10 JUL 2012
VICTORY AGAIN FOR GINETTA TEAM NORWAY & ANDRE FALKENHAUG
VICTORY AGAIN FOR GINETTA TEAM NORWAY & ANDRE FALKENHAUG

At this year's second NM-round at Rudskogen, Ginetta Team Norway arrived with their arsenal of three cars.

In qualifying, André Falkenhaug went fastest, whilst Steffen-Andre Feet was fifth and Aleksander Schjerpen sixth, during the first race of the weekend, Falkenhaug took command, but all the time he had the car of John B Roligheten on the back of him.

He managed to stay in front of Roligheten and Schjerpen, who moved up a few places, whilst Feet finished fifth, much to the joy of the team and their weekend’s guests.

Sunday’s racing was much more dramatic however, as Falkenhaug braked in the rain and slid into the barrier during the warm up lap, causing extensive damage to the car's rear end. Whilst a feverish activity broke out in the pits - with everyone trying to help, they eventually got the car onto the track for the start of the race.

It all began with rain tires on the wet track, but as the track dried out, it was a struggle to convince the tyres to hold on until the chequered flag fell. Roligheten took the start, but Falkenhaug did everything to stay in contact with the powerful 1300kg Porsche with his 1250 kg Ginetta. 

After about 10 laps Andre overtook Roligheten and made up a 4 – 5 second lead, a safety car period saw the gap reduced back to zero however, and on the restart, Roligheten overtook the Ginetta on the starting straight just one lap before the flag.

Not to be defeated, Andre was pushing the Porsche throughout the whole of the final lap, and finished in second place, just 0.3 seconds behind.

Automobile Association's recent weight penalty of 50 kg for the second time took its toll and he simply could not get past.

Elsewhere, Schjerpen finished fourth and Feet was sixth.

Article provided by Ginetta Team Norway

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