2010 F1RWRS Bahrain Grand Prix

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Flag of Bahrain svg.png 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Race 6 of 9 in the 2010 F1RWRS season
Bahrain International Circuit.png
Date 4 July, 2010
Official Name 1st Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
Location Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
Course Permanent racing facility
5.407 km (3.360 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 162.21 km (100.80 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec
Time 1:18.99
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-Porsche
Time 1:19.67
Podium
First Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec
Second Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo
Third Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford


The 2010 F1RWRS Bahrain Grand Prix was the sixth race of the 2010 F1RWRS season held at Sakhir. David Koczo won the race, becoming the first man to win two consecutive F1RWRS races as well as win from pole.

Race Report

Frank Zimmer had a three point lead in the championship coming to the desert of Bahrain, with Dan BH and Gary Cameron fighting for second place, BH having a one-point advantage. In qualifying, the JLDs of Daniel Melrose and Dave Simpson were the dominant force, with David Koczo, who had won the preceding race, barely taking pole position, with Zimmer 5th and Cameron 7th. However, the first races had shown that qualifying didn't matter much come race day.

Melrose took the lead from the start, with Koczo just behind. Simpson followed in third with Simon Redman fourth, having done a brilliant start. Melrose quickly started to pull away, while Simpson took second place on lap 3. David Koczo responded by pitting on the next lap, hoping to jump everyone as he had done at Adelaide. Redman then found more speed, moving up to second place, passing Simpson.

Redman then took the lead as Luca Pacchiarini went for his pit stop at the same point as Kay Lon, who was also hoping for a good result thanks to strategy. The race was quickly getting boring compared to other races that season, as Melrose was pulling further and further away. Meanwhile, Koczo was already up to sixteenth, with Pacchiarini, Darren Older, Jr. and Lon behind him, but the early pitters were quickly gaining ground.

Towards lap 12, Melrose and Simpson quickly began losing speed, leaving Redman in the lead, although he started to slow down quickly as well. Melrose was the only one of the three to pit, however. Meanwhile, Sammy Jones and Gary Cameron came in for their stop, Jones in the hunt for points and Cameron looking for a podium. Amid these stops, Phoenix McAllister led the race.

At the halfway point, Douglas Mann went for his stop, and the West Cliff crew was blindingly quick, getting him out ahead of Kay Lon and behind Cameron, whose race was turning out very well indeed. A bit later, Frank Zimmer finally went for his pit stop while BH, who had pitted earlier on, was now seventh and looking good for a top 5 finish. After McAllister's drop in pace at the same moment, James Davies used the bit of pace he had found to take the lead, while Simpson and Redman were now down to 8th and 9th.

Redman and Simpson finally came in to pit on lap 23, the last drivers to pit and definitely the drivers to get the worst of it, coming out in 14th and 15th position, while Koczo was now in the lead after his brilliant strategy call, closely followed by a quicker Luca Pacchiarini on tyres that were two laps younger. Gary Cameron was now fourth behing Douglas Mann, but the Manx driver was having suspension problems and was quickly demoted to fourth place. Dan BH was fifth ahead of a quick Daniel Melrose who had just passed Kay Lon.

The order would not change and David Koczo won his second consecutive race and became the first man to win a race from pole. This did a whole world of good for his championship challenge, as his two consecutive wins put him in a tied second place, one point behind Gary Cameron, whose third place added to his already impressive total. Despite his championship lead, Cameron was yet tot win a race, but two third places, two fourth place and a fifth were enough as his rivals were too inconsistent. Dan BH, who was second coming to Bahrain, took fifth position and was also now tied for second place in the championship with 35 points, the third driver tied for second being former leader Frank Zimmer who limited the damage once it became obvious he was on the wrong strategy, with a cool drive to 8th.

Next would be probably one of the most difficult races of the calendar, the Belgian Grand Prix, Thomas De Bock's home race. However, De Bock's performances weren't really encouraging.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 15 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 1:18.99 +-.--
2 12 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-Porsche 1:19.07 +0.08
3 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson JLD-Porsche 1:19.26 +0.27
4 2 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann West Cliff-Chevrolet 1:19.31 +0.32
5 5 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar 1:19.50 +0.51
6 20 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 1:19.59 +0.60
7 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 1:19.84 +0.85
8 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 1:19.96 +0.97
9 8 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Calinetic-Ford 1:20.05 +1.06
10 4 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Rosenforth-Jaguar 1:20.15 +1.16
11 16 Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 1:20.38 +1.39
12 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones West Cliff-Chevrolet 1:20.41 +1.42
13 11 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 1:20.61 +1.62
14 19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 1:20.82 +1.83
15 7 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka KQ-Hyundai 1:20.87 +1.88
16 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson CR-Ford 1:20.99 +2.00
17 19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr CR-Ford 1:21.12 +2.13
18 14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 1:21.29 +2.30
19 6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Adam Lewis KQ-Hyundai 1:21.45 +2.46

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 30 47:40.04 1 10
2 20 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 30 +1.57 6 9
3 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 30 +8.30 7 8
4 2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Douglas Mann West Cliff-Chevrolet 30 +12.14 4 7
5 16 Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 30 +13.29 11 6
6 12 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-Porsche 30 +13.68 2 5
7 11 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 30 +22.65 13 4
8 5 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar 30 +24.20 5 3
9 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones West Cliff-Chevrolet 30 +24.50 12 2
10 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson CR-Ford 30 +27.26 16 1
11 14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 30 +28.50 18  
12 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 30 +34.68 14  
13 4 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Rosenforth-Jaguar 30 +36.70 10  
14 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 30 +44.38 8  
15 8 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Calinetic-Ford 30 +48.12 9  
16 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson JLD-Porsche 30 +48.60 3  
17 6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Adam Lewis KQ-Hyundai 30 +1:11.38 19  
18 19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older, Jr. CR-Ford 30 +1:16.46 17  
19 7 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka KQ-Hyundai 30 +1:24.64 15  
  • Pole: David Koczo: 1:18.99
  • Fastest Lap: Daniel Melrose: 1:19.67

Standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron 36
2= Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo 35
2= Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH 35
2= Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer 35
5= Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson 24
5= Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer 24
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec 59
2 Flag of Jamaica svg.png Calinetic-Ford 52
3 Flag of Italy svg.png Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 46
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rosenforth-Jaguar 39
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png West Cliff-Chevrolet 31
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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