Race 2 "Sprint Race" - Sunday 18th April 2004 With a rolling start and no pit stop in the Sunday Sprint Race the DAMS drivers did not expect great results from their bad position on the grid due to problems during qualifying in the rain. Neel...
Race 2 "Sprint Race" - Sunday 18th April 2004
With a rolling start and no pit stop in the Sunday Sprint Race the DAMS drivers did not expect great results from their bad position on the grid due to problems during qualifying in the rain. Neel JANI is taking the 2 points of 10th place, Memo ROJAS had to fight with steering problems (or similar) and could not push as he wanted, Bruce Lorgere-Roux was pushed out by another car in the last lap of the race.
Neel JANI : "At the start of the race I had cars everywhere around me very close, I could not move and try something. Then I passed Bellarosa in front of me to get out of this group of cars where I was blocked at the start. Then my lap times were not sufficient to catch the cars in front. Any way we did not expect a miracle today but for sure we have lost many points in the 3 first races due to accidents caused by other cars. Now we need to get big points in the following races, let's hope we will not have crazy things as we saw yesterday"
Memo ROJAS : "My start was good, I passed Martinez and we stayed together until turn 4 when passed again as he had the inside line. I was able to stay with the group of Neel but I had to fight with the car, it was feeling asymmetric and the grip was not what I used to have. It was a difficult week end but we will work hard to be in the front in Magny-Cours."
Bruce LORGERE-ROUX : "I had a contact at the start which broke my nose, it caused understeering during the race. I was in the back of a group of 5 cars during all the race, BELICCHI was blocking the group in front but nobody could pass. I managed to pass DANIELSSON on the outside at the end of the race but then we crashed together in the final lap."
Jean-Paul DRIOT : "We have been confirmed that a system of yellow and red cards is in place now. We can't accept any more to loose so many opportunities to score big points just because some drivers try some crazy things. Neel has lost at least 60 points in 3 races. MONDINI has a yellow card for what happened yesterday, it means that if he does it again in the next 2 events he will be excluded of the race. This new rule is in place for all the season."
Next event : Magny-Cours 1st & 2nd May
<pre> VALENCIA ROUND 3 & 4 - 18/04/04 RACE 2 RESULTS
Pos Driver Team Time / gap 1 Kerr Victory 29'50.135 2 Sharp Jenzer 0.155 3 Bell DPR 9.667 4 Mondini Eurointernational 11.358 5 Belicchi AFC 22.576 6 Pasini Victory 23.276 7 Barth Interwetten 24.026 8 Shimoda DPR 25.269 9 Van Lagen Interwetten 25.872 10 Jani DAMS 27.873 11 Martinez CRAM 28.840 12 Campanico CRAM 31.753 13 Sandstrom SRTS 32.758 14 Lee SRTS 38.606 15 Cicero Jenzer 42.304 16 Rojas DAMS 46.470