Kovalainen takes dominant win at Valencia Heikki Kovalainen has pulled out a 24-point advantage in the World Series by Nissan after taking victory in the second race of the day at Valencia. The Finn started his Pons Racing car from pole ...
Kovalainen takes dominant win at Valencia
Heikki Kovalainen has pulled out a 24-point advantage in the World Series by Nissan after taking victory in the second race of the day at Valencia.
The Finn started his Pons Racing car from pole position and from then on was only briefly headed during the mandatory pitstops on his way to an 8.451-second success over first-race winner Jean-Christophe Ravier.
"This has been a fantastic weekend so we can't be disappointed with losing the first race," said Kovalainen. "I had a good feeling with the car and the win was pretty straightforward."
Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) held second place early in the race from Epsilon Euskadi driver Ravier. But there were problems with changing Monteiro's left-front wheel during his pitstop and he lost several places. The Portuguese then damaged his front wing in a collision with Enrique Bernoldi and was forced to settle for seventh place, meaning he loses second place in the points to Bernoldi, who finished fourth.
The final place on the podium was therefore taken by Tristan Gommendy, who paid tribute to his Saulnier Racing crew for an amazing four-second pitstop. Adrian Valles was looking set for fourth until he retired with electrical problems, allowing Bernoldi to take the place from Olivier Pla and Felix Porteiro.
Other retirements were Narain Karthikeyan with a repeat of his first-race throttle problems, and Juan Cruz Alvarez, who spun out of fourth position.
A dramatic second World Series Lights race provided Saulnier Racing's Mathieu Lahaye with his first win. Lahaye took advantage when front-row men Milos Pavlovic and Simon Abadie touched away from the line. Abadie went out in a first-lap collision with Matteo Pellegrino, while Pavlovic settled for second ahead of Bastien Briere. After the finish line Pavlovic accidentally crashed into Lahaye, who had slowed to celebrate with his team, and was taken to the medical centre. No-one was hurt, although Pavlovic was given a neck collar to wear by the doctors.