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2003 Race Reports

  Zolder, Belgium, 20 - 22 June 2003

 
  Race 1 - Ralf Kelleners 1st, Nigel James 2nd (left), Michael Schuster 3rd (right) Race 2 - Ralf Kelleners 1st, Justin Law 2nd (left), David Mercer 3rd (right)

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  Ralf Kelleners took a relatively easy victory for Porsche Kremer Racing in Race 1. Pole sitter and race leader, David Mercer (Spice-Cosworth SE90C) stripped second gear on only the second lap retiring instantly. Justin Law (Jaguar XJR-10) took over at the head of the field with Kelleners now on his tail from fourth on the grid. A reoccurrence of the misfire, which had troubled Law's V6-turbo motor in qualifying forced two visits to the pits and dropped him well down the field.

Nigel James (Spice-Cosworth SE86C) comfortably held second to the flag. Behind him, David Coplowe (Jaguar XJR-6) just had the legs on the battling Nick Randall (Porsche 962CK6/3) and Michael Schuster (Argo-Judd JM19C). Unfortunately, another Jaguar misfire dropped Coplowe to fifth, and spoilt a good drive to what would have been a fine podium position.

Schuster managed to nip by Randall and fend him off for the remainder of the race to claim third. Following desperately bad luck with engine troubles, it was a ray of light in what has been a dark season for Schuster to date. Rounding out the top six was Michael Jankowski (Spice-Cosworth SE88C), who improved dramatically throughout the weekend. Gearbox failure would force him to retire early in Race 2 however.

In stark contrast, a frenetic battle between Kelleners and Law saw 40 minutes of wheel to wheel racing in Race 2. Kelleners retook the lead at Sterwacht with 2 laps to go to take the flag. Such was the fearsome pace, the sportscar lap record, formerly held by Didier Theys in a Ferrari 333SP, was broken by the two leaders. David Mercer charged his Spice-Cosworth SE90C from the back of the field to claim third despite a broken exhaust.

James once again won his class, with fourth overall. Another battle between the Randall Porsche and Schuster's Argo was most entertaining. This time, it was Nick's son Chris at the wheel of the newly acquired Porsche and fortunes were reversed. Jean-Francois Veroux became acclimatised to his Spice-Cosworth SE88C with a good run to seventh. Drive shaft failure had put him out of Race 1 just after 10 minutes.

Ian Stinton (Harrier-Cosworth GT1) took honours in the invitation class ahead of Neil Clark on Saturday, and Bill Tully on Sunday, in Clark's Harrier-Cosworth LR9. Richard Bateman (Tiga-Rover GC287) rewarded his team's sterling efforts with two class wins. They worked through the night on Friday to replace a gearbox input, which arrived by motorcycle courier in the early hours. Philipp Brunn (Porsche 908/3) retired from both races with engine concerns. The same troubles afflicted Jim Graham's Porsche 962C preventing him from gridding in either race.


Race 1

1 GTP1 Ralf Kelleners Porsche 962 CK6 19 Laps 30:06.464 150.585 kph
2 GTP3 Nigel James Spice SE86C 19 Laps 30:16.355 149.765 kph
3 GTP1 Michael Schuster Argo Judd 19 Laps 31:53.251 142.180 kph
4 GTP1 Nick Randall Porsche 962 CK6 18 Laps 30:31.112 140.739 kph
5 GTP2 David Coplowe Jaguar XJR6 18 Laps 30:35.183 140.427 kph
6 GTP3 Michael Jankowski Spice SE88C 18 Laps 31:16.732 137.318 kph
7 GTP1 Justin Law Jaguar XJR10 18 Laps 31:20.898 137.014 kph
8 GTP5 Ian Stinton Harrier-Ford 18 Laps 31:37.366 135.825 kph
9 GTP4 Richard Bateman Tiger Rover 17 Laps 31:57.038 126.963 kph
10 GTP5 Neil Clark Harrier-Ford 16 Laps 30:23.308 125.637 kph
11 GTP3 Jean-Francois Veroux Spice SE88C 7 Laps 12:19.157 135.587 kph
12 GTP5 Philipp Brunn Porsche 908-3 5 Laps 09:32.830 124.969 kph
13 GTP1 David Mercer Spice SE90C 2 Laps 03:41.977 128.997 kph
  GTP1 Ralf Kelleners Porsche 962 CK6 Fastest Lap 01:32.467 154.836 kph

Race 2

1 GTP1 Ralf Kelleners Porsche 962 CK6 26 Laps 40:14.345 154.181 kph
2 GTP1 Justin Law Jaguar XJR10 26 Laps 40:15.451 154.111 kph
3 GTP1 David Mercer Spice SE90C 26 Laps 41:13.360 150.503 kph
4 GTP3 Nigel James Spice SE86C 26 Laps 41:36.426 149.112 kph
5 GTP1 Chris Randall Porsche 962 CK6 25 Laps 40:45.539 146.360 kph
6 GTP1 Michael Schuster Argo Judd 25 Laps 41:41.421 143.091 kph
7 GTP3 Jean-Francois Veroux Spice SE88C 24 Laps 40:23.198 141.801 kph
8 GTP5 Ian Stinton Harrier-Ford 23 Laps 41:36.608 131.897 kph
9 GTP4 Richard Bateman Tiga Rover 21 Laps 40:23.831 124.044 kph
10 GTP5 Bill Tully Harrier-Ford 20 Laps 40:18.884 118.379 kph
11 GTP5 Philipp Brunn Porsche 908-3 13 Laps 36:02.987 086.049 kph
12 GTP2 David Coplowe Jaguar XJR6 10 Laps 17:15.056 138.323 kph
13 GTP3 Michael Jankowski Spice SE88C 3 Laps 05:18.594 134.816 kph
GTP1 Ralf Kelleners Porsche 962 CK6 Fastest Lap 01:31.242 156.915 kph


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