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Epilog Brno 6 Hours 2011

15th October 2011

Race report

The 6 Hour race in Brno known as Invicta Epilog this year almost did not happen. Just a week before the race there was only 17 entries. Despite some more optimistic reports before the race spoke about some 31 entrants, the final number of arivals and starters equaled 22. The main difference between 2011 edition and many previous year was absence of powereful DTM cars. Thus the race was much more open and also a good thing for sports car fans was that the top spots belonged to proper GT cars, not pseudotouring prototypes which is probably the best term to classify DTM specials.

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There was only a single car based on original GT1 category. It was very inreliable Pagani Zonda and it took the pole position. Additional four placed on the grid went to GT2-based Ferraris F430. It was very likely to find a winner among them as the Pagani was expected to retire within an hour and the only quick Porsche, which started behind them was scheduled to circulate the track for only 2 hours and then retire. It was because this 6-hour was also counted towards the Czech National Endurance Championship, but only the first two hours were counted.

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As the race started, one of the Ferraris took the lead ahead of the Pagani. But after several laps the Pagani was in the lead. It did survive in the lead for more than one hour, which was nice but then it was done for the weekend. After two hours of racing which were counted towards the national championship the race was led by Ferrari no.101 of team Menx with the only quick Porsche of ARC Bratislava second, but as we predicted it turned to parc fermé in the next lap. Only one more car followed it, the rest was destined to try to continue until the six hour limit.

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Unfortunately, there was only 15 cars to start the third hour. The number of cars was reduced by one by the middle of the race and the track, more than 5 kilometres long was really empty by that time. Two of the quick Ferraris had been already retired before the three hour limit was gone, but the remaining two, no.101 Menx, and no.18 K&K Racing were in the close battle for the win until the end of the race, reportedly one of the most dramatic in the Brno Epilog history.

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The remaining podium finish was a battle between another Cup GT3 Porsche and BMW M3 armada. The plain white Porsche was entered by G-Private from Austria and managed to defend a podium finish and become the best foreign team in the field. Following three positions belonged to various BMW M3's with large rear wings (despite the results call one of them as Z4, it was not true). There was almost nothing interesting left among the next six finishers except a Porsche Cayman which was completely driven by ladies. It finished 11th ahead of another 'OK' car - Honda S2000 of team Foukal. The rest of finishers was formed by boring Renault Clios and a Sean Leon.

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To name the winning drivers, the Ferrari no.110 was driven by Kusin, Rugolo and Cadei (CZ/I/I), who were followed by Vorba, Malchárek and ┼Żelinský in Ferrari no.18 and Zumstein/Zumstein in the Porsche GT3 Cup.

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