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Archive for August, 2009

FLM Nurburgring – Rounds 6 & 7

by adrian on Aug.23, 2009, under News

Valle’s first ever visit to the Nurburgring again proved how quickly he can learn a circuit. After qualifying 3rd for round 6, Valle and Mathias managed to jump a place and finish 2nd, even after losing 6 seconds during their pit stop.

For round 7 they qualified 4th. Valle made a fantastic start to take 2nd position into turn one. Even with a serious lack of grip from the tyres he managed to keep 2nd spot up until the pit stops. Mathias unfortunately couldn’t keep the car on the track due to the tyre problems and drove off the circuit twice. The 2nd off damaged the radiator and over heated the engine, eventually leading to an engine failure.

Still a positive weekend and yet another strong 2nd place. As we head off to Silverstone and Magny Cours for the last 3 rounds in September, a win must be just around the corner.

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Nordic GT3 – Botniaring

by adrian on Aug.10, 2009, under News

j-jurva-makelaTwo fantastic races saw Valle and Jukka Ylitalo win both Nordic GT3 races at the Botniaring in Finland this weekend.

Pole position in race one led to a victory even after a long safety car period to remove oil on the circuit. Valle took over race 2 in 4th position and very quickly set a stunning pace which saw him take the lead, lap everyone up to 3rd position and win by almost half a lap – Brilliant!

2009: 7 races so far – 2 x wins 2 x 2nds 2 x 3rds 1 x 5th

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FLM Algarve – Rounds 4 & 5

by adrian on Aug.06, 2009, under News

After two difficult qualifying sessions, Valle started race one from 6th position and Mathias race 2 from 5th.

Valle made a superb start in race 1 and fought his way up to a fantastic 2nd position before his pit-stop and handing over to his team mate Mathias. Unfortunately their in-car radio was not working and Mathias had no idea when to leave the pits. Each car must stop for a minimum of 80 seconds and without receiving a coutdown from his chief engineer, Mathias gambled and left the pits slightly early. This then led to a drive-through penalty and they finished race 1 in 5th position.

Race 2 was again a hard battle and Mathias and Valle drove their way up to a well earned 3rd place and their 4th podium finish in 5 races. They have retained their 2nd position in the Championship standings, but must win during the next two rounds at the Nurburgring if they are to stand any chance of taking this years Formula Le Mans Championship.

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