TWO PODIUM FINISHES FOR Team WRT TO Commence THE Dash CUP Period
It was a good start out of the 2022 Dash Cup year for Crew WRT at Brands Hatch, as Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts were 2nd 2 times, conquering two podium finishes, even with the Audi R8 LMS not currently being the fastest car or truck on the historic British monitor. There was much more optimistic, as Valentino Rossi and Frédéric Vervisch scored details in Race 2, the initial types in his ‘new life’ for the Italian motorcycle winner, who perfectly resisted stress in Race 2, on prime of environment some very fast lap periods. The weekend of the other two cars of the Belgian squad was compromised soon after they were being faultlessly associated in a 1st corner accident in Race 1. At the time yet again although, Group WRT crews did a great career, receiving all 4 vehicles back again to racing form for Race 2 and with the #32 crew rewarded as the quickest Pit Prevent crew of the weekend.
Staff WRT Principal Vincent Vosse was not unhappy just after the race: “Given that the Ferrari and the Mercedes experienced better pace and that two of our autos received their race ruined at the start out of Race 1 by a different competitor, we bought the optimum out of the weekend. It is not a terrible begin in the dash Cup. Charles and Dries took household two great outcomes and pretty major factors, and our men did a great work. It’s also the initial points for Vale and Fred just after a extremely regular race. Vale actually did a massive phase forward and his lap situations at the conclusion of Race 2 ended up amongst the most effective.”
The weekend commenced with the four automobiles of Team WRT in the top team but not possessing the deal with of fastest autos. In Qualifying for Race 1, Weerts was 4th, with Simmenauer 14th, Goethe 16th and Rossi 17th.
Race 1 yielded quick drama as a single of the mid-grid Mercedes experimented with to squeeze on the within on the grass and initiated a quantity of contacts, which resulted in several cars going out at initially corner. Sad to say, two of the Workforce WRT vehicles, #30 of Benjamin Goethe and #33 of Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, have been among the harmless victims.
At restart following the yellow period, Charles Weerts was fourth and stored the place during his stint, even though Valentino Rossi also had a pretty fantastic functionality in the middle of traffic, in P14. Equally autos pitted in lap 16, and perfect pit halt work authorized Dries Vanthoor to just take second and Frédéric Vervisch P14. Vanthoor fought challenging to capture the leading Ferrari, lowering the hole from 3 to 1.5 seconds but not having the major velocity of its opponent. At the very same time he had to defend P2 from the Mercedes of Marciello. Eventually the get did not modify. On a keep track of were being overtaking is just about unattainable, Vervisch could only gain just one placement to complete 13th.
There was, of system, a ton of do the job for the Staff WRT crews to fix the two autos destroyed in Race 1, with the chassis and the engine of the spare auto (the 1 racing in the Stamina Cup as #31) staying made use of to have #30 fit all over again. The transplant though entailed commencing from the pits and a time penalty of 10 seconds.
At the start of Race 2, Dries Vanthoor kept P3, though Christopher Mies climbed to P7 and Vervisch took P10 following a several laps. All those positions did not modify for the duration of the initially stint, even though Thomas Neubauer in motor vehicle #30 made a sturdy recovery through the industry. Following the pit stops, Charles Weerts was second driving the Mercedes of Boguslavskiy but like in Race 1, the gap could not be lowered. Vale Rossi rejoined in 8th after the pit halt and did a superb job to keep this position, also beneath great strain from Drouet in the closing laps, although Benji Goethe shut in P16 (6th in the Silver Cup).
Dries Vanthoor: “We definitely did not expect this result following Saturday, so we ought to be happy. The workforce did an amazing career, we had thoroughly clean races and the pit stops ended up excellent. Two next positions is fantastic and a lot of points.”
Charles Weerts: “We feared Brand names Hatch was not heading to be the finest circuit for us this year and nonetheless we come home with two next positions, which can be quite useful at the stop of the time. We can be joyful and very pleased.”
Benjamin Goethe: “It’s not the weekend we had hoped for, we were really unfortunate in Race 1, but we built the most we could out of it in Race 2.”
Thomas Neubauer: “It’s racing, we had incredibly negative luck in Race 1, but in Race 2, we centered on ourselves. Despite commencing previous and the issues to overtake, we could recuperate, end 6th in the Silver Cup and scori some details.”
Christopher Mies: “To be honest, pretty a difficult Sunday. In Race 1, we essentially did not begin, and in Race 2, we ended up struggling with speed. Nevertheless, we could have finished 6th but we were yet again involved in an incident with one more competitor pushing us out of track.”
Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer: “Despite anything, it was a first rate performance, underneath the circumstances. I learnt a large amount and we will keep pushing. Hunting forward to be at Magny-Cours in two weeks.”
Frédéric Vervisch: “We score our initial points of the season and are extremely joyful of the overall performance. We are progressing nicely, and Vale is finding out quickly and creating big methods. We now need to aim on strengthening equally of us our pace in qualifying.”
Valentino Rossi: “In Race 1, I was blessed to escape any dilemma at initially corner and then I basically stayed where I was… Race 2 was a lot greater, I am extremely content mainly because I sensed a large step ahead in my driving and I improved a great deal my lap times, in particular toward the conclusion of the race, when I was emotion extra at ease with the vehicle and the monitor. I genuinely savored people last laps!”
Fanatec Entire world GT Challenge Europe run by AWS – Dash Cup Round 1
Makes Hatch, United Kingdom – 30 April – 1st May 2022
Race 1 outcomes:
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 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