Despite Stop and Go PenaltyPodium and Lead in the Championship for Marc A. Hayek
The third round of the ADAC GT Masters took place in Belgium at the Circuit Zolder last weekend. 34 dream sports cars competed at the 4,000 m (2.5 miles) long former Formula 1 track. Swiss Marc A. Hayek races in a Team Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ with starting number #24 this season. He shares the Italian racing car with experienced Dutch pilot Peter Kox and competes in the amateur class of the ADAC GT Masters series.
Hayek used the free practice session on Friday to familiarise himself with the track, where he raced for the first time. The qualifying session on late Friday afternoon took place in difficult conditions in the rain. However, the Swiss managed it well and finished the qualifying sessions without any damages.
The race on Saturday started in dry conditions with Hayek in P31. He managed a good start and was able to gain a few places during his stint. In lap 16 he came in for the mandatory stop and driver change. The Dutch took over in P23.
According to the rules the duration of the pit stop from the pit entry to the pit exit is 70 seconds minimum. The Stewards of the Meeting obviously determined that this duration was cut short by two seconds and gave Kox a stop and go penalty. As a result of this Kox lost a lot of places. In the end he was able to regain a few places and reach P15, winning a great P2 in the amateur class and a place on the podium for Hayek.
Peter Kox started the second race on Sunday in great weather from P15. After a serious crash in the first lap the safety car came out. A few cars in the front collided. Kox passed the site of the crash without damages and pushed forward in his stint. During the driver change at half-time Marc A. Hayek took over the Lamborghini in P6. Once again the team did not watch the time, undercutting the mandatory duration again. The Swiss had to come in for a stop and go penalty. In the meantime almost the entire field passed, Hayek dropped to the end of the field and finished the race in a disappointing P19.
Marc A. Hayek is leading the amateur class with 93 points. Marc A. Hayek will compete at the Nürburgring on the next racing weekend (July 8th - 10th, 2011). Both races will be broadcast on Saturday and Sunday at 11.45 a.m. by German TV station Kabel 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.