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NL.GTR.11

Three SFH drivers enlisted in the first Simracing.NL GT championship using the rFactor racing simulation. Dennis Douna made use of our team’s connections in Stuttgart and brings a brand new Porsche 997 to the grid, wearing his custom magenta mirrors.

Johan Nieuwenhof and Robin Verdegaal kept it closer to home. Both of them opted for the dutch factory Spyker C7. Nieuwenhof in orange accent colors, Verdegaal in yellow. The short wheel based Spyker looks like a contender on narrow tracks, but does it have the pace to compete on the faster ones on the calendar?

Race 1 - 05-10-2011 - Road America
Race 2 - 19-10-2011 - Bahrein
Race 3 - 02-11-2011 - Sebring
Race 4 - 16-11-2011 - Istanbul
Race 5 - 30-11-2011 - Fuji
Race 6 - 14-12-2011 - Suzuka
Race 7 - 04-01-2012 - Montreal
Race 8 - 18-01-2012 - Le Mans

 


Elkhart Lake

Race 1

Race one in the eleventh season of NL.GTR takes place in Elkhart Lake on the circuit of Road America. The team is looking to challenge reigning series champion but taking pole position Reijer de Nooijer proves to be a hard man to beat. The race takes off in a positive way but goes upside down in the finale.

The complete racereport.

#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - 2nd
#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 3rd
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - 6th

 


Bahrein

Race 2

Another dominant qualifying result for reigning champion de Nooijer. Dennis Douna starts the race from 2nd place and is the only contender for the main part of the race, until bad luck strikes and his engine gives way.

Verdegaal starts in a disappointing 6th position but picks up a spot when Robin Tol in the Porsche spins. The Spyker’s top speed is not enough to match that of Marcel Visscher’s Ferrari, even with boost 3 applied Verdegaal is unable to make the pass for a long time. When it finally works out the Porsche of Richard Blokker is too far ahead and too fast to catch.

The complete racereport.

#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 3rd
#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - DNF
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - DNS

 


Sebring

Race 3

The qualifying session in Sebring sees a surprise poleposition for Camille Spronken, outqualifying de Nooijer by four tenths of a second. Dennis Douna is close behind, followed by Robin Verdegaal who puts the Spyker ahead of some of the faster Porsches. Nieuwenhof starts in eight place.

Nieuwenhof makes up for that in the race, working his way up to fifth place. Verdegaal has a lonely race in fourth and Dennis Douna and Reijer de Nooijer both make up a spot because Spronken messes up his pitstop strategy, falling all the way back to fourth behind Verdegaal.

In the last part of the race Verdegaal too runs short on fuel and is unable to defend against Spronken’s late charge for the final step on the podium.

The complete racereport.

#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - 2nd
#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 4th
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - 5th

 


Istanbul

Race 4

On the technical track of Istanbul Park Dennis Douna qualifies in second place, just ahead of a new SFH entry in the shape of Jeffrey Ruskus’ Panoz Esperante. The nimble Spyker of Verdegaal disappoints with a sixth spot on the grid.

In a similar scenario to Bahrain, Verdegaal gets stuck behind Visscher’s Ferrari. By the time the Spyker gets ahead the gap to the Panoz of Jeffrey Ruskus is already too large to challenge for the podium. But after a late error by Ruskus the gap closes down to four seconds. Four became three, but then Verdegaal pushes the Spyker over the edge and spins. Ruskus finishes on the podium in his first race.

Meanwhile Douna is able to follow de Nooijer’s leading Porsche that carries a lot more success ballast than in the previous races. An error during the pitstops costs de Nooijer the lead. A late second pitstop in an attempt to gather points for fastest lap is countered by Douna doing the same and going on to secure the first victory for SFH in NL.GTR.11.

The complete racereport.

#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - 1st
#69 - Panoz Esperante - Jeffrey Ruskus - 3rd
#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 4th
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - DNS

 


Fuji

Race 5

On the track with the longest straight on the NL.GTR.11 calendar only two SFH entries make it to the grid. Current championship leader Reijer de Nooijer also forfeits the race in Japan. Surprisingly Robin Verdegaal’s Spyker C7 tops the qualifying session, followed by Jeffrey Ruskus in the SFH Panoz. “This is one of my favourite tracks” says Verdegaal, but in the last second of the session Richard Blokker steals poleposition by 0.025 seconds in his Porsche 997.

At the start of the race Verdegaal is immediately confronted with his rivals’ straightline speed advantage. Even before the first corner Verdegaal loses positions to Ruskus and Spronken. But in the technical third sector the Spyker regains third position and stays there in the following laps.

Tyre strategy soon turns out to be a major factor in this race. Verdegaal runs on mediums while the rest of the front runners have to cope with overheating softs. Ruskus loses second place to Verdegaal but the three front runners stay close together driving away from the rest of the field.

When Verdegaal finally catches a good draft and makes the pass, Ruskus tries to follow. While Blokker and Ruskus battle it out for second place, Verdegaal is able to create a gap and goes on to win the race and take over the lead in the season championship standings.

The complete racereport.

#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 1st
#69 - Panoz Esperante - Jeffrey Ruskus - 3rd
#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - DNS
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - DNS

 


Suzuka

Race 6

In absence of Reijer de Nooijer the three top spots in the Suzuka qualifying session go to Douna, Ruskus and Verdegaal. Three different makes top the field, but all of them running chequered SFH liveries.

At the start of the race Verdegaal is unable to follow Douna and Ruskus, but in stead is having to fight off Camille Spronken. Low wing settins help Verdegaal to stay ahead in the fast third sector, but when Spronken finally manages to stay really close he is to eager in the exit of the chicane and spins.

At the front, the straightline speed of the Panoz helps Ruskus into first place. But when the leader in the race comes up to lap the Ferrari of Nero Sehovic it spins and Ruskus is unable to avoid a collision. Heavy suspension damage forces him to retire ten laps before the end of the race, while Douna goes on to take the win. Verdegaal finishes second and stays ahead in the standings.

The complete racereport.

#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - 1st
#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 2nd
#69 - Panoz Esperante - Jeffrey Ruskus - DNF
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - DNS

 


Montreal

Race 7

On the long and narrow straights in Montreal it is again Richard Blokker who takes poleposition in his Porsche 997. Dennis Douna is second on the grid, Jeffrey Ruskus starts in fourth while the Spyker of Verdegaal with its success ballast on board is all the way back in seventh place.

The race doesn’t get much better for Verdegaal. Unable to really attack the faster Porsches, he is helped out by the Wall of Champions which takes out both Cuppen and Tol. Verdegaal loses points in the championship finishing in fifth place.

The three front runners drive away from the rest of the field until the pitstops, where Ruskus does not change tyres, and Douna passes Blokker. The two Porsches then close the gap towards the Panoz that loses more and more speed. When the trio is reunited Ruskus is able to defend until he and Douna collide and both of them spin. Blokker is the laughing third and goes on to win the race in front of Douna and Ruskus.

The complete racereport.

#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - 2nd
#69 - Panoz Esperante - Jeffrey Ruskus - 3rd
#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 5th
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - DNS

 


Le Mans

Race 8

Even before the qualifying session in Le Mans is over, the NL.GTR.11 has a championship winner. Robin Verdegaal’s only rival Dennis Douna fails to make it to the grid in France, mainly because raceday is his birthday.

Top spot in the qualifying session goes to Jeffrey Ruskus, ahead of Robin Tol and Marcel Visscher. Verdegaal manages to outqualify Richard Blokker who in turn is just ahead of Johan Nieuwenhof. And that is important because there is a team championship on the line for the SFH Spyker team, but they have to beat Tol and Blokker in the RARE Porsches.

While the SFH Spykers chose hard tyres the RARE start the race on mediums. RARE is looking good for the title, until Tol spins and falls back behind Verdegaal. When Blokker also has a problem throwing him back behind Nieuwenhof it’s SFH Spyker leading the provisional team championship. But when Tol puts the pressure on, Verdegaal spins and falls back behind the other trio. Again, the tables are turned, RARE now in the lead.

Verdegaal can follow Tol, but can’t attack. But at the pitstops the tyre choice comes into play. Both Spykers only stop for fuel and jump ahead of the Porsches. Especially because the RARE team has to deal with two cars at the same time, causing Blokker to lose precious seconds waiting for his pitbox to come available.

While both Nieuwenhof and Verdegaal manage their tyres the latter notices a fuel strategy error and is forced to drop the tempo to save fuel, losing third place to Marcel Visscher’s Ferrari in the process. In the final stages of the race, reminiscent of the Suzuka race, it’s again Nero Sehovic who plays a decisive role in the points, when he changes lines running a flat tyre just when Richard Blokker comes up to lap him. Another collision, another retirement for one of the top contenders.

Heartache for team RARE, big success for team Simracing For Holland who take home the triple: race win, driver championship and team championship!

The complete racereport.

#69 - Panoz Esperante - Jeffrey Ruskus - 1st
#82 - SFH Spyker C7 - Johan Nieuwenhof - 2nd
#69 - SFH Spyker C7 - Robin Verdegaal - 5th
#93 - SFH Porsche 997 - Dennis Douna - DNS

 

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