EU: Series Valencia SC race 1 report

Harvey, Ilyas and Tarancon take the podium spots in Valencia. Valencia, 26 June 2010. Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) made the best possible use of his pole for the first race of the weekend in Valencia with a lights to chequered flag ...

Harvey, Ilyas and Tarancon take the podium spots in Valencia.

Valencia, 26 June 2010. Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) made the best possible use of his pole for the first race of the weekend in Valencia with a lights to chequered flag domination of the race. However, close behind him for much of the race was Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS), who crossed the line second, while his Spanish team-mate, Javier Tarancon, was third. The other local driver, Carlos Sainz (Eurointernational), made sure of the Rookie win as he had done in all the other races of the season.

At the start it was Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) who was determined to make up places and moved up from fourth on the grid to third. However, a few corners later his move on Ilyas, who had also made up a place, didn't work and he dropped back to fifth. "I tried it and it went wrong, but I am here to win," said the Dutch driver.

Behind the front runners there was some action with a very optimistic move by Petri Suvanto (FI/Josef Kaufmann Racing), from tenth, on his team-mate Hannes Van Asseldonk (NL), who was in front of him, ending up with retirement for both Suvanto and Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport), who was in fact lying eighth at the time. Also in the wars and retiring in the opening laps after incidents were Daniil Kvyat (RU/Eurointernational) and Marc Coleselli (AT/Eifelland Racing).

While Harvey was being followed closely by Ilyas at the front, with his lead at the end of lap two of 2.1secs being whittled down to 0.6secs at the end of lap six, there was a real tussle going on between George Katsinis (GR/Fortec Motorsports) and Facu Regalia (AR/Eifelland Racing) for fifth. At the end of lap seven the timekeepers could not split them so the difference as Katsinis followed Regalia over the line was 0.0secs! The final winner of this battle was Katsinis, who got by on lap nine.

1st Round 5: Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports): "It is a great result for me and the team, the third win of the season out of five poles. It was a really tough race, actually the toughest race of the year so far. I had quite a good start and got two seconds in front and then Fahmi brought the gap down to point six, but then my car gradually got better and better and I managed to extend the lead again. I would like to see more of the same tomorrow, but let's see."

2nd Round 5: Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS): "Thankfully I made a good start and managed to overtake Javier for second and I had Robin behind me. He was quite fast and attacking me. I defended but the third time when he tried to overtake going into the corner he made a mistake. I then had a clear track behind me and was catching Jack, but then I had a problem with the car and dropped back. With two laps to go I was two seconds behind and it was too much to make up, but I am very happy with second place."

3rd Round 5: Javier Tarancon (ES/DAMS): "I made a bad start as I started on the dirty side. In the first corner Robin overtook me and so I was missing a bit of speed. Jack and Fahmi were going really fast so it was difficult to catch them up. I tried to keep my position and save my tyres. I enjoyed the race at the beginning, but not so much as the end as I saw Robin coming very quickly. However, it is my first podium and I am really happy. Tomorrow I will be more aggresive as I shall be starting from fifth and I hope to be on the podium again. "

Top Rookie in Round 5 : Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational): "It has been quite a strange race for me with the first three laps being very bad. I had a crash with Côme and was not confident with the car. I felt there was something wrong with it, did not have the confidence to brake harder so cars were passing me. Then I concentrated again and decided to push. I tried to push, but still did not have the pace to fight for the podium. I was catching up little by little but when you are so far away it is impossible to catch up."

-source: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Facu Regalia , Jack Harvey , Timmy Hansen , Javier Tarancon , Robin Frijns , Fahmi Ilyas , Daniil Kvyat , Petri Suvanto
Teams DAMS