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Lauzitz: Race report (Lights)

Gabord double as Kovalainen takes first win in EuroSpeedway Gabord Competicion continued its domination of the Superfund World Series by Nissan with back-to-back one-two finishes at the EuroSpeedway, Lausitz. Race one was won by runaway...

Gabord double as Kovalainen takes first win in EuroSpeedway

Gabord Competicion continued its domination of the Superfund World Series by Nissan with back-to-back one-two finishes at the EuroSpeedway, Lausitz.

Race one was won by runaway title leader Franck Montagny, who out-dragged team-mate Heikki Kovalainen at the start to take a lead into the first corner that he would hold to the end. It was the Frenchman's seventh win of a fantastic season, and with two bonus points for the fastest lap to boot, he continues to stretch his already huge championship lead.

"The car was quite good until about lap eight, when I started to get small understeer in the corner," he said. "Once I had pulled the lead out to around 3.5s, I just concentrated on holding the gap to Heikki. It's great for the team to score a one-two finish."

Kovalainen, had a slipping clutch, which compromised his start. Although he was not able to match Montagny's pace in the early laps, he built up a comfortable gap over third, and was happy to score his best result of the year.

He said: "I had a problem with the clutch on the warm-up lap and that made it hard to concentrate on the start. Maybe I could have pushed Franck harder into the first corner, but it's important not to crash into each other."

Third place went to Stephane Sarrazin, who fended off Racing Engineering team-mate Bas Leinders for almost the whole race to score his fourth podium finish in a row.

At the start of the second race, Kovalainen made a perfect getaway to lead into the first turn. Behind him Carlin Motorsport's Narain Karthikeyan slotted into second ahead of Leinders and Montagny.

The order remained the same at the front until a small mistake by Leinders allowed Montagny through. The Frenchman soon caught Karthikeyan, but was unable to find a way past. Eventually he took a lunge at the final chicane, and there was slight contact. Karthikeyan spun and Montagny was up to second.

After the pitstops Montagny closed right up to his team-mate, and came close to hitting his team-mate before backing off, leaving the Finn to collect his first ever World Series win.

Third place went to Epsilon Euskadi's Jean-Christophe Ravier, who drove an excellent race after making an earlier pitstop. Over the final two laps he closed right in on the back of Montagny, but could not get close enough to find a way by.

"I noticed that Montagny was slow after his stop and I pushed really hard to catch him, but I just couldn't make it," said Ravier. "

Rising young Spanish star Adrian Valles continued his unbeaten record in the World Series Light championship, by taking a comfortable victory in race one at the EuroSpeedway. However, he was made to fight for his win in the early stages by Vergani Racing's Pablo Donoso.

The Chilean started from pole, but was beaten away at the start by Juan Cruz Alvarez. The Argentine's lead was short-lived however, and Donoso led by the end of the lap and soon pulled out an impressive lead.

However, his hard work was undone by a slow puncture, which dropped him back into the clutched of Valles, who moved into second when Alvarez made a mistake and to the gravel. Donoso's problem proved to be terminal, moving Alvarez up to second and Mateo Pellegrino into third.

Valles said: "I had a strong pace in the middle of the race, but I didn't think it was possible to catch Donoso.

Carlos Miguez took fourth from Mathias Lauda, who picked up fifth. Milka Duno benefited from a high retirement rate to claim sixth.

He second race brought Pablo Donoso a richly-earned first victory. The start saw the drivers go four abreast heading into the first corner. But pole man Donoso held his nerve and the lead. Race one winner Adrian Valles took the fight to the Chilean, but in spite of setting the fastest lap of the race, was never close enough to attempt to overtake.

Juan Cruz Albarez held third early on, but was given a drive-through penalty for jumping the start. This dropped him to the tail of the field, but he fought back impressively to take sixth.

Third went to Epilson by Graff's Milos Pavlovic, who fended off Celso Miguez to make up for his race one retirement with a podium.

-rpm-

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