Racing Engineering's drivers are going into this Sunday`s races from promising positions!
The fifth race meeting of the World Series by Nissan is being held this weekend at the Eurospeedway Lausitz. Both of today's qualifying sessions brought promising starting positions for Racing Engineering's drivers for the two races on Sunday. Race one sees Stephane Sarrazin starting third and Bas Leinders fourth. Bas will start race two from third position and Stephane from tenth.
Like most of the other drivers in the championship Stephane and Bas did not join the qualifying session immediately but waited for some time in the pits for the track to become cleaner. Both drivers went into qualifying with new tyres and light fuel loads and planned to come into the pits in the last third of the session to get more fuel. Stephane entered the pit lane in third position and lost precious time when called in for an obligatory weight check. After putting in more fuel Stephane had only two minutes left to make another timed lap. At the exit of the pit lane Stephane was delayed further when the officials carried out a technical check on his tyres. The time left was not enough for Stephane to improve on his lap times and he therefore starts race one tomorrow from third. Bas went into the qualifying session and immediately moved into second position. Bas knew that he had to continue pushing and set his fastest time (1'32.428) on lap 4. At the beginning of lap five Bas pushed a bit too much and went off the track. With only four timed laps Bas still managed to claim fourth position for tomorrow's first race.
Luck was not with Stephane for the second qualifying session. He started on used tyres and started to set some quick times. Immediately he pitted to fit new tyres. Sadly he never got to see the advantage from the tyres. While on another fast lap a misunderstanding when passing a slower driver saw Stephane leave the track to avoid an accident. He managed to get the car back onto the track but damage to the car meant he was unable to improve on his time. Stephane starts tenth in the second race. Bas on the other hand had a better second qualifying and spent most of the session at the top of the times. With six minutes left in the session he was just pushed off the top and will start race two from third position.