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7th Round Formula Volkswagen: Zandvoort 23.9.01

Sven Barth claims third season victory At the guest appearance of the Formula Volkswagen supported by Sachs supporting the DTM at the race circuit of Zandvoort in The Netherlands, Sven Barth claimed his third victory of the season. Together with the second place of Marc Caldonazzi, the team Böhm Motorsport could celebrate a double victory. Philip Cloostermans (Walter Lechner Racing School) finished third In qualifying, Marc Caldonazzi, winner of the Hockenheim round a week ago, was fastest. At the 4.3 km long track in the dunes, he set a best lap time of 1.39.489 min. and was seven thousandths of a second faster than Sven Barth. Local hero Elran Nijenhuis qualified fourth from Finn Marko Nevalainen At the start, Barth took the lead and led the field into the famous Tarzancorner. Marc Caldonazzi was second from Elran Nijenhuis, Marko Nevalainen, Florian Stoll and Philip Cloostermans. Peter Heinrichsberger had bad luck: he stalled at the start and lost a lot of time. Nijenhuis really put the pressure on second-placed Caldonazzi. Race leader Barth could benefit. On the second lap, Nijenhuis took second from Caldonazzi under braking for the Tarzancorner Once past the Italian, Nijenhuis’’ lap times continued to improve and he closed the gap to race leader Barth. Meanwhile, Cloostermans, who also knows the track very well, claimed fifth from Finn Nevalainen. Then, the Belgian started the hunt for fourth-placed Florian Stoll and successfully outbraked the latter on lap six. Elran Nijenhuis had bad luck: on the seventh lap, he lost control over his car in the Mitsubishi-corner, ploughed through the gravel trap and dropped back to ninth This made Caldonazzi second again from Cloostermans, Stoll and Nevalainen, while Walter Lechner jr., driving with a broken leg following a crash one week ago, was sixth. On lap eight, Christian Gratl spun on the Gerlach-corner and had to retire. He took his own team-mate Michael Zottler with him. Behind Barth, Caldonazzi and Cloostermans, there were several position changes. Sven Barth drove victory home from the Italian and the Belgian. Nevalainen finished fourth from Walter Lechner jr.
 
Result 7th round, Zandvoort, September 23, 2001

1. Sven Barth   (Gorxheimertal/D)  21:59.287 min
2. Marc Caldonazzi   (Italy)       + 03.214
3. Philip Cloostermans (Belgium)     + 05.595
4. Marko Nevalainen  (Finland)     + 07.974
5. Walter Lechner jr.  (Austria)     + 08.721 
6. Florian Stoll   (Rickenbach/D)    + 11.420
7. Elran Nijenhuis  (Netherlands)     + 13.099
8. Rob Nguyen  (Australia)     + 17.787
9. Jarno Unland  (Emsbüren/D)     + 18.477
10. Stefan Haak  (Berlin/D)     + 24.831
11. Hubert Stromberger (Austria)     + 28.133
12. Peter Heinrichsberger (Bad Endorf/D)     + 36.800
13. Patric Rauscher   (Ottstedt/D                + 41.679
14. Sebastian Zschirpe  (Leonbronn/D              + 2 laps
15. Kim Hermans  (Belgium)             + 4 laps


Not classified:
Christian Gratl  (Italy)
Michael Zottler (Austria)

Fastest lap: Elran Nijenhuis in 1:40.211 min  = 154.474 km/h

Points standings after round 7:

1. Philip Cloostermans 135 points
2. Walter Lechner jr.    125
3. Sven Barth   122
4. Florian Stoll     96
5. Rob Nguyen    93  

 

Added by: Date : 23/09/2001 00:00:00