CHAMPCAR/CART: Assen: Justin Wilson race report

Justin and the ...

Justin and the #9 CDW/RuSPORT team put in a flawless performance to win the Bavarian Champ Car Grand Prix at TT Circuit Assen. Good strategy, great pit work and a fine drive from Justin allowed him to claim his first victory and fourth podium finish of 2007. The result was all the more impressive after a perplexing lack of pace in final qualifying and a gearbox oil line problem which grounded the car for Sunday morning's warm-up.

"It's a great result for the #9 CDW/RuSPORT team", smiled Justin. "I've got to thank the whole team - they've done brilliantly and they deserve this win so much. The pit-stops were good and my engineer Mike Talbott did a great job working out a set-up with no running in the warm-up. It's nice to get the win for CDW and to do it in front of our guests here from Plantronics Europe."

Justin took full advantage of his front row starting position to get past polesitter Sebastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas/Lanigan) at Turn 1 and move into the lead. After that, the race was played out through a game of cat and mouse with Bruno Junqueira (Dale Coyne Racing), who was on an alternative pit-stop strategy, and an on-track battle with Jan Haylen (Conquest Racing) who hounded Justin for much of the 69 lap race.

With Belgium's Haylen taking 2nd place for Conquest Racing, and Junquiera repeating his Zolder podium finish, it was a popular result for the 61,200 enthusiastic fans who turned up for this inaugural Assen race.

"It's been fantastic to come back to Europe," said Justin. "The promoters for these two events have done a great job. I was saying to the guys before the race that the circuit here is 2.8 miles long and the banking all around the track was full of fans. The crowd seemed to me as good, if not better, than any Formula 1 race I've been to."

Fellow championship contenders Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA) and Will Power (Team Australia) finished 13th and 14th, and points leader Sebastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas/Lanigan) was an uncharacteristic 7th, so Justin has leapfrogged from 4th to 2nd in the points standings with two races remaining - Surfers Paradise, Australia (21st October) and Mexico City (11th November).

Justin's victory at Assen made it a Wilson double on Sunday. Younger brother Stefan won the second of his two Formula Palmer Audi races at Donington Park to consolidate second place in his own championship.

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Will Power , Dale Coyne , Jan Haylen
Teams Conquest Racing , Dale Coyne Racing