2011 Turkish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race {{{Race_No}}} of the 2011 Superleague season
Istanbul Park Circuit.png
Date July 14th, 2011
Official name 2011 Turkish Grand Prix
Location Istanbul Park
Istanbul, Turkey
Course Permanent racing facility
3.317 mi / 5.338 km
Distance 58 laps
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Malta Joe Consiglio Nordsjoen-Mercedes
Time 1:24.339
Fastest Lap
Driver Malta Joe Consiglio Nordsjoen-Mercedes
Time 1:25.002
Podium
First Malta Joe Consiglio Nordsjoen-Mercedes
Second England Lee Morris Draig-Ferrari
Third Switzerland David Jundt Red Archer-Renault


The 2011 Turkish Grand Prix for the Superleague - the twelthth race of the season - took place at the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey on the 14th of July.

Report

After another win in the previous round at Imola, Draig Racing driver Lee Morris' domination of the 2011 GPVWC Superleague was ever more apparent. With Draig's financial problems preventing them from being able to update the car though, their rivals surely saw Turkey as the beginning of a chance to try and turn things around and try to close the ever increasing gap in the points table. Once again, Joe Consiglio was expected to be the main challenger.

Qualifying

Indeed, it was the Nordsjoen Racing driver who took pole position at Istanbul, 3 tenths ahead of his Maltese counterpart Jason Muscat, with Morris having to settle for 3rd. It was a solid return to for Synergetic driver Sam Millar who took 6th on the grid, and a good session for Belgian driver Bart De Vos, one position ahead of Millar. It was a disappointing session for the other Nordsjoen of Pavel Loknovski, who could only manage 11th place after a fueling error during Q2.

Race

Joe Consiglio on his way to victory.

Even before the start of the race, sadly for Mark Stanton, an incident on the formation lap with Ben Morgan forced the Constant Racing driver to start from the pitlane. At the start of the race, Consiglio and Muscat both held their positions, but Lee Morris had a terrible getaway, losing a heap of places, ending up down in 8th position. Early on, it was pretty clear that Consiglio and Muscat had the measure of the rest of the field, with the two Maltese driver's pulling out a gap over 3rd placed Nick Rowland. Part of Morris' comeback involved an incredible 4 wide battle which also involved Bart De Vos, Sam Millar and Dave Carr-Smith. Amazingly, all 4 drivers made it safely through the twisty final section, proving the standards of driving in the GPVWC are always rising! Lap 9, and the first retirement of the day was Millar, just before the start of Sector 2, aggressive downshifting apparently the cause for his Ferrari engine going up in flames.

After working his way back through the field, Morris was up to 4th place, and chasing Nick Rowland down for 3rd, whilst the rest of the field remained relatively stationary before the first pitstops began. It was a sad end to the race for Ben Warren of Nijo Racing on Lap 16, who was running up in a solid 9th place before technical problems with his laptop ended what could potentially have been a run at some points. With some driver's opting to pit earlier than expected, the leaders carried on, with leader Consiglio making his first of 2 pitstops on Lap 18, with Muscat following suit a lap later. Once all the stops had been completed, the top 4 driver's remained in order, with Muscat just over 6 seconds behind Consiglio, Rowland a further 8 seconds back, keeping a 2 second gap between himself and the recovering Lee Morris. This all changed on Lap 23 however, as bad luck once again hit Jason Muscat, with another disconnection from the race, costing him a likely podium, and elevating Rowland and Morris into 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Rowland loses 2nd to Morris in the closing stages.
The battle for 2nd place between Rowland and Morris continued for many laps, but sadly for the Midnight driver, came to an end on Lap 51, after a small error caused Nick to accidently swipe Morris' car, costing Rowland his front wing. In the ensuing pitstop for repairs, Rowland accidentally missed his pit limiter, forcing him to take a drive-through penalty. He rejoined in 4th, just ahead of teammate Carr-Smith, and set about trying to catch the now 3rd placed David Jundt, but it was not to be. Consiglio was completely untroubled for the rest of the race, taking an impressive win, 27 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Morris, who after a very busy race, was probably extremely pleased to take 2nd, and not lose too much of his lead in the championship. Jundt had a quiet race, but nevertheless took a good 3rd place, ahead of the Midnight boys in 4th and 5th, Rowland finishing ahead of Carr-Smith. Ryan Walker finished in an impressive 6th place, recovering from an earlier drive-through penalty after an incident involving himself and Ojay Clark. Bart De Vos took 7th for Triple-Double Racing, with Clark in 8th. Christoph Lichtenstein was delighted with 9th position, somehow able to hold off Pavel Loknovski in the last few laps with some great defensive driving, forcing the Estonian driver to have to settle for a disappointing 10th place.

Despite Consiglio taking the win, the fact Morris was able to recover to 2nd place in the race means his lead is barely trimmed down to 32 points over the Nordsjoen driver. Muscat's unfortunate retirement sees his teammate Jundt move up to 3rd in the standings, 6 points ahead of his Maltese teammate. Dave Carr-Smith rounds out the top 5. In the Constructors standings, the battles are much closer, with Draig Racing leading the way on 169 points, but just 3 points ahead of the constantly improving Red Archer team. Nordsjoen Racing are still in the hunt as well in 3rd place, albeit 33 points behind Draig. Midnight Motorsport are in 4th place with 84 points, with the best of the new teams, Triple-Double Racing moving up to 5th place in the standings with 58 points, pushing Woods Racing down to 6th.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 2 Malta Joe Consiglio Nordsjoen-Mercedes 01:24.339
2 5 Malta Jason Muscat Red Archer-Renault 01:24.665 +0.326s
3 14 England Lee Morris Draig-Ferrari 01:25.032 +0.693s
4 25 England Nick Rowland Midnight-Renault 01:25.150 +0.811s
5 23 Belgium Bart De Vos TDR-Toyota 01:25.282 +0.943s
6 10 Scotland Sam Millar Synergetic-Ferrari 01:25.429 +1.090s
7 24 England Dave Carr-Smith Midnight-Renault 01:25.463 +1.124s
8 6 Switzerland David Jundt Red Archer-Renault 01:25.620 +1.281s
9 15 Scotland Ryan Walker Draig-Ferrari 01:25.755 +1.416s
10 19 England Ojay Clark Williamson-Mercedes 01:25.762 +1.423s
11 0 Estonia Pavel Loknovski Nordsjoen-Mercedes 01:26.011 +1.672s
12 7 England Mark Stanton Constant-Renault 01:26.395 +2.056s
13 9 Germany Christoph Lichtenstein Synergetic-Ferrari 01:26.958 +2.619s
14 12 Wales Ben Morgan Computrac-BMW 01:27.169 +2.830s
15 3 England Mark Wicks Woods-Mercedes 01:27.226 +2.887s
16 22 England Phil Perkins TDR-Toyota 01:27.233 +2.893s
17 11 Wales Gavin Thomas Computrac-BMW 01:27.708 +3.369s
18 4 Ireland Kieran Ryan Woods-Mercedes 01:28.05 +3.666s
19 20 England Ben Warren Nijo-Toyota 01:28.270 +3.931s
20 17 England David Stanton ST-BMW 01:28.391 +4.052s
21 21 England Chris Williamson Nijo-Toyota 01:28.448 +4.109s
22 16 England Mark Fuller ST-BMW 01:28.802 +4.463s

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pitstops Fastlap Controller Points
1 2 Malta Joe Consiglio Nordsjoen-Mercedes 58 1:23:37.440 1 2 01:25.002 Wheel ffb.png 15
2 14 England Lee Morris Draig-Ferrari 58 +27.338s 3 2 01:25.025 Wheel ffb.png 12
3 6 Switzerland David Jundt Red Archer-Renault 58 +1:13.272 8 2 01:25.655 Wheel ffb.png 10
4 25 England Nick Rowland Midnight-Renault 58 +1:17.663 4 4 01:25.143 Wheel ffb.png 8
5 24 England Dave Carr-Smith Midnight-Renault 58 +1:24.804 7 2 01:26.021 Wheel ffb.png 6
6 15 Scotland Ryan Walker Draig-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 9 3 01:26.244 Wheel ffb.png 5
7 23 Belgium Bart De Vos TDR-Toyota 57 +1 Lap 5 2 01:26.095 Wheel generic-unknown.png 4
8 19 England Ojay Clark Williamson-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 10 3 01:26.227 Wheel generic-unknown.png 3
9 9 Germany Christoph Lichtenstein Synergetic-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 13 4 01:26.112 Wheel generic-unknown.png 2
10 0 Estonia Pavel Loknovski Nordsjoen-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 11 3 01:25.290 Joypad.png 1
11 3 England Mark Wicks Woods-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 15 2 01:26.580 Wheel generic-unknown.png 0
12 22 England Phil Perkins TDR-Toyota 57 +1 Lap 16 3 01:26.106 Wheel ffb.png 0
13 12 Wales Ben Morgan Computrac-BMW 57 +1 Lap 14 3 01:26.694 Wheel generic-unknown.png 0
14 4 Ireland Kieran Ryan Woods-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 18 2 01:27.237 Wheel generic-unknown.png 0
15 17 England David Stanton ST-BMW 56 +2 Laps 20 3 01:27.622 Wheel generic-unknown.png 0
16 16 England Mark Fuller ST-BMW 56 +2 Laps 22 2 01:28.296 Wheel ffb.png 0
Ret 11 Wales Gavin Thomas Computrac-BMW 28 DNF 17 3 01:28.553 Wheel ffb.png 0
Ret 5 Malta Jason Muscat Red Archer-Renault 23 DNF 2 1 01:25.276 Keyboard.png 0
Ret 20 England Ben Warren Nijo-Toyota 16 DNF 19 0 01:27.942 Wheel ffb.png 0
Ret 7 England Mark Stanton Constant-Renault 10 DNF 12 1 01:26.930 Wheel generic-unknown.png 0
Ret 21 England Chris Williamson Nijo-Toyota 10 DNF 21 0 01:28.509 Wheel ffb.png 0
Ret 10 Scotland Sam Millar Synergetic-Ferrari 9 DNF 6 0 01:26.166 Wheel generic-unknown.png 0

Standings after the Race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 England Lee Morris 151
2 Malta Joe Consiglio 119
3 Switzerland David Jundt 86
4 Malta Jason Muscat 80
5 England Dave Carr-Smith 54
6 England Ojay Clark 47
7 England Mark Wicks 39
8 Belgium Bart De Vos 34
9 Scotland Sam Millar 33
10 England Nick Rowland 27
11 England Adam Rouse 22
12 Germany Christoph Lichtenstein 20
13 Ireland Kieran Ryan 18
= Scotland Ryan Walker 18
15 England Mark Stanton 16
16 Estonia Pavel Loknovski 11
17 Finland Jyri Lylykorpi 6
18 Wales Ben Morgan 4
19 Norway Petter Kaasa 3
20 England Phil Perkins 2
21 Netherlands Abdel Damghi 1
= England Mark Fuller 1

Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Wales Draig-Ferrari 169
2 Greece Red Archer-Renault 166
3 Italy Nordsjoen-Mercedes 136
4 England Midnight-Renault 84
5 England TDR-Toyota 58
6 England Woods-Mercedes 57
7 Northern Ireland Synergetic-Ferrari 53
8 England Williamson-Mercedes 47
9 England Constant-Renault 16
10 Belgium Computrac-BMW 4
11 England Nijo-Toyota 1
= England ST-BMW 1

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Preceded by:
2011 San Marino Grand Prix
2011 Turkish Grand Prix
2011
Succeeded by:
2011 Mexican Grand Prix