Sixth place for JV in the Baku City Challenge
28th, October, 2012
Jacques Villeneuve and Jos Verstappen claimed a solid sixth place finish in the first ever City Challenge GT race held in Azerbaijan capital Baku.
The former F1 stars got their first taste of the Vita4One-BMW Z4 on Friday, when track action began for the GT3 category with two free practice sessions, and both drivers had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the car and temporary street circuit.
Unfortunately for Villeneuve, a spin in second practice saw the 1997 Formula One world champion make contact with the tyre barrier, resulting in a bent frame for the #34 BMW Z4 GT3.
Regardless, the Vita4One team worked through the night to repair the car ready for qualifying on Saturday morning, and their efforts were rewarded. Villeneuve posted the ninth fastest time of his session, with team mate Verstappen finishing the second qualifying session in tenth place.
A superb final lap in the sprint race saw Villeneuve grab ninth spot on Saturday afternoon, confirming that the car had been restored and was race-ready for the City Challenge on Sunday.
The race was won by McLaren MP4-12C GT3 drivers Frédéric Makowiecki and Stef Dusseldorp, who finished the race 4.517 seconds ahead of Frank Kechele and Mathias Lauda in their Vita4One BMW Z4 GT3.
Starting from tenth on the grid, Villeneuve and Verstappen put in a solid performance to come across the line in sixth place.
Speaking about the race, JV said: “It was a great experience to take part in the inaugural Baku City Challenge. Driving on this track was a lot of fun, very exciting and everyone involved was very professional. Working with my teammate Jos Verstappen was perfect, because we had the same ideas about the set up.”