D: Adrian Tambay Barcelona summary

Tambay claims another podium finish as FBMW pays first visit to Barcelona Adrien Tambay travelled to Barcelona, Spain at the weekend, as the FBMW Germany series made its debut at the famous Catalunya circuit in Montmelo, just 20 minutes...

Tambay claims another podium finish as FBMW pays first visit to Barcelona

Adrien Tambay travelled to Barcelona, Spain at the weekend, as the FBMW Germany series made its debut at the famous Catalunya circuit in Montmelo, just 20 minutes from the centre of Barcelona. By the time he left the circuit last night to return to his home in Le Cannet, France, the sixteen-year-old had added another podium position, taking third in the second race.

The weekend's two FBMW races were run on the short circuit in Barcelona not the full- length Grand Prix version - and in spite of the fact that he enjoyed the layout and challenges of the circuit, by the end of the weekend, he'd learned that the layout was suitably short in length that on-track gains were more difficult than normal, and he was `ready for more'.

Opening practice was all about learning the circuit, as Tambay had neither been there previously, nor was there any opportunity to pre-race it on his games console. This was also the first time that he experimented with the difficult art of `left foot braking', a skill which will prove valuable to him as his career progresses towards F1.

At the end of free practice, Tambay had clocked the fourth fastest time, just over a second off the fastest time. Moving on to qualifying, and determined to continue with his left foot braking, Tambay took 7th position for the first race, and 5th for the second. His lap times improved 3/10 of a second between the two sessions, and his fastest lap for the second race matched the pole for the first race, proof positive of the competitive nature of the tight circuit.

As has become normal in the young Tambay's debut season, weather across the course of the weekend was changeable, and he was again called to race on a drying track in the first race. Starting well from the fourth row of the grid, by the end of the first lap, he'd gained two places, then lost one of those to Irishman Niall Quinn, previously a competitor in the 2006 FBMW UK Championship.

On just the third lap, Tambay's Josef Kaufmann Racing team-mate, Marco Wittman made an ill-judged lunge under braking, a move which ultimately led to his retirement from the race. Tambay was left to continue with a badly damaged transmission system, and was forced to focus on defending his position. By the end of the race, he'd slipped to sixth, but later, was called before the race director, and given a 30 second penalty for his part in Wittman's retirement, dropping him to 14th , his worst finish this year.

An understandably frustrated Tambay took to the grid for Sunday's race, and although his car would prove to lack straight-line speed as the result of an error in set-up choosing too much aerodynamic downforce for the dry conditions he battled throughout the race, claiming a credible but disappointed 3rf at the end.

Commenting on Sunday evening, Adrien Tambay stated, "It was a really mixed weekend. I raced well, but the finishing positions and points don't tell the whole story. I'm frustrated to have been penalised, but accept the decision of the race director; a lesson learned. The second race went much better, and the result is some reward, but I lost the tow to the two leaders early when I made a little mistake, and any chance to catch them was gone. Now, I focus on the final races in the series, in Hockenheim in four weeks time. It's my last chance to grab a win in my debut year, and I'll be pushing for that."

-credit: tambay27.com

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Niall Quinn , Adrien Tambay