Giedo van der Garde (NED) -- P1 Diego Nunes (BRA) -- P11 Van der Garde storms to victory in Monza.... iSport racer Giedo van der Garde showed maturity and skill in difficult conditions to claim his first feature race victory at the Monza ...
Giedo van der Garde (NED) -- P1
Diego Nunes (BRA) -- P11
Van der Garde storms to victory in Monza....
iSport racer Giedo van der Garde showed maturity and skill in difficult conditions to claim his first feature race victory at the Monza Autodrome in spectacular style. As the cars lined up on the grid the heavens opened causing a thirty minute delay and a safety car start. When the safety car came in Van der Garde pressured leader Vitaly Petrov for most of the race until the iSport racer pitted with 3 laps to go. A lightning pit stop and Van der Garde's out lap was enough to jump Petrov to take the chequered flag and the top step of the podium. Where Van der Garde had a perfect race his iSport team mate Diego Nunes was less fortunate. After running third early on he dropped back through the field as his engine over heated due to debris from the track building up in his side pods.
Giedo van der Garde
"It was a fantastic result. We had a problem for the first few laps, there was water in the engine so I think I had less cylinders. But after five laps it cleared up I could close the gap (to Petrov) from five seconds to a few tenths. I was quick and all over him but it was a good pit stop, we overtook him and won the race. It is a really great result and I have to thank the team for doing a great job".
"All the rubbish on the track got into my radiator in the first two or three laps and the engine over heated from the first or second lap until the pit stop. I was racing in safe mode all the time so I was losing four seconds a lap on the straights. I managed to do a good start, by the third of fourth lap I was third already but I was too slow and I couldn't hold the position, it was disappointing.