GT4 Cup: Meijer does it again

Saturday, June 05, 2010

With a third win in four races, Dutchman Paul Meijer leaves Spa with a 6-point gap in the GT4 European Cup. “This victory was the most difficult so far. Michael (Mallock) was very strong and we had a fair fight after the safety car period. Only after the mandatory pit stop I built up a small gap, but I never felt comfortable. I’m happy with the result and I’m looking forward to the next race in Paul Ricard”, were the first words of Rhesus driver Paul Meijer on the podium of the second race. Meijer found Belgian DVB BMW driver Menno Kuus and his RS Williams Aston rival Michael Mallock left and right from him on the podium.

After an early off of Rafaelle Sangiuolo in his Rhesus Aston and a safety car period, the GT4 competitors had another good fight in the fourth race of the season. Paul Meijer and Michael Mallock remained together until the mandatory stop. “I think I was faster than Michael exiting the pitlane, so suddenly I had made up a little gap over Michael”, Meijer explained after the race. “I struggled a bit with my tires during the closing stages of the race and I was caught by the IMS Ginetta”, Michael Mallock commented. “The Ginetta driver was a bit aggressive, he nudged me in the left hander after the Brussels Corner and I went off. I lost second and precious points, but I’m happy that I was able to continue and score another podium.”

“I took advantage of the incident and scored a fine second place”, a smiling Menno Kuus remarked on the podium. “We had a difficult weekend, technical issues with the transmission kept us in the box during free practice. Result of all that: my set-up wasn’t that good. Yesterday’s race wasn’t so bad, but I made a silly mistake by leaving the pitlane too early and was penalized with Stop & Go. This morning I told the guys that we would drink champagne and here we are! I’m happy!”

Fourth place went to Kevin Veltman, scoring a good overall weekend after his third spot in the first race, while GT4 European Cup rookie Wolfgang Weber took a fine fifth. RJN scored more points in the team championship with a sixth place for Lucas Ordonnez and an eight for Alex Buncombe/Jordan Tresson. The IMS Ginetta finished in between both Nissan in seventh. Last but not least, Gianni Giudici won the Super Sport class.

In the overall standings, Meijer is now leading with 6 points over Michael Mallock, while BMW drivers Kevin Veltman and Menno Kuus are third and fourth.

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