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FIA GT1 Navarra

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The bull well and truly roared in Navarra this afternoon when the Munnich Motorsport Lamborghinis underlined their total domination of the sixth round with a one-two finish in the Championship Race.

Dominik Schwager and Nicky Pastorelli, starting from the fourth row of the grid due to an engine change penalty carried over from Silverstone, worked their way through the field in the No.37 car to claim victory.

The sister car of Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelock, starting from pole, had controlled the race from the start but was forced to take a drive-through penalty with 15 minutes remaining. The No.37 car which was running second at the time swept into the lead as the No.38 rejoined and tucked in behind.

Third place went to the Sumo Power Nissan GT-R No.21 of Jamie Campbell Walter and David Brabham. The pair had held second place but a problem at the pit stop dropped them down a place.

FIA GT1 Navarra winners

It was a clean sweep for the Lamborghinis. They were fastest in Free Practice and Pre-Qualifying, secured a front row lockout in Qualifying and were first and second in the Qualifying Race on Saturday. They also set fastest laps in both races.

The German team were elevated to the top of the teams’ standings as a result of their weekend’s work. Basseng and Winkelhock consolidated their lead of the drivers’ table.

Dominik Schwager, Munnich Motorsport No.37 (1st)

“I had a pretty good start and made up a few positions. I could have taken a few more risks and move up but I decided to take it easy. It took me a while to pass the Corvette (DKR No.47). We had a few problems with the temperatures so I had to back off a little. I pitted as early as possible. I didn’t expect the development at the end. Our team-mates were unlucky but we have also been unlucky in the past and finished with zero points. It feels great to be on the top step of the podium. It has been a long time coming for us.”

Nicky Pastorelli, Munnich Motorsport No.37 (1st)

“I hope this will not be the last win for the season. Yesterday we had some problem with the pit stop but today it went really well so the team did a good job. It’s a great result for the team championship. We are on top in the points again and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Marc Basseng, Munnich Motorsport No.38 (2nd)

“I wasn’t sure what the drive-through penalty was for but obviously it was for the release. As the car went down I pushed the start button and it turned out it was a bit too early. That’s racing and these things happen. In the end a one-two for the team is the maximum I can expect as a team manager. When we had the chance on this track to show our potential with the car and get maximum points we did it so I’m pleased.”

Markus Winkelhock, Munnich Motorsport No.38 (2nd)

“The start was OK. Unfortunately we had a drive-through penalty but overall it was a good result for the team. Second place is a good result even with the drive-through penalty. But I’m happy for the guys (Pastorelli and Schwager). They really deserved (the win) it after the bad luck they have had this year.”


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