Allan Simonsen became the tenth different winner this season, taking the chequered flag after timing the rolling start to perfection. Simonsen moved ahead of pole position holder Christian Hohenadel, the German slotting in behind the Dane as they...
Allan Simonsen became the tenth different winner this season, taking the chequered flag after timing the rolling start to perfection. Simonsen moved ahead of pole position holder Christian Hohenadel, the German slotting in behind the Dane as they entered the first turn. Behind them Jacky van der Ende put two wheels on to the grass and his teammate, Jesper Carlsen spun into the gravel trap in avoidance. The cars following this pair took avoiding action and Sam Hancock, after making a brilliant run on the outside, ended up spinning off. The Safety Car was deployed to collect these two cars and the race resumed on lap 3.
Jacky van der Ende, rejoining at the back of the field, was soon on the move up the order. He passed Paul Parsons and then launched his car on the inside of Bruce Jouanny at the 180 turn. The wheels touched and Jouanny's car was launched into the air, luckily landing without any damage.
Meanwhile back at the front, Simonsen was moving ahead, leaving Hohenadel and Kerr fighting for the minor podium places. Kerr had Paul Edwards all over his rear wing for most of the race and on the last lap the American made a desperate attempt to finish on the podium for the second time in one day. At the Adelaide Hairpin he came upon the inside, pushing Kerr wide on the exit. This allowed Bruno Besson to slip through and take the podium position.
Simonsen punched the air with joy as he took the top step of the podium. Bruno Besson's second top three finish of the day moved him into 4th place in the championship table and become the top `rookie' driver.
<pre> Round 20 - 17 Laps
1 Allan Simonsen DEN Team Brask 28:41.063 2 Christian Hohenadel (J) GER Driver +2.623 3 Bruno Besson FRA BBC Europe +7.637 4 Paul Edwards USA Doug Mockett & Company +10.055 5 Robbie Kerr GBR Thomas Sanderson Blinds +11.073 6 Jacky van der Ende NED Team Brask +11.707 7 Marco Cioci ITA Informedial +22.209 8 Bruce Jouanny (J) FRA Altran +25.382 9 Damien Faulkner IRE www.f1grandprixracing.com +33.548 10 Richard Tarling GBR JSP +33.671 11 Rob Jenkinson (J) GBR Lanner +34.659 12 Paul Parsons (J) GBR Atlantic Telecom +1:34.078 DNF Tim Mullen GBR Hyperion Lap 13 DNF Sam Hancock GBR Morse Lap 1 DNF Jesper Carlsen DEN Team Brask Lap 1
Fastest Lap - Allan Simonsen 1:34.875