Montagny reigns at Jarama. The first round of the Superfund World Series by Nissan championship brought a comfortable win for Renault Formula 1 test driver Franck Montagny, who simple drove away from the field on the ...
Montagny reigns at Jarama.
The first round of the Superfund World Series by Nissan championship brought a comfortable win for Renault Formula 1 test driver Franck Montagny, who simple drove away from the field on the soaking Jarama circuit.
Such were the difficult conditions that only 10 of the 21 starters finished, but Montagny excelled, lapping regularly over a second quicker than his rivals to win by almost 16s.
In the opening laps Montagny was challenged by the Tata Team Carlin car of Narain Karthikeyan. But by the time the Indian driver retired on lap seven Montagny already had more than a 5s lead. This was reduced to zero when the Safety Car came out on the very lap that Karthikeyan went off, which allowed new second place man Enrique Bernoldi (RC Motorsport) to close in on the leader.
The Safety Car pulled off two laps later, but Bernoldi could not threaten Montagny, who picked up where he left off and went unchallenged for win. Bernoldi in fact was fighting hold second from Ander Vilarino (Epsilon Euskadi). The ex-Formula 1 driver kept the Spaniard at bay until three laps from the end. Vilarino pulled off a brave move around the outside of the Brazilian and once ahead he pulled comfortably away for a well-earned second place.
Bernoldi had a big lead over the second Gabord car of Heikki Kovalainen, and held on to take a podium finish on his series debut.
Saulnier Racing's Bruno Besson was fifth, ahead of Carlin's Bruce Jouanny, who had been fourth for much of the race until he dropped back with just two laps to go.
It was a difficult race for Williams F1 tester Marc Gene who was pushed out of fifth place on lap 12 of 18 by Kovalaninen and retired a lap later.