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Thursday 9 January 2014

 

2014 starts for the V8 Racing team with one entry in the 24 Hours of Dubai. The Corvette has start number 21 in the class A6 (GT3). The drivers are Rick Abresch, Danny Werkman, Wolf Nathan, Alex van 't Hoff and Nicky Pastorelli. 

 

Rick Abresch:

 "I'm looking forward to racing with the Corvette again this weekend in Dubai. After the last GT Open race in Barcelona I've had some time to rest from the busy season. I was able to enjoy a relaxing holiday season with my family, which was very nice. I can't wait to be back in the car for the race and both myself as well as our team will do our very best to score a good result for both Corvette and ourselves. Our main goal still remains to finish the race, so if we can achieve that I'm a happy man."

 

Today (Thursday) there are two free practice sessions while the 30 minutes qualifying starts at local time 17.00 hrs (= 14.00 hrs Holland time). 


 

Tomorrow (Friday 10 January) the race starts at 14.00 hrs (= 09.00 hrs Holland time). 


 

Follow live timing and live TV on http://live.24hseries.com/


Sunday 10 November 2013

 

Barcelona, Spain, International GT Open Championship

 

Victory for Francesco Pastorelli Jr and Jacky Camp

 

With two yellow flag periods in the first half of the race it was anybodies guess who would win the last race of the 2013 season of the International GT Open Championship. And with no success penalty seconds and great driving it was Francesco Pastorelli Jr and Jacky Camp’s race to victory. For the first time this season it was the #12 car on the highest step of the podium.

 

Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos started from pole and kept ahead of the rest till the pitstop. Unfortunately the extra 30 seconds success penalty did not allow them to re-enter the race in a position to challenge for the lead. Eventhough they did try they had to be satisfied with a 4th in Super GT and 13th overall.

 

Wolf Nathan spun in lap number six and was subsequently hit by another car and so the #8 Corvette had to retire from the race. And again nu luck for the Longin / Sijthoff Corvette #7. They retired just after the pitstop when Sijthoff visited a graveltrap in lap 19 of the race.

 

Rick Abresch: “I am very proud of everybody in the team and glad with all results this season. As winner in the teams’ category and Nicky and Miguel second in Super GT as well as overall I call this a realy good season. Racing is hard work and thank everybody for this.”

 

Wolf Nathan: “Such a pity of today. Throughout the season I started feeling more and more comfortable in the very competitive championship. I have learned a lot this year and owe thanks to all in the team.”

 

Francesco Pastorelli Jr: “What a weekend it was as this of course was not an usual race weekend for me. The team did a great job to prepare the car for me so last minute and I felt realy confident in it. Great result for the team!”

 

Jacky Camp: “That felt realy good. At the beginning of the race I did well to avoid a lot of cars which got involved in the crash on the first lap. After that I had to content myself with just following the safety car. I am realy happy with Francesco as my co-driver who drove a great second part of the race. But also with the team who did so well all season looking after me and the car. Thanks to the team and to Francesco!”

 

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More news:  The V8 Racing team will participate in the 24 hours of Dubai (9-10-11 January 2014).

 

 

 

 

Results Barcelona Sunday 10 November

 

Qualifying results for Race 2

 

#4 Nicky Pastorelli P 1 Super GT (1.47.692)

#8 Wolf Nathan P 7 Super GT (1.49.985)

#7 Bert Longin P 8 Super GT (1.50.190)

#12 Jacky Camp P 9 Super GT (1.51.170)

 

Race 2 results

 

#12 Jacky Camp/Francesco Pastorelli Jr P 1 Super GT P 1 overall

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell P 4 Super GT P 13 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 6 Super GT P 28 overall

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch NC

 

 

International GT Open Championship calendar 2014

 

2-4 May: Nürburgring GP Strecke (Germany)

6-8 June: Circuito de Velocidad de Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

21-22 June: Autódromo do Algarve, Portimão (Portugal)

4-6 July: Hungaroring, Budapest (Hungary)

18-20 July: Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit (United Kingdom)

5-7 September : Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

26-28 September: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (Italy)

17-19 October: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló (Spain)


Saturday 9 November 2013

 

Barcelona, Spain, International GT Open Championship

 

Pastorelli and Ramos second in GT Open Champonship classification

 

Pastorelli and Ramos finished second in the International GT Open Championship classification after finishing second in today’s race.

 

Qualifying

 

Three of the four V8 Racing Team Corvettes qualified in the top five for Race 1 of the International GT Open in Barcelona, Spain (see underneath).

 

Race 1

 

Eventhough the Championship title was already won (by Montermini), Ramos and Pastorelli still could move up to second place in the overall classification. And today they did just that. After a good stint of Ramos and a great one of Pastorelli, they finished second in the championship with 185 points.

 

Nicky Pastorelli’s younger brother, Francesco, replaced the sick Danny Werkman in the # 12 Corvette. Francesco put the Corvette on 4th place overall in the first qualifying session and after he and Jacky Camp both drove a very good stint they also finished 4th in class. The best result so far this season for the #12 car.

 

Abresch and Nathan finished 5th in class after they qualified as 8th.  They started from 29th overall and finished 22nd. A very good result for the duo who have shown a steady improvement throughout the season.

 

Again no luck this race for Sijthoff and Longin. Sijthoff started the race and just before the pitstop got elbowed out by a Ferrari. The car made it into the pitlane but had to retire.

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “I realy enjoyed myself today. The car handled well. Because of the penalty seconds during the pitstop, you always loose a lot of places there. But I found my way through the field and could move up to second place. Realy happy with this result.”

 

Bert Longin: “That was realy annoying. We were doing very well and this was not necessary at all. But that also is racing.  And tomorrow is another day.”

 

 

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Results Barcelona Saturday 9 November

 

Qualifying results for Race 1

 

#4 Miquel Ramos P 2 Super GT (1.47.780)

#12 Francesco Pastorelli Jr P 4 Super GT (1.48.062)

#7 Diederick Sijthoff P 5 Super GT (1.48.064)

#8 Rick Abresch P 8 Super GT (1.51.063)

 

Race 1 results

 

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell P 2 Super GT P 2 overall

#12 Jacky Camp/Francesco Pastorelli Jr P 4 Super GT P 18 overall

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch P 5 Super GT P 22 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin NC


Sunday, 6 October 2013

 

Ramos and Pastorelli congratulate Montermini after a very exciting race

 

Miguel Ramos and Nicky Pastorelli congratulate Andrea Montermini and the Villorba Corse team with the overall win of the 2013 International GT Open championship.

 

Though dissapointed with today’s result both Ramos and Pastorelli drove a fantastic race and showed how good they are as seasoned GT racers. The race started behind the safety car because of the wet track conditions. This of course was very frustrating for Pastorelli, who started in the race, as they needed all the racing time they could get to get the result they needed. It was a very tight race with lots of overtaking and excitement. Just shortly before the end of the race Montermini moved one place ahead of Ramos and Pastorelli and claimed the title.

 

Both Pastorelli and Ramos can move to second place in the overall championship classification as they are only one point behind second placed Luca Filippi. In the Super GT classification they are already in second place. The V8 Racing team still heads the Championship Teams classification with 162 points, while the Villorba Corse team is in second place.

 

Bert Longin and Diederick Sijthoff (#7 Corvette C6R) started 9th in Super GT on row 10 of the starting grid, but ploughed through the field while showing some great racing and finished first in Super GT and 8th overall.

 

Luck this time was not on Danny Werkman and Jacky Camp’s side. They had qualified ahead of their teammates in the #8 and the #12 car, but in the beginning of the race had a little outing off the track and touched the wall. They did rejoin but could not finish the race.

 

Rick Abresch and Wolf Nathan in their #8 Corvette drove yet another good race. They finished 8th in Super GT and 21st overall.

 

Miguel Ramos: “Congratulations to Andrea Montermini. It was a long shot but we sure did what we could.  I loved the race, it was not easy with the track drying, specially on the tyres. But very exiting.”

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “My congratulations to Montermini and the Villorba Corse team. Well done. We sure missed not having any points in the first weekend at Paul Ricard, but throughout the season we gave them a good fight. Next and last race in Barcelona, still looking for another podium finish.”

 

Diederik Sijthoff: “Yesterday was dissapointing, but today made up for it. Not for the overall finish position but first in Super GT is always good. Congrats to Montermini and the team.

 

Danny Werkman: “One more raceweekend to go. Yesterday was realy good, today we were just not lucky. Congratulations to Montermini on winning the Championship. “

 

Rick Abresch: “I am happy for Montermini. But I also am very proud of the team. This weekend it was all about teamwork. And we are the best team in the championship team’s classification and that means a lot to me.”

 

 

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Results Monza 6 October

 

Qualifying results for Race 2

 

#4 Nicky Pastorelli P 4 Super GT        (1.49.292)           

#12 Danny Werkman P 7 Super GT        (1.50.720)

#8 Rick Abresch P 8 Super GT        (1.50.760)           

#7 Bert Longin P 9 Super GT        (1.51.098)

 

Race 2 results                                        

                 

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 1 Super GT        P 8 overall                             

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell  P 4  Super GT       P 13 overall                          

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch P 8 Super GT        P 21 verall           

#12 Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman  Not classified


Saturday 5 October 2013

 

Ramos/Pastorelli still in title contention

 

Ramos and Pastorelli are still in contention for the International GT Open title but did not have the race they wanted.

 

During the early morning first qualifying session the weather was dry but the track was still wet. So wet tyres were the choice of the day. Ramos did come in to change to slicks, but had to change back to the rain tyres as the track would not dry out quick enough.

 

Sijthoff (#7) did well to qualify second in Super GT and fourth overall, Ramos put the #4 Corvette on 5th position in SGT class (16th overall), Camp in the #12 Corvette qualified 8th in Super GT (25th overall) while Nathan qualified 9th SGT and 26th overall.

 

In the first race of the weekend all four cars of the team had a good start. Nathan and Abresch in the #8 Corvette and Camp and Werkman in their #12 car drove, once again, a very good and steady race. They slowly but surely move up through the field of cars. Camp and Werkman went on to finish 21st overall and 8th in Super GT, while Camp and Abresch finished 7th in SGT and 19th overall.

 

Sijthoff and Longin were not lucky as they had mechanical problems and were out of the race.  Ramos and Pastorelli needed to get all the points to stay in contention for the title. After an intense race they finished 10th overall and 3rd in Super GT which leaves the title battle unchanged, as Montermini (Villorba Corse), who is now leading the classification, finished fifth overall.

 

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Results Monza 5 October

 

Qualifying results for Race 1

 

#7 Diederick Sijthoff P 2 Super GT (2.00.581)

#4 Miquel Ramos P 5 Super GT (2.01.916)

#12 Jacky Camp P 8 Super GT (2.04.948)

#8 Wolf Nathan P 9 Super GT (2.06.728)

 

Race 1 results

 

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell P 3 Super GT P 10 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin Not classified

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch P 7 Super GT P 19 overall

#12 Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman  P 8 Super GT P 21 overall


3 October 2013

 

Battle for GT Open title points is heating up in Monza

 

The Dutch V8 Racing team is in Monza (ITA) and looking to gather more title points in the International GT Open championship. The pairing of Pastorelli and Ramos (#4 Corvette C6) will try to close the gap between them and Andrea Montermini who is, once again, partnered in the Villorba Corse Ferrari with Davide Rigon.

 

In the overall International GT Open classification, Pastorelli and Ramos are 11 points behind Luca Fillipi (Villorba Corse) and 47 points behind the leader of the championship Andrea Montermini. With four races to go and a maximum of 48 points to devide, it will be very hard but the V8 Racing team sure will try.

 

In the Super GT classification there is only a 20 points difference between Montermini and the duo of Ramos and Pastorelli. There are a maximum 40 points in four races to win. The team is ready to race for these points.

 

Nicky Pastorelli (#4): ”I am ready to battle the Ferrari. We each won three races so we all know how to win. I am looking forward to this weekend.”

 

Bert Longin (#7): “The Ferraris are at home here. So we need the American musclepower of the Corvettes. It is not going to be easy. Diederick (Sijthoff) and I are hungry for good racing and another podium finish. We only did one lap in the second race at Spa due to being hit on the opening lap.”

 

Danny Werkman (#8): “The team will be very focused this weekend. It all comes down to teamwork and we have shown we can do this. Good luck to my teammates Pastorelli and Ramos.“

 

 

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Programme Monza 5/6 October 2013

 

Saturday 5 October

09.20 – 09.35             Qualifying for Race 1 (local time)

11.30 – 11.45            Qualifying for Race 2 (local time)

16.15 – 17.25             Race 1 (70 minutes) (local time)

 

Sunday 6 October

12.15 – 13.05            Race 2 (50 minutes) (local time) LIVE TV 


8 September 2013

 

Dutch V8 Racing team has mixed results at Spa

 

Saturday 7 September, Spa, International GT Open.

 

After three red flag sessions during the first qualifying period the drivers finally were able to set their laptimes. Ramos (#4) qualified in second place (overall and in Super GT), Camp (#12) in fifth (Super GT) but no times were set by Abresch (#8) who went off in lap 1 and Longin (#7) got trapped in the sand.

 

In the second Qualifying session Pastorelli put the #4 car on pole position for Sunday’s race. Sijthoff qualified third in Super GT while Nathan put the # 8 Corvette on sixth in Super GT (2m.23s.337), followed very closely by Werkman (2m.23s.547) in seventh place.

 

Race 1

 

With the pitwindow opening, rain coming in and a safety car period following a crash of the BhaiTech McLaren at Raidillon it was a incident filled half way point of the race.

 

Just before the McLaren crash, light rain caught Nathan (# 8 Corvette) out at Les Combes, he lost control and went off. Ramos was the first of the team to go for the pitstop, the other two cars followed soon. They all were back on track when the safety car period started. The leader of the race, the #3 Ferrari of Montermini stayed out and pitted while under yellow. This got them penalized with one lap and ultimately costing them the first place in Super GT.

 

The end result was a first place in Super GT for Pastorelli/Ramos and third overall. Longin and Sijthoff started at the back of the grid but drove safe and fast to finish ninth overall and fourth in Super GT. Camp and Werkman finished fifth in Super GT and 12th overall, which is very close to their best result at Silverstone (5th in Super GT and 11th overall).

 

Sunday 8 September, Spa, International GT Open.

 

Race 2

 

It was not a hectic race like the one on Saturday. But with its tricky conditions at the start it was not going to be easy. The track was drying out and so the choice of tyres was a very important one.

 

Wolf Nathan and Rick Abresch did not start due to too much damage on the car after yesterday’s accident.

 

After a good race yesterday, the # 7 car with Diederick Sijthoff behind the wheel did not have a good race today. Sijthoff got hit on the first lap and again a couple of laps later and had to retire. 

 

Werkman and Camp’s result was not as good as yesterday, but even after a drive through penalty for a race incident with a Ferrari, they still finished 5th in Super GT and 15th overall.

 

Pastorelli and Ramos started from pole and could hold on to the Super GT first place right till the end. After a good battle the #3 Ferrari of Montermini/Rigon overtook Ramos and charged on to take the win overall. Pastorelli and Ramos are in third place in the Super GT classification with 74 points. 20 points behind Montermini and four points behind Filippi.

 

Miguel Ramos (#4): ”This weekend was just as Spa can be with unpredictable weather and results. Yesterday we were happy with our fifth win in Super GT, today second place is what we had to settle for. But I am happy with the points we collected.”

 

Diederik Sijthoff (#7): “Yesterday we had a great car and drove a good race and could overtake many cars as we started from the back. Today I had a great car too but got hit twice and had to retire. Not a good Sunday for us today. But onwards to Monza.”

 

Danny Werkman (#8): “All in all not a bad weekend for us. Today was more difficult, but even with the drive through penalty we are happy with the results. I had a great weekend.”

 

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Results Spa 7 / 8 September

 

Qualifying results for Race 1

 

#4 Miquel Ramos P 2 Super GT  (2.20.872(

#12 Jacky Camp P 5 Super GT  (2.30.629)

#7 Bert Longin DNQ

#8 Rick Abresch DNQ

 

Race 1 results

 

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell P 1 Super GT P 3 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 4 Super GT P 9 overall

#12 Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman P 5 Super GT P 12 overall

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch P 7 Super GT P 21 overall

 

Qualifying result for Race 2

 

# 4 Nicky Pastorelli P 1 Super GT (2.18.441)

# 7 Diederick Sijthoff P 3 Super GT (2.19.928)

# 8 Wolf Nathan P 6 Super GT (2.23.337)

# 12 Danny Werkman P 7 Super GT (2.23.547)

 

 

 

 

Race 2 result

 

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell P 2 Super GT P 4 overall

#12 Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman P 5 Super GT P 15 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin RET

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch DNS

 

 

Next Race:

Monza 5 / 6 October 2013


5 September 2013

 

Dutch V8 Racing team is back from holidays and ready to race at Spa

 

A total of 29 cars will participate in the International GT Open Championship this coming weekend at the epic circuit of Spa, four of which belong to the V8 Racing Team.

 

Only seven cars will participate in the Super GT class but it will be an exiting battle between the four Chevrolet Corvette’s and the three Ferrari’s. The V8 Racing Team is leading the Championship Teams Classification, while the Ferrari’s are leading the Manufacturer’s Cup Classification.

 

The V8 Racing Team will once again participate with four cars this weekend. The number 8 is back after missing the last race with Rick Abresch and Wolf Nathan (both Gentlemen drivers).The #4 Corvette is as usual driven by Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos, the #7 by Diederick Sijthoff and Bert Longin. The number 12 Corvette is driven by Danny Werkman (Gentleman driver) and Jacky Camp.

 

Nicky Pastorelli (#4): ”I love everything about Spa. It’s unpredictable weather and the compromise you have to make in the set up. It is the ulitmate drivers circuit and will test the car. Am looking forward to it.”

 

Bert Longin (#7): “It is my home circuit so I am going to take advantage of that. I am looking for revenge since the dissapointing fourth place at the 24 hours of Zolder. I want to be back on the podium like at Silverstone.”

 

Danny Werkman (#8): “I have good memories of Spa. It is such a special circuit. So to give somebody else a special day too, we are giving five families, parents, their sick child and his/her siblings, a Spa weekend to remember. All organised by the Happy Smile foundation.“

 

Rick Abresch (#8): “I have not raced in the GT Open since the dissapointing weekend at Jerez in June, so I am looking forward to race the car again at Spa and battle the Ferrari’s."

 

 

Programme Spa 7 / 8 September 2013

 

Saturday 7 September

09.20 – 09.35             Qualifying for Race 1 (local time)

11.25 – 11.40            Qualifying for Race 2 (local time)

16.00 – 17.10             Race 1 (70 minutes) (local time)

 

Sunday 8 September

12.10 – 13.00            Race 2 (50 minutes) (local time) LIVE TV on Motors TV


14 July 2013

  

V8 Racing Team extends their lead in the Team’ Championship of the GT Open at Silverstone

 

It was a another good weekend for the V8 Racing Team. On Saturday a very happy team with 3 podium finishes. On Sunday after an entertaining race only one podium finish, third place for Sijthoff and Longin.

 

Saturday July 13

 

Three cars and three podium places for the team. Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos  in their #4 Corvette drove a very good race after a very close qualifying session and finished first for the third time this season. A difference of only one hundredth was between them and the #7 of Longin and Sijthoff. They finished third. But it was not only success for the team. Both Werkman and Camp drove a very impressive race. They qualified their #12 Corvette 20th and steadily moving up saw them finishing 11th. Werkman won the Gentlemen’s Trophee.

 

Danny Werkman: “I drove a super race. Laptimes were good. The only thing was that I did not see many cars during my race. When Pastorelli lapped me I following him for a as long as I could and put down my fastest laptime of 2m25s6. I am really proud of my win of the Gentlemen’s Trophee. I had a super day.”

 

Bert Longin: “Third and first is another good result for the team. We are moving up in the championship points and that was our goal for today.”

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “ This was a beautiful race with a great result. Top number of points for this Saturday.”

 

Sunday July 14

 

After Race 1 yesterday, Pastorelli/Ramos are once again looking at the maximum number of success seconds time penalty; 45’.

 

Qualifying for Race 2 was very exiting. The first three were within one second (2m00s720 for Fllippi, 2m00s754 for Griffin and 2m00s791 for Pastorelli). It could have gone either way. Pastorelli started from third, Longin from fourth and Werkman from sixth.

 

The race was entertaining and a lot of overtaking took place. Longin and specially Sijthoff both drove a very good race to finish third (again). Werkman and Camp were steady in their laptimes and finished a good 18th overall. But for Pastorelli and Ramos the race finished just after the pitstop with a problem with the alternator. The team was quick in repairing the problem but unfortunately no points for the #4 Corvette in this race.

 

Nicky Pastorelli: ”That was dissapointing. It went well untill the problem with the alternator. The team acted quickly, but unfortunately no points this race. We miss these points but not much you can do about it. One day you have a great car with nothing wrong, the next day you have a problem. That is racing.”

 

Diederick Sijthoff: “That was fantastic racing. My dream this weekend of finishing first did not come true, but two third places on the podium are not bad either. I had fun this afternoon on the track.”

  

Qualifying results for Race 1

#4 Miguel Ramos P 2 Super GT (2.02.161)

#7 Diederick Sijthoff P 3 Super GT (2.02.162)

#12 Jacky Camp P 6 Super GT (2.06.863)

 

Race 1 results

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 1 Super GT P 1 overall

#4 Miguel Ramos/Nicky Pastorelli P 3 Super GT P 3 overall

#12 Danny Werkman/Jacky Camp P 5 Super GT P 11 overall

 

Qualifying results for Race 2

#4 Nicky Pastorelli P 3 Super GT (2.00.791)

#7 Bert Longin P 4 Super GT (2.02.809)

#12 Danny Werkman P 6 Super GT (2.05.147)

 

Race 2 results

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 3 Super GT P 3 overall

#12 Danny Werkman / Jacky Camp P 5 Super GT P 18 overall

#4 Miguel Ramos/Nicky Pastorelli P 6 Super GT P 23 overall

 


12 July 2013

 

Dutch V8 Racing team hopes for more points in

fifth GT Open race weekend

 

Silverstone circuit (UK) will host the International GT Open championship this coming weekend (13/14 July) for the first time for the fifth race of the season. It will once again see a good fight between the Corvettes of the V8 Racing Team and the Ferraris of Villorba team.

 

In the Teams Championship the V8 Racing Team leads with 86 points while the Villorba Corse team has 68 points. However the Drivers Championship is led by the Montermini (148 points) followed by Fillippi (132 points), both driving for the Villorba team. V8 Racing team drivers Pastorelli and Ramos both have 103 points.

 

The V8 Racing Team will participate with three cars this weekend. The #4 Corvette is driven by Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos and the #7 by Diederick Sijthoff and Bert Longin. The third Corvette (#12) is driven by Danny Werkman and Jacky Camp.

 

Nicky Pastorelli (#4 Corvette): ”Silverstone is a great circuit to drive, but technically not easy to prepare the car for. You need to get the aerodynamic set up really right. Then there is the question of our penalty seconds. So we really have to get things right this weekend. I love a good challenge”.

 

Diederick Sijthoff (#7 Corvette): “This weekend will be my first time driving the ‘new’ Silverstone circuit. And I really want to finish, for the first time this year, at least one of the races on the highest step of the podium. But Silverstone is not easy to conquer so I am going to work very hard this weekend, to make my wish come true.”

 

 

Programme Silverstone (UK) 13 and 14 July 2013

 

Saturday 13 July

10.05 – 10.20             Qualifying for Race 1 (local time)

12.00 – 12.15            Qualifying for Race 2 (local time)

16.00 – 17.10             Race 1 (70 minutes) (local time)

 

Sunday 14 July

12.00 - 12.50            Race 2 (50 minutes) (local time)


16 June 2013 

Third place for Longin/Sijthoff of Dutch V8 Racing Team

in Race 2 of GT Open in Jerez

 

Sijthoff and Longin, in their #7 V8 Racing Team Corvette, managed to hold on to third place after the pitstop, in Race 2 of the GT Open. The duo of Pastorelli and Ramos in their #4 Corvette, had an extra 45 seconds success penalty during the pitstop. This was just too long to be able to hold on to their second place. They finished 4th in class and 6th overall.

 

Sijthoff started the race from 4th in Super GT and 9th overall. Outside temperatures were up to 36C while in the car it probably was over 50C. With these temperatures you really have to look after your tires.

 

Abresch and Camp did not start today due to technical problems.

 

Diederick Sijthoff: “I am glad with third place. We could not have done better. You have to safe your tires in this heat. You slip and slide on the hot tarmac. So you really have to concentrate hard to keep the car in hand.”

 

Bert Longin: “That was not a bad race! I had a really good fight to keep the third place. Always fun. The car felt good and we scored some more points, and that is always good. I am happy.”

 

-end-

 

 

Qualifying results for Race 2

#4 Nicky Pastorelli P 2 Super GT (1.45.018)

#7 Diederick Sijthoff P 4 Super GT (1.46.399)

#12 Jacky Camp P 6 Super GT (1.48.120)

 

Race 2 results

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 3 Super GT  P 5 overall

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorelli P4 Super GT P6 overall

#12 Rick Abresch/Jacky Camp DNS

 

 

 

Next Race

Silverstone (ENG) 13/14 July


15 June 2013

 

First place for Ramos/Pastorelli of Dutch V8 Racing Team

in Race 1 of GT Open in Jerez

 

What Miguel Ramos said he really wanted to happen this raceweekend, happened. Ramos and Pastorelli finished first in Race 1 of the GT Open in Jerez (SPA).

 

Ramos drove a very good stint before the pitstop. He had moved up to P2 when he came in, straight after the opening of the pitstop window, and handed the car over to Pastorelli.

 

After the pitstop it became an exiting battle for the first three places. While Pastorelli was closing in on Hamilton (P1), Filippi in P3 was closing in on Pastorelli. When Jacky Camp in the team’s #12 Corvette spun and failed to restart the car, the yellow flag came out for the marshalls to remove the car. After the restart Pastorelli overtook Hamilton with Filippi following him. Unfortunately for Hamilton his Porsche caught fire and the race was redflagged with 10 minutes to go. Pastorelli took the win.

 

Longin and Sijthoff drove a very steady race in their #7 Corvette. They started 5th in Super GT and 8th overall, they finished 4th in Super GT and 5th overall.

 

Abresch and Camp both spun the car and due to a restart problem, they did not finish the race.

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “This is great. Sorry about the Porsche, but I am very happy to be on the topstep of the podium. Our strategy worked realy well.”

 

Miguel Ramos: “Mission accomplished! It was a really good race. Because it was so warm you really have to manage your tyres. But the car felt good and the result is great!”

 

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Qualifying results for Race 1

#4 Miquel Ramos P 3 Super GT (1.44.012)

#7 Bert Longin P 5 Super GT (1.45.338)

#12 Rick Abresch P 7 Super GT (1.46.519)

 

Race 1 results

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorelli P 1 Super GT P 1 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 4 Super GT P 5 overall

#12 Rick Abresch/Jacky Camp DNF

 


13 June 2013

 

First time racing at Jerez, Spain, for Dutch V8 Racing team

 

After a successful race weekend at the well known circuit of the Nürburgring, the Dutch V8 Racing Team will visit Jerez (SPA) this weekend (15/16 June). The V8 Racing team has not raced here before. Jerez will host the fourth race weekend of the International GT Open for the very first time as well.

 

After three races the V8 Racing team is first in the Championship Teams Classification with 62 points. The Villorba Corse team follows with 50 points.

 

In the drivers classification Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos, sharing the #4 Corvette, are third with 72 point. Montermini leads with 108 points, while the Italian’s team mate at Scuderia Villorba, Luca Filippi, is second (94). Diederick Sijthoff (#7 Corvette) is in 6th place with 43 points while Bert Longin(also #7) is 8th with 39 points. Longin missed the race in the Algarve due to other race commitments. The other drivers have not done all the races so have not been able to collect points at all races.

 

The only one of the team who has raced at the circuit of Jerez is Miguel Ramos.

 

Ramos: “Jerez is one of my favorite circuits. I am looking forward to race here again. Also the weather forecast is good and sunny and that always helps to have a good race weekend. After the last podiums finishes, this weekend we really like to try to win.”

 

 

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Programme Jerez, Spain, 15 and 16 June

 

Saturday 15 June

09.20 – 09.35             Qualifying for Race 1

12.10 – 12.25            Qualifying for Race 2

16.00 – 17.10             Race 1 (70 minutes)

 

Sunday 16 June

12.00 - 12.50            Race 2 (50 minutes)

 


2 June 2013


V8 Racing Team scored points in GT Open Race 1 and Race 2

 

It was a good weekend for the V8 Racing Team. Because of the bad fog, qualifying on Saturday was shortened to two fifteen minute sessions.  Ramos and Sijthoff did a good job putting their cars #4 and #7 on second and third on the grid for Race 1 while Pastorelli and Longin made pole and fourth for Race 2. Camp put his #12 Corvette on the 8th row, 16th overall for Race 1 while Versluis qualified 6th in class for Race 2.

 

Saturday June 1.

 

Because of the delays Race 1 was shortened from 70 to 50 minutes. Pastorelli and Ramos were looking at a 25 seconds handicap.  At the start of the Race Sijthoff moved up one place while Ramos lost one. They were now in third and fourth position but in lap four both cars moved past Van Der Drift to second and third. Camp moved steadily up and was 14th before the pitstops. In lap nine Sijthoff overtook Ramos to switch places just before the pitstops.

 

After the pitstops Longin took the lead, but with eight minutes to go was overtaken by the much faster #3 Ferrari. Longin and Sijthoff would finish the Race in second position. With three minutes to go Pastorelli pushed to overtake the # 66 of Luiz Razia to move up to third in class.  He finished third in class and overall.

 

Bert Longin: “It was a realy strong Race of all team members. Sijthoff and I drove a near perfect Race, but the Ferrari was just too fast. But I am happy to be second and hope to repeat this tomorrow.”

 

Sunday June 2

 

After Race 1 yesterday, Pastorelli/Ramos are now looking at a 30 seconds time penalty while Sijthoff/Longin have a 10 seconds penalty.

 

Race 2 saw sunny but cold weather. Pastorelli had to extend the lead because of the penalty seconds and led the Race till the pitstop. He set the fastest laptime in lap eight of 1.58.083. After the pitstop Ramos drove a very good stint. He chased the #21 Ferrari who was leading after the stop, but the Race was a just little too short. After the pitstop the gap was between them was more than 11 seconds, on the last lap a mere 2,5 seconds. Pastorelli/Ramos finished second in class and overall.

 

Nicky Pastorelli: ”I am happy with the result this weekend. We did what we wanted, we collected many championship points. The team now leads in the team qualifications and Ramos and I moved up to third. The car was realy good and also Ramos did an excellent job.”

 

Versluis and Camp in their #12 Corvette drove a very good second race. They finished for the first time in the top 10. In Super GT they finished sixth.

 

The race for Longin and Sijthoff was not so succesful. Both drivers spun the car. After a good start and quick pitstop, they finished 7th in Super GT and 15th overall. This means for the next race that they loose their 10 seconds penalty.

 

Diederick Sijthoff: “This was just very unfortunate. The car was realy good yesterday in the first race. But today both Bert and I had the exactly the same problem because we got stuck in traffic. Well, next time better. But I am happy with yesterday’s second podium place.”

 

Next race Jerez 15/16 June 2013

 

Qualifying results for Race 1

#4 Miquel Ramos P 2 Super GT (1.59.330)

#7 Diederick Sijthoff P 3 Super GT (1.59.844)

#12 jacky Camp P 7 Super GT (2.03.221)

Race 1 results

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 2 Super GT P 2 overall

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorelli P 3 Super GT P 3 overall

#12 Jan Versluis/Jacky Camp P 5 Super GT P 18 overall

 

Qualifying results for Race 2

#4 Nicky Pastorelli P 1 Super GT (1.58.343)

#7 Bert Longin P 4 Super GT (2.00.439)

#12 Jan Versluis P 6 Super GT (2.03.271)

 Race 2 results

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorelli P 2 Super GT P 2 overall

#12 Jan Versluis/Jacky Camp P 6 Super GT P 10 overall

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P7 Super GT 15 overall          


30 May 2013

 

V8 Racing Team hopes to continue to score points

 

It is a three car operation this coming weekend for the V8 Racing Team. Due to other commitments the #8 Corvette of Wolf/Abresch will not participate in the International GT Open race weekend at the Nürburgring (GER), 1 and 2 June.

 

The Nürburgring will host the third weekend of the International GT Open Championship. After a first and a second place finish at Portimao (POR), the #4 Corvette of Pastorelli/Ramos is looking at 25 handicap seconds.

 

The handicap system in a nutshell is as follows: 15” for a 1st, 10” for a 2nd and 5” for a 3rd place finish. You collect handicap seconds for the three previous races but the maximum handicap you can serve is 30” in total (except when you have three consecutive wins: you then serve the full 45”). When you finish out of top three, you drop one handicap (always the heaviest).

 

Bert Longin will once again share the #7 car with Diederick Sijthoff. In the last race in Portimao he could not participate as he had other race commitments.

 

Bert Longin: “I am happy to be back in the Corvette. No more clashes with other races so I will drive with Diederick for the rest of the season. If Nicky can win, we must be able to do so as well. I realy like to race at the Nürburgring and love to score some more championship points.”

 

Pastorelli and Ramos are looking for more podium finishes.

 

Miguel Ramos: “Without any doubt one of the most iconic circuits of the world. Even if nowadays, we race on the short and modern F1 version. The Nürburgring atmosphere was always fantastic.  After our victory in Portimao in Race 1 and our 2nd place in Race 2, our handicap seconds at the Nürburgring will make things very challenging. But for sure we will manage our best as usual.”

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “ I realy like the Nürburgring and have very good memories of the circuit as I became the 2004 European F3000 champion. The weather will be mixed this weekend, so we’ll see how that will work for us but I think the circuit will suit the Corvette.” 

 

 

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Programme Nürburgring:

 

Friday 31 May 2013

Free test

10.10 – 11.10 hrs

14.15 – 15.15 hrs 

 

Saturday 1 June 2013

Qualifying Race 1

09.15 – 09.35 hrs

Qualifying Race 2

11.40 – 12.00 hrs

Race 1

16.00 hrs (duration 70 minutes)

 

Sunday 12 May 2013

Race 2

12.00 hrs (duration 50 minutes)


12 May 2013

 

Second place for Pastorelli/Ramos of the Dutch V8 Racing Team in race two

at Portimao (Portugal)

 

Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos finished second in race two of the International GT Open today. With the points from winning yesterday, they moved to 4th place in the championship.

 

The first minutes of the race were frantic and busy. Pastorelli and Ramos in their #4 Corvette lost the lead to the Ferrari #21 who overtook Pastorelli on the outside. Sijthoff in the #7 car got hit. He spun a few corners later and had to retire.

 

Camp and Werkman in their #12 Corvette C6R drove a steady race. They started 22nd overall and they worked their way up to finish 19th overall. It was their first race at Portimao.

 

Unfortunately Abresch and Nathan did not start in their #8 Corvette due to technical problems.

 

#4 Nicky Pastorelli: “The results this weekend were very good. We are happy with a first and a second place. What a change from last race at Paul Ricard. There is was really cold and here very warm. Here we had good results, there it was just not our weekend. So give me sunshine at all the races.”

 

#4 Miguel Ramos: “It was a really good weekend. In the second race we got a 15 seconds handicap for finishing first in the first race. So you just have wait during the pitstop till the 85 seconds are over. In the end we were faster than the Ferrari but the race just didn’t last long enough“.

 

#12 Danny Werkman: ”It was my first race here at Portimao and I really enjoyed it. Paul Ricard was new for me too. It is not easy learning new circuits, but great fun.”

 



10 May 2013

 

The Dutch V8 Racing Team #4 Corvette wins race one at Portimao (Portugal)

 

In front of his home crowd Portuguese driver Miguel Ramos with his Dutch teammate Nicky Pastorelli won the first race of the International GT Open Championship in Portimao (POR) today.

 

Ramos qualified the #4 Corvette C6R on P2 for race one, while Pastorelli put the car on pole for race two.

 

Sijthoff in car number 7, who has no co-driver this weekend, is doing a great job all by himself. He qualified for the first race at P4 and finished P4 in class (P14 overall). For the second race he also qualified fourth.

 

Werkman in the number 12 qualified 22nd overall, but finished the race with teammate Camp 18th overall and fifth in Super GT. They enjoyed themselves at the circuit of Portimao.

 

The two Dutch drivers of the #8 car, teammanager Abresch and co-driver Nathan, qualified 24th and finished 19th overall (last in Super GT).

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “Of course I was happy with the qualifying and the fastest lap was a realy good lap. But finishing first is even better. Tomorrow will be more difficult as we get 15 seconds ‘handicap’ for winning the race today. But starting from pole is always nice.”

 

Miguel Ramos: “It was a perfect race but with a messy and difficult start. I lost a couple of places but had a realy good recovery. We also had a super pitstop. When Nicky took over, he had to control the distance between him and the second car. He did that very well.”


8 May 2013

 

V8 Racing Team is looking for points

 

After a very wet and rather dissapointing weekend at Paul Ricard circuit during the first International Open GT race weekend, the V8 Racing Team is now looking for better results and some sunshine.

 

The Dutch V8 Racing Team and their four Corvette C6R’s are at the Portimao circuit in the Algarve in Portugal this weekend for the second race of the season.

 

The #4 Corvette is once again shared by the Portuguese driver Miguel Ramos and Dutchman Nicky Pastorelli. Nothing changed in the all Dutch driver line up of the #8 Corvette (Rick Abresch/Wolf Nathan) or the #12 (Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman). However Bert Longin (BEL) will not race at Portimao as he has a prior BRCC commitment. Diederick Sijthoff (NED) will be only driver in the #7 car.

 

Miguel Ramos: “For me it is always a pleasure when there is a Portuguese circuit on my agenda. I think Portimao is a beautiful circuit. Back in 2011, I won the GT Open race here with Rafael Gianmaria in a Ferrari F458, so I have a lot of very nice memories. I’m looking forward to the green light...”

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “I realy like to the race at Portimao. It's a nice circuit but difficult for drivers. That’s always a nice challenge and I like that. We hope for some more luck. And a good result will be even nicer because it’s my team mate’s home race.”


28 April 2013


A tough weekend for the V8 Racing Team at Paul Ricard

 

The V8 Racing Team was happy with the result of their #7 Corvette C6R in the second race of the International GT Open race weekend at Paul Ricard (FRA). Bert Longin (BEL) and Diederick Sijthoff (NED) finished the race third in the Super GT class and fifth overall.

 

Unfortunately Longin and Sijthoff lost their first place in Super GT and third overall from the first race of the weekend. They got a 30 second penalty for cutting the chicane and dropped to third in Super GT and 6th overall.

 

The other three Corvette’s of the team were having a tough time. The #8 (Abresch/Nathan) and the #12 (Camp/Werkman) finished on the last two places in Super GT while the #4 car of Pastorelli and Ramos suffered electronical problems.

 

The V8 Racing Team is heading for Portimao (POR) for the second race of the GT Open (11 and 12 May) and for more positive results. And hopefully some sunshine.

 

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Qualifying result for Race 2

 

# 4 Nicky Pastorelli P4 Super GT (2.26.365)

# 7 Bert Longin P6 Super GT (2.28.169)

# 12 Denny Werkman P7 Super GT (2.29.791)

# 8 Rick Abresch P8 Super GT (2.30.791)

 

Race 2 result

 

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 3 Super GT P 5 overall

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch P 6 Super GT P 20 overall

#12 Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman P 7 Super GT P 21 overall

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell not classified

 



27 April 2013

 

First podium for Dutch V8 Racing Team at circuit Paul Ricard (FRA)

 

The first International GT Open race of the season was a very wet race but Diederick Sijthoff and Bert Longin in their #7 Corvette C6R of the Dutch V8 Racing Team battled their way from 16th overall to third overall. The first podium for the V8 Racing Team is a fact.

 

The season opener of the International GT Open at Paul Ricard today, Saturday 27 April, started with rain, fog and a very wet track. And that did not change during the day.

 

Sijthoff started the race first in class but straight after the start was overtaken by the #3 Ferrari. Sijthoff and Longin drove second in class for nearly the full 70 minutes of the race. It was in the last lap that Longin overtook the #3 Ferrari.

 

Longin: “ The race was pure survival. What a terrible weather. This is the first race of the season so we still have a lot of work to do. But both Sijthoff and I are very happy with the result.”

 

Ramos and Pastorelli in their #4 Corvette finished 6th in class and 13th overall. Werkman and Camp in the #12 Corvette pushed themselves to a finish 7th and 19th overall while Wolf Nathan and Rick Abresch (#8) finished 8th in class and 20th overall.

 

Qualifying results for Race 1

 

#7 Diederick Sijthoff P 1 Super GT  (2.25.781)

#4 Miquel Ramos P 3 Super GT  (2.28.992)

#8 Wolf Nathan P 6 Super GT  (2.32.069)

#12 Jacky Camp P 8 Super GT  (2.32.902)

 

Race 1 results

 

#7 Diederick Sijthoff/Bert Longin P 1 Super GT P 3 overall

#4 Miquel Ramos/Nicky Pastorell P 6 Super GT P 6 overall

#12 Jacky Camp/Danny Werkman P 7 Super GT P 19 overall

#8 Wolf Nathan/Rick Abresch P 8 Super GT P 20 overall

 

Qualifying for Race 2 was delayed till Sunday morning 8 am due bad weather. 



25 April 2013


Dutch V8 Racing Team starts 2013 race season this weekend

at Paul Ricard (FRA) circuit

 


The Dutch V8 Racing Team is getting ready to leave their home base in the Netherlands to race their Corvette C6R’s for the first race of 2013. This weekend (27/28 April) the International GT Open starts it’s season at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France.


The V8 Racing Team tested two weeks ago at Portimao (Portugal) and the results were encouraging. The team feels confindent to enter their four Corvettes in the mix of other GT cars like Ferrari and Porsche.

 

Nicky Pastorelli (NED) and Miguel Ramos (POR) will share the #4 GT2 Corvette C6R while Bert Longin (BEL) and Diederik Sijthoff (NED) share the #7 GT1 Corvette C6R.

 

The #8 GT1 Corvette C6R is shared by Rick Abresch and Wolf Nathan while the team’s fourth GT1 Corvette C6R is driven by Danny Werkman (#12).

 

All four Corvettes are entered in the Super GT category.

 

Programme International Open GT:

 

Friday 26 April

10.35 – 11.35 Free Practice

14.10 – 15.10 Free Practice

 

Saturday 27 April

10.00 – 10.20 Qualfying 1 Super GT

11.55 – 12.15 Qualfying 2 Super GT

16.00 – 17.10 Race 1

 

Sunday 28 April

12.20 – 13.10 Race 2


20 March 2013

 

Dutch V8 racing team announces 2nd Corvette in GT OPEN

 


The Dutch V8 Racing Team is happy to announce their second Corvette  in GT OPEN. After last weeks announcement of Miguel Ramos and Nicky Pastorelli sharing the first car of the team, the team now announces Diederick Sijthoff and Bert Longin to share the second Corvette C6R.

Team owner Rick Abresch:
"I am happy to have Diederick and Bert sharing our second car this year. Diederick was with us last year in the GT Open Championship and in the Supercar challenge in Holland, which he won with us. Bert brings a lot of experience to the team and that is always good.”

 

Diederick Sijthoff:
“I learned a lot last season and will push very hard for good results this year. I'm happy to have Bert as a team mate and ofcourse I continue to work with Nicky (Pastorelli) who assisted me also last year to learn and get more experience as fast as possible."

 

Bert Longin:
"I am happy to be returning again in a Corvette and to be driving one of the most exciting racecars of the last decade. When Diederik Sijthoff asked me to be his teammate with V8 racing for this year’s GT Open, I didn't have to think for long."

 


11 March 2013

 

Dutch V8 Racing Team confirms another season in

GT Open Championship

 

 

The Dutch V8 Racing Team is happy to announce that they will continue their efforts in the GT Open championship after a positive first season in 2012.

 

Nicky Pastorelli (NED) and Miguel Ramos (POR) will share the team’s number one car, the Corvette C6R GT2, in the Super GT class.

 

Team owner Rick Abresch: “We are very happy that we can continue in this competitieve championship. 2012 was our first season and we all felt very positive about it. This year we are looking to work even harder and hopefully be more successful. In our first car, both Miguel and Nicky are very quick and experienced drivers. We are proud to have them in our team and I am convinced they are going to be working very hard to obtain good results.”

 

Nicky Pastorelli: “After three very successful years in the FIA GT1 World Championship, it was time for a new adventure. I would like to thank Rick and his team for this opportunity. I am realy looking forward to working with Ramos and to make this a successful season.”

 

Miguel Ramos: “I'm very happy to race again in the GT Open with the V8 Racing Team. I feel it is the best GT Championship in Europe and after the good results last year, our goal this year is to win the championship. Like Nicky I like to thank Rick and his team for their commitment to this project.”