The CMS World Le Mans series kicked off it's 2012 season 2 opener at Brands Hatch!
Brands Hatch offers two layout configurations: the shorter "Indy" layout (1.198 miles) is located entirely within a natural amphitheatre offering spectators views of almost all of the shorter configuration from wherever they watch. The longer "Grand Prix" layout (2.301 miles) played host to some spectacular Formula One racing over the years; events such as Jo Siffert's duel with Chris Amon in 1968 and future World Champion Nigel Mansell's first win in 1985. Noise restrictions and the proximity of local residents to the Grand Prix loop mean that the number of race meetings held on the extended circuit are limited to just a few per year (usually for higher-profile series such as the BTCC and the WTCC).
The full Grand Prix circuit begins on the Brabham Straight, an off-camber, slightly curved stretch, before plunging into the right-hander at Paddock Hill Bend. Despite the difficulty of the curve, due to the straight that precedes it, it is one of the track's few overtaking spots. The next corner, Druids, is a hairpin bend, negotiated after an uphill braking zone at Hailwood Hill. The track then curves around the south bank spectator area into the downhill, off-camber Graham Hill Bend, and another, slightly bent stretch at the Cooper Straight, which runs parallel to the pit lane. After the straight, the circuit climbs uphill though the decreasing-radius Surtees turn, before moving onto the back straight where the track's top speeds can be reached. The most significant elevation changes on the circuit occur here at Pilgrim's Drop and Hawthorn Hill, which leads into Hawthorn Bend. The track then loops around the woodland with a series of mid-speed corners, most notably the dip at Westfield and the blind Sheene curve. The track then emerges from the woods at Clearways and rejoins the 'Indy' circuit for Clark Curve with its uphill off-camber approach to the pit straight and the start/finish line.
On Sunday 07/29/2012 the track played host to the drivers of the CMS World LeMans series, in what can best be descibed as a constantly challenging, and sometimes brutal affair...
Taking the overall and LMP1 class victory was Team Arctic's Scott Clark who is appearently taking up where he left off in season 1 by grabbing the pole and leading all 61 laps of the event. Finishing 2nd in P1 and looking very strong early on in his new No Fear Epsilon Euskadi was John Nelson, but he would find trouble before race end.
Back in LMP2 it was Portugal Racings Ricardo Avevedo who would take the P2 pole and emerge victorious in an extremely hard fought P2 battle. Finishing 2nd was Hawkeye Racings Nick Newcombe, with Fitz Racings Wayne Fitzgerald grabbing the final spot on the P2 podium.
In LMPC it was CMS veteren (and DDP instructor) Paul Hamilton of Miskatonic Motorsports taking both pole and victory in the Oreca FLM09.
In the GT1 class it looks as if Kroenert Motorsport's Frank Sumfleth is intending to continue his domination of the GT1 class by taking both pole and victory but....It also looks as if he may have bit of competition this season in the form of Tony Smith and COM Motorsports Michael Mortensen finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Finaly in the GT2 class it was Plus Competion driver Marcel Penzkofer who would take pole and victory with CMS rookie Artur Szykula of World Connect Racing finishing 2nd, and his teamate Marcel Purschke, another CMS newcomer finishing 3rd.
The next event in the CMS 2012 S2 World LeMans series will be on Sunday 08/12/2012 at Potrero de Los Funes!