2011 RRR British Grand Prix
|2011 RRR British Grand Prix|
|Event 7 of 8 in the RRR F1 2011 Championship|
|Date||20th November 2011|
|Location||Silverstone Circuit, Towcester , UK|
|Course|| Permanent Race Facility |
5.901 km (3.667 mi)
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The 2011 RRR British Grand Prix was the seventh round of the inaugural season of the RRR F1 2011 Championship. It was held at the Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, in Britain.
The 2011 RRR British Grand Prix was contested at the Silverstone International Circuit, outside the small village of Silverstone, England. The track is steeped in history having hosted the first Formula One championship race. The track has been updated with the pit straight moving towards the old "back" of the track. The race will be the home race for many of the drivers involved so winning will mean more than just 25 points.
Qualifying was held under dry conditions with FlavouryRug setting the pace early on. Many other drivers were heard saying "I can't match that time" and that was the way it stayed. The two drivers who were fighting for the championship, Smifaye and Superdelphinus lined up 4th and 5th respectively.
The race started with chaos through a mixture of lag and driver error. Shouty, who was leading into the first corner, was taken out by a lag attack and span off with a case of controller disconnection. He rejoined with a pucture and a damaged diffuser. RumblyLizard made contact losing his wing and Butler258 was seen going the wrong way around the track. Smifaye took an early lead, just what he needed but was being hunted down by FlavouryRug, STR TommyB and Superdelphinus. FlavouryRug pitted on lap six but did not rejoin due to connection issues.
The middle part of the race was mainly drivers sorting out pit strategies and working their way back through the field due to pit stops.
On lap 14 Smifaye pitted from the lead for his final stop, fitting the prime tyres to his car. He set about managing the gap to the following cars but then from nowhere came TommyB having changed his tyres and he was flying. Smifaye did not put up much of a fight when the BDGP driver made a move into the last corner as TommyB was a lot quicker than the Black Raptors driver. Smifaye then decided to let TommyB go and look after his second place with Superdelphinus chasing him down. Then disaster hit as Spearkofi did not move out of the way when being lapped and sent Smifaye into a spin allowing Superdelphinus through into the lead. Smifaye rejoined 1.7 seconds behind Superdelphinus and was not sure whether to push or not as his tyres were well past their sell by date and fuel was marginal. He took the risk by setting his fuel map to full and tried to close the gap. Within a few laps he was on the back of the Cross Channel GP driver and was onto the back of him coming onto the Wellington straight. Smifaye had full KERS and DRS available and used them both but with the short run down to Brookfield corner Smifaye could not even pull along side Superdelphinus. Superdelphinus went defensive early but outbraked himself allowing Smifaye through into second.
Closely behind the battle was Bookoi and RumblyLizard fighting over 4th position. RumblyLizard had been closing the gap over the previous few laps and was looking to take 4th place from the Pudding GP driver. RumblyLizard ran wide to the amazed of the Silverstone crowd and Bookoi held onto his well deserved 4th place.
STR TommyB took his second win of the season with a superb drive having had tyre issues and had a lucky escape with lag. Bookoi had an amazing drive to take his car from 11th on the grid to 4th.
The championship was not decided and will go down to the wire in Brazil in two weeks time. Smifaye needs ten points to take the title so anything from 5th above will be sufficient.
|2||Sodamn Insane 6||Leyton House Reloaded||1:27.165||2|
|5||Superdelphinus||Cross Channel GP||1:28.568||5|
|6||Mr Flobadob||Leyton House Reloaded||1:29.443||6|
|12||PJTierney||SRM GP Team||1:30.324||12|
|15||Spearkofi||Cross Channel GP||1:33.441||15|
|16||RareDevil666||SRM GP Team||1:39.913||16|
|3||Superdelphinus||Cross Channel GP||26||+9.857||5||15|
|8||Sodamn Insane 6||Leyton House Reloaded||25||+1 lap||2||4|
|9||Butler258||Pudding GP||25||+1 lap||9||2|
|10||Mr Flobadob||Leyton House Reloaded||25||+1 lap||6||1|
|11||JayCoops||Feta Motorsport||25||+1 lap||13||0|
|12||PJTierney||SRM GP Team||25||+1 lap||12||0|
|14||Spearkofi||Cross Channel GP||23||+3 laps||15||0|
|15||RareDevil666||SRM GP Team||23||+3 laps||16||0|
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top four positions are included for both sets of standings.