Racing Engineering faced a weekend with many technical problems! The first round of this year's World Series by Nissan took place this weekend at the famous circuit of Jarama (Madrid). Racing Engineering had to face several technical problems ...
Racing Engineering faced a weekend with many technical problems!
The first round of this year's World Series by Nissan took place this weekend at the famous circuit of Jarama (Madrid). Racing Engineering had to face several technical problems throughout the weekend and therefore the hard work of Racing Engineering's drivers as well as technical staff was not rewarded. Bas Leinders did not finish the first race after an impact of Burgeño's car, he finished the second race in fourth position. Stephane Sarrazin finished the first race in seventh position and in the second race he came in eleventh.
Race one was started under heavy rains with Bas Leinders starting from tenth position and Stephane Sarrazin from position twenty one. Stephane Sarrazin suffered from engine problems in the first qualifying on Saturday. In order to have a competitive car for the second qualifying, Racing Engineering decided to retire from the session and already start changing the engine. Therefore Stephane was penalized by having to start the first race from last position.
Bas Leinders had a good start from position ten and got into seventh position right after the start. The race was characterized by many cars spinning, getting off the track and accidents. Bas had to retire from the race in lap ten after his car was hit by Burgeño's car, which caused a bent front right suspension. Stephane, who could avoid being affected by other drivers having problems in the rain, made his way up to tenth position, when the safety car entered the track due to Karthikeyan having an accident and losing his second position. Stephane drove a very thoughtful race, pushing at the right moment and not risking too much under these difficult conditions and therefore gained three more positions and finished race one in seventh position.
The second race started on a wet track with Bas Leinders fourth and Stephane Sarrazin twelfth on the starting grid. Bas, fourth until Villaamil and Bernoldi came into the pits for their obligatory pit stops, entered the pits for his tire change with a three seconds advantage on Gene in lap 17 in second position. A perfect pit stop not only made Bas keep his position, but the gap to Gene in third position grew to eight seconds. Bas had a secure second place, when a spin on the wet track in lap 23 made him lose two positions. Bas finished the second race fourth.
Stephane Sarrazin starting from twelfth position and had to face technical problems, which kept him from showing his outstanding qualities as a race driver. Stephane drove a constant race and entered the pits in 7th position in lap 15 for his pit stop. Stephane finished the race eleventh.
Stephane Sarrazin after this difficult weekend said, "In the first race I did a good start and finished seventh. The second race was very difficult for me as I had no grip. I tried to keep the same rhythm like in the first race. I understood what happened and we will push hard and improve our performance."
Bas Leinders after his first race weekend with Racing Engineering announced, "The team worked very well and did a very good job. Due to the circumstances we still have a lot of work to do. I had a very good qualifying and a good second race. Unfortunately I made a small mistake that cost us the first podium of the season."
Alfonso de Orleans after this weekend said, "We cannot at all be happy about the results we achieved. Everything started so late for this season. We have never been signing sponsors and drivers that late. Our biggest problem has actually been the signing of the drivers due to the legal problems with Franck Montagny that did not allow us to sign drivers earlier. This delay has been causing problems for the work of the entire team."