pour Claude-Yves Gosselin et Pierre Feligioni !

 

August 2017, Blancpain GT Series Asia : Round 4 of the Championship, Fuji Speedway, Japon

To follow this week-end, in Blancpain GT Series Asia, the evolution of the 2 BMW M6 GT3 of the AAI FIST Team ..
Part of our team is in Japan for engineering and racing service of the #90 & #91.
 
 

 

April 2017, Blancpain GT Asia : PODIUM at SEPANG !!

Our team was in Malaysia this week-end for the first Round of the Blancpain GT Asia, giving support to the FIST Team AAI Motorsports.

2 BMW M6 GT3 and 4 drivers:

  • #90 : Jun San Chen & Lin Yu
  • #91 : Ollie Millroy & Jesse Krohn
Awesome first race of the season for the BMW M6 #91, qualified P9, ending P3 !
Less luck for the other car, hit by a McLaren at the start. Could not be repaired.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 : BLANCPAIN SPRINT GT SERIES
 
As in 2013 and 2014, our team will participate in some of the Blancpain Sprint meetings in 2016.
First meeting in 2016 : Blancpain Sprint Misano, 8-10 April :
2 class podiums for the first race of the new BMW M6 GT3 at Misano in Italy.
39 cars on the grid for the Blancpain Sprint Championship.
  • Warm-up : P4 overall
  • Qualifying race : P2 Pro-Am class
  • Main race : P3 Pro-Am class

Maxime Martin : “Good evolution during the weekend, it ended with two class podiums for the first appearance of the BMW M6 in Blancpain Sprint, and for the first race in the Blancpain for Matias. The car has shown good potential .. It is really promising.”

Matias Henkola : “Nice experience totally different of what I had before. The all concept is really nice .. I enjoyed to spend the time with the car and the team.  I was really surprised by the level of Blancpain Sprint which is really high .. All I need  is more practices on the circuits !

BAKU WORLD CHALLENGE :
Finale of Blancpain Sprint Series - November 2014 :
TOP 6 ! A real challenge for our 2 McLaren !
 
Last round of Blancpain Sprint Series has been held (1st and 2nd of Nov) in the streets of Baku, in Azerbaijan, 4300 kms from here. This finale is really a big event not to miss : the parade on Friday, the VIP laps in Formula 1 and Maserati, and the 2 Blancpain races on Sunday.
 
We were presents with our 2 McLaren GT3.
2 super drivers line-ups,
McLaren #15 : the French driver, Kevin Estre with the English, Rob Bell, both McLaren factory drivers,
McLaren #16 : the Belgian driver, Fred Vervisch and Chris Van Der Drift, from New-Zeland.
 
 
The results ?
McLaren #15 : P19 in Qualifying, P21 in Race 1 : gearbox blocked in first gear. Fortunately, we could repair for the second race. But, in Race 2, we have had a broken suspension. P18. A real shame, as our car #15 had overtaken 15 cars in both races !
McLaren #16 : P4 in qualifying !!! P7 in Race 1, P6 in Race 2 ! 4th best lap in race for Fred Vervisch. And first Mclaren in Qualif and both races !
 
 
The quotes of the drivers :
McLaren #15 :
Kevin Estre : "It was a pleasure to drive for Boutsen Ginion Racing in the streets of Baku. I really enjoyed the track and the atmosphere in the team. It's a shame that we couldn't finish the races because we showed a lot of strength overtaking 15 cars in both races. The mechanics did a great job on both pit stops! Hope for a better result next year..."
 
Rob Bell : "The Baku race weekend was a great event, an extremely tough challenge and especially demanding on all cars, teams and drivers. This was my first race with Boutsen Ginion Racing and I really enjoyed being a part of such an enthusiastic and energetic team. Our race strategy was good and with brilliant pit stops we were in with a chance of getting a fantastic result...Unfortunately things didn't go our way in the end and we were forced to retire. We tried our best and I can't fault the commitment of any member of the team or my teammates. Thanks to Olivia, Olivier and all of the team, I hope to be driving with them again sometime soon."

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
McLaren #16 :
Fred Vervisch : "It was great to be back at Baku. I enjoyed the weekend. The team did a great job and it was very nice to work with Kevin, Chris and Rob. We did what we could with a P6 as result. So a big thanks and congrats to the team."
 
 
Chris Van Der Drift : "It was an interesting couple of days, that’s for sure, especially as all the action was all compacted into two days, there wasn’t much time between sessions and the weather was threating rain most of the time, unfortunately I must of picked up some sort of the Baku “bug” which I wasn’t feeling the best I have been. In FP2, it had just rained a lot and the track was mega slippery and with all the dirt it was terrible to see. Luckily it was pretty much dry for my session in Q1 so we could get back to business. Fred did a fantastic job all weekend so it was a pleasure to be teamed up with him and everyone in the team worked their butts off the whole weekend long, we had super-fast pit stops so on that side everything went to plan. Our car #16 was the highest placed McLaren in Qualifying and both the races so that was something – the problem being the layout of the circuit and the BOP we had didn’t suit us very well, we struggled with overheating the brakes and we were lacking massively on power compared to the other manufactures so considering all of this it was great we finished where we did."
 
 
VIP laps in Formula 1 with Thierry Boutsen, and in Maserati with Renaud Kuppens.

 

 

FIA GT SERIES - THE BAKU WORLD CHALLENGE - 2013

Finale of the FIA GT SPRINT Championship in Azerbaijan :

The "Baku World Challenge” kept its promises !

Our team was present with the 2 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and 4 top drivers :

  • The belgian drivers, Frédéric Vervisch and Stoffel Vandoorne, on the McLaren #22
  • The Dutch driver, Stef Dusseldorp, winner of the 2012 edition, and the English driver, Alexander Sims, on the car #15.

Pics of the week  :

The installation of the stands,

Race numbers : 15 & 22.

Amazing parade in the streets and in the centrum of Baku city.

The police cars were followed by Thierry Boutsen, back in Formula 1 for the week-end, and by 28 GT3s !

 

The press conference followed by the visit of Mr Ahad in our stand

Team is ready ..

VIP Laps with Thierry Boutsen, in Formula 1.

Qualifying sessions of Saturday  :

Qualif 1 : P2 Sims/Dusseldorp - P3 Vervisch/Vandoorne
Qualif 2 : P5 Dusseldorp/Sims - P7 Vandoorne/Vervisch
Qualif combined and starting grid for the qualifying race (1) :

  • P3 Sims/Dusseldorp
  • P7 Vandoorne/Vervisch

Qualifying race :

  • McLaren #15 - Stef Dusseldorp and Alexander Sims finishes P4.
  • McLaren #22 - Fred Vervisch et Stoffel Vandoorne finishes P12.

The results of this race decided the grid for the main race.

 

Main race :

#22 : Fred Vervisch started from P12 and was leading the race after 1 lap.
He stayed in 1st position during the first half of the race, but 1 lap before the planned pit-stop, his McLaren stopped because of electrical problems (it looks like an alternator failure), and had to abandon the race ! !  We could have had a good result at Baku, even with the penalty for cutting the chicane !

#15 : The other car got a drive through for cutting the chicane but Sims and Dusseldorp finished P8, without technical problems.

We really enjoyed the speed of our 4 drivers, the sprint races of FIA GT, and this amazing week in Azerbaijan !

A special thanks to Mr Ahad - of AzTexnika - for this event !

 

 

 

Frédéric Vervisch : "We were leading the race, after a great first lap, but had to retire after 30 min due to electronical failures.. Feeling sorry for the boys.."

Stoffel Vandoorne : "The main race was very disappointing for us, sadly. We were leading the race after a few laps but had to withdraw following an electronic problem on the car. I did not even have a chance to run in the car during this race so it was so frustrating! The start of the second race saw a bit of a mayhem, and a lot of things happened so it was good that Frédéric took the lead, even if unfortunately I could not drive.

At the end of this weekend, I can say that it was a very good experience for me; it was my first time driving in the FIA GT Series. I got better and better during the weekend and I really enjoyed it. Frédéric and I know each other so well and I was very glad to race with him and also for the Boutsen Ginion team, representing McLaren! In the future I hope to be driving Formula One, but maybe after my F1 career it would be fun to race in GT again, as I really enjoyed this weekend.

I must also say that Baku is a wonderful city. It is very cosmopolitan and friendly with some awesome buildings. I am sure it will become an important event as it grows in the future."

Alexander Sims : "I feel very happy to have been involved in such an exciting race weekend in Baku. It started very well in practice, getting lots of laps in practice despite the sessions getting cut short due to track alterations in the morning. Then in qualifying everything came together and I was able to be 2nd fastest in my session. It was challenging as we had 2 red flags and I only had one clear lap with tyres up to temperature but thankfully I was able to get a clean and fast lap in. Overall it put us 3rd on the grid as one car went quicker in the second session. Being the top McLaren in qualifying was great for the whole team, we had worked hard to get there. The first race went quite well but not perfectly. Stef did a good first stint and held 3rd position comfortably, then we had a clean pit stop and after 1 lap the Hexis McLaren came out of the pits just in front of me. They had undercut us with a very good job in the pits. I almost overtook for 3rd place on the next lap but then a safety car came out and neutralised the race. When it went green again there was not another chance and we finished 4th. I was quite happy with this as it meant we started 4th for the main race and all was left to play for.

Then at the start of the main race, I was driving and I got sandwiched going into turn 1 and was hit from both sides. After this I had a big vibration and a loss of grip. Nevertheless we stayed in the race and in the top 5 until the pit stop. It was an ok stop but immediately afterwards the stewards handed us a drive through due to my first corner as the alleged that I had cut the chicane and gained an advantage. I really had no choice in my position but that’s the way they interpreted it, so Stef had to serve a drive through and it ruined our race. He fought valiantly back to 8th position which was some consolidation but we knew that a podium was certainly possible so ended very disappointed.

The weekend was great fun though and only the final result let us down. I would love to go back again next year and make the story have the right ending!

Stef Dusseldorp : "It was a pleasure to work with the Boutsen Ginion Team. The weekend in Baku was full of challenges, but we made the best of it and showed good speed during qualifying and the races.
I had a pretty good stint in the qualifying race, keeping my third position while fighting the Audi in front of me and BMW behind me. We were unlucky with the safety car coming in and losing a postion, but a good preperation for the championship race.
The start of the championship race was very bad for us, getting hit on both sides of the car. To make it worse, we got an unfair drive through for getting an advantage at the start mayhem. Dropping back to P14, I got a mega race overtaking people and lapping faster then a lot of cars around me finishing P8. In the end, not the result we hoped for, but we showed good pace and what the team is capable of!

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