Triumph for Porteiro at Brno, Zanardi scores third 17/06/2007 - Felix Porteiro fulfilled expectations: the young Spaniard, after yesterday's pole position, centered his first WTCC victory in race one clear of Jorg Muller and Alessandro ...
Triumph for Porteiro at Brno, Zanardi scores third
17/06/2007 - Felix Porteiro fulfilled expectations: the young Spaniard, after yesterday's pole position, centered his first WTCC victory in race one clear of Jorg Muller and Alessandro Zanardi.
This result is an historic one for BMW Team Italy-Spain: never ever two drivers of the team had been together on the podium in WTCC.
The weekend concluded with Porteiro, author of a very good recovery from the eight position, third in the second race, while Zanardi finished race two in twentieth position, due to a 'stop and go' penalty committed to Zanardi's BMW 320si for being lifted under close park regime, even if no mechanical intervention was made on the car. The Italian driver fastest lap of the race proved anyway his competitiveness.
Next round of WTCC will take place at Porto in three weeks time.
Roberto Ravaglia (Team Manager)
"Porteiro has been amazing in race one, while in race two, with a third place that is very useful for the classification, proved to have gained the right maturity to be competitive in WTCC. Zanardi could have won race two, but the 'stop and go' prevented him to fully play his cards. Unfortunately, we made a levity, no need to deny this, but I think the decision to penalize the driver, who was not responsible for it and who did not gain any advantage of the episode, has been very severe."
Umberto Grano (Project Manager)
"I don't think Zanardi's penalty fair. That was a team mistake and I reckon a fine would have been the right penalty. Porteiro has been fantastic: I believed in him since his first tests with us and his continuous growth confirms that we made the right choice. At the end of Brno's weekend we have a slight regret for not scoring a double victory that the competitiveness level of our 320si surely deserved."