GIEDO AND P1 MOTORSPORT EXTEND THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Giedo Van der Garde took a deserved fifth position at Silverstone, to extend his championship lead and also move P1 Motorsport further into the lead of the team's title chase. Having ...
GIEDO AND P1 MOTORSPORT EXTEND THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
Giedo Van der Garde took a deserved fifth position at Silverstone, to extend his championship lead and also move P1 Motorsport further into the lead of the team's title chase. Having qualified second in the Super Pole Qualifying, Van der Garde started the reverse grid race from seventh, but with some excellent overtaking the Dutchman managed to collect some valuable extra points for himself and P1.
"This afternoon's race was quite hard, but we finished fifth with no mistakes so I'm pleased. I think we might have gone a little the wrong way with the setup, but we'll change that for tomorrow's race. We almost had fourth but it was too great a risk and I'm happy to take the points.
"Tomorrow we start second so we'll aim to keep that place and maybe try for a win. Robert Wickens (Carlin Motorsport) is on pole and he was pretty quick today, so we'll have to see what happens once we've changed the car for tomorrow."
Meanwhile team mate Pippa Mann finished the first race from Silverstone in 19th position, having climbed back from a disappointing 23rd position in qualifying. After a solid start, Mann was still lying in 23rd place, with Aleix Alcaraz (RC Motorsport) on her rear wing and chasing. On lap three, Alcaraz got past the P1 Motorsport car, but Mann was determined to fight back and kept on the pace. With sixteen laps to go, Mann was catching Alcaraz and as the two crossed the start/finish line, the World Series' only female driver dived down the inside of the Spaniard as they entered Copse. The move held, and Mann was now up to 22nd. With some retirements and other drivers succumbing to mistakes, Mann finished the race in 19th position and will now start Race Two from 20th on the grid.
Mann commented on her race: "As I drove the car out to the grid, I noticed there was a vibration from the set of new tyres we had put on the car for Race One, and this got worse as the race got underway. It affects the car very badly on the brakes, so I was fighting all the way round to keep the car facing in the right direction. This was the kind of race that explains why racing drivers go to the gym! If I didn't train so hard, I would have found that very difficult. I felt like I was racing against people who had more grip than I did, and it took a lot of concentration and effort to stay with them."