1000 kilometru lenktynes

AURUM 1006 km powered by Hankook
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Circuit information
VenuePalanga circuit
Corporate sponsorAURUM
First race2000
Last race2021
Distance1006 km
Laps373
Duration10 hours
Previous namesENEOS 1000 km powered by Hankook, Horn Grand Prix, TV3 1003 kilometrų lenktynės, Omnitel 1000 kilometrų lenktynės
Most wins (driver)Jonas Gelžinis (10)
Most wins (team)Circle K milesPLUS Racing Team (3)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (15)

"Aurum 1006 km powered by Hankook" formerly known as "ENEOS 1006 km powered by Hankook", "ENEOS 1006 km lenktynės", "Horn Grand Prix", "TV3 1003 kilometrų lenktynės" and "Omnitel 1000 km lenktynės" for sponsorship reasons) is a touring car and GT endurance racing event held annually in Lithuania, at Palanga circuit , two kilometers away from the resort town of Palanga. The race was first held in 2000.

History[]

1000 km lenktynės at Palanga Circuit, then known as "Horn Grand Prix", was first held in 2000. A total of 18 teams entered the race. It was won by Vytautas Venskūnas, Vladas Laurinavičius, and Eugenijus Tumalevičius. In 2004, the number of participants increased to 34, in 2005 to 37. In the same year, the race distance was increased to 1003 km to honor new title sponsor TV3, and the race was renamed to TV3 "1003 kilometrų lenktynės".

The number of participants continued to increase in the following year as the race was officially included in the list of FIA sanctioned events and the race began to attract teams and race drivers from other countries. In 2006 41 teams entered the race and in 2007 the number of participants increased to maximum 60.

In 2008 total 75 teams submitted their entries, but only 60 entered the race, as other teams, who failed to qualify, had to compete in support 100 laps race. A new title sponsor was introduced in 2008, as Omnitel replaced TV3. Therefore, the race reverted to its original 1000 km format. Omnitel pulled off its support before 2013 ion of the race, and the race became known simply as "1000 kilometrų lenktynės" until ENEOS became a title sponsor in 2015.

In 2017 race organizers introduced a Hankook as mandatory tyre, and it also became one of the race sponsors and race name was renamed to: "ENEOS 1006 km powered by Hankook", and in 2018 race was renamed again when the main sponsor entered and the event became - "Aurum 1006 km powered by Hankook".

Classes[]

Touring cars, GT and prototypes can enter the race if they comply with technical regulations of the race. Open top cars, such as Radical SR8, were banned from the race after the 2014 event due to safety reasons. From 2019 class system where changed: cars that satisfy Technical Regulations and are not faster than FIA GT3 will be classified and divided into classes according to the Technical regulations of the Event.

Class Description
GT FIA GT3 cars (Art 257A), FIA R - GT cars (Art 256) and cars made by SRO GT4 European Series Technical Rules (with present or expired homologation). Cars that comply with GT class principle, but were not built for FIA/ SRO homologation regulations. For example, when the base of car is a legal road sports car (Porsche, Ferrari or other). The organiser can divide cars into 2 or 3 subgroups (GT3, GT4 and GT Open ), if there are enough cars registered for separate classification.
TC Touring Cars; prepared by FIA rules for A - and N - Group (Art. 254 and Art.255), FIA rules for R - Groups (Art.260, 260d and 261) and these Rules for TC class. Class TC will be divided by calculated engine capacity to subgroups TC1 - TC4.
SP Special Cars; cars which are not accepted in any other class and silhouette cars. Electrical and Hybrid cars can start only with special request. This request must be presented to the organiser at the least 3 months prior to the race. Class SP will be divided by calculating engine capacity to subgroups SP1 - SP3 and SPE for electric/ hybrid cars.
D Diesel cars; cars with diesel engine.
TCR Cars prepared according to TCR International Series requirements and complying to an Appendixes for Aurum 1006 km Powered by Hankook Race and TCR endurance events.

Winners of 1000 kilometrų lenktynės[]

Year Best lap time Car Class Drivers Team
2021 1:09.108 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen2 GT Open Lithuania Julius Adomavičus
Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Ignas Gelžinis
Estonia Ralf Aron
Circle K milesPLUS Racing Team
2020 1:09.553 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen2 GT Open Lithuania Julius Adomavičius
Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Oskaras Brazaitis
Estonia Ralf Aron
Circle K milesPLUS Racing Team
2019 1:10.384 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT Open Lithuania Julius Adomavičius
Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Ignas Gelžinis
Estonia Ralf Aron
Circle K milesPLUS Racing Team
2018 1:10.987 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT Belgium Steve Vanbellingen
Lithuania Nemunas Dagilis
Lithuania Robertas Kupčikas
Palanga SPA Hotel by EMG Motorsport
2017 TBD Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT Lithuania Ignas Gelžinis
Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Egidijus Valeiša
Skuba Dream
2016 TBD Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT Netherlands Sebastiaan Bleekemolen
Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Benediktas Vanagas
General Financing team Pitlane
2015 1:12.091 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Ignas Gelžinis
Lithuania Tautvydas Barštys
Juta – KG Group
2014 BMW E90 M3 A3000+ Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Ignas Gelžinis
Lithuania Edvinas Arkušauskas
Liqui Moly Racing Team Lithuania
2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT Lithuania Benediktas Vanagas
Lithuania Nemunas Dagilis
Lithuania Nerijus Dagilis
15 min. - General Financing
2012 1:21.209 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GT South Africa Sun Moodley
South Africa Andrew Culbert
South Africa Manogh Maharaj
Oktanas Racing
2011 1:27.594 Honda Civic Type-R A2000 Lithuania Martynas Samuitis
Lithuania Arūnas Granskas
Neiluva - Martin Sport
2010 1:23.568 BMW M3 Silhouette X1 Belgium Benny Smets
Belgium Ward Sluys
Belgium Steve Vanbellingen
KS Motorsport
2009 1:22.955 Ferrari F430 Challenge GT Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Russia Aleksey Vasilyev
Ukraine Ilja Burenko
Snoras Client team
2008 1:20.734 Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R X1 Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Germany Ralf Kelleners
Russia Aleksey Vasilyev
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Snoras Spyker Squadron
2007 1:25.245 AGM Kit Car X1 Lithuania Ramūnas Čapkauskas
Lithuania Vidas Čebatavičius
Adampolis - Racing team
2006 1:25.570 Porsche 996 GT3 A3000+ Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis
Lithuania Aurelijus Rusteika
Lithuania Giedrius Tomas Jarmalavičius
Lithuania Arūnas Bartusevičius
Topo Centras
2005 1:26.641 Porsche 996 GT3 A3000+ Lithuania Egidijus Dapšas
Lithuania Nemunas Dagilis
Lithuania Nerijus Dagilis
Oktanas - Snaigė
2004 1:22.068 Audi RS4 A3000+ Lithuania Vytautas Venskūnas
Lithuania Vygantas Simuntis
Lithuania Linas Karlavičius
Lithuania Aivaras Pyragius
Los Patrankos - Printera
2003 1:21.794 Porsche 996 GT3 A3000+ Lithuania Vytautas Venskūnas
Lithuania Alfredas Kudla
SK D.A.L
2002 1:25.995 Porsche 993 Cup A3000+ Lithuania Vladas Laurinavičius
Lithuania Eugenijus Tamulevičius
Lithuania Aurelijus Simaška
Lithuania Nikita Kondrachinas
Lietuvos "Porsche" Klubas
2001 1:24.766 Porsche 993 RSR Lithuania Vytautas Venskūnas
Lithuania Alfredas Kudla
Automodus
2000 Porsche 993 Cup ST over 2000 Lithuania Vytautas Venskūnas
Lithuania Vladas Laurinavičius
Lithuania Eugenijus Tamulevičius
Lietuvos "Porsche" Klubas

Individual race history[]

2010[]

2010 Omnitel 1000 kilometrų lenktynės was an 11th installment of 1000 kilometrų lenktynės. It was held on July 15–17, 2010.

The race was won by Steve Vanbellingen, Benny Smets and Ward Sluys from Belgium with BMW M3 Silhouette, who drove for KS Motorsport team. Oktanas Racing drivers Robertas Kupčikas, Nemunas Dagilis and Nerijus Dagilis finished second with Porsche 997 GT3, two laps down. Fuchs MP Sport Star Moto team's drivers Maciej Marcinkewicz, Maciej Stanco and Pawel Potocki finished third with Ferrari F430 GT3 Scuderia, 15 laps down.[1]

Only 34 cars from 42 finished the race. Fastest lap was recorded by Robertas Kupčikas, with a laptime of 1.21:032.

2012[]

2012 Omnitel 1000 kilometrų lenktynės was the 13th installment of 1000 kilometrų lenktynės. It was held on July 19–21, 2012.

The race was won by South Africans Sun Moodley, Andrew Culbert and Manogh Maharaj, who drove Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for Oktanas Racing, despite running out of fuel in the final lap.[2] JR Motorsport team drivers took second with BMW M3 Silhouette. RIMO team with BMW 3 Series finished third and also took victory in diesel-powered cars class.

Race favourites BOD-Bauer Racing took pole position with a laptime of 1:30.204, but soon after the start their Aquila CR1 developed a brakes issue and finished only in 28th position. During the race weekend team also set the fastest Palanga Circuit laptime of 1:17.270, which is still the best lap time on the old configuration circuit.

2014[]

2014 1000 kilometrų lenktynės was the 15th installment of 1000 kilometrų lenktynės. It was held on July 17–19, 2014. This was the first time when the race was held in shortened circuit. This was also the second time in a row when the race did not have a title sponsor after Omnitel pulled off its support in 2013.

The race was red flagged for the first time in history due to heavy rain after 303 laps from 373. Victory was awarded to Liqui Moly Racing Team Lithuania and its drivers Jonas Gelžinis, Ignas Gelžinis and Edvinas Arkušauskas with BMW M3. "INTER RAO Lietuva" finished second, 13 seconds behind with another BMW M3. Final podium position was taken by "Macrofinance" racing team with third BMW M3.[3]

Qualification was dominated by sports car drivers. Speed Factory Racing driver Konstantin Calko with Radical SR8 took pole position with a laptime of 1:07.046. "15min-GSR-Telsiu statyba" with Radical SR5 was second, 2.344 seconds behind. BarBar'a-Bauer by Algirdai took third, 2.892 behind, but due to technical problems they all finished outside the top 10.

References[]

  1. ^ ""Omnitel 1000 km lenktynes" laimėjo belgai (Papildyta)".
  2. ^ ""Omnitel" 1000 km lenktynėse pergalę iškovojo "Oktanas Racing" komanda". Sportas.lt. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2018-11-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)