2011 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix

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Flag of China svg.png 2011 Chinese Grand Prix
Race 14 of 15 in the 2011 F1RWRS season
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Date 18 September, 2011
Official Name II Lenovo Chinese Grand Prix
Location Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China
Course Permanent racing facility
5.451 km (3.387 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 163.53 km (101.61 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford
Time 1:19.12
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW
Time 1:20.51
Podium
First Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec
Second Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec
Third Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW


The 2011 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix was the fourteenth race of the 2011 F1RWRS season held at Shanghai. David Koczo won the race for the Prospec team, who took a 1-2 with Nathanael Spencer finishing second.

Race Report

Pre-Race

John Zimmer was unable to compete in the race after spraining his leg in the previous race. NAB-HRT did not have time to announce a replacement during the one-week layover and only ran Frank Zimmer at Shanghai.

Qualifying

Pre-qualifying was uneventful with race-winners Aurelien Moll and Simon Redman being the only notable knockouts. In qualifying proper, Frank Zimmer suffered an enormous accident after a brake failure, hitting the wall at 250 km/h. Zimmer was alright after the major accident and he was able to start the race on Sunday. Gary Cameron put his Calinetic on pole for the second time in 2011 with Hagane Shizuka putting his MAN alongside him. Nathanael Spencer and Daniel Melrose followed in third and fourth. David Koczo started in fifth.

Race

The race was won after only three laps. Prospec decided to bring in David Koczo on Lap 3 and he was able to romp away, winning by over a minute. Prospec was later criticized for not putting Spencer on the same strategy as he was contending for the championship. With Koczo leading, Melrose and Spencer battled for third and fourth but they were both passed by Dave Simpson who was the second to stop on Lap 14. Gary Cameron squandered his pole position, dropping back after only four laps.

After the stops were completed, the only battle on the track was between Melrose, Spencer, Simpson and Shizuka. Melrose and Spencer both came in at the same time and came out with Simpson and Shizuka just in front. However, just like the last race, Spencer once again got the better of Melrose. Simpson and Shizuka continued to battle for second but it all ended up in tears on Lap 25. Shizuka and Simpson collided at the first corner, letting Spencer and Melrose through.

In the end, Koczo led home a Prospec 1-2 with Melrose third and Kay Lon fourth. Pippa Mann, James Davies, Gary Cameron and Thomas De Bock rounded out the points. Melrose recorded the fastest lap of the race. With one race to go, Spencer and Melrose were only separated by six points. However, Prospec's 1-2 clinched them the Constructors' Championship for the second year in a row.

Standings After the Race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a mathematical chance of becoming champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Pts
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer 73
2 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose 66
3 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo 46
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron 39
5 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer 35
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Team Pts
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec 117
2 Flag of Germany svg.png JLD-BMW 78
3 Flag of Jamaica svg.png Calinetic-Ford 77
4 Flag of Australia svg.png Holden 48
=5 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png AMR-DeLorean/Peel 43
=5 Flag of Japan svg.png Kahama 43
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