Montagny on the double. Franck Montagny stormed to a double win in the opening round of the Superfund World Series by Nissan at Jarama, with a flawless drive in race two. The Gabord Competition driver fended off an early challenge...
Montagny on the double.
Franck Montagny stormed to a double win in the opening round of the Superfund World Series by Nissan at Jarama, with a flawless drive in race two. The Gabord Competition driver fended off an early challenge from RC Motorsport team-mates Enrique Bernoldi and Polo Villaamil, to take the chequered flag by almost 50s.
Montagny said: "I want to say thank you to my team. I had the best car I ever had, so it was quite easy to win and I hope it continues like that for the rest of the season."
Second place went to Williams Formula 1 tester Marc Gene in only his second race in the championship. The Adrian Campos Motorsport man took advantage of mistakes by Bernoldi, Villaamil and Racing Engineering's Bas Leinders to score a crucial podium finish.
"I'm quite surprised with how the second race went, I was just trying to keep the car on the track when Leinders spun off, before this weekend I was happy to just take two top six places, so it's very good to be on the podium."
In third place was the second Gabord car of Heikki Kovalainen, who started on the last row and drove a perfect race to move up through the field and onto the podium. The Finn pitted as early as possible, lap 5, and from there he kept it all together to come home third.
"Everything felt good after the disaster we had in qualifying. We had to early to the pitstop and it worked perfectly. I would like to apologies to Marc for the incident in the first race, I think it was just an over- optimistic move."
Leinders recovered from his late spin to come home fourth ahead. In fifth was Tata Team Carlin's Narain Karthikeyan, who had a number of off-track moments but survived to score valuable championship points. Sixth went to American Paul Edwards. The Red Bull-backed KTR driver ran wide and over the gravel at the first corner of the first lap and dropped to the tail of the field, but fought back strongly to make the top six.