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Brands Hatch: Natacha Gachnang race two report

Qualifying Race 2 - 9the place Race 2 - 15th place Qualifying Race 1 - 21st place Race 1 - 14th place Sunday, July 19, 2009 - Brands Hatch hosted this weekend's the fourth round of the Formula 2 series which returns for the first season in...

Qualifying Race 2 - 9the place
Race 2 - 15th place

Qualifying Race 1 - 21st place
Race 1 - 14th place

Sunday, July 19, 2009 - Brands Hatch hosted this weekend's the fourth round of the Formula 2 series which returns for the first season in 25 years. 25 drivers compete in identical cars running Avon tyres. Natacha Gachnang, the Swiss female driver from Aigle finished the first race of the weekend on Saturday at in 14th having started the race 17th on the grid after penalties for a number of her rivals moved her up from 21st in qualifying. Natacha started the 19-lap race two from ninth on the grid, her best qualifying of the season, and finished in 15th after the race was stopped four times.

Natacha had a good start to race two, initially climbing up two positions. But then as the rain fell she dropped a few positions and the race was declared wet and the safety car was out after an accident after some of Natacha's rivals spinning off. The race was stopped and declared wet. On the grid, it was difficult to know how much rain would fall over the remaining race or if it was necessary to change the tyres right away for the second start, or better to wait for the suspended race procedure.

Natacha had a slight problem after the restart and put a wheel on the wet grass and got back but before she found her pace again, a second safety car disturbed the race after an accident behind her with Sanchez flying off on the sixth lap. The race resumed with 12 laps to go.

But the Brands Hatch race had a hard time getting going again as Henry Surtees had an accident on the first restart lap. So the rescue crews were on duty again and the race was suspended and neutralised behind the safety car as the red flag was out and a few minutes later were again lined up for a restart if there was time. In the end a fourth red flag stopped the race.

Natacha Gachnang commented, "Races are all different and anything can happen. But I am not happy to have finished race two in 15th position, after the good qualifying results. But somewhere these few drops of rain spoiled the conditions because of the rain delay and the various accidents. We didn't get to drive all 19 laps and instead had to contend with three restarts. With my team we have been working hard over the entire weekend and had high hopes for the second race. It is hard on the cars to restart three times and we could not make the most of our competitive package. Now, I will be off to Algarve (Portugal) with Hope Pole Vision, the team with whom I completed my first ever Le Mans podium. It will be a good way to get some excellent training under my belt for our next session in Donington Park mid August."

-credit: ng

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Series F2
Drivers Natacha Gachnang