Podium results for Corvette drivers in FIA GT race Brno
"After the streets of Bucharest, teams and drivers from the FIA GT Championship traveled to the nice scenery of Brno in the Czech Republic for the seventh round of this year's series. Motor racing history at Brno goes back until the 1930s with spectacular races being held at the "Masaryk-Ring" street circuit, but the current Auto-Motodrom Brno also provides plenty of atmosphere with its up- and downhill parts and sweeping corners. Best-placed Corvette team after the 62 laps at the 5.403 kilometres long circuit were Phoenix Carsport Racing's Mike Hezemans and Fabrizio Gollin, who came home in second place. There were also podium results for Corvette drivers in the FIA GT3 European Championship. Martin Matze and Jiri Skula came third in the first race, leading a quartet of Corvette drivers on third through sixth place. Sascha Bert and Alois Mair claimed third in the second race. "
"At Brno, the FIA GT Championship returned to its usual two-hour race format. There were 27 cars entered for the race including four Corvettes. The Selleslagh Racing Team's number 3 Corvette Z06 was driven by Christophe Bouchut, Phoenix Carsport Racing had Marcel Fässler and Jean-Dénis Deletraz driving the number 5 Corvette Z06 and Mike Hezemans and Fabrizio Gollin in the number 6 car and the Austrian AT Racing team had brought its Corvette C5-R for Aliaksandr Talkanitsa and Wolfgang Kaufmann."
"The Corvette drivers ranked among the front runners in free practice and pre-qualifying while Mike Hezemans was the best-placed Corvette driver in qualifying, putting his Phoenix Carsport Racing entry in second place on the grid. The Dutchman was followed by Christophe Bouchut with the Selleslagh-Corvette in fourth and Marcel Fässler with the other Phoenix Carsport machine in sixth place. Wolfgang Kaufmann claimed 19th place with the less powerful Corvette C5-R entered by the AT Racing outfit."
"The race was quite an exciting affair with the two Phoenix Carsport Corvettes and the Selleslagh car all in contention for a podium finish and the Selleslagh Corvette leading the race several times. In the end, however, Hezemans and Gollin emerged as the best-placed Corvette drivers, bringing their car home in second place. They were followed home by Maassen and Bouchut in third and Fässler and Deletraz in fourth place. It was a close call between the three cars that were separated by only 0.65 seconds as the chequered flag was out. Kaufmann-Talkanitsa finished 19th, three laps down."
"In the FIA GT points' standings after seven rounds, Hezemans/Gollin have moved up to second place with 42 points while Fässler/Deletraz remain fourth and Bouchut/Maassen are ranked sixth."
"The FIA GT3 European Championship was also back in action at Brno. There were four Corvette teams in the top six in the first race with Matzke/Skula finishing third, leading home their fellow Corvette drivers Peyroles/Ruffier, Vojtech/Lacko and Mair/Bert. In the second race, Mair and Bert were the best-placed Corvette drivers in third place. Peyroles/Ruffier are second in the points' standings, only two points down on the leaders."
"There was also success for Corvette in the Le Mans Series. Third place for Patrice Goueslard and Guillaume Moreau in the Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R in the fifth and final round of the season at Silverstone was enough for the team to secure the drivers' and teams' titles in the GT1 class. Corvette is also manufacturers' champion in the LMS GT1 class."
"The next rounds of the FIA GT Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship will be taking place at the circuit of Nogaro in the south of France, October 4 and 5. Please visit "www.corvettemotorsport.com" for more info."