Speedcar: Vitantonio Liuzzi Bahrain II race one report

Vitantonio Liuzzi takes podium on Race 1 As happend in the previous rounds, Vitantonio Liuzzi suffered from technical difficulties at Al Sakhir, in the final round of the Speedcar Series. The Italian driver had a troubled day since qualifying,...

Vitantonio Liuzzi takes podium on Race 1

As happend in the previous rounds, Vitantonio Liuzzi suffered from technical difficulties at Al Sakhir, in the final round of the Speedcar Series. The Italian driver had a troubled day since qualifying, experiencing brake issues that forced the team to install a new system before Race 1.

After starting from Row 2, Vitantonio kept chasing the car of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and battled for the runner-up spot. The duel had some tense moment, as the two traded paint in an attempt to keep take 2nd place while Johnny Herbert was dominating his way to victory.

Liuzzi started to experience differential problems, having to settle for third with a reasonable gap. On Race 2, starting at 9:00AM Local Time, Vitantonio will take off from 5 th, due to the inversion of the top-8 drivers of Race 1.

Vitantonio Liuzzi UP Team

"We could have qualified better than we did, but we suffered from huge braking problems, especially in the most violent deceleration zones on turn 1, 4 and 8, and we had to replace the entire braking system.

"On Race 1 I was eventually able to move to 3rd spot and clinch a podium finish. Johnny Herbert was really unstoppable out front, but I battled Heinz-Harald for 2 nd. We even passed each other a couple of times, but unfortunately, differential problems made exiting corners very difficult, and I had to settle for the final podium spot.

"Since our chances to fight for title were already washed away in the past races by technical problems, I'll start Race 2 with the intent of moving to 4th place in standings."

Speedcar Series

Globally renowned drivers, roaring engines, incredible driving prowess, white-knuckle competition, an audience of billions and 3 million US dollars in prize money - SPEEDCAR Series brings together an eclectic mix of incredible skill, unparalleled driving expertise and extreme passion for racing that will make it one of the most anticipated events on the motorsports calendar.

F1 greats will go up against 16 talented motorsports mavericks on the track for the SPEEDCAR Series Champion title in identical custom-built V8, 620 bhp stockcars. The Speedcars are deliberately devoid of any electronic or aerodynamic aids, therefore they need to be handled with extreme skill to be pushed to the limit and the driver is what makes all the difference.

-credit: vl

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Series Stock car
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Vitantonio Liuzzi