Troubles opening weekend for Gwendolyn Hertzberger ZANDVOORT, 28 MAY 2007 -- Gwendolyn Hertzberger did not have luck on her side this Whitsun-weekend during the 'Pinksterraces' at the Zandvoort circuit. The fast AR Motorsport lady saw a good ...
Troubles opening weekend for Gwendolyn Hertzberger
ZANDVOORT, 28 MAY 2007 -- Gwendolyn Hertzberger did not have luck on her side this Whitsun-weekend during the 'Pinksterraces' at the Zandvoort circuit. The fast AR Motorsport lady saw a good result in both qualifying and the final race of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 fade away. Despite the bad luck she was also able to look back at some positive developments. The intensive training and lots of testing bear fruit as Gwendolyn has jumped to the midfield when it comes to speed in her second season in the two-litre Formula Renault!
The first qualifying session on Saturday morning for the season opener on Monday ends in a nightmare for Hertzberger. Because the track is a bit dirty at the beginning of the session and less grip is available, Hertzberger and her team decided to wait and only go out in the second part of the session. In her first flying lap however she found the stalled car of Mateusz Adamski in the Hugenholtz corner. Without looking in his mirrors the Polish driver got his car in reverse and hit the incoming car of Hertzberger. With a damaged front wing Gwendolyn was forced to get into the pit lane, depriving her from a chance to set a fast lap. A 27th place on the grid was her part. In the second 20-minute qualifying Hertzberger was able to show her potential. With a creditable sixteenth time for the second race on Monday Hertzberger called herself lucky.
GWENDOLYN HERTZBERGER: "Well, what can I say? With thirty cars out on the track these things can happen, even though it was very clumsy of Adamski. Luckily I was able to take revenge in the second qualifying. A sixteenth place is good, but also a bit safe. I think that we should be able to get close to the top 10 in the near future."
RACE 01 + 02:
Starting from the back of the grid Gwendolyn saw her chance to work her self up the order lap after lap to eventually get up into 19th place. Because overtaking at this circuit is not easy, Hertzberger took the initiative to out brake Ja kub Giermaziak in the Tarzan corner. Both cars hooked into each other and Hertzberger had to let the Polish driver go when coming out of the corner. Halfway the circuit Hertzberger was however able to overtake Giermaziak. After the chequered flag had been shown Hertzberger was given a time penalty of 30 seconds by the race officials for 'unsporting behaviour'. This meant the fast lady was classified as 21st in race 1.
The second race also took a remarkable course. After an incident in the warm-up lap the safety car was deployed to temporarily neutralise the race. Most drivers expect a rolling restart, but several drivers at the front decided to park their cars on the grid for a standing start. Hertzberger acted according to the rules by not passing the cars in front, but some other drivers did not care about these rules. Because of the chaos Hertzberger lost several positions, but was able to regain them when the race went on. Gwendolyn went off in the final phase of the race and was stuck in the gravel. With some helping hands of the marshals she was able to return to the track, there is nothing else for Hertzberger to finish the race, which she does in 23rd position.
GWENDOLYN HERTZBERGER: "This was a day to forget quickly. Especially my penalty at the end of the first race is frustrating, because it certainly was no unsporting behaviour at all, but just a racing incident. The second race was much more positive, despite the weird start. I had the right pace, but became too enthusiastic. That is why I want to thank the team a lot for all the work they did this weekend. Everybody worked very hard and they deserved more than this. Better luck next time!"