Mueller leads most laps to take noteworthy win in Dundrod 1950 Multiclass

Image by Tobias Mueller
Everything good in the formation lap

Gutierrez charges through field from back of grid

Image by Joao Botelho de Sousa
He landed in the right place...
Dundrod 1950 Multiclass
ROUND 2
09 Oct 2016
RACING HOST
John van der Geest
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Best try for overtake

09 Oct 2016 — Tobias Mueller captured his 30th career victory after 464 events, leading all drivers in the WEP1 class with 23 laps at the front in the Dundrod 1950 Multiclass in Round 2 of the THE DNF SERIES.

Driving the Audi R18 E-TRON, Mueller traded positions back and forth with John Van Der Geest in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for the race lead from the beginning, running within a scuff of each other over a span of 21 laps. Mueller drove the majority leading Van Der Geest after challenging and passing him on the third lap. After losing the spot on lap 6, Mueller cleared Van Der Geest for the second time and into first place on lap 10, and controlled it the remaining 19 laps to the checkered flag.

Mueller remains in the lead of the WEP1 class standings, increasing the lead over rival John Van Der Geest to four points. Mueller has two starts and led 33 of his 96 laps while taking the victory twice.

The notable win for Mueller came on his 42nd outing in the Audi R18 E-TRON. Mueller has taken the Audi R18 E-TRON to Dundrod 1950 two times, and this was his second victory there. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 3.835 seconds off his previous best lap time.

Starting from back in the field, Johnny Gutierrez picked off five positions to finish in third place in the WEGTE class.

Porfirio Dias Santos led the WEP2 field for nine laps in a run to first place.

Tony Carl Christensen led the WEGTE field for eight laps in a run to first place.

Gutierrez drove all of 16 laps total pursuing Paul Anstey after targeting him on the first lap, coming from as many as four positions back. Driving the Ferrari 458 GTE, Gutierrez launched a prolonged attack at Anstey in the middle stages, staying within a lap behind him and gaining ground over an unbroken run of 14 laps. Ultimately Gutierrez settled into third the seven laps running to the conclusion.

Gutierrez remains in second in the WEGTE class standings, two points behind Tony Carl Christensen. Gutierrez has two starts and finished as high as second.

Dias Santos ran all of 12 laps total pursuing Ville Hartikainen after engaging him on the first lap. Dias Santos passed Hartikainen and into first place when Hartikainen retired on lap 16, and controlled it another eight laps till his own early retirement.

Dias Santos moves up to second in the WEP2 class standings, now tied in points with third's Mike Erickson following Erickson's third-place finish. Dias Santos has two starts and led nine of his 83 laps while taking the win once.

Carl Christensen ran all of 12 laps total pursuing Alaoui Nassim after catching him on the first lap. Carl Christensen got around Nassim and into first place when Nassim retired on lap 19, and held it the final seven laps to the conclusion.

Carl Christensen moves up to the lead of the WEGTE class standings, two points ahead of Johnny Gutierrez. Carl Christensen has two starts and led eight of his 86 laps while taking the win once.

THE DNF SERIES moves on to Round 3 in a week at Magnificent Park - Endurance. The series has 24 drivers competing for points in the multiclass championships.

Ville Hartikainen raced at the front of the WEP2 field most of all drivers, leading 15 of 24 laps but ultimately settling for second place.

John Van Der Geest led the WEP1 field for five laps in a run to second place.

Making his 50th start in the Ferrari 458 GTE, Barrett Erickson drove to a sixth-place finish in the WEGTE class.

Hartikainen drove the majority of six laps total leading Mike Erickson after being caught by him on the first lap. Hartikainen controlled first position every lap from the green flag till retiring early due to engine trouble.

Hartikainen remains in the lead of the WEP2 class standings, increasing the lead over rival Porfirio Dias Santos to six points. Hartikainen has two starts and led 79 of his 79 laps while taking the victory once.

Alaoui Nassim led all drivers in the WEGTE class most for 10 of 26 laps but ultimately settled for fourth place.

Van Der Geest swapped leads with Jason Whited in a drawn-out fight for second starting midway through, wrangling over a span of 18 laps. Driving the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Van Der Geest drove nearly equal parts leading Whited after being engaged by him on lap 9. After losing the spot on lap 12, Van Der Geest cleared Whited and into second place on lap 19, and kept it the remaining eight laps to the finish.

Van Der Geest remains in second in the WEP1 class standings, increasing the lead over rival Ken Jagger to 10 points. Van Der Geest has two starts and led 62 of his 94 laps while finishing as high as second.

Erickson started the race in the sixth spot and was caught by Tony Carl Christensen for fourth on lap 6. Ultimately Erickson settled into sixth the lap before retiring early due to accident trouble.

Erickson remains in fourth in the WEGTE class standings, increasing the lead over rival Mark Carty to three points. Erickson has two starts and finished as high as fourth.

Nassim ran all of nine laps total pursuing Fahn Thomas after catching him on the first lap. Nassim got around Thomas and into first place when Thomas retired on lap 9, and kept it another nine laps till his own early retirement due to accident trouble.

Nassim is seventh in the WEGTE class standings for the series. He has one start and led 10 of his 18 laps raced while finishing as high as fourth.

In the 50 career runs taken by Erickson in the Ferrari 458 GTE, he has led 27 laps in all and taken the win once.

In the 10 career runs taken by Nassim in the Ferrari 458 GTE, he has led 31 laps in all and finished as high as second once. Nassim has taken the car to Dundrod 1950 two times. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 4.185 seconds off his previous best lap time.

Paul Anstey captured second place in the WEGTE class.

Fahn Thomas led the WEGTE field for eight laps in a run to fifth place.

Driving the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Anstey swapped leads with Tony Carl Christensen in a prolonged battle for third starting early on, battling over a span of 22 laps. Anstey ran the majority pursuing Carl Christensen after targeting him on the first lap. In the end Anstey settled into second through attrition the seven laps running to the conclusion.

Anstey is sixth in the WEGTE class standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as second.

Jason Whited took third place in the WEP1 class.

Thomas started the race in the first spot and was caught by Barrett Erickson for first on the first lap. Thomas controlled first position every lap from the green flag till retiring early due to dnf trouble.

Thomas drops to third in the WEGTE class standings, two points behind Johnny Gutierrez. Thomas has two starts and led 69 of his 69 laps while taking the victory once.

Mike Erickson took third place in the WEP2 class.

Benedict Burlington logged a lap at the front of the WEP1 class in a sixth-place run.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
WEP1 1 Tobias Mueller ACD-Racing 29 1:32:54.319
WEP1 2 John van der Geest G.E.A.R. 27 1:34:00.026
WEGTE 1 Tony Carl Christensen Atlantic Motorsport International 26 1:35:47.767
WEGTE 2 Paul Anstey Pinnacle Motorsports 25 1:33:47.341
WEP1 3 Jason Whited Moonshine Runners 25 1:34:17.925
WEGTE 3 Johnny Gutierrez CanAm Racing 25 1:35:04.668
WEP2 1 Porfirio Dias Santos Oceanika Motorsport 24 DNF
WEP1 4 Joao Botelho de Sousa Atlantic Motorsport Academy 22 1:35:39.790
WEGTE 4 Alaoui Nassim Atlantic Motorsport Academy 18 Accident
WEP2 2 Ville Hartikainen 15 Engine
WEP2 3 Mike Erickson Bad Voices Racing 14 Accident
WEGTE 5 Fahn Thomas G.E.A.R. 8 DNF
WEGTE 6 Barrett Erickson Bad Voices Racing 8 Accident
WEGTE 7 Mark Carty CanAm Racing 7 Accident
WEP1 5 Ken Jagger Bad Voices Racing 6 Accident
WEGTE 8 Mark Craggs Moonshine Academy 3 DNF
WEP1 6 Benedict Burlington Speedworks 1 Suspension
Image by Tobias Mueller
Close racing at the beginning
Image by Alaoui Nassim
after 1 hour of driving , that pol didn't like the way we ignored him while laping , se he gave me a death hug XD
POSTRACE

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6
Q
1
REP
+8
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Toyota TS040
Posted by Benedict Burlington at 10:41 PM on Sun Oct 09 CEST

well... that lasted long

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6
Q
6
REP
+8
CLASS
WEGTE
CAR
Ferrari 458 GTE
Posted by Barrett Erickson at 12:31 AM on Mon Oct 10 CEST

Well...

While sitting on the grid I knew exactly how my race was going to end today.

I'd get distracted by other people's troubles and forget which corner i was approaching.

And so it was.

Grats to all who finished!

[Edit: Oh, yeah. Forgot the worst part! I made my way back to the pit. Was very careful to observe the 'pit rules', but the crew did absolutely nothing for me. Didn't even tell me why!

Thought of just sitting there until the end, but decided to try one more entry. But as i was crawling thru one of the first few corners a prototype collected me. Very sorry to whoever that was. I was doing my best to maintain control and be predictable.]

INT
–7 L
FIN
4
Q
4
REP
+8
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Toyota TS040
Posted by Joao Botelho de Sousa at 02:14 AM on Mon Oct 10 CEST

Fun track, but a terrible one! Very narrow and at the first mystake the trees and the borders "bites" us! :-)
I pratice a lot and ran the first 30 minutes with no problems. Then lost the concentration a i have to visit the pits several times. Congrats to all.

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–4 L
FIN
3
Q
6
REP
+8
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Audi R18 E-TRON
Posted by Jason Whited at 03:35 AM on Mon Oct 10 CEST

Absolutely grueling race...takes so much to keep your focus. Look down for a split second at the hud or to check temps or whatever and you are quickly off the track.

I made it an hour, driving really well...my own pace. Knew that I was slower because I didn't have my gears stretched for more speed like the other WEP class guys seemed to, the leaders in practice/quali anyways.

..found myself [excitedly] in second place overall. Ran there for quite some time. At some point with about 30 minutes remaining, I noticed that John was eating the split time between the two of us away (think he was P4 or 5 at that time, but I noticed it)...

Go a few more laps...look down again...that's when I made my first mistake. Took some damage...ended up having to limp to the pits...lost time. Lost nearly 3 minutes waiting on damaged to be fixed and a new rear wing to be installed. Took FOREVER.

...didn't have my top end speed, nor the handling after that. Ended up finding myself in the fences a time or two, nothing major that was any worse than what I already had done previously to the car. Was just trying to finish up and maintain position..ended up overshooting the hairpin JUST a tiny bit...hit the fence at a whopping 15 mph or so, took off the front wing, COMPLETELY....lol

After that, I could barely hold the thing in the road...just limped around the last few laps praying I wouldn't run off and take out a tire or something that would cause me a DNF....

...managed to finish. Come check the results and realize I somehow finished with a podium...3rd in class.

With the way that last 30 minutes went for me, couldn't be happier.

Well done to Tobias, and the other winners in the other two classes as well.

Fun race. Loved this mean monster of a track. Something a bit different. I love these temp road courses, reminds me of home :)

See you guys next week.
Take care..
Cheers..

-Jason

INT
–2 L
FIN
2
Q
2
REP
+9
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Posted by John van der Geest at 10:17 PM on Mon Oct 10 CEST





Unfortunately I couldn't find any material on Paul Anstey and Tony Carl Christensen.
Looks like they drove the perfect race :) Very impressive!
And Fahn Thomas disco'd early in the race.

Don't know about you all, but I love this track!
Didn't you feel excited and scared at the same time? Hahaha.
After the race everybody talked about craping their pants lololol.
Gimmy some more of that!!

Nice report Jason.

INT
–7 L
FIN
4
Q
4
REP
+8
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Toyota TS040
Posted by Joao Botelho de Sousa at 11:33 PM on Mon Oct 10 CEST

Great compilation John! And very fun. You should try Hollywood!!! I think i've won the "crash competition", but Alaoui is now dead meat lol

INT
–1 L
FIN
2
Q
4
REP
+9
CLASS
WEGTE
CAR
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Posted by Paul Anstey at 02:30 PM on Tue Oct 11 CEST

John this was a great choice for your series as it was technically very tough and needed a high degree of concentration at all times. A great test of your race craft.

On lap 3 (I think) I span at the bridge and damaged my front spoiler. It was marked as red on the HUD but to be honest it didn't seem to make any difference to the handling. Made my first pit stop a couple of minutes before the half way point and picked up a stop/go penalty for speeding in pit lane. Made a noobie error of not practicing a pit stop before the race and didn't know where the pit lane ended. By the time I was back out on track I was over a minute down on Tony. At one point I nearly jumped out of my skin as a P1 car shot by just didn't notice it coming up behind me.

Good race for me with only one on track mistake.

Well done to Tony and the other winners :)

See you for the next round.

INT
–8 L
FIN
4
Q
2
REP
+9
CLASS
WEGTE
CAR
Ferrari 458 GTE
Posted by Alaoui Nassim at 04:02 PM on Tue Oct 11 CEST

i Rest in Peace now , thank you john , now with that video people shall never forget us .
by a dead man talking from grave . . .

INT
–4 L
FIN
3
Q
6
REP
+8
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Audi R18 E-TRON
Posted by Jason Whited at 04:30 PM on Tue Oct 11 CEST

@Paul...
"At one point I nearly jumped out of my skin as a P1 car shot by just didn't notice it coming up behind me."

I think that was me. Maybe wrong, but same thing happened to me. Came up on a GTE car, couldn't get my hand around to flash the lights...actually, thought I was seen, just went on.
Honestly, scared the shit out of me too :D
Thought that was the end...luckily, for both of us, I didn't get too crazy and was able to keep it clean.

John, great video. I cracked up watching that last night. Really enjoyable, well done. Thanks for the series and for taking the time to make this enjoyable for all of us. Takes a lot of dedication to set this all up and then go dig around in the replay for all that stuff. Really awesome work!

INT
–1 L
FIN
2
Q
4
REP
+9
CLASS
WEGTE
CAR
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Posted by Paul Anstey at 05:28 PM on Tue Oct 11 CEST

Great video John.

I hope I never feature in them ;)


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