Race 2: Weather: Sunny, very hot. If Race 1 had been eventful, mostly because of the weather, Race 2 would prove to be even more unpredictable. The trouble started on the grid, as the lights turned to green and Jan Heylen ...
Race 2: Weather: Sunny, very hot.
If Race 1 had been eventful, mostly because of the weather, Race 2 would prove to be even more unpredictable. The trouble started on the grid, as the lights turned to green and Jan Heylen (Kolles) and Alexandros Margaritis (MB Racing Performance) tangled, ending up stuck against the barriers near the Start/Finish line. Margaritis later said "Heylen crashed in front of me, so I had to crash into him!" which may not have been quite what he meant. Anyway, the pair of them compounded the offence by leaving the area, taking their steering wheels with them. Before the marshals could move the wreckage, the miscreants had to be rounded up and made to relinquish their wheels. They should both have known better really. Anyway, having seen the original accident, Andreas Zuber (Team Rosberg) decided he could have a better one of his own, and he too never made it to the first corner. Just for good measure we also lost Gilles Tinguely (SRT Swiss Racing Team) in the chaos. Ryan Briscoe (Prema Powerteam) got away into the lead and the remaining competitors all made it safely through Gare but it was purely academic. With cars blocking the grid, the officials had no choice and the race was aborted before it was a lap old. With red flags waving at every marshal's post, everyone trundled gently back round to the grid, and a long delay ensued during which the broken Dallaras were craned off the grid. Finally, somewhat later than planned, everyone lined up again for a second attempt at a start.
This time Briscoe again got away in the lead, with Nicolas Lapierre (Signature Plus) and Alexandre Premat (ASM F3) behind him. Nico Rosberg (Team Rosberg) made a terrific start to go 4th, while Timo Glock (Opel Team KMS), Fabio Carbone (Signature Plus) and Bernhard Auinger (Superfund TME). Behind the Austrian Olivier Pla (ASM F3) was holding off his temporary teammate Jamie Green, while Katsuyuki Hiranaka (Prema Powerteam), headed up Lucas di Grassi (Prema Powerteam), Markus Winkelhock (M