ROBERTO COLCIAGO IN THE POINTS SPA Francorchamps hosted the 6th round of the World Touring Car Championship, last Saturday, July 30. The final results of JAS were well below the expectations, however the turnaround of the WTCC has proven once ...
ROBERTO COLCIAGO IN THE POINTS
SPA Francorchamps hosted the 6th round of the World Touring Car Championship, last Saturday, July 30. The final results of JAS were well below the expectations, however the turnaround of the WTCC has proven once again the competitiveness and the great potential of the Honda Accord and Roberto Colciago. The italian tin top ace achieved a brilliant 7th place in Qualifying (at only 7/10" from the pole position and 2/10" from 3rd position), but in race 1 he could not capitalize the good starting position and finished only 9th, missing the 8th position which would have ensured to start in pole for race 2.
"What a shame", Roberto commented, "I had a very good start, but to avoid a SEAT which spun at the Eau Rouge I went wide and lost 10 positions. My recovery could have been quicker but could not overtake Giovanardi, although I was much quicker than him. Therefore I finished only 9th".
Colciago eventually was classified in 8th position after the decision of the stewards to disqualify Farfus for "dangerous driving", scoring 1 point for the drivers Championship.
In race 2 a shower on the starting grid convinced the Team to let Colciago start on rain tyres, and so did also Thompson and Prialux.
"In such conditions the tyre choice is a kind of lottery, and we have just drawn the wrong number" Colciago goes on "Here is SPA we could have done much better, the car was perfect, we could have fought for the podium, and the lap times in race 1 are an evidence".
Adriano "Ado" De Micheli, from Scuderia Niosi (USA) did not attend the Belgian round of the WTCC, following the accident occurred in Puebla
"My car was badly damaged" says the young italian driver, "it was not possible to repair it in time for SPA. I will be back in Oschersleben, and I look forward for positive results. I had enough bad luck this year, I do hope that the second part of the season could give the Team and myself what we really deserve. The car is super competitive in every circuit: in Imola and Puebla, before the accident, the lap times were encouraging, therefore the results will come, I'm sure about it"
To those remarking that scoring points is a surprising result for an Indipendent Team in the WTCC, in front of several celebrated manufacturers, Team Principal Alessandro Mariani replies "The more you eat, the more you are hungry: in SPA, like in Puebla, only unlucky circumstances prevented to achieve the results that would really reward our efforts. The JAS Team and our Honda Accord are today generally perceived as top contenders in the WTCC, but that is not enough. We still miss the final result, the cream on the cake. There are still 6 races to go, we will try again"
Next WTCC round: Oschersleben, August 27-28