Sensational Superleauge Formula Debut weekend for van der Drift Former Formula 1 racer Sebastien Bourdais overcame a woefully slow pitstop to win the second Superleague Formula race for Lyon at Silverstone on Sunday with new comer van der Drift...
Sensational Superleauge Formula Debut weekend for van der Drift
Former Formula 1 racer Sebastien Bourdais overcame a woefully slow pitstop to win the second Superleague Formula race for Lyon at Silverstone on Sunday with new comer van der Drift for Olympiacos hot on his tales.
Bourdais, who finished 15th in the first race after losing a lap in a disastrous pitstop when his car stalled and the starter motor broke, rocketed past poleman James Walker (Liverpool) on the Hangar Straight on the opening lap. He pulled out a huge advantage, knowing that his LRS team's pit abilities were limited in comparison to their rivals in the pitlane.
Although he didn't stall this time by keeping the revs high as he pitted, the right-rear wheel jammed, causing a big delay to him returning to the race. That allowed Chris van der Drift to lead for Olympiacos in only his second race, with Bourdais dropping to third behind Tristan Gommendy (Galatasaray). Even though Gommendy had pitted outside the window, and would have to serve a drive-through penalty, Bourdais battled past him on the approach to Stowe.
Bourdais then hunted down van der Drift and passed the Kiwi with six laps to go by boosting on the Hangar Straight.
"I didn't really know what to expect from the races today as I haven't even done a long stint in this car before but it has turned out fantastic, having lead a good chunk of the race I am extremely happy with the result, the team has given me a great car and they were flawless during the pit stop"
Behind van der Drift, John Martin (Atletico Madrid) held off first race winner Craig Dolby, who charged his Tottenham Hotspur car through the field from his last position on the reversed grid to fourth.
Alvaro Parente was fifth for Porto, ahead of Max Wissel (FC Basel). A great scrap between ex-F1 racers Robert Doornbos (Corinthians) and Franck Montagny (Bordeaux) was waged for seventh, with Doornbos holding the Frenchman at bay.
Craig Dolby romped to victory in the big-money superfinal at Silverstone on Sunday, scooping the 0x20ac100,000 on offer for Tottenham Hotspur, while van der Drift put in another outstanding performance.
From pole position, Dolby was out dragged off the startline by Alvaro Parente's FC Porto car, but the Portuguese driver led only until Stowe, where he slid wide and gifted the lead to Dolby. The Briton then disappeared into the distance, winning by 1.7secs over FC Basel's Max Wissel with Chris van der Drift hot on his tales having started from 6th.
Parente also ran wide at Abbey allowing fast coming van der Drift to make a pass around the outside into turn 8, perhaps suffering a repeat of the tyre pressure problems he reported in the early laps of race one, dropping to the tail of the six-car pack.
Parente picked up one place from Atletico Madrid's John Martin on the Hangar Straight on lap three, but he could do nothing about Chris van der Drift (Olympiacos) and Sebastien Bourdais (Lyon) ahead of him , who finished closely-matched in third and fourth.
"This has been an awesome day," said van der Drift. "Thanks to GU Racing and Olympiacos for giving me a great car. It's been a great weekend considering I never drove the car before the weekend. I'm over the moon."