2011 Supercup Italian Grand Prix
|2011 Supercup season|
|Date||September 14th, 2011|
|Official name||2011 Supercup Italian Grand Prix|
|Location|| Autodromo Nazionale di Monza|
|Course|| Permanent racing facility |
3.600 mi / 5.793 km
|Distance||27 laps, 97.200 mi / 156.411 km|
|Driver||Pavel Loknovski||Triple-Double Racing|
|Driver||Lewis Redshaw||Nordsjoen Racing|
|First||Pavel Loknovski||Triple-Double Racing|
|Second||Bart De Vos||Malta Force GP|
|Third||Ojay Clark||Synergetic Motorsports|
The 2011 Supercup Italian Grand Prix was the 16th race of the season and was won by Pavel Loknovski.
An exciting Italian Grand Prix saw Pavel Loknovski take the chequered flag just a whisker in front of Championship leader Bart De Vos as the biggest ever racing field in the history of the GPVWC - 26 drivers on the grid - took to the tarmac in historic Monza.
Qualifying saw Loknovski edge Lewis Redshaw by a 0.134s margin - with de Vos just a further 0.020 behind. Ojay Clark, fresh from his win in Brazil last time out, lined up fourth in front of an excellent Ben Warren. Among the newcomers, Norwegian Erik Tveit was 8th on his debut for Water Blue Racing, Matt Clipp was 18th and Andrejs Pestovs was 23rd.
The start of the race saw a clean run through turn 1 - feared by many pundits in the pre-race talk - but the second chicane saw several high profile names drop, on top of all Lewis Redshaw, who collided with his team-mate de Vos and fell back to 10th position. The Lesmo turns saw several drivers collect damage but, surprisingly, the only victim of the first lap was Sam Millar of Synergetic. Loknovski was then able to open up a good gap, making the best of the furious battle between Clark and De Vos behind, the two drivers trading positions several times over a period of almost ten laps. In the meanwhile, Redshaw started a painstaking comeback, fighting his way through the field.
Erik Tveit had settled down well in fourth position before a spin at Parabolica saw him stranded in the way of Ric Scott - collision was inevitable and the debutant retired after an inconclusive pit-stop. The only round of pit-stops saw Loknovski's advantage over de Vos fall, with Clark finding himself off the Belgian driver in third. While the Englishman had to do some rearguard action to make sure Redshaw had no way back in the fight for the podium, a battle erupted between the leading duo. Despite several hair-raising moment - such as when the two drivers had to pass a three-car battle for 9th on the approach to Variante Ascari - the race would be decided by the very last lap.
Loknovski suffered from slow acceleration out of corners, but his higher straight line speed meant he was able to fend off most of de Vos's attacks; when the Belgian driver tried a cheeky maneuvre at Parabolica, all the Estonian had to do was put his car firmly in front of the Malta Force's nose to cross the line first, his advantage a mere 0.069s.
Loknovski's victory put him 19 points adrift of de Vos with four races to spare. Lewis Redshaw fell back to 40 points behind.
|1||19||Pavel Loknovski||Triple-Double Racing||27||40:48.687||1||2||01:28.781||15|
|2||14||Bart De Vos||Malta Force GP||27||+0.069s||3||1||01:28.467||12|
|3||23||Ojay Clark||Synergetic Motorsports||27||+2.558s||4||1||01:28.702||10|
|4||15||Lewis Redshaw||Malta Force GP||27||+3.413s||2||1||01:28.363||8|
|5||4||David Jundt||Nijo Racing||27||+18.978s||6||1||01:28.838||6|
|6||28||Tom Parker||Kernow Sport||27||+37.933s||7||1||01:29.391||5|
|7||2||Ric Scott||Draig Racing||27||+59.647s||9||1||01:30.038||4|
|8||26||Georgios Davakos||Water Blue Racing||27||1:16.474s||15||1||01:30.714||3|
|9||0||Phil Perkins||Draig Racing||26||+1 Lap||12||2||01:30.831||2|
|10||25||William Tringas||PB Racing||26||+1 Lap||26||1||01:30.677||1|
|11||34||Viesturs Priede||Hawkeye Racing||26||+1 Lap||11||1||01:31.225||0|
|12||9||Ben Warren||Nordsjoen Racing||26||+1 Lap||5||2||01:30.456||0|
|13||3||Chris Williamson||Nijo Racing||26||+1 Lap||22||1||01:31.786||0|
|14||21||Matt Clipp||CP Lotus||26||+1 Lap||18||2||01:31.814||0|
|15||8||Gavin Thomas||Red 5 Racing||26||+1 Lap||13||3||01:30.554||0|
|16||12||Nikos Evangelidakis||Mineral GP||26||+1 Lap||19||1||01:31.301||0|
|Ret||7||Ben Morgan||Red 5 Racing||17||DNF||16||1||01:30.898||0|
|Ret||27||Erik Tveit||Water Blue Racing||13||DNF||8||1||01:30.174||0|
|Ret||20||Paul Mckenna||CP Lotus||12||DNF||24||1||01:31.826||0|
|Ret||24||Teemu Toikka||PB Racing||8||DNF||20||2||01:49.223||0|
|Ret||37||Mike Schroten||Racing Team Schroten||7||DNF||25||1||01:32.803||0|
|Ret||36||Roy Schroten||Racing Team Schroten||7||DNF||17||0||01:31.368||0|
|Ret||35||Tommi Koivunen||Hawkeye Racing||6||DNF||21||0||01:31.178||0|
|Ret||19||Andrejs Pestovs||Triple-Double Racing||4||DNF||23||2||01:35.215||0|
|Ret||29||Wopke Hoekstra||Kernow Sport||2||DNF||14||0||01:32.163||0|
|Ret||22||Sam Millar||Synergetic Motorsports||0||DNF||10||0||-||0|
Standings after the Race
2011 Supercup Brazilian Grand Prix
|2011 Supercup Italian Grand Prix
2011 Supercup Spanish Grand Prix