Natacha Gachnang improves her pace in competitive race two
Qualifying Race 2 - P20 -2.11.387
Race 2 - P13
Qualifying Race1 - P20 - 2.12.913
Race 1 - P11
Sunday, June 28, 2009 - Spa-Francorchamps hosted this weekend's third round of the Formula 2 series which returns for the first season in 25 years. 25 drivers are competing in identical cars running Avon tyres. Natacha Gachnang, the Swiss driver from Aigle finished the first race of the Formula 2 Weekend at Spa Francorchamps in 11th having started the race from 20th on the grid. In race 2, the young driver started race two from 20th and finished in 13th.
Natacha had a strong start in race 1 after an accident ahead of her in the first few laps eliminated a number of competitors, slowed down her progress and caused Andy Soucek to be given a ten-second penalty by the FIA stewards following the incident at Les Combes on lap three of Saturday's Formula Two race 1. In race two there were not any similar incidents. The race was fiercely competitive, however, with Natacha Gachnang making a good start and brilliantly defending her position from Italian Edoardo Piscopo as of the ninth lap of the race where the times of the top 10 drivers were all extremely tight.
Natacha Gachngang: "Evidently I am happy to have finished the race 1 in 11th position, after the difficult qualifying. But somewhere I am even more proud to have finished race two in good conditions because there was no incident at the start and my times were better than in the first race. It was very tight and really competitive. I could not make a lot of progress at the start of the race because there was no slot anywhere and I was a bit stuck. So I had to bide my time. It was a good idea because I did not take any risks and waited before overtaking a number of other cars. Towards the end, Piscopo was very threatening behind me, but I was able to control him. I feel I am getting the job done in a much better way and
There is a testing session on July 7 ahead of our fourth round in Brands Hatch. It's a positive thing to plan for me as I have never raced in Brands Hatch and all the British competitors are at home there. In spite of this handicap I'm looking forward to racing on this spectacular track. This week, I will be off to Paul Ricard to test with the Formula Le Mans cars onTuesday June 30 with Hope Pole Vision, the team with whom I completed my first ever Le Mans podium two weeks ago, on June 14. I want to become more familiar with their car which is different to this one."