12th in Brno for Selleslagh Racing Team
BRNO – CZECH REPUBLIC. The third round of the FIA GT1 World Championship took place this weekend at the challenging Brno Automotodrom in the Czech Republic. Pertti Kuismanen and Mika Salo ended up in 19th position in the first FIA GT1 World Championship race of the weekend, while Xavier Maassen and Mike Hezemans finished as high as fifth.
The Championships Race looked very promising as well, but a problem during the tyre change ruined the race of Xavier Maassen and Mike Hezemans in the #11 Mad Croc Corvette. The Dutch pairing came home in 14th position,while Pertti Kuismanen and Mika Salo finished 12th, just outside the points in the #12 Corvette of the energetic team. Xavier Maassen: “We did again everything that’s possible with the Corvette C6.R and until the last wheel of the tyre change, everything looked very promising. A top‐5 finish and even a podium were within our sight… But the fourth wheel created a mess and that was it. How much bad luck can a team possibly have in a season?” Mike Hezemans: “We were 5th in qualifying, 5th in the first race and so close to a podium in the main race of the weekend… This feels really bad. The car was ok, we made progression throughout the weekend and I really believed in a strong outcome. I’m as disappointed as everyone is in the MadCroc Racing Team.”
Pertti Kuismanen and Mika Salo did a very good job as well, climbing up from 19th into 12th position in this highly competitive field of 23 GT1‐cars. Ex‐F1‐driver Salo showed his masterpiece in the first half of the race, with a strong comeback and Pertti Kuismanen consolidated the result. The Corvette came home in 12th, the best result of the ‘Kuismanen’ car since the beginning of the season.
The next race of the FIA GT1 World Championship takes place on the 3rd and 4th of July in Paul Ricard (France).