JOURDAIN JR. CLOSE TO COLLECT POINTS Michel reached up to second place during the Feature race A1 Team Mexico driver Michel Jourdain Jr. was close to collect points in the Feature race, finishing 11th. This happened during Round 3 of the A1GP...
JOURDAIN JR. CLOSE TO COLLECT POINTS
Michel reached up to second place during the Feature race
A1 Team Mexico driver Michel Jourdain Jr. was close to collect points in the Feature race, finishing 11th. This happened during Round 3 of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport which was held at the 5.54-Km. (3.44-mile) Sepang International Circuit, in Malaysia.
In the Sprint race, the Mexican native had a good start but an incident dropped him back, finishing 19th. Sprint race winner Neel Jani, completed the 10-lap race in 18'20.910, French Loic Duval was second 3.792 seconds behind and Canadian Robert Wickens came home third, 13.127 seconds adrift.
"We've just finished the two races here in Malaysia. In both I had good starts. In the first race I've started 16th and at the middle of the first lap I was already 11th. When attempting to overtake for the 10th place -which was the USA driver, he closed the door and when trying to avoid him I spun. Because it was such a short race, I wasn't able to recover," the Mexican driver said after competing for the first time at the difficult Malaysian circuit.
The Feature race was held under a 32 C hot weather and 66 per cent humidity, which were harsh conditions for the drivers. In this race Michel started from the 20th place and at the end of the first lap he was already 12th. On lap 2 he regained a couple of places and most of the time he raced in the Top-10.
When there were seven laps to go Jourdain Jr. reached the second place, which he enjoyed it for just a couple of laps. Unfortunately, a problem when pitting took longer than expected and Michel ended up vying for the last spot that could reward points. The last lap was exciting with a final battle for the 10th place that involved the Mexican, American and British drivers, which finally was won by Oliver Jarvis.
Nonetheless, Jarvis' joy was short-lived. Brazilian Sergio Jimenez and he were penalized for gaining an unfair advantage in the pit lane during the first mandatory stop, promoting France to second place, USA to tenth and Mexico to 11th.
Jani was fastest in both races at Sepang, achieving back-to-back victories too. He completed the 35-lap Feature race in 1:08'13.459, followed by Loic Duval coming 8.928 seconds later and the third sport went to Brazilian Sergio Jimenez (8.414).
"In the second race I was passing several cars. The car was really good. We were running in eight-nine, but during the final pit stop we had a problem with an air wrench for changing tyres and we lost about five or six seconds. I finished half of a second behind the ninth place, so we were very close. Therefore, we were very close to collect points, which would have been very good for the A1 Team Mexico," Jourdain Jr. said.