2011 F1RWRS Belgian Grand Prix

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Flag of Belgium svg.png 2011 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 5 of 15 in the 2011 F1RWRS season
Spa-Francorchamps.png
Date 15 May, 2011
Official Name II Shell Belgian Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 210.12 km (130.56 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec
Time 1:36.10
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW
Time 1:36.40
Podium
First Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW
Second Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford
Third Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford


The 2011 F1RWRS Belgian Grand Prix was the fifth race of the 2011 F1RWRS Season The race was won by Daniel Melrose after a series of collisions caused chaos throughout the race.

Race Report

Pre-Race

Prior the Belgian Grand Prix, Rosenforth Engineering went bankrupt, but as the team had already arrived in Belgium, it would be their final race. Phoenix McAllister would set up Team Phoenix, and Frank Zimmer with his brother John would use the remains of Rosenforth to set up the NAB-Holden Racing Team after signing a sponsorship deal with National Australia Bank and forming a stronger bond with Holden than John already had. Both these teams would debut at the next round, the 2011 F1RWRS British Grand Prix.

Qualifying

Douglas Mann, who had finished second in the previous race at the Nurburgring, Hagane Shizuka, Luca Pacchiarini and Aurelien Moll all failed to make it out of pre-qualifying. However, Nathanael Spencer took his first pole of the season, beating Daniel Melrose and the two Rosenforth drivers of McAllister and Frank Zimmer.

Race

At the start, Gary Cameron jumped up to third and Melrose took the lead from Spencer. Cameron, Frank Zimmer and Hemo Goblin pitted. By lap five, Melrose, Spencer, David Koczo and Darren Older Jr were battling for the lead until Older Jr made a mistake a Blanchimont. Melrose lost the lead to the Prospecs with Koczo leading at the end of lap 7. Melrose then pitted for a suspension repair after brushing the wall earlier.

Meanwhile, the stoppers, led by Frank Zimmer and Simon Redman, began to close in on the lead. Zimmer took the lead on lap 11 and Redman took second two laps later. However, on lap 14, disaster struck as Kay Lon slammed into the wall after contact with Gary Cameron. Both drivers took heavy damage but continued though they both received a black and orange flag, a process that would make a recurring appearance in the race, forcing them to pit. Giovanni Roda and Sammy Jones both crashed and received black and orange flags. John Zimmer then collided with the slowing Lon, followed by a host of other drivers in the next four laps. The entire field of cars was flagged at some point. Chaos ensued with drivers going in and out of the pits on every lap.

Somehow, Melrose ended up in the lead with T. Hemo Goblin in second and Thomas De Bock third. Roda turned up in fourth followed by Ashley Watkinson and polesitter Nathanael Spencer. Sammy Jones, Simon Redman, and Chris Dagnall did not finish and Gary Cameron was not classified. Kay Lon was later disqualified for careless driving. Melrose took fastest lap.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Pre-Q Time Gap
1 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 1:39.13 1:36.10 --
2 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW 1:39.23 1:36.30 +0.20
3 6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar 1:39.42 1:36.54 +0.44
4 7 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Rosenforth-Jaguar 1:40.74 1:36.62 +0.52
5 4 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 1:41.08 1:36.85 +0.75
6 15 Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford 1:40.28 1:36.93 +0.83
7 1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 1:39.73 1:37.19 +1.09
8 2 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford 1:39.38 1:37.32 +1.22
9 11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr CR-Ford 1:40.95 1:37.43 +1.33
10 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall Jones-Renault 1:40.22 1:37.62 +1.52
11 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 1:41.17 1:37.86 +1.76
12 23 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer ZimSport-Holden 1:41.57 1:37.94 +1.84
13 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones Jones-Renault 1:41.50 1:38.12 +2.02
14 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 1:41.28 1:38.30 +2.20
15 16 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.69 1:38.49 +2.39
16 21 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann AMR-Peel-DMC 1:40.11 1:38.64 +2.54
17 19 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda Trueba-Judd 1:40.63 1:38.89 +2.79
18 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 1:40.54 1:39.08 +2.98
19 5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 1:40.06 1:39.17 +3.07
DNPQ 20 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann AMR-Peel-DMC 1:41.84
DNPQ 12 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka West Cliff-Chevrolet 1:41.85
DNPQ 8 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 1:42.06
DNPQ 22 Flag of Belgium svg.png Aurelien Moll ECB-Gillet 1:42.20

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW 30 1:01:20.00 2 16
2 15 Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford 30 +1:36.28 6 10
3 2 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford 29 +1 lap 8 8
4 19 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda Trueba-Judd 29 +1 lap 17 5
5 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 29 +1 lap 14 4
6 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 27 +3 laps 1 4
7 3 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer ZimSport-Holden 27 +3 laps 12 2
8 4 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 27 +3 laps 5 1
9 11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr CR-Ford 27 +3 laps 9
10 16 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson Minardi-Cosworth 27 +3 laps 15
11 21 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann AMR-Peel-DMC 27 +3 laps 16
12 7 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Rosenforth-Jaguar 27 +3 laps 4
13 5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 26 +4 laps 19
14 6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar 26 +4 laps 3
NC 1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 22 +8 laps 7
DNF 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 21 Collision 18
DNF 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall Jones-Renault 20 Collision 10
DNF 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones Jones-Renault 17 Collision 13
DSQ 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 26 Careless driving 11
DNPQ 20 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann AMR-Peel-DMC
DNPQ 12 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka West Cliff-Chevrolet
DNPQ 8 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo
DNPQ 22 Flag of Belgium svg.png Aurelien Moll ECB-Gillet

Note: For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, one point was awarded to the driver with pole position and the driver with the fastest lap.

Standings After the Race

  • Bold font indicates who still has a chance of winning the championship.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer 34
2 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose 23
3= Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman 20
3= Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall 20
5 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock 14
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec 45
2 Flag of Jamaica svg.png Calinetic-Ford 32
3= Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png AMR-Peel-DMC 24
3= Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rosenforth-Jaguar 24
5 Flag of Australia svg.png JLD-BMW 23
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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