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Milicevic commands top spot most laps in class for win in Brno 350k

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Jozef commands top spot most laps in class for win

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Brno 350k
ROUND 10
10 Nov 2007
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10 Nov 2007 — Milan Milicevic led all drivers in the GT class most for 50 of 64 laps on a run for first place in the Brno 350k in Round 10 of the GT Open series.

After starting first, Milicevic dropped to ninth midway through. Driving the Ferrari 575, Milicevic drove the majority of five laps total pursuing Cristi Rus after targeting him on lap 46, coming from as many as eight places back. Milicevic passed Rus and into first place on lap 50, and controlled it the remaining 14 laps to the conclusion.

Milicevic remains in the lead of the GT class standings, increasing the lead over rival Conor McCarrell to 31 points. Milicevic has five starts and led 97 of his 357 laps while taking the win four times.

Marko Jozef led all drivers in the nGT class most for 57 of 61 laps on a run for first place.

Jozef spent the majority of six laps total pursuing Samuel Krueger after targeting him on lap 33. Jozef cleared Krueger and into first place on lap 37, and controlled it the remaining 24 laps to the checkered flag.

Jozef moves up to the lead of the nGT class standings, one point ahead of Samuel Krueger. Jozef has five starts and led 166 of his 324 laps while taking the win twice.

Samuel Krueger made a final pass on the last lap for a second-place finish in the nGT class.

A narrow 0.297 seconds separated Rob Ainscough ahead of Adam Parle at the checkered flag for Ainscough to take fifth place in the nGT class.

Krueger traded positions back and forth with Matjaz Plotajs in a drawn-out fight for the race lead from the middle stages, wrangling over a stretch of 58 laps. Driving the Ferrari 360 GTC, Krueger spent the majority pursuing Plotajs after originally targeting him on the first lap. Krueger launched a prolonged challenge at Plotajs in the beginning, staying within a couple turns behind him and keeping pace over a continuous run of 32 laps. Krueger passed Plotajs for the second time and into second place on his final lap.

Krueger drops to second in the nGT class standings, one point behind Marko Jozef. Krueger has five starts and led five of his 339 laps while taking the win once.

Driving the Porsche RSR, Ainscough swapped leads with Adam Parle in a drawn-out battle for fifth starting midway through, fighting over a stretch of 48 laps. Ainscough spent nearly all leading Parle after being caught by him on lap 13. After losing the spot on lap 34, Ainscough cleared Parle and into fifth place on lap 41, and defended it against pressure by Parle the remaining 20 laps to the harrowing finish.

Ainscough moves up to ninth in the nGT class standings, now tied in points with 10th's Barry Hedrick following Hedrick's 14th-place finish. Ainscough has three starts and finished as high as fifth.

GT Open series moves on to Round 11 in two weeks at Barber Motorsports Park. The series has 86 drivers competing for points in the multiclass championships.

Marko Jozef leads the nGT class championship in a tight campaign over Samuel Krueger, separated by just a single grid position. The title continues to be challenged by Mark McClean, Charles Hodges, Scott Michaels, Agustin Canapino, John Passmore, Enzo Trede, Rob Ainscough, Barry Hedrick, Kent Welker, Emmo Plate, Tristan Bayless, Matjaz Plotajs, Les Lamont, Tom O'Gorman, Tolga Incekaraoglu, Adam Parle, Don Hibner, Jon Thurman, Zachariah Myler, Tracy Nolte, Sam Michaels, Simon Melhuish, Russ Spencer, Conduruta Silviu, Daniel Montour, and Chris Melton as well. The Top 5 places are an open field for 28 drivers in the running with six races remaining.

Milan Milicevic leads the GT class championship. The title continues to be challenged by Conor McCarrell, Dennis Morissette, Allen Cotton, George Pol, Michael Chriss, Brian Fairley, Maurice Claessen, Scott Michaels, Cristi Rus, Roman Novinic, Jan Larsen, Conduruta Silviu, Tom Ostry, David Fish, Steve Parsons, Mihai Draghici, Daniel Montour, Roman Jamsek, Sam Michaels, and Darren Adams. The Top 5 places are an open field for 21 drivers in the running with six races remaining.

Jan Larsen led the GT field for three laps in a run to fourth place.

After starting fifth, Larsen gained his way to first and then dropped to seventh in the late stages. Larsen mixed it up with Conor McCarrell in a long and tense fight for fourth from the middle stages, running within a car length of each other over a range of 21 laps. Driving the Ferrari 550, Larsen ran nearly all leading McCarrell after initially being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 49, Larsen passed McCarrell and into fourth place on lap 58, and kept it the remaining half-dozen laps to the checkered flag.

Larsen is 12th in the GT class standings for the series. He has one start and led three of his 64 laps raced while finishing as high as fourth.

Making his 40th start in the Ferrari 550, Dennis Morissette drove to a sixth-place finish in the GT class.

Roman Novinic captured third place in the GT class.

Morissette drove the majority of seven laps total pursuing Cristi Rus after targeting him on lap 56, coming from as many as eight positions back. Morissette launched a prolonged challenge at Rus in the closing stages, staying within a sector behind him and gaining ground over a solid run of six laps. Morissette cleared Rus and into sixth place on lap 62, and held it the remaining couple laps to the conclusion.

Morissette remains in third in the GT class standings, increasing the lead over rival Allen Cotton to eight points. Morissette has five starts and led one of his 356 laps while finishing as high as third.

In the 40 career runs taken by Morissette in the Ferrari 550, he has led 107 laps in all and finished as high as second a half-dozen times. Morissette has taken the car to Brno four times. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 1.429 seconds off his previous best lap time.

Novinic traded positions multiple rounds with Conor McCarrell in a long and persistent fight for fourth from the early stages, running within a couple turns of each other over a span of 16 laps. Driving the Saleen S7-R, Novinic spent the majority pursuing McCarrell after being challenged and passed by him on lap 11. Novinic launched a prolonged attack at McCarrell early in the running, staying within a straightaway behind him and gaining ground over a solid run of 11 laps. Novinic passed McCarrell for the second time and into third place on lap 57, and held it the remaining seven laps to the checkered flag.

Novinic is 11th in the GT class standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as third.

Conor McCarrell led the GT field for five laps in a run to fifth place.

George Pol took second place in the GT class.

After starting sixth, McCarrell gained his way to first and then dropped to ninth in the middle stages. McCarrell swapped leads with Jan Larsen in a drawn-out battle for fourth from the middle stages, sparring over a span of 21 laps. Driving the Corvette C5-R, McCarrell ran the majority pursuing Larsen after originally catching him on the first lap. Ultimately McCarrell settled into fifth the seven laps running to the conclusion.

McCarrell remains in second in the GT class standings, increasing the lead over rival Dennis Morissette to five points. McCarrell has five starts and led 30 of his 307 laps while finishing as high as second.

After starting second, Pol dropped to 10th in the middle stages. Pol spent all of 63 laps total pursuing Milan Milicevic after initially catching him on the first lap. In the end Pol settled into second the 15 laps running to the checkered flag.

Pol moves up to fifth in the GT class standings, one point behind Allen Cotton. Pol has four starts and finished as high as second.

Emmo Plate took third place in the nGT class.

RESULTS
GT 1 Milan Milicevic Racing for Serbia 64 2:05:04.203
GT 2 George Pol UK-NL Racing 64 2:05:26.414
GT 3 Roman Novinic Scuderia Internazionale 64 2:06:02.881
GT 4 Jan Larsen International Motorsports Unlimited 64 2:06:04.362
GT 5 Conor McCarrell SoCal Motorsports 64 2:06:27.217
GT 6 Dennis Morissette Thirteen Twenty Motorsports 64 2:06:56.296
GT 7 Allen Cotton 28CD MotorSports 64 2:07:00.614
GT 8 Cristi Rus ROED Team Racing 63 2:05:05.455
GT 9 Michael Chriss Eagle Race Team 63 2:05:31.565
GT 10 Brian Fairley 28CD MotorSports 63 2:06:42.524
GT 11 Daniel Montour CanAm Racing 62 2:05:13.948
nGT 1 Marko Jozef Racing for Serbia 61 2:05:10.416
nGT 2 Samuel Krueger GTNDC 61 2:05:41.015
nGT 3 Emmo Plate GTNDC 61 2:05:55.949
nGT 4 Matjaz Plotajs 61 2:08:50.670
nGT 5 Rob Ainscough Team Venom Racing 60 2:05:54.604
nGT 6 Adam Parle Legends Racing 60 2:05:54.901
nGT 7 John Passmore CORE Racing 59 2:05:30.898
nGT 8 Enzo Trede 2con Racing 59 2:06:06.919
nGT 9 Zachariah Myler 59 2:06:45.584
nGT 10 Simon Melhuish International Motorsports Unlimited 57 2:05:33.300
nGT 11 Chris Melton International Motorsports Unlimited 56 2:05:50.626
GT 12 Tom Ostry Legends Racing 38 DNF
nGT 12 Conduruta Silviu ROED Team Racing 12 DNF
nGT 13 Les Lamont Thirteen Twenty Motorsports 10 DNF
nGT 14 Barry Hedrick 2con Racing 9 DNF
Image by Chris Melton
POSTRACE

INT
–49 L
FIN
12
Q
6
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CLASS
nGT
CAR
Porsche RSR
Posted by Conduruta Silviu at 10:35 PM on Sat Nov 10 CET

stupid windows started to update so i had terrible fps and i almost hit the top 3 in gt .. it didn't seem to stop so for safety reasons i had to quit .. i'm pissed off cause this time the dnf wasn't actually my fault :(

INT
–1:23.013
FIN
5
Q
6
REP
 
CLASS
GT
CAR
Corvette C5-R
Posted by Conor McCarrell at 12:00 AM on Sun Nov 11 CET

Well, I'll take a 5th considering I hate this track and am never fast at it. My original strategy was to go with a full tank at first then short stop it twice but because my pace was crap, I pulled an audible and decided for a 1 stopper with a couple laps in. I kept my nose clean for most of the race except for an incident when I punted Chris Melton and he went flipping (brilliant GTR2 physics). Very sorry about that, Chris :(. Couldn't brake fast enough to slow the car down on worn tires.

INT
–1 L
FIN
6
Q
7
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CLASS
nGT
CAR
Porsche RSR
Posted by Adam Parle at 12:01 AM on Sun Nov 11 CET

That was hard work, and very much a race of two halves. Reasonably quiet first half....and a manic second!

I had a shocker of a start getting onto the grass and I dropped a couple of positions from the start. I couldn't get any rhythm going at all, and ended up sat behind Enzo Trede and John Passmore for ages. I was quite happy to look after my tyres and get by if I could, but in the end they came together, and I grabbed 2 positions as they regrouped.

After that I was looking at a big gap behind, and another to the next guy, although as the pit stop window came up it was decreasing big-time. My position didn't change at the stop, and I came out where I went in.

After a lap or two, Rob Ainscough came out of the pits just infront of me - and I smelt a chance of another position. I got the hammer down, and managed to take advantage of Rob's cold tyres. It became clear pretty quickly that this was going to be a fight and a half to keep him behind me.....and indeed it was. The racing was close, hard, but fair. Thing we swapped paint on one occasion as my car got a bit fidgety under braking. Not too long after that Rob crept by at the uphill chicane. Now it was my turn to put the pressure on.

Both our laptimes came tumbling down as we got into the groove - only when getting lapped did the gap get over a second.

Given Rob's sideways entry to turn 1 every lap - I was confident that if I stayed with him then I'd get past him as he started racing on his rims....and it would have worked.

As we were simultaneously lapping and being lapped, I got surprised by Rob and had to jab my brakes on, and then the backmarker obviously got surprised by me and unfortunately ran into the back of my car. This sent me into the gravel, and left me with some 10 seconds to make up on Rob. Knackered tyres or not it was goign to be hard work. I kept on going, and was making a second or two up per lap on Rob, and looking good to take it on the final or penultimate lap. A botched exit cost me dearly though, and I ran out of time.....

Great racing Rob - really good fun.

INT
–22.210
FIN
2
Q
2
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CLASS
GT
CAR
Saleen S7-R
Posted by George Pol at 12:10 AM on Sun Nov 11 CET

There aren't many fans of this track but I actually like to drive the Saleen around here. Didn't think a front row would be possible and to keep close to Milan for the greater part of the race ... but both happend. Unfortunately two mistakes made it impossible to even think about catching him. One was a downshift too much followed by a spin and the other one a bump with Samuel for which I want to apologies. I was just a little too late on the brakes on worn tyres to get it right. At that point I thought it might have been Milan who lit the bbq already so I was in a hurry to get by. Great job Milan and grats to all other podiumfinishers.

INT
–3:40.254
FIN
4
Q
2
REP
 
CLASS
nGT
CAR
Porsche RSR
Posted by Matjaz Plotajs at 12:19 AM on Sun Nov 11 CET

Man that was bad luck... engine failure a few corners before finish after runing in second place for the whole race. A big thanks to Samuel for pushing my car back to the finish line so I didn't get a DNF. That was a realy nice gesture and I'm truly honored to race with such gents. Thank you my friend!

Had a superb race following Marko in striking distance but his driving was very constant, without any major mistakes so the closest I got to overtaking him was when we both entered the pits at the same time. That was fun to watch! This time my guys did a brilliant job to refuel me and change tyres without any hesitation but so were Marko's and we kept our positions. Again I followed him as long as I could, until some of the GT guys cought me in weird places to overtake so I lost some time. I then decided to settle for second and just conserve my car and what did I get in exchange.... a smoking engine and finally explosion few corners before finish...LOL. Nevertheless it was a fun race, no problems with faster GT guys and drivers being lapped.

Congrats to all who managed to finish this loooong race at Brno.

INT
–30.599
FIN
2
Q
3
REP
 
CLASS
nGT
CAR
Ferrari 360 GTC
Posted by Samuel Krueger at 01:51 AM on Sun Nov 11 CET

@ George: It was a bit of a bummer yeah , that smoking car was actually my target and i had closed the gap from 20 secs to 5 secs when we got together. I was wondering what was the hurry since P1 was long gone and P3 was nowhere near, but when i read that you were chasing that smoking car it kind of made sense then. You could have used the HUD display to show the gap to next car thou ;) , but ok... np George , these things happens.

@ Matjaz: I've once run out of fuel here in Brno on the top off the hill while on last lap , so i know how it feels :|. You run a good race and 2nd place on nGT was practically yours , least i could do was to help you over the finish line since you gave it to me ;).

Well.. not much to tell about the race , car didn't work on medium fronts and after 15 laps it just got worse and worse. It is so frustrating when you just feel the car doesn't work and there's not much you can do. At one point i got so mad that i decided to change soft fronts on my only stop , no matter where i end up... just wanted to drive a car that actually does what i want :|.

I had some extra fuel and stretched the 1st stint to lap 36 before pitting , soft fronts couldn't have lasted half a race but 25 laps were in the limits. Went a bit tight thou but tires were working reasonably well even in last laps , left front had a wear rate of 29 when race was over :O :D.

I'm so regretting that i didn't take a risk and go for a 2 stopper with soft fronts , prolly wouldn't have changed the end result but driving would have been much more fun than it was now. Ah well , last stint was ok and the present from Matjaz lifted up the spirit a little , althou i felt bad for him to have an engine failure in last lap :|.

Congratulations to Marko for the nGT win ,seems like you had the race nicely under control all the way... well done.

Big cheers to Emmo for taking the last podium place on nGT , another nice team effort with 2 cars on the podium 8).

Grts to Milan (again :D) , George and Roman for the GT podium too.

Cya in next one... ;)

-----
Samuel

INT
–1 L
FIN
5
Q
4
REP
 
CLASS
nGT
CAR
Porsche RSR
Posted by Rob Ainscough at 06:33 AM on Sun Nov 11 CET

Great race, I'm just glad I finally finished a 2 hr race.

My 1st stint was ok, until I realized that Med/Med tire combo was NOT going to last 1 hr...and it didn't, at 20 minutes til Pit I was on my 2nd Tire warning, 10 min til pits I was on 3rd tire - lap times droping drastically.

2nd stint I changed pit tire choice to hard/hard and I got out just in front of Adam and didn't actually realize it was for position and let him go by when I let a GT go by -- doooh! So that got me pumped up and I had to push harder than I would have liked. I was unsure of what I could get away with on the revs and had it at 8600. Adam and I had a good fight going but traffic was killing us both whenever we were real close. I had a bad line passing a lapper which caused me to take a turn slower than normal and I think this caught out Adam and lapper and I saw contact in my rear mirror - sorry guys was doing the best I could with the line I had.

After that I had a 10 second gap and was trying to "conserve" the car and tires with short shifting -- conserved a little too much and Adam got very close again.

And once again I found myself with WAY too much fuel at the end (10 laps worth!!) -- I guess it was my short shifting that left me with so much fuel.

But I had great fun, congrats to podiums. Thanks to all. Great racing Adam.

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
1
REP
 
CLASS
GT
CAR
Ferrari 575
Posted by Milan Milicevic at 12:34 PM on Sun Nov 11 CET

Qualy went wrong for me. I had no clean lap till the last attempt and got a pole, that surprised me because my time was not been so good for qual. Looks like other had the same prob in qual.
Race, ahh what a constant pressure I suffer from George, he wasn't been close to my bamper but these few seconds gap lasted most part of the race. Just after his spin I increase the safe lead. Well done George. Good race Roman.
Good percentage of finishers here.

Congrats nGT's Marko, we did it :)

p.s nice gesture from Samuel when helping Matjaz to see the flag :)

INT
–45.532
FIN
3
Q
5
REP
 
CLASS
nGT
CAR
Ferrari 360 GTC
Posted by Emmo Plate at 01:03 PM on Sun Nov 11 CET

Well that was kind of a lonely race for me. First laps i was a bit stuck behind Rob. After i passed him i found myself in no mans land. I didn't have the pace to keep up with the the top 3 and my lead over Rob steadily increased.

Close before my pitstop i saw Sam having troubles as i closed the gap back to about 5 secs. I went in 2 laps before Sam did and hoped to pass him with some fast laps after my pit. It didn't work though. When he came out of the pit he was still in front. I never saw him again as he pulled away after that, guess his soft fronts really worked :)

Tough luck Matjaz. I saw u standing there on the last lap. Your misfortune gave me 3rd place. Again 2 F360's on the podium, not bad for the underdog car.

Grats to Milan and Marko and all the other podium finishers.

INT
–4 L
FIN
10
Q
REP
 
CLASS
nGT
CAR
Porsche RSR
Posted by Simon Melhuish at 05:01 PM on Sun Nov 11 CET

I didn't have time to practice so didn't set a quali lap.

Race was ok, help position on start. Got punted a few laps in but he waited for me which was cool (thanks for that whoever it was :D).

Had a tyre problem but tried to put up with it so i could get into the pit window, wasn't the best plan in the world as i was loosing about 6 seconds a lap to me normal pace.

Had a problem with the GT cars just diving at me, got hit so many times i lost count. If it was in real life there would have been loads of pens given out ;).

Had no one to race after Chris got flipped by a GT car, so just slowed the pace down to save tyres and fuel as i was short on fuel.

Finished 2nd to last and cant see why i was so slow, just cant get used to gtr2 i suppose. ;(

Simon..


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