A PERFECT START P1 Motorsport had a perfect start to their 2008 campaign for the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship, with Dutchman Giedo van der Garde putting in a thrilling performance to take his, and the team's first win in the series.
A PERFECT START
P1 Motorsport had a perfect start to their 2008 campaign for the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship, with Dutchman Giedo van der Garde putting in a thrilling performance to take his, and the team's first win in the series. Having started from seventh position, a determined Van der Garde moved through the field in an impressive display of speed and composure, to take a deserved victory at Monza and an early lead in the championship.
Having avoided any chaos coming into the first corner, Van der Garde made up a couple of places on the first lap, and within no time was chasing Pasquale DiSabitino (Red Devil Team Comtec) for the lead. Gaining a couple of tenths each lap, Van der Garde put the Italian after pressure and on lap ten grabbed the lead after carving his way around the outside of DiSabitino. From then, the Dutchman began to pull away from the rest of the field and faultlessly maintained the lead to take the chequered flag.
Commenting after the race, an elated Van der Garde said, "I'm really pleased with how we performed this afternoon - I got a good start and managed to avoid the trouble at the first chicane, then kept pushing to get second position. The car felt great and I was able to be late on the brakes and gain a lot of time on DiSabitino. We got close coming into the chicane, but then I was able to hold track position and drive around the outside of him to get ahead. The whole team did a stunning job - it's a great result."
Van der Garde took pole position for Race Two, so the 23 year-old is in an enviable position for Sunday's race: "We'll just have to see what happens - we need to get a good start and stay out of trouble, but I'm looking forward to it, and am confident that we can put in another strong performance."
Team mate Pippa Mann also added to the team's points tally, as she crossed the line in tenth position having started from 20th. The British female got a good start and had a clean race, producing some stunning overtaking into the first chicane. Mann was happy with the result: "It's a fantastic day for P1 Motorsport, and I thought we did well to come from the back and take a point. I was disappointed with my grid position after being penalized in qualifying, but we didn't give up, and I'm certainly ready to get back out there tomorrow and see what we can do."
Team Director Roly Vincini said, "Giedo drove a great race this afternoon and he thoroughly deserved the win. Pippa also put in a solid performance and a strong result for her. It's always nice to get that first win out of the way, and to do so at the first race of the year is fantastic. Obviously there's a long way to go, but we've put in a lot of effort over the winter and I really couldn't have asked more from the team - great job."