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6th Round Formula Volkswagen: Hockenheim 16.9.01

Maiden victory for Marc Caldonazzi In Hockenheim, South-Tyrolean Marc Caldonazzi scored his first victory in the Formula Volkswagen supported by Sachs. On the wet track, the driver of the Böhm Motorsport-team had the upper hand over Belgian Philip Cloostermans and German Peter Heinrichsberger In qualifying, Florian Stoll claimed pole-position. On the 2.638 km long short track lay-out of Hockenheim, the Stoll Motorsport-driver set a fastest lap time of 1.01.990 min. Second fastest was Finn Marko Nevalainen (Matson Motorsport) from  Caldonazzi. The incredibly close competition of the series showed once more in qualifying: the best lap times of the 18 drivers were only 1.882 seconds apart The tyre choice prior to the start of the race proved critical. The rain had stopped just before the race, but the track was still very wet, so that most drivers opted for rain tyres. Florian Stoll had the best getaway. He took the lead from Cloostermans and Marc Caldonazzi. Meanwhile, some drivers spun at the back of the field. Conditions for the competitors proved to be very difficult: the track was very slippery and visibility was limited due to the spray. On the second lap, Sven Barth took third place from Stoll Caldonazzi put massive pressure on race leader Cloostermans. On lap six, the Italian went past the Belgian at the entry of the Motodrom. Soon, Sven Barth closed up, too. On lap eight,  the first drivers were lapped. Meanwhile, Christian Gratl spun off the track and retired in the gravel trap. On lap nine, Sven Barth also retired: firstly, he overtook Cloostermans, but then, he locked up under braking for the Sachskurve and spun into the gravel trap. Thus, Florian Stoll inherited third place from Nevalainen, Heinrichsberger and Kolmsee. Shortly after that, Nevalainen overtook Stoll, but then he spun and was forced to retire

Caldonazzi lost considerable time while lapping some other drivers, which allowed Cloostermans to close up. On the remaining laps, however, Caldonazzi extended his lead again and finally drove home his maiden victory in the category. Cloostermans came second, with Peter Heinrichsberger in third. He benefited as Florian Stoll and Rob Nguyen collided on the penultimate lap.


Result 6th round, Hockenheim, 16-09-2001 (21 laps)
 
1. Marc Caldonazzi  (Italy)             in 27.09.659 min.
2. Philip Cloostermans  (Belgium)  02.706 beh.
3. Peter Heinrichsberger (Bad Endorf/D) 30.752
4. Bastian Kolmsee  (Wiehl/D)  33.604
5. Sebastian Zschirpe  (Leonbronn/D) 35.279
6. Florian Stoll   (Rickenbach/D) 41.203
7. Jarno Unland   (Emsbüren/D)          1.08.755
8. Elran Nijenhuis  (Netherlands)  one lap
9. Stefan Haak   (Berlin/D)  one lap
10. Michael Zottler  (Austria)  one lap
11. Patric Rauscher  (Ottstedt a. Berge/D) one lap
12. Rob Nguyen   (Australia)  two laps
13. Amir Goreishi   (Freising/D)  two laps

Not classified:
Marko Nevalainen  (Finland)
 Sven Barth   (Gorxheimertal/D)
 Christian Gratl   (Italy)
 Hubert Stromberger  (Austria)
 
Fastest lap:  Philip Cloostermans in 1.14.671 min. (127.182 km/h)

Points standings:
1. Philip Cloostermans  115
2. Walter Lechner jr.  109
3.  Sven Barth   92
4. Florian Stoll   81
5. Rob Nguyen   80
6. Jarno Unland   78
7. Stefan Haak   74
8. Peter Heinrichsberger 70
9. Bastian Kolmsee  66
10. Elran Nijenhuis  63


 

Added by: Date : 16/09/2001 00:00:00