Kumpen and Hezemans - Singing in the rain
“That was a really easy win – we had a trouble-free race," Mike Hezemans said after bringing his Corvette C6R across the finish line to take his 13th FIA GT Championship win. Despite qualifying down in 7th position, he made the best of the start, while a three-way sandwich at the first corner dropped the pole-sitting nr 2 Maserati MC 12, the nr 14 K plus K Saleen and the nr 19 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette out of immediate contention. Although the cars made their way back up the field, Hezemans took the lead and pulled away, followed initially by the SRT Corvette and the nr 18 K plus K Saleen.
When the rain started, the gap at the front closed up, but once the car had pitted for rain tyres, Kumpen continued the good work, keeping the lead and seemingly unbothered by the treacherous conditions. Hezemans took over for the last few minutes, emerging with an 11-second lead and finally crossing the finish line after 71 laps with a 9 second advantage." We’re happy, we’re still second in the Championship but it’s close," Kumpen said afterwards. “Bartels and Bertolini did a fantastic job again so they are making life tough for us."