2011 RRR Italian Grand Prix

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2011 RRR Italian Grand Prix
Event 4 of 8 in the RRR F1 2011 Championship
Track image
Date 30th October 2011
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza,
Italy Italy
Course Permanent Race Facility
5.793 km (3.600 mi)
Entrants 12
Laps 27
Pole Position
Driver United Kingdom Smifaye
Time 1:27.990
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Tomcheesey
Time 1:20.875
Podium
First United Kingdom Smifaye
Second United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6
Third United Kingdom Superdelphinus
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The 2011 RRR Italian Grand Prix was the fourth round of the inaugural season of the RRR F1 2011 Championship. It was held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, in Italy.

The race, contested over 27 laps, was won by Smifaye, driving for the Black Raptors Racing. It was also the first race for Cross Channel GP's Spearkofi.

Report

Background

The 2011 RRR Italian Grand Prix was contested at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, near the town of Monza just north of Milan, in Italy. The circuit, which opened on the 3rd September 1922, is one of the oldest tracks on the RRR F1 2011 Calendar. The track is a high speed circuit with only 11 turns.

Qualifying

Qualifying started under torrential rain conditions. Many drivers did not have a wet set up and some drivers did not have a set up at all. Sodamn Insane 6 was heard saying "I have a set up for every race but it still doesn't mean I'm any quicker". The Leyton House Reloaded driver was then heard proclaiming "When does it ever rain in Italy?!". The rest of the drivers all said in chorus "2008!".

The early pace setter was Smifaye driving for his Black Raptors Racing after missing the last race. This was a lead that was held throughout the session, Smifaye setting a pole time of 1:27.990.

Race

Everybody got away cleanly and managed to escape any drama at the Rettifilo chicane with Superdelphinus and Icthyes taking the first two spots. Icthyes then went too deep into the Roggia chicane allowing Smifaye through into second behind Superdelphinus. Superdelphinus had stated he had set his car up incorrectly and due to this was extremely slow through the two Lesmo corners. Smifaye used most of his KERS power to boost his way past the Cross Channel GP driver on the run down to Ascari. Smifaye then had a lead of over 2 seconds by the end of the first lap.

The field stabilised quickly but it then soon became clear that some drivers were going for a fewer stops; it would later transpire that Icthyes and Bookoi were on 1-stop strategies, with mixed results for the pair. With three laps to go Bookoi's tyres were dying fast, holding up Pudding GP team-mate Butler in his battle with none other than Icthyes himself. Bookoi spun on the exit of Lesmo 1, before Butler then went too deep at Ascari. Chasing Icthyes, he had to slow to let leader Smifaye lap himself but was given a golden chance as Icthyes ran wide at Parabolica on the last lap. Trying to avoid the rejoining Greek, Butler slipped onto the grass and Icthyes collected him, for which he was given a 10-second penalty. Astoundingly, out of the carnage Tomcheesey ended up collecting the coveted 5th place, while Bookoi's optimistic strategy cost him four positions in the final two laps, crossing the line a distant 9th.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos Driver Team Time Grid
1 United Kingdom Smifaye United Kingdom Black Raptors Racing 1:27.990 1
2 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Pudding GP 1:29.115 2
3 United Kingdom Superdelphinus United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 1:29.664 3
4 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded 1:29.910 4
5 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom Pudding GP 1:30.440 5
6 United Kingdom Tomcheesey Kent Feta Motorsport 1:31.131 6
7 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 1:31.191 7
8 United Kingdom JayCoops Kent Feta Motorsport 1:31.351 8
9 England FlavouryRug United Kingdom BDGP 1:32.733 9
10 Scotland Y2jisaok United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded 1:36.407 10
11 Sweden RareDevil666 Sweden SRM GP Team 1:36.524 11
12 United Kingdom Spearkofi United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 1:36.729 12

Race

Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 United Kingdom Smifaye United Kingdom Black Raptors Racing 27 37:50.735 1 25
2 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded 27 +26.628 4 18
3 United Kingdom Superdelphinus United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 27 +48.128 3 15
4 England FlavouryRug United Kingdom BDGP 27 +57.002 9 12
5 United Kingdom Tomcheesey Kent Feta Motorsport 26 +1 lap 6 10
6 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Pudding GP 26 +1 lap 2 8
7 United Kingdom JayCoops Kent Feta Motorsport 26 +1 lap 8 6
8 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 26 +1 lap * 7 4
9 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom Pudding GP 26 +1 lap 5 2
10 Sweden RareDevil666 Sweden SRM GP Team 25 +2 laps 11 1
11 United Kingdom Spearkofi United Kingdom Cross Channel GP DNF Crash 12 0
12 Scotland Y2jisaok United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded DNF Connection 10 0

* Driver given 10 second penalty for causing a collision

Standings after the race

Drivers Championship

Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Superdelphinus 73
2 United Kingdom Smifaye 65
3 England STR TommyB 53
4 United Kingdom Tomcheesey 50

Teams Championship

Pos Team Points
1 United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 73
2 United Kingdom BDGP 73
3 United Kingdom Black Raptors Racing 65
4 Kent Feta Motorsport 59
  • Note: Only the top four positions are included for both sets of standings.