Finally ! (25/05/2008) Frederic Vervisch scored his first victory of the season on the Nurburgring this weekend. "Finally", the 21-year-old Belgian yelled after getting out of his Dallara F307 OPC Challenge with which he won race 1. With...
(25/05/2008) Frederic Vervisch scored his first victory of the season on the Nurburgring this weekend. "Finally", the 21-year-old Belgian yelled after getting out of his Dallara F307 OPC Challenge with which he won race 1.
With the third time in the first qualifying practice, Frederic had everything in his hands to score a fine result. After a good start in race 1, Frederic put race leader Matteo Chinosi under pressure. "At the end of the second lap, I had a good exit out of the chicane and I was able to get into the slipstream of Chinosi. While going into the Mercedes Arena, I passed him on the outside. Chinosi kept the pressure on after I first built up a small advantage. I held off his attacks and went straight to my first win of the season", Frederic said after the champagne shower.
Good starts are Frederics trademark. In race 2 also, where he started from seventh place on the grid, Frederic started very quickly and overtook five of his opponents before the first corner. A blocking rear wheel costed Frederic the second place on the grid. Vervisch: "Already during the first race we noticed how the rear wheel blocked under braking. But this time I got a lot of understeer and one of my rivals took advantage of my problem to overtake me."
With a victory and a third place on the rostrum, Frederic climbs up to second place in the championship. "We have a lot of work to do before the next races. We gained some speed, but that is still not enough to be in front all the time. I want to thank everyone at Swiss Racing Team for his commitment. Our rivals may prepare for a fierce battle on the Hockenheimring."
Frederic Vervisch: "I would like to dedicate my victory to Jean-Pierre Hardy, who passed away earlier this week. He was a very sympathetic man who, amongst other things, was one of the people behind the Racing Show in Liège. His early death came as a complete shock to us all..."