2011 F1RWRS Kent Grand Prix

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Flag of Kent svg.png 2011 Kent Grand Prix
Race 8 of 15 in the 2011 F1RWRS season
Brands Hatch.png
Date 3 July, 2011
Official Name I Kent Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, England
Course Permanent racing facility
4.206 km (2.613 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 126.18 km (78.39 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford
Time 0:50.99
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann AMR-DeLorean/Peel
Time 0:51.80
Podium
First Flag of Belgium svg.png Aurelien Moll ECB-Gillet
Second Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Club Bangelia-Alfa Romeo
Third Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Holden


The 2011 F1RWRS Kent Grand Prix was the eighth round of the 2011 Formula 1 Rejects World Race Series season. It was held at the Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent. The race was won by Aurelien Moll, his and his team Ecurie de Course Belge's first race win.

Race Report

Pre-Race

Ashley Watkinson decided to leave Pacchia for the underfunded Hemogoblin Autowerks team. Dougal Kerr took driving responsibilities at Pacchia.

Qualifying

After the English Grand Prix at Snetterton, the pre-qualifiers were reevaluated and reset according to their respective positions in the Drivers' Championship. Thirteen drivers participated in pre-qualifying and four qualified. They were: Jari Kekkonen, James Davies, Hagane Shizuka and Aurelien Moll. Ashley Watkinson, the polesitter from the last race, failed to qualify. In the main qualifying session, Thomas De Bock shocked the paddock with a stonking lap in his rock of a Calinetic. Another notable was Aurelien Moll who made a good job of his first start after five straight DNQs by taking seventh. Chris Dagnall joined De Bock on the front row.

Race

At the start, Simon Redman blasted through the field to take second while De Bock flew off with the lead. Dagnall fell to seventh. On Lap 3, De Bock made an error and let by both Redman and third place man Daniel Melrose. Interestingly, Aurelien Moll pitted on the same lap, putting him at the back of the field. One lap later, Melrose found himself in sixth. Dagnall fell to ninth, having suffered some suspension damage. Gary Cameron took third but would take second on Lap 5 after De Bock made a mistake. Cameron then attacked Redman and passed him on Lap 7. This would last only one lap as Cameron went off, leaving De Bock in the lead. Then, Redman made a brilliant overtaking maneuver, passing De Bock into Druids.

Lap 10 saw De Bock take the lead again but the drama took place further back. Phoenix McAllister and Dave Simpson collided at Clark, causing a major pileup reminiscent of the Belgian Grand Prix earlier this season. Both drivers were shown the black-and-orange flag, and were forced to make a mandatory pitstop (they later retired from the race). Douglas Mann also crashed and was ordered to pit, despite the fact that Mann's car was barely damaged. Giovanni Roda, Hagane Shizuka and Luca Pacchiarini also pitted. De Bock held the lead until Lap 13 when he was passed by Spencer. Moll then came charging through, fresh off dusting off the rest of the field, and took the lead on Lap 14.

As the race wore on, the three leaders from the first half all dropped back, leaving the ones who had pitted already to go in front, just like always. Frank Zimmer and Pippa Mann found themselves in second and third by Lap 18. James Davies was also lurking around in fourth. Spencer, who had been holding up Pippa for two laps, pitted on Lap 19. Meanwhile, Moll continued to dash off, taking an insurmountable lead. The rest of the race saw very little action. David Koczo was forced to pit but he returned in eighth. Pippa Mann was also forced to pit; her tires just couldn't take the heat anymore. Moll also had an old set of tyres but he managed to bring the car home for a win. Frank Zimmer hit the wall on the last lap, letting Davies through to take second. Shizuka was fourth, Roda was fifth, Koczo was sixth, Pacchiarini was seventh and Spencer was eighth. Spencer failed to make much ground on championship leader Daniel Melrose who lost ground after his early success and was disqualified for not pitting.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Pre-Q Time Gap
1 8 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford -- 0:50.99 --
2 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall Jones-Renault -- 0:51.11 +0.12
3 5 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW -- 0:51.29 +0.30
4 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec -- 0:51.30 +0.31
5 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford -- 0:51.32 +0.33
6 1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford -- 0:51.40 +0.41
7 22 Flag of Belgium svg.png Aurelien Moll ECB-Gillet 0:50.94* 0:51.48 +0.49
8 7 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Phoenix-Porsche -- 0:51.61 +0.62
9 4 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec -- 0:51.71 +0.72
10 5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo -- 0:51.78 +0.79
11 15 Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford -- 0:51.93 +0.94
12 16 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson Minardi-Cosworth -- 0:52.00 +1.01
13 6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Holden -- 0:52.03 +1.04
14 12 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka MAN 0:50.94* 0:52.13 +1.14
15 24 Flag of Finland svg.png Jari Kekkonen ArrowTech-Cosworth 0:50.92 0:52.20 +1.21
16 19 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda Trueba-Judd -- 0:52.29 +1.30
17 21 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann AMR-Peel-DMC -- 0:52.39 +1.40
18 8 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo -- 0:52.54 +1.55
19 20 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann AMR-Peel-DMC -- 0:52.58 +1.59
DNPQ 27 Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori Phoenix-Porsche 0:50.94*
DNPQ 11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr CR-Ford 0:50.94*
DNPQ 28 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Dougal Kerr Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 0:50.95
DNPQ 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones Jones-Renault 0:50.98
DNPQ 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson Hemogoblin-Ford 0:50.98
DNPQ 25 Flag of the United States svg.png Nicolas Steele ArrowTech-Cosworth 0:51.01
DNPQ 23 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer Holden 0:51.01
DNPQ 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 0:51.01
DNPQ 26 Flag of Germany svg.png Jeroen Krautmeir JLD-BMW 0:51.03
  • Shizuka, Older Jr., Mori and Moll all set the same time in qualifying and competed in a short qualifying race to decide who made it through. Moll and Shizuka advanced.

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 Flag of Belgium svg.png Aurelien Moll ECB-Gillet 30 29:53.04 7 15
2 5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 30 +10.14 10 10
3 6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Holden 30 +35.15 13 8
4 12 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka MAN 30 +42.74 14 6
5 19 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda Trueba-Judd 30 +46.21 16 4
6 4 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 30 +1:04.10 9 3
7 8 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 30 +1:07.93 18 2
8 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 30 +1:09.53 4 1
9 21 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann AMR-Peel-DMC 30 +1:10.01 17 1
10 1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 30 +1:12.88 6
11 20 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann AMR-Peel-DMC 30 +1:17.03 19
12 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall Jones-Renault 29 +1 lap 2
13 2 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Calinetic-Ford 29 +1 lap 1 1
14 15 Flag of the United States svg.png T. Hemo Goblin Hemogoblin-Ford 29 +1 lap 11
15 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 29 +1 lap 5
16 24 Flag of Finland svg.png Jari Kekkonen ArrowTech-Cosworth 29 +1 lap 15
DSQ 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-BMW 30 Disqualified 3
DNF 16 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson Minardi-Cosworth 18 collision 12
DNF 7 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Phoenix-Porsche 18 collision 8
DNPQ 27 Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori Phoenix-Porsche
DNPQ 11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr CR-Ford
DNPQ 28 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Dougal Kerr Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo
DNPQ 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones Jones-Renault
DNPQ 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson Hemogoblin-Ford
DNPQ 25 Flag of the United States svg.png Nicolas Steele ArrowTech-Cosworth
DNPQ 23 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer Holden
DNPQ 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford
DNPQ 26 Flag of Germany svg.png Jeroen Krautmeir JLD-BMW

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 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 49
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer 41
3 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo 31
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann 25
4= Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson 25
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Team Pts
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec 70
2 Flag of Germany svg.png JLD-BMW 49
3 Flag of Jamaica svg.png Calinetic-Ford 43
4 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png AMR-DeLorean/Peel 35
5 Flag of Australia svg.png Minardi-Cosworth 25
Previous race:
2011 English Grand Prix
Formula 1 Rejects World Race Series Championship
2011 Season
Next race:
2011 Dutch Grand Prix
Previous race:
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Kent Grand Prix Next race:
2012 Kent Grand Prix