Borja Garcia scores in Spa In a race rich in incidents and with the safety car joining the track four times, Racing Engineering's drivers faced mixed fortunes in race one at Spa. While Neel Jani stalled at the start of the race,hBorja Garcia ...
Borja Garcia scores in Spa
In a race rich in incidents and with the safety car joining the track four times, Racing Engineering's drivers faced mixed fortunes in race one at Spa. While Neel Jani stalled at the start of the race,hBorja Garcia finished in an amazing 6th position after starting 20t .
Borja Garcia, starting from 20th position, looked back to an exciting race - rain was predicted, but no one could tell at what point during the race. Some drivers took advantage of the first safety car phase at the beginning of the race to stop for their obligatory tyre change. However, most of the drivers stayed behind the safety car. Borja came in on lap 8 and found himself caught up behind the safety car once more on the following lap, when race leader Bruni crashed. The safety car neutralized the race once more as the rain set in, but Borja made up position after position. Although race conditions were difficult for the Spaniard, who stayed on dry tyres, he finished the race inrd6th position. This result allows Borja to start Sunday's sprint race 3 on the grid, and gives him a perfect chance to take his second podium this year.
Neel Jani, on the other hand, lost all opportunities for a good result at the start: his car stalled and Neel was three laps behind the rest of the field when he rejoined the race. He continued In order to improve his grid position for Sunday's race, and finished in 16th position.
At the end of an exciting race Borja Garcia stated: "What a race! The car was really great. It was a good decision to not change to wet tyres: with all the different conditions during this race, the team made a really good decision concerning the pit stop, and I would like to thank them. I was close to overtaking Alvarez, but I thought it's better to have the points I have and not risk them all for one more. I am happy to finish in 6th after starting from 20th position, the last two laps were a bit tough, and Speed could pass me, but I am content and will start from 3rd position tomorrow."
A disappointed Neel Jani noted: "The car stalled at the start. I made up some positions to have a better position on tomorrow's grid. During the race we mounted wet tyres when we noticed the first rain, these were getting better and better towards the end of the race when the rain became heavier."
Alfonso De Orleans added: "This was a strange race. The tactics paid off correctly today for the tyre change and allowed Borja to make it to the points. The timing was just perfect, as any sooner or later and it might not have worked out this way."