STORMING DRIVE FOR HITECH'S ASMER A scintillating drive through the field saw Hitech Racing's Marko Asmer take a stunning sixth place from the back of the grid, earning six valuable championship points to maintain a healthy 69 point ...
STORMING DRIVE FOR HITECH'S ASMER
A scintillating drive through the field saw Hitech Racing's Marko Asmer take a stunning sixth place from the back of the grid, earning six valuable championship points to maintain a healthy 69 point advantage. Asmer's 18 year-old team-mate Walter Grubmuller took 12th place as he was forced to take avoiding action from a first-lap incident.
Starting from the back of the grid, Marko made a superb start and passed 15 cars on the opening lap, thereafter moving through the pack and taking sixth on the final tour. For Grubmuller, the first lap incident cost him dearly, as he lost several places taking avoiding action and then struggled slightly with understeer which prevented him from making much progress.
Hitech Racing team Principal David Hayle was understandably delighted with the performance of both drivers and was quick to praise Asmer's startling run to sixth place. "Marko was absolutely brilliant, just superb," he said. "He passed 15 cars on the first lap; I think he passed more cars on one lap than some drivers do in a season.
"He just kept going forwards, if we'd had another couple of laps we would have been challenging for a podium result. He's just a fantastic racer. Obviously tomorrow will be more difficult, but from seventh you've got to say we should be able to win after today. There's certainly no reason not to aim for that.
"Walter had to avoid an accident on the opening lap and lost some places and we'd made some changes to his car from qualifying. Unfortunately it had a bit too much understeer for him and it meant he wasn't able to make as much progress as he wanted to."
Marko was equally happy with his result, but determined to take his eighth win of the series in the second race tomorrow. "I got a good start and managed to get a couple of cars away from the line, then another through Eau Rouge. Then they all seemed to queue up going over the hill so I managed to pass a few more there, it's hard to remember who I passed where as there were so many!
"Sixth is a good result, but for the championship we still need to win races. I hope that after starting 30th and finishing sixth I can win race two from seventh on the grid, but tomorrow is a different race and we'll have to see.
"It's a good result after the start to the weekend we had. The car was good in the race and hopefully will be even better tomorrow, so we'll see."
F3 rookie Walter remains confident of being able to run in the top ten tomorrow after yet another good performance in his first season in the series. "I made a pretty good start," said Walter. "But when we got to Les Combs there was a collision ahead of me and I had to avoid it, which lost me several places. I managed to make up a few of them, but I was struggling with the understeer throughout the race. I'm confident I can make up more places in race two though."
Race two takes place at 11.45 local time tomorrow in which Marko starts from seventh on the grid and Walter in 14th.