The first act of the World Touring Car Champoinship 2006 took place last Sunday, April,2 in Monza. Finally JAS Motorsport could present the new version of their Honda Accord FIA Super 2000, which had been homologated by the FIA a few ...
The first act of the World Touring Car Champoinship 2006 took place last Sunday, April,2 in Monza.
Finally JAS Motorsport could present the new version of their Honda Accord FIA Super 2000, which had been homologated by the FIA a few days earlier. The new car features a brand new aerodynamic kit as well as a new engine compared to the 2005 version, and both evolutions proved to be effective on the fast straight lines of the italian circuit. Both Pierre-Yves Corthals and Ryan Sharp reported to be very satisfiedwith the performance of the car, although for various reasons the final results were below the expectations.
Pierre-Yves qualified at only 1.4" seconds from the pole position and retired in the last lap of the first race due to a problem with the gearbox, which also forbid him to take part to the second race. "It is a real pity that I could not finish the race" Pierre Yves commented "but I am very happy indeed. In the race I was having the same pace of Menu and Balzan who eventually finished 3th and 4th in the second race. This proves that I am already in the position to fight within the top ten, which makes me very confident for the next races"
Ryan Sharp was at his first real outing with Touring Car Racing after a long career with single seaters, and used the italian round of the Championship aiming more to understand the car rather than trying to set good lap times. Eventually his target was reached, and took the car to the finish line in both races, claiming the 18th and the 14th positions respectively in the two races, setting an impressive lap time in race 2 at only 0.386" from the best lap time of the winner (Farfus). "My confidence is growing" says the young scotsman, "I have been very apprehensive during the week end aiming not to make mistakes. Monza was definitely a good start and I look forward for better results already in the coming race in Magny Cours".
"I am fairly satisfied of what both our drivers have done in spite of no winter testing" says Team Principal Alessandro Mariani "This program came together at the very last minute. Eventually the problems encountered by Pierre Yves in the first race, while he was 12th and 2nd of the Indipendent Drivers, has denied us a good result which would have rewarded our efforts in preparing the program in time for the fisrt round. In any case we proved that our car is fast, and that our drivers have a great potential in such a competitive championship. We will keep working hard and already in Magny Cours our car will feature some technical upgradings".
NEXT ROUND: MAGNY COURS APRIL 29-30