CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: Bridgestone race report

Bourdais finally collects 1st victory in Champ Car World Series Rookie driver Sebastien Bourdais cast aside the misfortune that plagued him in the first three races of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford ...

Bourdais finally collects 1st victory in Champ Car World Series

Rookie driver Sebastien Bourdais cast aside the misfortune that plagued him in the first three races of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, and drove to his first victory today. Driving the Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola riding on Bridgestone Potenza tires, Bourdais led 95 of the 168 laps around the historic Brands Hatch circuit and won by nearly eight seconds over teammate Bruno Junqueira.

Player's/Forsythe Racing driver Paul Tracy, winner of the first three events this season, led the first 54 laps and was pushing Bourdais for the top spot when a mechanical failure ended his day. Tracy saw his point standings lead shrink to 11 over Junqueira, who has three podium finishes in the first four races of '03.

Still, it was Bourdais' day to celebrate, and the Frenchman was quick to credit his Bridgestone tires for a big assist on the tricky Brands Hatch short course.

"I feel great," Bourdais said. "We had to save fuel and drive conservative but the Bridgestone tires were excellent all day. They had a very good balance throughout the race and I was able to put in quick times whenever I needed them. Bridgestone had the answer whenever we were asking for it, and that's perfect!"

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"Congratulations to Sebastien for a well-deserved victory. Once again the Bridgestone engineers did an excellent job in choosing the tire specification for this weekend. Even though it was our first trip to Brands Hatch with the Champ Car World Series, the Potenzas performed superbly as Sebastien and many other drivers mentioned to us. Several drivers were able to keep the same set of tires on for extended stints, as many as 84 laps (100.13 miles), and the Potenzas were up to the task. Now we move on to the first oval race of the season in Germany, where we expect the Bridgestone tires to perform just as well."

Race temperatures ranged from 80 to 88 degrees track and from 61 to 67 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 27 to 31 degrees track and from 16 to 19 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais