The champagne flows at last The Racing Engineering mechanics and engineers were showered in champagne at the conclusion of race one at the Nurburgring by their driver Adam Carroll, who brought home the team's first podium finish of 2006. Adam,...
The champagne flows at last
The Racing Engineering mechanics and engineers were showered in champagne at the conclusion of race one at the Nurburgring by their driver Adam Carroll, who brought home the team's first podium finish of 2006.
Adam, who started the race from seventh position, was up to fourth by the end of lap one and ran the longest first stint of any driver before reemerging from the pits in the midst of a huge battle between several of the top drivers in the championship, including series leader Nelson Piquet. In his element, Adam battled strongly, eventually muscling his way past Piquet and, on the last lap, claiming the scalp of Jose Maria Lopez to put himself on the podium alongside race winner Lewis Hamilton and Alex Premat.
Javier Villa had a tremendous race as well, dispatching his more experienced competition with ease as he powered his way up from 24th at the start of the race to finish ninth, just outside of the points but his best finish of the season, much to the delight of his team.
Team principal Alfonso de Orleans was, shockingly, speechless after the race, but quickly regained his senses to ask: "Can I just scream to explain how I feel? Before the race Adam said he was convinced he was going to get a podium, and I guess when Adam says that, then he gets a podium! He just went for it, and the best part of the whole thing was when he got between Piquet and Lapierre -- I thought my God, this is going to end in tears, and it didn't; unless someone really pulls something off amazing he's going to get the best overtaking move of the year, again!
"And Javi also gained the most positions in the race -- from 24th to 9th -- I'm ecstatic about that. If he started in seventh I wonder where he would have finished! The cars kept up perfectly so the boys did a great job: it's so important that the drivers can drive and not worry about anything other than what's happening around them. John Gentry did a tremendous job again, but without the mechanics you could be leading the race and have something fall off, so they have been working perfectly."
Adam Carroll was ecstatic after the race, laughing: "This place produces some good racing, doesn't it! The car felt good today, and you can never do anything unless the car feels good and it lets you do it. After the stop Nelson was going for a bit of a lunge up the outside of Lapierre and I went too, because there was actually a bit of grip out there, and on the last lap I saw the Super Nova car was in front of me and I said I can't let that beat me , and it didn't!"
Surrounded by his mechanics after the race, Javier Villa beamed as he stated: "It was a fantastic race; I started 24th and finished 9th, so that's pretty good! I was really happy with the car, and the team did a great job. I had a little problem with traction out of some of the corners, but we fixed it and then the car was really good after that. I finished ninth, tomorrow I start ninth, and I think it's going to be a really good weekend for me. The team, the engineers, everyone is just really, really happy at the moment."