After a messy afternoon, we had more problems before the second round of the 2007 series got underway. Juan Manuel Garcia Samano (Fluid Motorsport) was off the grid and in the pits while the team tried to sort everything out and get...
After a messy afternoon, we had more problems before the second round of the 2007 series got underway. Juan Manuel Garcia Samano (Fluid Motorsport) was off the grid and in the pits while the team tried to sort everything out and get the car running properly. By the time the cars left on the green flag lap, Garcia was at the end of the pit lane ready to join in but he had no brakes it seemed.
Sebastian Hohenthal (Fortec Motorsport) made a blinder of a start from 3rd on the grid to snatch the lead, with Maro Engel (Carlin Motorsport) trailing him, while Stephen Jelley (Raikkonen Robertson Racing) made an even worse start than he had this morning. He dropped from 2nd to 5th before they even got to the first corner, while his team-mate Jonathan Kennard crept, stopped, and as a result lost out to Hohenthal. Marko Asmer (Hitech Racing) was up there in the top 5 too, but it was all academic within seconds. A cloud of dust at Island signalled the exit of several cars, and the Safety Car signs were hung out then replaced with the red flags.
The victims of a spectacular crash appeared to be Michael Meadows (Master Motorsport) and Hamad Al Fardan (Performance Racing), Albert Costa (Raikkonen Robertson Racing). Everyone was unhurt, but there was a lot of damaged pride about.
At the restart, Perez would start from the pits, as would Garcia. This time when the lights went out, Jelley was fully awake and shot into the lead. Meanwhile, Kennard was creeping again, and his hesitation allowed Engel through to 3rd in a splendidly serpentine move. Kennard is 5th, while Hohenthal again got away well for 4th. This time it was Kennard who lost out, although not for long. Before the leaders had returned to complete their first lap the red flags were out again. This time it seemed that Rodolfo Avila (Performance Racing) and Leo Mansell (Fortec Motorsport) had clashed, resulting in their immediate exit from the race. Also off were Alberto Valerio (Carlin Motorsport), Sean Petterson (Fluid Motorsport) who had only been remarking on the slippery nature of Oulton half an hour before, and Alex Waters (Raikkonen Robertson Racing). Just for good measure, Garcia had come round to join in the race but was sitting at the back of the grid with his brakes seized solid, which was when the car barbecued itself on the start/finish line and had to be extinguished by a handily placed marshal.
By the time the mess was cleared away, and all drivers were found to be uninjured, the race was scheduled to be 10 laps long, or 15 minutes (or as some wag in the press office remarked "or the next red flag). By now there were only 21 cars left out of 31. The rate of attrition was somewhat alarming.
This time Jelley made another good start, but it wasn't as good as Asmer's. The Estonian shot up the inside, and into the lead while everyone else was sorting themselves out. Mustonen, on the other hand, failed to make a start at all and was left sitting on the grid, fuming desperately, while the rest of the field neatly avoided him and streaked off into the distance.
When the dust cleared, Asmer was squarely ahead of Jelley, while Hohenthal was 3rd ahead of Kennard. Engel hadn't managed to make up any ground this time and was 5th, exactly where he started from. In the middle of the pack, Mario Moraes (Carlin Motorsport) managed to spin out at Old Hall, dropping back to last behind the infuriated Mustonen who was attempting to catch the field up with very little time to achieve it..
The lead pack was running on close formation, while behind them Sam Bird (Carlin Motorsport) was having another good run in 6th, ahead of the surviving Mansell sprog, Greg. Walter Grubm