2011 Supercup Mexican Grand Prix
|2011 Supercup season|
|Date||July 27th, 2011|
|Official name||2011 Supercup Mexican Grand Prix|
|Location|| Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Course|| Permanent racing facility |
2.747 mi / 4.421 km
|Distance||38 laps, 104.386 mi / 167.998 km|
|Driver||Lewis Redshaw||Malta Force GP|
|Driver||Lewis Redshaw||Malta Force GP|
|First||Ryan Walker||Nordsjoen Racing|
|Second||Gregg Lawson||Woods Racing|
|Third||David Jundt||Nijo Racing|
After retiring from the lead in the previous race at Turkey, championship leader Bart De Vos shocked the paddock and pleased his rivals by announcing he would be unable to race at Mexico, but would return for Malta Force at the next round in Canada. De Vos' teammate Lewis Redshaw, and other championship contenders Pavel Loknovski and David Jundt surely pinpointed this race as a chance to close the gap even more between themselves and the absent Belgian driver. Young Latvian driver Viesturs Priede took the free seat at Malta Force for his Supercup debut, and Australian driver William Tringas joined the field for PB Racing, also making his debut.
Lewis Redshaw signalled his intent to take control of the championship, taking pole position, ahead of Phil Perkins, driving for Draig Racing. Ryan Walker took 3rd on the grid for Nordsjoen Racing, with Pavel Loknovski having to settle for 4th place. Gregg Lawson rounded out the top 5 for Woods Racing. Championship contender David Jundt had to settle for 7th place on the grid, ahead of Tom Parker, Ben Warren, and Ric Scott. Debutants Priede and Tringas qualified 17th and 18th respectively.
At the start of the race, pole man Redshaw made a lightning quick getaway, leaving the rest of the field in his wake. It was a more difficult start for Ryan Walker, dropping from 2nd to 6th position almost instantly. 6th quickly became 4th though, after light contact between Tom Parker and Gregg Lawson resulted in the latter dropping way down the order. It was a very early retirement for Mineral GP driver Nikos Evangelidakis, who after a promising qualifying session, speared into the barrier on the exit of Turn 3 as a result of light contact with the rear tyre of Ric Scott. Back up front, and Redshaw was already pulling out a gap between himself and the squabbling Perkins, Loknovski and Walker in the battle for 2nd place. Not too far behind, a nice battle for 5th place had developed between Kenney Lybeer, Parker and Jundt, with Warren keeping a watching brief a few seconds behind. The field held relative station for the opening part of the race, until Lap 11, which saw the retirement of Perkins from 2nd place, after an accidental double downshift caused his engine to cry enough, elevating Ryan Walker up to 2nd, who had moved ahead of the now 3rd placed Loknovski. Perkins' retirement set off a crazy chain of high profile retirements from then on.
A crazy incident involving the two Triple-Double Racing cars occurred 5 laps later. After entering the start of sector 2, Loknovski appeared to lose control of the car, causing it to slow dramatically on track. Sadly for his temporary teammate Lybeer, he was the first one on the scene, and unable to avoid the almost stationary Estonian, both cars collided, causing both driver's to have to retire. Perhaps an even bigger shock was to take place on Lap 20, with the leader Lewis Redshaw retiring after losing control of his car at the penultimate corner, taking off both his wings. After his pitstop, he still appeared to have handling problems, and unrepairable suspension damage caused the leader to have to retire. This elevated Ryan Walker into the lead, in only his third race driving for Nordsjoen Racing, Tom Parker up to an impressive 2nd, and David Jundt in 3rd. While there were retirements left, right and centre at the front of the field, further down the order, Gregg Lawson's recovery drive was in session, and after making his way past Ben Warren for 4th place, he quickly caught up the 2nd and 3rd position driver's. After a couple of laps, Lawson made his way past Jundt, and reeled in the 2nd placed Parker, passing for the position on Lap 37 of 38, in what unraveled as a controversial battle after the race. As Parker pushed hard trying to keep up with Lawson, the young Englishman just pushed that little bit too hard, causing him to lose his front wing. With only 1 lap to go, he opted not to pit, and while he lost 3rd place to Jundt, he was just able to cross the line for 4th place ahead of Warren who took home 5th.
After surviving on this tough track, Ryan Walker took a deserved first win in the GPVWC for himself and Nordsjoen Racing, just under 7 seconds ahead of Lawson, who is surely a contender for driver of the day after recovering to 2nd place from a long way back. David Jundt took 3rd place, but more importantly, put himself right into the championship mix thanks to his three main rivals, one of which didn't race, not scoring any points. Despite Parker's misfortune late on, he still held on for 4th place, ahead of Warren in 5th. Ric Scott took home a lonely, but nevertheless pleasing 6th place. It was a great debut for William Tringas, who kept himself out of trouble and took 7th, ahead of the other debutant Viesturs Priede, who did well on his debut with an 8th place. Christoph Lichtenstein and Ihab Abbas rounded out the top 10.
With the retirements of Redshaw and Loknovski, and De Vos not racing, David Jundt moves up to 2nd place in the standings thanks to his 3rd place finish at Mexico. The Swiss driver just 8 points behind still championship leader De Vos. Redshaw slips to 3rd, but only 1 point behind Jundt. Loknovski slips down to 4th, 15 points off the leader. Gregg Lawson's 2nd place finish sees him now 25 points behind the championship leader, and the likes of Jundt, Redshaw and Loknovski may have to look over their shoulder for the charging Woods driver, who'll hope to maintain a late season surge. Further down the order, Lichtenstein's 2 points from Mexico sees him move into 10th, bumping Chris Williamson down to 11th place in the standings. In the Constructors battle, despite Redshaw's retirement, Malta Force still hold a commanding 48 point lead over 2nd placed Nijo Racing, who are now just 1 point ahead of Nordsjoen Racing, after Walker's win, and Warren's 5th place finish. Triple-Double Racing and Woods Racing still are rounding out the top 5, but well out of contention for the top 3 positions.
|1||10||Ryan Walker||Nordsjoen Racing||38||48:39.835||3||1||01:14.710||15|
|2||16||Gregg Lawson||Woods Racing||38||+6.767s||5||1||01:14.834||12|
|3||4||David Jundt||Nijo Racing||38||+8.294s||7||1||01:15.028||10|
|4||28||Tom Parker||Kernow Sport||38||+29.504s||8||1||01:14.658||8|
|5||9||Ben Warren||Nordsjoen Racing||38||+30.518s||9||1||01:15.431||6|
|6||2||Ric Scott||Draig Racing||38||+45.317s||10||1||01:15.988||5|
|7||25||William Tringas||PB Racing||37||+1 Lap||18||1||01:16.062||4|
|8||15||Viesturs Priede||Malta Force GP||37||+1 Lap||17||1||01:16.905||3|
|9||21||Christoph Lichtenstein||CP Lotus||37||+1 Lap||16||1||01:16.827||2|
|10||27||Ihab Abbas||Water Blue Racing||36||+2 Laps||12||3||01:15.988||1|
|11||22||Mal McKee||Synergetic Motorsports||35||+3 Laps||15||5||01:16.989||0|
|12||20||Jason Muscat||CP Lotus||33||+5 Laps||22||2||01:15.530||0|
|Ret||5||Ojay Clark||Williamson Dynamics||30||DNF||21||4||01:15.603||0|
|Ret||8||Gavin Thomas||Red 5 Racing||24||DNF||13||3||01:16.03||0|
|Ret||15||Lewis Redshaw||Malta Force GP||20||DNF||1||1||01:14.541||0|
|Ret||19||Pavel Loknovski||Triple-Double Racing||16||DNF||4||2||01:14.981||0|
|Ret||11||Kenney Lybeer||Triple-Double Racing||16||DNF||6||1||01:14.880||0|
|Ret||26||Josh Barton||Water Blue Racing||13||DNF||14||2||01:16.802||0|
|Ret||0||Phil Perkins||Draig Racing||11||DNF||2||0||01:14.596||0|
|Ret||24||Teemu Toikka||PB Racing||10||DNF||20||5||01:18.299||0|
|Ret||3||Chris Williamson||Nijo Racing||3||DNF||19||0||01:17.490||0|
|Ret||12||Nikos Evangelidakis||Mineral GP||1||DNF||11||1||02:10.598||0|
Standings after the Race
2011 Supercup Turkish Grand Prix
|2011 Supercup Mexican Grand Prix
2011 Supercup Canadian Grand Prix