Racing Engineering's Stephane Sarrazin victorious!
Stephane Sarrazin has been the dominating man this weekend at the Monza Park. After his two pole positions on Saturday, he achieved a second and first position in Sunday's races. Bas Leinders has been very unlucky during both races being hit from behind as well in race one as in race two. Both incidents forced Bas to retire early.
The first race of the fourth round of the World Series by Nissan 2003 saw a very spectacular starting accident involving Kovalainen and Burgueño. One of the drivers who's car got damaged in this incident has been Racing Engineering's Bas Leinders. Bas has been hit from behind by another car and had to retire in the pits as the damage on his car has been too big to continue the race.
Stephane, starting from pole position didn't have a good start and lost one position. Karthikeyan then had a problem in the chicane and in order to avoid an accident Stephane lifted the accelerator. At this occasion both of them have been overtaken, which brought Stephane into third position. In lap three Stephane was already back in second position and showed an amazing battle with Montagny for the victory. In the end 1.892 seconds were missing for Stephane being on the top of the podium, but Stephane marked the fastest lap in the race and finished in a very good second position.
In the second race Stephane again started from pole position and celebrated a sovereign start to finish victory. Stephane made the gap between him and his runner ups bigger with each lap. A brilliant tyre change by the Racing Engineering mechanics underlined the outstanding position of Stephane's car on this hot day at the Monza Park.
Bas Leinders on the other hand has had a very unlucky race day. Starting from a very good third position expectations were high but suddenly shattered when Montagny hit him in the chicane right after the start. Bas nevertheless tried to continue and continued for five laps without the rear wing and a damaged engine cover showing what a great driver he is while keeping his fourth position. Bas then came to the pits for the obligatory pit stop in lap six where the Racing Engineering crew also put a new wing. He then retired on lap thirteen as he realized there was a problem with the gearbox due to the accident earlier in the race.
Stephane, after a very successful day stated "I am very happy. This has been my best weekend in this championship so far and we will continue improving -- me, the car, the team. I had a bad start into the first race and lost two places, but I finished second. I pushed hard in this race and closed the gap to Montagny but there were not enough laps left to overtake him. In the second race I pushed a lot in each lap. It was a good race."
Alfonso de Orleans, president said "Stephane was amazing this weekend and the boys did a great job to give him a car that allowed him to pull off this victory. I have a feeling that it is the first of many to come. In regards to the crazy accidents that Bas was involved in, each time he was hit from behind. It's starting to become a habit and I think that drivers should pay a little more attention and not loose their cool. This is professional racing and everyone should act as such. It's a pity because Bas would have had two podiums if he would have been allowed to get on with it. He's very talented!"