2011 F1RWRS Dutch Grand Prix

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Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png 2011 Dutch Grand Prix
Race 9 of 15 in the 2011 F1RWRS season
Zandvoort.png
Date 17 July, 2011
Official Name 1st Shell Nederlandse Grote Prijs
Location Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course Permanent racing facility
4.307 km (2.676 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 129.21 km (80.28 mi)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Pole Position
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec
Time 1:02.82
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford
Time 1:03.58
Podium
First Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford
Second Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford
Third Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford


The 2011 F1RWRS Dutch Grand Prix was the ninth race of the 2011 Formula 1 Rejects World Race Series season. It was held at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. The race was won by Gary Cameron driving for Team Calinetic.

Race Report

Qualifying

Pre-qualifying was a hotly contested affair as Mori, Ashley Watkinson, the two ArrowTech drivers, Shizuka, Luca Pacchiarini and Douglas Mann all failed to qualify. In qualifying, Nathanael Spencer took pole by a tenth of a second over upstart Phoenix McAllister. Championship leader Daniel Melrose could only manage ninth after a slow qualifying lap.

Race

The start saw Gary Cameron blast into the lead after starting third but Spencer retook first by the end of the lap. Cameron would retake the spot on Lap 2 and Spencer would fall back after getting sideways on Lap 3. Meanwhile, McAllister fell to eighth place by the end of Lap 3, wasting his excellent qualifying performance. David Koczo then took the lead on Lap 5 with Cameron, Sammy Jones, Spencer and John Zimmer all following.

Melrose began taking the fight to the top five, passing Dagnall, Spencer, Zimmer and Jones. Other than that, the race appeared to settle down between Laps 6-10. John Zimmer became the first driver to stop on Lap 7. In between Laps 7-11, Melrose, Kay Lon and Cameron also pitted. By Lap 15, the field had bunched up into an enormous pack with David Koczo leading followed by Spencer in second. Spencer took the lead on Lap 16 after Koczo made a big mistake which dropped him to sixth. The Prospecs and RubberTex-Joneses held positions 1-4, respectively but Spencer would lose the lead after nearly binning it on Lap 18 and Sammy Jones suffered a botched pit stop which dropped him down the order.

Chris Dagnall stole the lead from Koczo after Lap 19 but Melrose began to catch the aged Scunthorpe star. Melrose made the move on Lap 20 but then reported a large vibration coming from his front suspension. Melrose was forced to pit to repair his car on Lap 25, letting through an ecstatic Gary Cameron. Cameron would hold the lead and win the race with Kay Lon second and T. Hemo Goblin third. It was Gary Cameron's first F1RWRS win (despite the fact that he had won the championship in 2010) and Kay Lon's first podium. Melrose reemerged in fourth place after his late stop with Darren Older Jr. and Sammy Jones behind him. Melrose increased his lead over Spencer to twelve points.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Pre-Q Time Gap
1 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec -- 1:02.82 --
2 7 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Phoenix-Porsche -- 1:02.94 +0.12
3 1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford -- 1:03.04 +0.22
4 4 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec -- 1:03.14 +0.32
5 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones Jones-Renault 1:02.80 1:03.27 +0.45
6 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall Jones-Renault -- 1:03.37 +0.55
7 16 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson Minardi-Cosworth -- 1:03.58 +0.76
8 23 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer Holden 1:02.80 1:03.70 +0.88
9 5 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW -- 1:03.72 +0.90
10 5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo -- 1:03.81 +0.99
11 6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Holden -- 1:04.00 +1.18
12 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford -- 1:04.06 +1.24
13 15 Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford -- 1:04.18 +1.36
14 11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr CR-Ford 1:02.82 1:04.27 +1.45
15 19 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda Trueba-Judd -- 1:04.38 +1.56
16 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 1:02.81* 1:04.55 +1.73
17 21 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann AMR-Peel-DMC -- 1:04.61 +1.79
18 8 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford -- 1:04.75 +1.93
19 22 Flag of Belgium svg.png Aurelien Moll ECB-Gillet -- 1:04.95 +2.13
DNPQ 27 Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori Phoenix-Porsche 1:02.81*
DNPQ 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson Hemogoblin-Ford 1:02.80*
DNPQ 24 Flag of Finland svg.png Jari Kekkonen ArrowTech-Cosworth 1:02.82*
DNPQ 28 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Dougal Kerr Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 1:02.80*
DNPQ 12 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka MAN 1:02.83*
DNPQ 25 Flag of the United States svg.png Nicolas Steele ArrowTech-Cosworth 1:02.82*
DNPQ 8 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 1:02.85*
DNPQ 26 Flag of Germany svg.png Jeroen Krautmeir JLD-BMW 1:02.84*
DNPQ 20 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann AMR-Peel-DMC 1:02.84*
  • In a strange decision, pre-qualifying was ordered based on average lap time with fastest overall lap as a tiebreaker.

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 Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose 54
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer 42
3 Flag of Australia svg.png Gary Cameron 40
4 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo 31
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann 27
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Team Pts
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec 71
2 Flag of Jamaica svg.png Calinetic-Ford 59
3 Flag of Germany svg.png JLD-BMW 54
4 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png AMR-DeLorean/Peel 37
5 Flag of Australia svg.png Minardi-Cosworth 25
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2011 Kent Grand Prix
Formula 1 Rejects World Race Series Championship
2011 Season
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2011 Tasman Grand Prix
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