2012 FIA GT1 Nogaro Round
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2012 FIA GT1 Nogaro Round
Layout of the Circuit Paul Armagnac

The 2012 Easter Cup (French: Coupes de Pâques 2012) is a motor race that will be the first of ten rounds in the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.[1] It will take place at the Circuit Paul Armagnac in France on 8 April 2012.[2] The race will be the first time the opening race of the GT1 World Championship season has not taken place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Eighteen cars representing nine manufacturers will take part in the race, including six new manufacturers and seven new teams.[3] The event will also be the first round of the 2012 FIA GT3 European Championship season.

AF Corse's Toni Vilander and Filip Salaquarda started the qualifying race from pole position. The qualifying race was won by Audi drivers Stéphane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor, with team-mates Frank Stippler and Oliver Jarvis in second place.

Qualifying

Qualifying result

Qualifying decides the grid order for the Qualifying Race, which in turn decides the grid order for the Championship Race. It is divided into three twenty-minute sessions. Each car has two drivers, designated "Driver 1" and "Driver 2". Driver 1 takes part in the first and third sessions, while Driver 2 takes part in the second session. At the end of the first session, the three slowest cars are eliminated, while the six slowest cars in the second session are also eliminated. The third and final session is contested between the remaining eight cars.

As the No. 11 Sunred Ford of Emmanuel Moncini and Andy Soucek was withdrawn from the event, three cars were eliminated from the first session instead of the normal four.

Pos. No. Driver 1 Team Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Grid
Driver 2
1 3 Finland Toni Vilander Italy AF Corse 1:26.776 1:26.907 1:26.138 1
Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda
2 32 Monaco Stéphane Ortelli Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:26.930 1:26.750 1:26.250 2
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
3 33 Germany Frank Stippler Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1:26.915 1:26.736 1:26.292 3
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
4 38 Germany Marc Basseng Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:27.617 1:26.876 1:26.876 4
Germany Markus Winkelhock
5 4 Belgium Enzo Ide Italy AF Corse 1:27.932 1:26.705 1:27.010 5
Italy Francesco Castellacci
6 37 Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli Germany All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 1:29.163 1:26.916 1:27.020 6
Germany Thomas Jäger
7 24 Germany Albert von Thurn und Taxis Germany Reiter Engineering 1:27.418 1:26.400 no time1 7
Czech Republic Tomá? Enge
8 2 France Grégoire Demoustier France Hexis Racing 1:28.873 1:27.017 no time 8
Portugal Álvaro Parente
9 9 France Mike Parisy China Exim Bank Team China 1:27.220 1:27.099 9
New Zealand Matt Halliday
10 25 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young Germany Reiter Engineering 1:27.058 1:27.321 10
Netherlands Peter Kox
11 17 Austria Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof Germany Vita4One Racing Team 1:28.571 1:27.765 11
Austria Mathias Lauda
12 18 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman Germany Vita4One Racing Team 1:28.308 1:27.895 12
Germany Michael Bartels
13 7 Belgium Maxime Martin Russia Valmon Racing Team Russia 1:28.724 1:32.763 13
Russia Alexey Vasilyev
14 1 France Frédéric Makowiecki France Hexis Racing 1:28.004 no time 14
Netherlands Stef Dusseldorp
15 8 France Benjamin Lariche China Exim Bank Team China 1:29.325 15
China Ren Wei
16 6 Austria Andreas Zuber Russia Valmon Racing Team Russia 1:29.921 16
Russia Sergey Afanasyev
17 10 Serbia Milo? Pavlovi? Spain Sunred 1:31.835 17
Italy Matteo Cressoni

Notes:

  • ^1 -- The No. 24 Reiter Lamborghini had its Qualifying 3 times cancelled following a stewards decision.[4]

Race results

Qualifying Race

Notes:

  • ^1 -- The No. 18 Vita4One BMW was given a 30 second post-race penalty for failing to turn off their engine during their pit stop.

Championship Race

References

  1. ^ "GT1: Revised 2012 Calendar Released". speedtv.com. Speed Channel. 4 February 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Foubert, Claude (9 November 2011). "Le Championnat du Monde GT 2012 débutera à Nogaro" [GT World Championship 2012 will begin at Nogaro]. endurance-info.com (in French). Endurance-Info. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Watkins, Gary (12 March 2012). "Entry of three new teams secures future of FIA GT1 World Championship". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Results List Qualifying 3" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2012-04-07. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]


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