Race 1 - "Grand Race" Incredible LOPEZ wins with broken wing Mike DEN TANDT quick and consistent takes 5th place from 9th on the Grid. "It has been a big stress for us to wait for the finish, the last laps seemed to last hours." Said...
Race 1 - "Grand Race"
Incredible LOPEZ wins with broken wing Mike DEN TANDT quick and consistent takes 5th place from 9th on the Grid.
"It has been a big stress for us to wait for the finish, the last laps seemed to last hours." Said Jean-Paul DRIOT after the 5th win of the season for the young Argentine.
Early in the race the rear wing of LOPEZ started to move, after a stop to check the wing, the only thing to do was keeping going on and wait for the finish. "At the beginning of the race I felt that the car was very different with the car I drove yesterday, said LOPEZ. I did not know that I had a problem with the rear wing and the car was very, very hard to drive. I had to adapt my driving to this new balance. I had to be very concentrated because sometimes I was on the limit with a lot of oversteer, especially in the last corner. The pit stop was long because they checked the wing, but it was enough to keep the lead. With the new tyres on the rear the car was much better, I pushed and took the quickest lap. I am so happy, tomorrow my aim is to finish with no risk, the championship is so important!"
Mike DEN TANDT impressed the Team with his level of performance during the race : "My start was very bad and I lost 4 places. The Team decided then to stop me for the tyres change, they did a great job there. Back on the track, I did my own race without cars slowing me down. The car had quite a lot of oversteer, which is not what I like, but I could push enough to get 5th place. Any way I learned more on the car, I had the 3rd fastest lap, and I bring good points to the team, which is not so bad from 9th on the grid."
<pre> 1 José-Maria LOPEZ (ARG) DAMS 46:28.478 2 Tristan GOMMENDY (F) ARTA - SIGNATURE 46:42.829 + 14.351 3 Kousuke MATSUURA (J) ARTA - SIGNATURE 46:43.052 + 15.574 4 Neel JANI (CH) JENZER MOTORSPORT 46:48.559 + 20.081 5 Mike DEN TANDT (B) DAMS 46:57.120 + 28.642 6 Andrea BELICCHI (I) AFC MOTORSPORT 47:17.136 + 48.658 7 Hayanari SHIMODA (J) RN MOTORSPORT 47:25.396 + 56.918 8 Jaime MELO (BR) VICTORY by CRAM 47:25.957 + 57.479 9 Damien PASINI (F) VICTORY by CRAM 47:45.574 +1:17.096 10 Giorgio MONDINI (I) EUROINTERNATIONAL 47:47.939 +1:19.461 11 Davide DIBENEDETTO (I) GUIDARE 47:58.118 +1:29.640 12 Edward SANDSTROM (S) SRTS 47:58.487 +1:30.009 13 Vanina ICKX (B) SRTS 47:31.954 + 1 tour
Program (+1 hour for central Europe) : Sunday 5 October 15H30 Sprint race (20 laps)