ADAC GT Masters 4 – 6 May 2012, Zandvoort (NLD)
The second round of the 2012 ADAC GT Masters season was the debut at the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the teams. The 4.307 km (2.676 miles) long track at the North Sea is technically demanding. Swiss driver Marc A. Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain, also made his debut at the circuit. After winning the championship title in the ADAC GT Masters amateur class in 2011, Marc A. Hayek intends to defend this title in 2012. He competes for the InterNetX-Reiter Engineering team, sharing a Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ with Peter Kox (NLD). ¨
Just like at the first racing weekend, both driver were affected by the Balance of Performance (BoP) classification of the car. The FIA (International Automobile Federation) intends to balance the performance of the cars of different manufacturers with technical measures. As a consequence, the Lamborghini Gallardo did not have enough air intake, resulting in a considerable loss of power and less top speed. Under these conditions the team did not have any realistic chances at winning.
Marc A. Hayek and Peter Kox secured start positions 36 and 12 for the first and the second race.
The Swiss could not see the starting lights in front of the last turn at the flying start of the first race. As a result he started off late and lost places. After this he was stuck behind Jan Stovicek’s Mercedes Benz. At the driver change he handed the Gallardo over to Peter Kox in P32. Peter Kox took over, re-joining the race in P30. He started to push and was awarded with P20 and 12 championship points for Marc A. Hayek at the end of the race.
Starting the second race on Sunday from the sixth row, Peter Kox was stuck in the group headed by his fellow countryman Frankenhout up to the mandatory pit stop. Kox in the Lamborghini did not really have a chance of overtaking the driver in front of him. He handed the car over to Marc A. Hayek without problems, even gaining two places during the stop. Shortly after, Toni Seiler, who also competes in the amateur class, crashed into his right side damaging the tyre of Marc A. Hayek’s LP600+. At the same time the car spun into the opposite direction. Consequently, it was not able to get back on track until almost the entire grid had passed. He managed to drive to the pit where his team changed the damaged tyre. Having lost a few places Marc A. Hayek continued his stint. However, he finished seventh in the amateur class scoring six points.
Marc A. Hayek will compete in the Blancpain Endurance series in Silverstone (GBR) from 1-3 June 2012 next.