CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: Fernandez Racing race report

Fernandez 12th after tough day at Brands Adrian Fernandez finished 12th after an eventful day at the London Champ Car Trophy held at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England. Fernandez, who qualified sixth and set the fastest lap of the race,...

Fernandez 12th after tough day at Brands

Adrian Fernandez finished 12th after an eventful day at the London Champ Car Trophy held at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England. Fernandez, who qualified sixth and set the fastest lap of the race, had a problem at the start and lost three places going into Paddock Hill Bend [Turn One]. He managed to make up some positions, but damaged his front wing on Lap 132 while passing a backmarker. He remains fourth in the championship point standings.

The CART Champ Car World Series will continue its European leg with the German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz next weekend.

Note: The Fernandez Racing team would like to congratulate Adrian and Michelle Davis who became engaged on April 30th.

Adrian Fernandez , Owner/Driver -- #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was not a good day. I had a great start and something happened -- I am not sure if I was hit or not -- when I was going into Paddock [Turn One]. I almost lost it and almost went into the sand. That cost us a few positions. I tried to push and tried to make some passes but it was very difficult to pass. Our pit stops were not great and our fuel mileage was absolutely terrible. I don't know what happened but I think we had a problem with our fuel tank. Obviously, at the beginning this was a problem for me in trying to catch up with the other guys. Backmarkers were a problem today. It was difficult. With Ryan [Hunter-Reay], he let some guys go and when I was behind him he was blocking and blocking to the point that unfortunately I hit him and broke the front wing. I had to come in and we lost two laps there. He came to apologize after the race and I appreciate his professionalism. At the end, it was just a matter of staying there. I think we had a car to finish in the top three but unfortunately not everything was there for us. Even at the start, Alex Tagliani almost took me out, but not on purpose. He got loose and I almost went off myself. Then I had contact with Michel [Jourdain] when we were fighting for position. He also came down after the race to apologize. Just a tough day. Nothing really worked for us but a point is good and it may work for the end of the year.

"On a brighter note, I want to say that I am very excited for Antonio Perez who won his first race yesterday [UK Formula Ford Championship -- Final Race -- Scholarship Class at Brands Hatch]. I have known him since he was very little and it was like my kid running. He spent two weeks with me at my home recently and I was teaching him how to train, etc. I am trying to help him with his career, and to see him winning his first race here was a very special moment. He is going on the right track and we are very proud."

Gustavo del Campo , Team Manager

"We had a very difficult week. It started with the accident with our primary car on Friday. Everything will be ready for Germany. All the parts are coming from Indianapolis tonight. The team made a very good effort to put the T-car together and this morning we had a good car. We had a problem at the start of the race and we think someone may have hit Adrian. We lost three positions. With the mandatory two pit stops it is difficult to recover positions because you need to stay there for the fuel. During the race we had another incident and lost the front wing. It is good that we finished the race and finished with a point but we are little disappointed with the result."

Weather Conditions: Overcast, 63º F

For more information, please visit www.fernandezracing.net. For additional information on the Champ Car World Series, please visit www.champcarworldseries.com.

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