GIEDO WINS ON THE TRACK AND IN THE PITLANE P1 Motorsport took their third win in the World Series by Renault with Dutchman Giedo van der Garde coming back from third place to take a faultless victory at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Van der...
GIEDO WINS ON THE TRACK AND IN THE PITLANE
P1 Motorsport took their third win in the World Series by Renault with Dutchman Giedo van der Garde coming back from third place to take a faultless victory at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Van der Garde commanded the race from the early stages, and a superb team effort in the pitstop ensured that his position was not compromised.
Starting from second on the grid, Van der Garde got a good start off the line, but was on the outside of the track coming into the La Source hairpin. With Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Team Comtec) on the inside, and Carlin Motorsport's Mikhail Aleshin right behind him, the P1 Motorsport car held ground but exited the corner just short of Aleshin's rear wing. Ending the first lap in third, it seemed the 23 year-old championship leader had a lot of work ahead of him, but he made it look easy. Clearly quicker than Aleshin, Van der Garde passed the Russian with ease and took second position on the second lap. Instantly he was on the tail of Bonanomi, catching him by half a second per lap until he was within striking distance. In a perfect manoeuvre, Van der Garde took the lead around the outside of the Comtec car, and pulled away from the field.
However the team still had to execute the mandatory pitstop, and on lap eight the leader was called in. With a stop of just 4.8 seconds, the P1 Motorsport crew sent Van der Garde on his way, and he re-joined in sixth position ahead of Bonanomi. Once the cars ahead who were yet to make their stop had also pulled into the pitlane, P1 Motorsport were back in the lead and remained there comfortably, crossing the line to take their third 2008 win out of four races.
An elated Van der Garde said, "The team delivered the perfect strategy, and did a fantastic job in the pitstop. What can I say - I'm really happy to take this win for P1 Motorsport, especially after the disappointment of yesterday. Now we look to Monaco, which will be totally different once again - the circuit is very bumpy with little grip, and qualifying will be the key to a good result. I'm looking forward to it."
It was a very different story for Van der Garde's team mate Pippa Mann, who suffered a problem during her pitstop and was forced to retire on lap seven. Team Director Roly Vincini commented: "Pippa had a difficult weekend - yesterday her car collected some debris on the first lap and this made her race very difficult. Today - we'll have to have a look at the data and see what happened. The engine stalled as the car went up on the front jack, and from some reason it wouldn't re-start in first gear. A great result for Giedo though - overall a fantastic team effort."
P1 Motorsport will be back in action on 24th/25th of May at the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, as the World Series by Renault 3.5 is the support series for the FIA Formula One World Championship.
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