2011 RRR Belgian Grand Prix

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2011 RRR Belgian Grand Prix
Event 6 of 8 in the RRR F1 2011 Championship
Track image
Date 13th November 2011
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa,
Beligum Belgium
Course Permanent Race Facility
7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Entrants 16
Laps 22
Pole Position
Driver United Kingdom Smifaye
Time 1:41.928
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Smifaye
Time 1:44.192
Podium
First United Kingdom Smifaye
Second United Kingdom Superdelphinus
Third United Kingdom JayCoops
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The 2011 RRR Belgian Grand Prix was the sixth round of the inaugural season of the RRR F1 2011 Championship. It was held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, in Belgium.

The race, contested over 22 laps, was won by Smifaye, driving for the Black Raptors Racing team.

Report

Background

The 2011 RRR Belgian Grand Prix was contested at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, near the village of Spa in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium. The track is the longest on the RRR F1 2011 Championship calendar. It features famous corners such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimont. The track is extremely high speed and the weather is usually extremely changeable. DRS has been banned through Eau Rouge on safety grounds. The DRS detection zone is before Eau Rouge and can be activated after Raidillon all along Kemmel Straight. KERS will be a big factor in this race due to slow exits and long straights.

Practice

Practice took place blah blah

Qualifying

The session was dry and with the race also being dry, many drivers went out and tried to set the fastest lap possible on the option tyres. Sodamn Insane 6 took provisional pole with Smifaye yet to set a time. The Black Raptors driver had spun on his first flying lap. Team mate RumblyLizard set a time but then crashed his car late on in the session, starting the race with less tyres than the rest of the field.

Smifaye took pole position with a stunning 1:41.928 with Superdelphinus close behind.

Race

The race started with Smifaye holding his lead with Superdelphinus closely behind, followed by Sodamn Insane 6. There was chaos behind as many drivers took the "Kimi" line and went extremely wide at the La Source hairpin. Out at the front Smifaye, Superdelphinus, and Sodamn Insane 6 were three-a-breast going into Les Combes. Smifaye was massively down on top speed having gone for a higher downforce setting than his closest competitors. Sodamn Insane 6 took the lead at Les Combes but was chased closely by Smifaye who regained the lead on the run down to Pouhon using the rest of his available KERS.

This battle lasted for the next 2 laps with the three drivers going side by side again down the Kemmel straight. Sodamn Insane 6's teammate Y2jisaok then brought out the safety with a heavy collision and the pack was bunched up. Dan Thorn was then the second casualty in a bizarre incident when he crashed into the wall under safety car conditions after he was distracted with changing his engine settings.

The race restarted after 2 laps behind the safety car and Smifaye got a good start. He pitted the next lap for a fresh set of options with Superdelphinus following him in. The unthinkable then happened when Spearkofi brought out the safety car again on lap 9 and the lead Smifaye had built was eaten away.

Smifaye had to get another good get away which he managed to do. He was unsure of his closest championship rival's (Superdelphinus) strategy. Smifaye pitted for a fresh set of option tyres believing he could make them last until the chequered flag dropped. Smifaye needed some quick laps as he was unsure whether SuperD had to pit again. It turned out that he did and gave Smifaye a reasonable lead. The Black Raptors driver then set about setting a fastest lap and went faster than his qualifying lap. Smifaye took the victory.

Further down the field, Bookoi and RumblyLizard had an intense battle with RumblyLizard squeezing past Bookoi into the last corner, a move that impressed the rest of the field.

Post-Race

Many drivers were giving time penalties due to bugs within the game. These time penalties were removed as no penalty was deserved.

The results mean that only Smifaye and Superdelphinus are able to win the drivers championship. If Superdelphinus wins both races then the title is his leaving Smifaye only 36 points possible. If Smifaye wins the next race then Superdelphinus must finish 3rd or above to keep the championship battle alive going into the final round.

This means Superdelphinus needs to go out and out for the win but Smifaye can not afford to be cautious.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos Driver Team Time Grid
1 United Kingdom Smifaye United Kingdom Black Cats Racing Team 1:41.928 1
2 United Kingdom Superdelphinus United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 1:42.377 2
3 England STR TommyB United Kingdom BDGP 1:43.671 3
4 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded 1:43.684 4
5 England FlavouryRug United Kingdom BDGP 1:43.983 5
6 Scotland Y2jisaok United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded 1:44.841 6
7 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom Pudding GP 1:44.893 7
8 United Kingdom Mr Flobadob Sweden SRM GP Team 1:45.637 8
9 United Kingdom RumblyLizard United Kingdom Black Raptors Racing 1:46.090 9
10 United Kingdom Tomcheesey Kent Feta Motorsport 1:46.165 10
11 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Pudding GP 1:47.490 11
12 Kernow Dan Thorn Greece SpyroTechnimata 1:47.623 12
13 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 1:47.666 14
14 United Kingdom Spearkofi United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 1:51.802 14
15 Republic of Ireland PJTierney Sweden SRM GP Team 1:52.696 15
16 United Kingdom JayCoops Kent Feta Motorsport 1:54.521 16

Race

Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 United Kingdom Smifaye United Kingdom Black Cats Racing Team 22 42:46.616 1 25
2 United Kingdom Superdelphinus United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 22 +14.518 2 18
3 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 22 +36.272 13 15
4 United Kingdom JayCoops Kent Feta Motorsport 22 +40.033 16 12
5 United Kingdom RumblyLizard United Kingdom Black Raptors Racing 22 +49.047 9 10
6 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom Pudding GP 22 +49.471 7 8
7 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Pudding GP 22 +1:09.047 11 6
8 Republic of Ireland PJTierney Sweden SRM GP Team 22 +1:39.947 15 4
9 United Kingdom Tomcheesey Kent Feta Motorsport 22 +1:48.770 10 2
10 England STR TommyB United Kingdom BDGP DNF Collision 3 1
11 United Kingdom Spearkofi United Kingdom Cross Channel GP DNF Collision 14 0
12 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded DNF Collision 4 0
13 United Kingdom Mr Flobadob Sweden SRM GP Team DNF Collision 8 0
14 England FlavouryRug United Kingdom BDGP DNF Collision 5 0
15 Kernow Dan Thorn Greece SpyroTechnimata DNF Collision 12 0
16 Scotland Y2jisaok United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded DNF Collision 6 0

Standings after the race

Drivers Championship

Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Smifaye 115
2 United Kingdom Superdelphinus 103
3 England STR TommyB 62
4 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 59

Teams Championship

Pos Team Points
1 United Kingdom Black Raptors Racing 122
2 United Kingdom Cross Channel GP 103
3 United Kingdom BDGP 96
4 United Kingdom Leyton House Reloaded 79
  • Note: Only the top four positions are included for both sets of standings.