Round 11 - Germany (Hockenheim)

Germany (Hockenheim)
Race Distance: 45 laps
1999/2000 Pole Position: Jan Svehlik (1:28.379)
1999/2000 Race Winner: Jan Svehlik (1h11:12.014)

Qualifying (WET)

With a rain-soaked Hockenheim and a forecast for much drier conditions on Sunday, a number of drivers elected to play it safe and not risk their cars. This resulted in only five drivers setting a lap time.

At the end of the session Steffen Diener clinched his second pole position of the season, three-quarters of a second ahead of Jan Svehlik who was a further 1.3 seconds ahead of Darren Crawford.

Of the two Pro Class drivers competing, Jim Spratt was the only one to get a grip on the conditions, easily beating Ian Parkhouse to gain his first ever class pole.

1. # 4 Steffen Diener Power Tech Ace 1:42.075 +00.000 11 20 
2. # 1 Jan Svehlik Bolgani Ace 1:42.823 +00.748 16 
3. # 9 Darren Crawford Corgi Ace 1:44.154 +02.079 10 14 
4. #25 Jim Spratt Lotus Pro 1:44.749 +02.674 10 12 
5. #11 Ian Parkhouse Phoenix Pro 1:46.071 +03.996 10 10 


1. # 1 Jan Svehlik Bolgani Ace 1h11:18.938 +0:00.000 180+5+3
2. # 4 Steffen Diener Power Tech Ace 1h13:26.652 +2:07.714 170 
3. # 9 Darren Crawford Corgi Ace 1h14:29.114 +3:10.176 165 
4. #15 Benjamin Suerig Amiga Racing Ace 1h14:33.724 +3:14.786 160 
5. #25 Jim Spratt Lotus Pro 1h14:55.028 +3:36.090 155 
6. # 3 Thomas Bodlien Power Tech Ace 18 laps 41.56% 60 
7. #26 Gerard Volders Lotus Pro 15 laps 35.20% 48 
8. #11 Ian Parkhouse Phoenix Pro 3 laps 7.56% 9 

Race Statistics

PosCarDriverFastest LapLL/TLPitstopsAvg.
Tyre Usage
TimeLap #StopsAvg. LengthABCD
1. # 1 Jan Svehlik 1:30.433 40 45/4520:20.01190  45 
2. # 4 Steffen Diener 1:32.948 41  0/4520:21.74690  45 
3. # 9 Darren Crawford 1:34.576 34  0/4520:26.59790   45
4. #15 Benjamin Suerig 1:34.020 38  0/4530:21.94292   45
5. #25 Jim Spratt 1:35.841 27  0/4510:24.77987  2124
6. # 3 Thomas Bodlien 1:34.927 11  0/1810:23.66491  162
7. #26 Gerard Volders 1:39.331  0/150 91  15 
8. #11 Ian Parkhouse 1:40.538  0/ 30 91  3 

Selected Quotes

Jan Svehlik (Bolgani), Race winner: "The Germany circuit is not difficult. The only dangerous chicane is the third. You must be careful there. With some testing I found a good way through it. In the first lap at the second chicane some cc's crashed together. The result was that 8 cars retired. I was lucky that it happened behind me. I started from 5 place, overtaked 3 cars in first lap and the leader in next lap. Again used the car setup from season 98/99. Changed the wings a bit. "

Steffen Diener (Power Tech), 2nd: "As I never finished a race at Hockenheim the motto today was: "Safety first". I hoped to to make some points by just getting over the distance. The CCs thought something else an only 13 cars made it into the second lap. 7 cars where parked in a row on the left after the first corner! A good reminder to play it save ;) I only made 3 or 4 times contact with the wall at the second chicane, only spinning the car. So I finished here for the first time."

Darren Crawford (Corgi), 3rd: "I am battling the flu at the moment, so the strategy was to run smooth and steady in the tricky corners and in passing back markers. I did exactly that and did pretty good as a result. I'm going to go crash in pits now."

Benjamin Suerig (Amiga Racing), 4th: "Hockenheim is probably the most dangerous track in the Grand Prix season, so my strategy was simple: driving carefully and finishing - just like in Monte-Carlo. I did three pitstops using very soft tires. The race itself was a rather boring one apart from the very last laps when I was able to pass both Barrichello and Hakkinen. I finally finished 0,058 seconds ahead of Hakkinen."

Jim Spratt (Lotus), 5th: "An average race by all accounts - Started 4th, but took the lead by the 1st chicane and never looked back. I only stopped once, and have since realised this is totally the wrong stragety, but you live and learn. Watch out next year though for me - I expect to do a lot better than this :) Hungary isn't a favorite but I expect to do ok..."

Ian Parkhouse (Phoenix), 8th: "I dislike this circuit so much I couldn't bring myself to do much practice, and that showed in the race. I got away well from fifth on the grid, simply driving between the four cars ahead of me. I was putting in very slow lap times (even by my standards) until lap 4 when I tried to drive past Mazzacane on the 'straight' between the first two chicanes. We touched wheels, I went flying into the wall, he went on unscathed. Another non-counting result (hopefully)."

Last modified: Friday 09 December 2005 - 23:00