Canadian Fans are Great Commenting on his return from the weekend's racing in Trois-Rivieres Jonathan Summerton said, "I really enjoyed the racing and the Canadian crowd of spectators were great." It made good racing fantastic and enjoyable. The...
Canadian Fans are Great
Commenting on his return from the weekend's racing in Trois-Rivieres Jonathan Summerton said, "I really enjoyed the racing and the Canadian crowd of spectators were great." It made good racing fantastic and enjoyable. The Canadians are really into open wheel racing."
"Starting off the Thursday test day the Newman Wachs cars were fast out of the transporters so I knew we could get a podium despite there being little chance of any overtaking on this circuit with an Atlantic car.'
After a few laps of qualifyingJonathan knew it would be a struggle as the team had gone the wrong way with the set upforcing him to change his driving slightly to accommodate the issues. Once he did this he had to push to be in the top three. In fact, with a few laps left, Jonathan was in P1 with him being relinquished to P3 as the checkered flag was shown.
For the race Jonathan had a great start and was on to Simona. However he was boxed by her,his team mate and the wall, so, with nowhere to gohe wasforced to back off or risk going into the beads and possibly taking everyone out. After that there was little hope of passing with the top 3 cars being so close on lap times. He continued to keep pressure on but at the half way decided to back off and at least have the fastest lap which he managed several times at the end of the race setting a new open wheel race fastest lap ever of 59.022 seconds finishing the race 3rd.
On the podium Jonathan was asked how his race went . " I had a great start and gained on Simona. However, I was boxed in going into turn 2 which meant if I had continued I would have lost several places on 2nd and 3rd so I decided it was better to drop to 3rd. After that it was impossible to pass; as a soon as I got close to the car in front I lost aero and grip so could not make a pass stick. I feel that I had a good car and could have won had I had the pole. Still, a podium is consolation."
Jonathan's next race is at Mosport,near Toronto, Canada,August 30th.