Malaysia brought no points for Czechs Erik Janis and the Czech team fought hard at Sepang but even though they were running close to the points in the Feature race they did not get one and finished 17th in the Sprint and 16th in the Feature race.
Malaysia brought no points for Czechs
Erik Janis and the Czech team fought hard at Sepang but even though they were running close to the points in the Feature race they did not get one and finished 17th in the Sprint and 16th in the Feature race. Sepang hosted the third round of the A1GP -- World Cup of Motorsport and the race day was once again hot and humid although there were some worries about possible thunderstorms.
The Sprint race of the Czech team was compromised due to problems with the gearbox and Janis finished 17th. The team managed to rectify everything in time for the feature race.
The Czech team had considered the Feature race as the best opportunity to score the points and thrilling 70 minutes proved that they were in contention. The start brought a big melee in the middle of the pack and Janis did well to survive without damaging his car. He gradually moved up in the order and thanks to a smooth work during the hectic first stop was running 11th just behind the points.
The first stop was really hectic one as the safety car was deployed when the pitstop window was opened and the whole field dived to the pits. Janis managed to keep in touch with Mexico's car but was short to defend Brno dominator Johny Reid who was curving his way from the back.
The team opted to wait with the second mandatory stop but it did not pay off and Janis emerged from the pits just ahead of Germany's car on 13th place. However, the German driver drive into Janis at the first corner and the Czech driver spun as a result, which obviously caused loss of few places. It was for the third time today when the German car caused a collision. Janis finished 16th at the end.
Erik Janis: "I am not happy. There was little to do in the sprint because we had problem with gearbox that jumped into neutral when shifting from second to third and it was repeating, so I was glad to see the flag. The feature race was very lively at the beginning there was a lot of touches. Fortunately, my car was not damaged and I was in touch with cars ahead. The first stop was a tricky one -- basically everyone went to the pits and there was no space to put the car straight but the stop was not bad. I was just behind points and hoped that we can do something during the second stops but it was not the case. When I left the pits I fought with the German's car and he hit me at the second corner. That ended any hopes although the car was okay and I set my fastest lap in the penultimate one."
Antonin Charouz, Seatholder: "The result did not meet our expectations but there were some factors outside our control like the collision. Anyway, we have to do a careful analysis of all three events and than we will see what we can do to improve it for the rest of the season."