Carroll wins as ART wraps up title Adam Carroll has won today's GP2 series race at Spa Francorchamps as heavy rain and a large accident ended the race on lap 11 of 18. Adam, who also set the fastest lap, was followed home in the final ...
Carroll wins as ART wraps up title
Adam Carroll has won today's GP2 series race at Spa Francorchamps as heavy rain and a large accident ended the race on lap 11 of 18. Adam, who also set the fastest lap, was followed home in the final classification by Borja Garcia and Ernesto Viso. Scott Speed is classified fourth, with Nico Rosberg fifth and Juan Cruz Alvarez sixth. With less than 75% of the original race distance completed at the time of the race's conclusion, half points will be awarded, but ART Grand Prix now have an insurmountable tally in the teams' championship.
Race Report. For safety reasons the race director decided to start the race behind the safety car. The GP2 series field completed the formation lap and the first tour under these conditions, until they were released at the start of lap two. Adam, who held pole after finishing eighth yesterday, was the only man with a clear view, and made the most of it by putting in a string of fastest laps to pull out a commanding lead. Behind him, Borja had passed Xandi Negrão, with Juan, Ernesto, Scott and Nico following suit. Ernesto was back on the kind of pace he had displayed yesterday, and dispatched Juan to set about catching Borja. With the track drying out, the weather set in again with a torrent of rain affecting the first sector and the La Source, Eau Rouge and Les Combes corners.
With nine laps completed, Ernesto lost control of his car on the entry of Eau Rouge, and clattered the tyre barriers at the top of the hill. Moments later, Gimmi Bruni and Hiroki Yoshimoto ran through Eau Rouge side by side, spinning the Japanese into the barriers. A helpless passenger, Yoshi spun back across the track and was collected by Racing Engineering's Neel Jani, who had been unable to see the events unfolding in front of him in the rain. The pair had a massive collision, but were both able to limp away from their cars for a check-up at the medical centre. The safety car was deployed, but as service vehicles arrived at the scene of the crash, the red flags were brought out and the race ended early.
The results were taken from the end of lap 9, the penultimate lap before the lap during which the signal to suspend the race was given, as stated in the sporting regulations. However, as the race had not met 75% distance, only half points were awarded.
What about the championship? Nico's point puts his ART Grand Prix team 38 ahead of Arden International with just one round remaining. With a maximum of 35 points available to a team per weekend, the French team's total is now unbeatable. Meanwhile, another race with no points for Heikki Kovalainen sees him slip to 3 points behind Nico in the drivers' standings. Scott now has 65.5 points in third, as Adam moves up to fourth on 53 points.
1st Adam Carroll Arden International.21:18.560
"I kept pushing I don't like backing off, and I prefer to just keep pushing and keeping a constant pace. There is no reason to back off really that's when you run wide or hit the white line. It's a shame the race was stopped as I wanted to win properly, but I'm glad Neel and Yoshi are OK."
2nd Borja Garcia Racing Engineering. +16.300
"It was very tough today because I couldn't see anything. When I went near to Adam I couldn't see anything, so I couldn't do anything. For me second position is quite important it's my first time in Spa, and the weather was really difficult."
3rd Ernesto Viso BCN Competicion. +25.040
"I'm very happy! I think the luck is coming back - with all the bad luck we've had in the season, at least a bit of it is coming back. I was very, very quick in the race, and it was just in that corner that I spun because I couldn't control the car. It was a shame, but I've still finished third."