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Grand Prix Masters

Grand Prix Masters

Grand Prix Masters was a one-make motor racing series featuring retired Formula One drivers. The inaugural (and sole 2005) event, at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa, took place on 11-13 November, but the series folded after a 2 race season in 2006.

Driver statistics

Driver Age in 2005/2006 GP starts GPM starts GPM wins Podiums
Nigel Mansell

54

187

3

2

2
Emerson Fittipaldi

61

149

3

0

1
Riccardo Patrese

53

256

3

0

1
Andrea de Cesaris

48

214

3

0

0
Derek Warwick

53

147

3

0

0
Hans Joachim Stuck

57

93

3

0

0
Christian Danner

49

47

3

0

2
Eddie Cheever

49

143

3

1

1
Jan Lammers

51

41

3

0

0
Eliseo Salazar

53

37

3

0

0
Patrick Tambay

58

123

3

0

0
René Arnoux

59

165

3

0

0
Stefan Johansson

51

103

3

0

0
Eric van de Poele

46

29

2

0

2
Pierluigi Martini

46

124

2

0

0
Alex Caffi

43

75

1

0

0
Jacques Laffite

64

180

1

0

0
Alan Jones

61

117

0

0

0

Car

All participants race identical open wheel cars, which are based on 2000 Reynard 2KI Champ Car. The chassis were built by English constructor Delta Motorsport , and were powered by naturally aspirated 80-degree 3.5-litre V8 engines produced by Nicholson McLaren. The engines were based on the Cosworth XB engines previously used in IndyCar racing, and according to the series organisers produced more than 650bhp at 10,400 rpm with over torque at 7,800 rpm.

In 2007 cars were to have been powered by a Mecachrome 90-degree V8 4.0 litre. It developed and revved to in excess of 9500 rpm.

Gearbox operation is fully manual, and controlled by a contemporary paddle shift arrangement.

Grand Prix Masters promoters boasted that the 650 kg cars reach . Claiming that the combination of stable aerodynamics and considerably simpler technology (than in use in modern Formula One) better demonstrate driver skill and promoted overtaking. Electronic 'drivers aids' (such as traction control, power steering and ABS) were absent, and brakes were made of steel rather than carbon (as in many contemporary single seater race cars) to increase braking distances.

Concept

Grand Prix Masters was modeled on the lucrative seniors tours of golf and tennis. In order to compete, drivers must:

  • Have retired from all forms of open wheel racing
  • Have competed in F1 for two complete seasons
  • Have passed a medical examination
  • Be more than 45 years on the 1st of January for the season to follow, and have retired from F1 for two complete seasons.
    • 2006 GPM announced the entry age limit for new drivers had been reduced from 45 to 40.

Controversy

There have been questions surrounding the fitness of the former Formula One stars who will race in the series. Participant Christian Danner questioned the ability of 1980 World Champion Alan Jones and former GP winner Patrick Tambay in particular, given the rapid expansion of these drivers' waistlines since retiring from racing. Jones hit back claiming the only time Danner had seen a Grand Prix podium was when he passed it on the way to the lavatory. Jones' lack of fitness at the first GP Masters event might suggest Danner's assessment had some merit.

On track

The Grand Prix Masters car first ran in late-September 2005 in the hands of Delta Motorsport Operations Director Simon Dowson. He reported a successful shakedown, despite appearing to sit very high in the car, his helmet appearing to sit level with the top of the roll-over hoop.

In mid-October 2005 Nigel Mansell and René Arnoux tested the car at the Pembrey Circuit in South Wales.

26 October 2005 saw the first multi-car test for Grand Prix Masters with de Cesaris, Mansell, Johansson, Warwick, Caffi, Stuck, Tambay and Danner running at the Silverstone circuit in England.

De Cesaris was fastest, Danner slowest while Tambay crashed.

2005: First race

The first event took place at Kyalami in South Africa on 13 November, 2005. Nigel Mansell took pole then won after battling hard with Emerson Fittipaldi. Riccardo Patrese was third. Andrea de Cesaris finished fourth after a storming drive, where he pushed past Derek Warwick. Stefan Johansson spun out early on. Jacques Laffite retired with damaged right-front suspension after colliding with René Arnoux. As predicted, Alan Jones proved a disappointment. In practice he was up to ten seconds off the pace of Mansell, before pulling out of the race –- ostensibly due to neck injury. He was replaced by Eliseo Salazar.

2005 result

Rank Driver Team Time Gap
1

Nigel Mansell

Team Altech

50:55.154

2

Emerson Fittipaldi

Team LG

50:55.562

+ 0.408
3

Riccardo Patrese

Team Goldpfeil

51:15.816

+ 20.662
4

Andrea de Cesaris

Team Unipart

51:16.854

+ 21.700
5

Derek Warwick

Team Lixxus

51:17.007

+ 21.853
6

Hans Joachim Stuck

Team Phantom

51:18.355

+ 23.201
7

Christian Danner

Team Unipart

51:19.272

+ 24.118
8

Eddie Cheever

Team Altech

51:27.359

+ 32.205
9

Jan Lammers

Team LG

51:27.932

+ 32.778
10

Eliseo Salazar

Team Altech

51:38.573

+ 43.419
11

Patrick Tambay

Team Lixxus

52:06.738

+ 1'11.584
12

René Arnoux

Team Golden Palace

52:07.890

+ 1'12.736
13

Jacques Laffite

Team GMF

43:44.471

17 laps (DNF)
14

Stefan Johansson

Team Phantom

3:33.040

28 laps (DNF)

2006 calendar

In January 2006 GP Masters announced it would hold events in the following venues:

The race scheduled for Monza was cancelled due to noise limits.

2006 results

April 29 2006, Losail, Qatar

Rank Driver Team Time Gap
1

Nigel Mansell

Team Altech

52:06.000

2

Christian Danner

Team LUK

52:06.562

+ 0.562
3

Eric van de Poele

Team Golden People

52:07.174

+ 1.174
4

Eddie Cheever

Team Altech

52:09.016

+ 3.016
5

Derek Warwick

Team Lixxus

52:09.420

+ 3.420
6

Pierluigi Martini

Team Global

52:11.710

+ 5.710
7

Jan Lammers

Team LG

52:13.044

+ 7.044
8

Stefan Johansson

Team Altech

52:14.339

+ 8.339
9

René Arnoux

Team Golden People

52:15.068

+ 9.068
10

Riccardo Patrese

Team INA

52:15.423

+ 9.423
11

Patrick Tambay

Team Lixxus

52:21.506

+ 15.506
12

Emerson Fittipaldi

Team LG

52:35.788

+ 29.788
13

Andrea de Cesaris

Team INA

33:29.621

8 laps
14

Eliseo Salazar

Team Phantom

52:22.127

11 laps
15

Hans Joachim Stuck

Team Phantom

9:28.882

19 laps

August 13 2006, Silverstone, England

Rank Driver Team Time Gap
1

Eddie Cheever

Team GPM

1:01:06.625

2

Eric van de Poele

Team Golden Palace

1:01:25.302

+ 16.677
3

Christian Danner

Team LUK

1:01:45.180

+ 36.555
4

Hans Joachim Stuck

Team Phantom

1:02:02.139

+ 53.514
5

Alex Caffi

Team Altech

1:02:11.648

+ 1:03.623
6

Riccardo Patrese

Team INA

1:02:15.492

+ 1:06.867
7

Pierluigi Martini

Team Motorola

1:02:54.980

+ 1:46.355
8

Emerson Fittipaldi

Team Altech

1:01:13.217

+ 1 Lap
9

René Arnoux

Team Golden People

1:01:55.250

+ 2 Laps
10

Andrea de Cesaris

Team INA

1:01:34.298

+ 2 Laps
11

Patrick Tambay

Team Lixxus

1:01:49.162

+ 3 Laps
12

Stefan Johansson

Team Virgin Radio/BP

55:22.246

+ 4 Laps
13

Jan Lammers

Team LG

34:44.025

13 laps
14

Eliseo Salazar

Team Phantom

19:30.140

20 laps
15

Derek Warwick

Team Lixxus

5:39.035

26 laps
16

Nigel Mansell

Team Altech

31:44.608

26 Laps

2007 calendar

Bankruptcy

On September 18th 2007, Delta Motorsport, supplier of the GP Masters chassis, announced they were filing a petition with the British High Court to have the GP Masters Operating company placed in liquidation due to non-payment of invoices. Following a hearing on the 28th of November, 2007, the Grand Prix Masters series was officially wound up.

GP Masters should not be confused with the Masters Series, owned by Ron Maiden, which runs various historic race series and operates successfully

In the first quarter of 2008 Delta Motorsport stated that they intend to re-launch the series under the name F1 Masters using the original car that they manufactured for the GP Masters series.

References

External links

  • http://www.gpmasters.com
  • http://www.delta-motorsport.com
  • http://www.grandprixmastersonline.com
  • http://www.f1mastersonline.com A site for the re-launched F1 Masters.

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