Super Jani Sprints to Victory Switzerland's Neel Jani drove to a comfortable victory in Friday's Super Sprint at Spa, taking the chequered flag after 12 laps ahead of Mondini and Belicchi and bringing him right back on course in the race for ...
Super Jani Sprints to Victory
Switzerland's Neel Jani drove to a comfortable victory in Friday's Super Sprint at Spa, taking the chequered flag after 12 laps ahead of Mondini and Belicchi and bringing him right back on course in the race for the title.
The morning's pole position had set him on his way, but on Friday afternoon Neel Jani finished the job, taking victory in the Super Sprint at Spa. The Dams team leader was faultless, qualifying at the front of the grid for the sixth time in seven races then leading a perfect race, controlling his rivals and steering clear of the Belgian circuit's many traps.
Behind him only Sharp was able to keep up, though it was soon clear that catching Jani was mission impossible today. But the Scotsman never relented, making the most of the race and notching up some big points to keep him in the running for the championship title. The rest of the field enjoyed a mixed bag of luck, with no major upsets for most of the drivers. But only 17 of the 18 starters made it to the finish line, as Van Lagen spun off exiting the Raidillon, Spa's legendary sequence that has ended the races of many drivers from all areas of motor racing.
At the front and with little pressure from behind, Jani made it a one-man-show, showing himself to be a perhaps main contender for the championship title. "Obviously the title is still my objective," he said later, "I've taken more points from my 6 poles in the last 7 races than I did in the first 6 races. I hope my run of bad luck is behind me, and I'm going to take it one race at a time and make sure I make no mistakes in qualifying. After that we'll see." But in the penultimate lap, Sharp had disappeared from Jani's mirrors. The Scotsman had run wide, letting Mondini and Belicchi through and missing out on a podium finish.
The championship standings are closer than ever, with Belicchi still in the lead and now 15 points ahead of Mondini. Sharp hangs on to third, but his lead over fourth-place Jani is now just six points.
Everything is still to play for.
<pre> Super Sprint Classification
1) Jani (Dams) 26'36''464 2) Mondia (EuroInternational) à 03''722 3) Belicchi (AFC Motorsport) à 04''608 4) Montanari (Victory Eng. SpA) à 07''644 5) Sharp (Jenzer Motorsport) à 010''880 6) Shimoda (David Price Racing) à 12''636 7) Proetto (EuroInternational) à 21''240 8) Pasini (Victory Eng SpA) à 22'076 9) Lorgere Roux (Dams) à 26''761 10) Bell (David Price Racing) à 27''925