Up in smoke Race one at the Hungaroring went up in a cloud of tyre smoke for Racing Engineering drivers Adam Carroll and Javier Villa today, as accidents put paid to both men's best efforts to bring home more points for the team after a strong...
Up in smoke
Race one at the Hungaroring went up in a cloud of tyre smoke for Racing Engineering drivers Adam Carroll and Javier Villa today, as accidents put paid to both men's best efforts to bring home more points for the team after a strong performance in qualifying yesterday promised to provide some silverware for the team's trophy room. Adam started from fourth on the grid, while Javi was further back in twentieth, and excellent starts from both drivers saw them leapfrog drivers in front of them. Adam was up to second place at turn one and pushed to keep up with eventual winner Nelson Piquet Jr, but despite pulling away from his pursuers the Ulsterman was unable to keep pace with the man in front.
Javi, meanwhile, was able to jump up the field and could easily run with those around him. Adam came in for his planned stop to change all four tyres, creating a lot of smoke as he stopped for turn one, but a collision with Jose Maria Lopez shortly afterwards broke his steering column and caused difficulties for the remainder of the race; despite this he managed to finish seventh to gain a front row start for race two tomorrow.
Javi stopped later in the race for four tyres as well, but cold tyres and a brake balance problem created yet more smoke at turn one before he came together with Felix Porteiro, with both men out on the spot. Javi finished in 23rd position.
A slightly frustrated Alfonso de Orleans Borbon later noted: The race went quite well, and I think Adam drove very steadily; but it was a bit of a pity that we were second and then came out of the pits in ninth; we took the chance to change all four tyres, which didn't really help. And then there was contact between Lopez and Adam; his steering column is actually bent, so it was very difficult to finish the race, but he still managed to put in some good times with what was left of the car! Javi was pretty much the same; we changed all four tyres, but at the end of the pit straight the tyres didn't brake the same way as before and he had the collision. But all in all I think Adam and Javi did as good a job as they could."
Sitting with his engineers after the race, Adam Carroll commented: I had a good start and was running second, but unfortunately our pitstop didn't work out the way we hoped it would; we decided to go for four wheels, and I got a shake and a Big Mac with it as well! Actually it wasn't too much slower but I came out in ninth place, and I think that was a bit of a shock for all of us! A lot of people pitted a lot earlier than we expected really, so I think we were just a little unfortunate there. And then Lopez went off and across the grass, I had a good run on him and a lot of speed, so he really should have been looking in his mirrors, because you don't have to ask me twice! It was just unfortunate because as he turned in I was there, so we were quite lucky because I was up on two wheels, and I only lost one position."
Resting in the truck, Javier Villa commented: It was not so good today. The start is difficult on this track but it was not so bad, and then the other guys stopped and I kept going as fast as the ones at the front, and I was second behind Piquet at my stop. We stopped for four tyres and then when I got to the first corner it didn't brake, locked in the front, and Porteiro was there and I crashed with him. Tomorrow we start 23rd, and it will be even more difficult, but I think it's really important that I get a good start and then see what we can do."