Hinch Takes Top-Ten in Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta -- Toronto's James Hinchcliffe wracked up his ninth top-ten finish of the season on Sunday as he finished tenth in Round 10 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic...
Hinch Takes Top-Ten in Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta -- Toronto's James Hinchcliffe wracked up his ninth top-ten finish of the season on Sunday as he finished tenth in Round 10 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, hosted in Edmonton, Alberta.
Having scored his fifth podium of the year on Saturday, placing third overall in the first half of the weekend's double-header race meeting on the 1.973-mile Edmonton City Centre Airport temporary street course, the 20-year-old Sierra Sierra Enterprises driver knew a repeat performance would be a tall order given he would start Sunday's 45-minute race back in 15th -- a qualifying penalty forcing James to start outside the top-five for the first time in eight races.
Round 10 kicked off early and cleanly in Edmonton with the 24-strong pack funneling safely through the first turn. Hinchcliffe climbed a couple of spots in the #9 NOCO/ProWorks Swift Mazda-Cosworth before a full-course caution came into play. Eventually cracking the top-ten when the track returned to green, James found himself tenth tailing fellow Canadian Kevin Lacroix and America's Jonathan Edwards. The three-car eighth to tenth-placed train lapped consistently with Lacroix getting the better of Edwards on lap 19 allowing Hinch to draw closer and pressure his rival.
Riding on the American's rear-wing, the gap as low as two tenths of a second for much of the race, the high-speed nature of the Alberta track made passing virtually impossible with James' progress coming to a halt as he shadowed Edwards in tenth through to the checkered on lap 38. At the front Brazil's Raphael Matos collected his sixth win of the year, completing an Edmonton sweep, the series leader heading home America's Jonathan Bomarito and France's Franck Perera.
"I think we had a car that was a little bit better than tenth today but we made it a long day for ourselves by qualifying so badly yesterday," said Hinchcliffe. "Overall the Edmonton weekend's been pretty disappointing. Despite getting on the podium yesterday I was really hoping for more, especially today I thought we'd have a better run up through the field.
"It's probably a weekend to be forgotten but the next tracks we visit I really enjoy. I don't have too much time to dwell on matters here as we're back out next weekend at San Jose. It's a quick turnaround so hopefully we'll go do it right next time!"
Both races from Edmonton will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Monday 23rd July at 5pm EST.
The penultimate round of the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championship, Round 11, will be held on the streets of San Jose, Friday 27th -- Sunday 29th July, at the San Jose Grand Prix.