A perfect weekend for the Young Driver Aston Martin team and the 007 car of Thomas Enge and Darren Turner as they claimed their first victories in the GT1 World Championship. The qualifying race started and it was carnage at the first corner as Peter Dumbreck span in the middle of the pack. One Aston Martin bumped one Ford GT in a very bad way and the Sumo Power Nissan limping back to the pits for a retirement.
The race continued and the battles that the GT1 World Championship has become famous for took hold. Enge regained the lead three laps in and held out through the first part of the race to the pit stops. Strong pressure from the #1 Maserati of Bartels and Bertolini kept him pushing and he pulled out a strong lead.
As the pit window opened and cars piled into the pits, the rain came and confused the issue. All cars stuck with slicks, then most came back in for wet tyres, except for the #1 car and one of the Swiss Racing Team Nissan GTRs. Bertolini bravely struggled on with slicks but was lapping up to 17 seconds down on the cars with wet tyres. Darren Turner pulled away again leading to a first victory for the Young Driver AMR team.
The main race was just as exciting, without the wet stuff. A first corner incident saw Alfrid Heger and the Marc VDS Ford GT of Kuppens off, to rejoin and run at the back of the race. The #25 Nissan had a bang spinning championship hopeful, Tomas Mutsch, as did the #23 Lamborghini of the Riter Engineering team. A war developed, with the #25 Sumo Power Nissan, an All-Inkl.com Lamborghini, and a SRT Nissan and off course the GT and Maserati from the first corner, all showing their war wounds.
The Mutsch/Westbrook Ford GT was given a drive through penalty in the dying minutes of the race for bullying the #2 Maserati of Enrique Bernoldi into a spin which dropped that car out of the points. The #38 Patorelli/Schwager All-Inkl car beached in the gravel at the first corner, just to add a little spice to the end ofthe race, putting the car out of the event. The Enge/Turner car completed a masterful drive to come in first, ahead of Peter Kox and Christopher Haase in the #24 Blancpain Lamborghini and the #13 Phoenix Corvette of Hennerici and Margaritis.
In a fantastic race weekend where only one session did not require the use of wets, the Aston Martin has put its name into the championship hopes. All four DB9R cars came in the points for the championship race and the #7 Young Driver AMR has finally claimed a win after losing the Silverstone event on a technical problem.
The series moves to the Algarve for the next round in just under a month, before the final leg, two fly-away races at Interlagos in Brazil and the stunning series finale in the Argentinean location of San Luis.