Magny-Cours: ART Grand Prix race one, two report

ART GP racer Lucas Di Grassi secured a solid second placed finish in the opening race at the Magny Cours circuit this weekend after qualifying fourth on the grid. Finishing the chaotic event that saw his teammate, Michael Ammermüller, involved in...

ART GP racer Lucas Di Grassi secured a solid second placed finish in the opening race at the Magny Cours circuit this weekend after qualifying fourth on the grid. Finishing the chaotic event that saw his teammate, Michael Ammermüller, involved in a first lap accident that saw the German forced to retire and Ernesto Viso taken to hospital.

Thankfully both drivers escaped virtually unscathed, however the incident saw the event red flagged for an hour. A wet race two was not quite as successful with Michael Ammermüller failing to score in the race, finishing down in 19th place after spinning off the circuit, however he did get a point for fastest lap. Di Grassi meanwhile finished just off the podium in fourth place and while it wasn't a win, he is slowly closing the gap to current points leader, Timo Glock.

Frédéric Vasseur:
Lucas had a solid race in tricky conditions on Saturday. He lost one place to Pantano in the pits, but won one to Senna. His pace was very consistent which is very important in a race where you run most of the time on the same set of tyres. We were concerned his rear tyres were dying so we did what we had to in order to avoid that. Lucas did what he had to do in second race: score some very important points and get closer to Glock in the championship. As for Michael, his race was over when Viso climbed on him, which is a shame, but we're all happy Ernesto is doing OK after such a horrendous crash. Michael clocked the fastest lap of the second race which shows he can be bloody fast and fight with the front runners, which will have to be his aim next week.

Lucas Di Grassi: Race 1: 2nd Race 2: 4th Championship: 3rd, 29 points
The French weekend was tasty! Not that the results in themselves were that great, but I secured some good points. My aim was to catch up with Glock, which I did. Race 1 was tricky as always when the safety car is out, but we managed to leave the pits in second place and then the car was really good, which helped me save the rear tyres. Race 2 was a bit of a mess with the rain. The track was damp at the start and I did not get a good start. There was a lot of traffic at the hairpin and I lost positions trying not to hit anybody. Once things cleared up my pace was very good and I could gain several positions to finish P4. Another good weekend like this and we'll be closer to Glock. The next step is to climb on the top step of the rostrum.

Michael Ammermüller: Race 1: OUT Race 2: 19th , Best Lap Championship: 19th, 1 point
To be back in the race after so many weeks away from the track was a real pleasure, unfortunately this was spoiled by the first lap crash when Viso hit me heavily from behind. I am happy Ernesto is doing well, but I am not too happy that I could not take part in the race. Taking the start dead last on Sunday, the odds were not good, but the lap record showed that we have the potential to secure very good results.

-credit: artgp

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Timo Glock , Frederic Vasseur , Ernesto Viso , Michael Ammermüller
Teams ART Grand Prix