Paul-Ricard FiaGT1 2010
PAUL RICARD – FRANCE. The fourth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship took place this weekend at the beautiful and modern site of Paul Ricard in the very hot south of France. Xavier Maassen and Mike Hezemans (#11 Mad‐Croc Corvette C6.R) finished as high as fourth in the first FIA GT1 World Championship race of the weekend and the Dutch driver pairing scored good points with a sixth spot in the Championship Race on Sunday in front of a delighted crowd. Pertti Kuismanen and Oliver Gavin (#12 Mad‐Croc Corvette C6.R) ended up in 19th position, just like in the Saturday’s race. In FIA GT3, the Mad‐Croc Racing Ford GT3 of Christoffer Nygaard and Mikko Eskelinen came home in a fine 11th on Sunday, after a good race.
Xavier Maassen (#11 Mad‐Croc Corvette C6.R): “I’m not entirely happy with this sixth place as the result could have been much better without a race incident in the opening laps caused by another driver. Mike got hit by a car and lost at least ten places, which is not really a gift in this high level competition. He managed to get the car back on track and the rest of his stint was a long chase, just as mine… We ended up in 6th, but I don’t want to check what this result would have been without the incident. This is a shame as the car performed really well, the team did a perfect job and we also did what we possibly could on track… I would like to see the Mad‐Croc team on the podium for the home race in four weeks time in Spa. We deserve it!”
Oliver Gavin (#12 Mad‐Croc Corvette C6.R): “My opening stint was very good, the car was really OK, although I think the car can be even more performing. We also lost all chances on a good result as Pertti got hit from behind and the exhaust of the car was damaged which caused a loss of power. It’s really a shame as we also could have done much better than 19th. We also have to get even quicker in the driver change, as we are still losing some time in the pit-lane. The pit-lane work is as important as the race on track, every second counts!”
Mike Hezemans (#11 Mad‐Croc Corvette C6.R): “What can I say… This is not the way you want to lose a possible podium finish. I like racing, even a tough fight on the track, but it has to remain fair play, don’t you think? This is not stock car racing.”
The next round of the FIA GT1 World Championship will take place on the 31st of July on the legendary track of Spa in Belgium.