Nurburgring: P1 Motorsport qualifying report

VAN DER GARDE TAKES COMMANDING SECOND POLE OF THE SEASON P1 Motorsport's Giedo Van der Garde has claimed his second pole of the 2008 World Series by Renault season at the Nurburgring - the Dutchman having dominated Friday's practice sessions at...

VAN DER GARDE TAKES COMMANDING SECOND POLE OF THE SEASON

P1 Motorsport's Giedo Van der Garde has claimed his second pole of the 2008 World Series by Renault season at the Nurburgring - the Dutchman having dominated Friday's practice sessions at the historic German circuit. Having made it through to the Super Pole session, Van der Garde had a slow start and it looked as though he might miss out on a top grid position, but a new set of tyres gave him the edge over his rivals, and he posted the fastest lap time.

Commenting on the qualifying session, Van der Garde said: "The first run in Super Pole didn't go well at all and we were about one second off the pace. We changed tyres and with this set it was much better. We did two flying laps with a light fuel load, and that was enough for pole."

Reverse grid regulations will see the championship leader start from eighth on the grid for Race One, where Van der Garde will be looking to score valuable points for his title bid. "For this afternoon's race we'll have to see what happens - it's quite difficult to overtake around here but we'll aim to get as many points as possible, without taking too many risks. The more points the better of course, but we'll see what happens."

In stark contrast to her team mate, Pippa Mann's weekend got off to a troublesome start when the British driver was forced to pull off the track and out of qualifying after her World Series by Renault car suffered an alternator failure.

"By the time I was on my best lap, I could really feel that the engine had very little power," said Mann. "I knew we had some sort of problem but it soon became apparent I would have to pull off the circuit. It's really disappointing as we've made some major steps forward this weekend and I was hoping this would show in qualifying, but it wasn't to be."

Mann's incident brought out a red flag, instantly resulting in the loss of her quickest time. Since she took no further part in qualifying, Mann was pushed to the back of the grid and will therefore start 26th and last for the first race from the Nurburgring.

-credit: p1

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Pippa Mann