JUNIOR STROUS TAKES GREAT SIXTH PLACE IN LAS VEGAS ATLANTICS RACE LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, 08 APRIL 2007 -- In the opening round of the Champ Car Atlantic championship Junior Strous has clinched a sixth place. The Dutchman, who started the race from a...
JUNIOR STROUS TAKES GREAT SIXTH PLACE IN LAS VEGAS ATLANTICS RACE
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, 08 APRIL 2007 -- In the opening round of the Champ Car Atlantic championship Junior Strous has clinched a sixth place. The Dutchman, who started the race from a fifteenth position, fought out several interesting duels during the race, eventually leading him to sixth overall. In the championship standings the rookie is in sixth place with 19 points. In the 'Rookie of the Year' standings the Condor Motorsports driver is in fourth place with the same amount of points.
Junior Strous came to the 3.862 meter long street circuit in Las Vegas (USA) with a lot of confidence. On Friday he set the eighth time during the free practice session, a 1:35.950. In the first qualifying session on Friday afternoon he tried to improve that time but only a few laps into the session the rear stabiliser of his car broke. The team could not repair the stabiliser in time so Strous had to continue with the problem. He ended the qualifying in thirteenth position, not able to improve his lap time.
After the qualifying session Strous took part in the second free practice session. He had a good start but eventually had to be content with tenth place. In the final qualifying session Strous did not have luck on his side. The thirty minutes of qualifying were interrupted by red flags no less than four times. The 20-year old driver was not able to put in a really fast lap time. Strous ended the session in fifteenth place, stopping the clocks on 1:32.615. In the warm-up before the race Strous did set the fastest lap, but this time was taken away from him because the race officials declared it was set when the red flags were already out. Strous ended the warm-up in eleventh spot.
On Sunday afternoon Strous had a good start of his Champ Car Atlantic race. He immediately won a position and was in fourteenth place. Because 'blocking' is not allowed in America, as opposed to Europe, Strous was able to get to the front of the pack quite rapidly. The race was characterized by many crashes which meant more time was spent behind the safety car than on a 'green' track during the 50 minutes the race lasted. Strous was able to stay out of trouble and ended the nerve wrecking race after 22 laps in sixth place.
JUNIOR STROUS: "I am satisfied with this result. The weekend started bad because my fastest lap times in the free practices, qualifying sessions and warm-up were taken away no less than six times, because I was said to have set them during a red flag period. I had to start the race from a disappointing fifteenth place. Fortunately I was able to overtake a lot of my opponents and ended up in sixth place. The most important fact is that the speed of the car is there and, in contrast with some of my opponents, managed to score a lot of points for the championship. I showed some proof that I do not yield to my experienced team mate Franck Perera and that I can fight with the best for the title. I have really enjoyed the fights with other competitors. I hope to do the same next week in Long Beach (California)!"