Race 2 - "Sprint Race" The Sprint race started in great confusion. The first rolling start was cancelled by the race direction as a few cars pushed before the green light, then, on the second launch 5 cars crashed and the red flag...
Race 2 - "Sprint Race"
The Sprint race started in great confusion. The first rolling start was cancelled by the race direction as a few cars pushed before the green light, then, on the second launch 5 cars crashed and the red flag was shown to the drivers for another race stop. The 2 DAMS cars were involved in one of the crash but could go back to the grid.
Jose Maria LOPEZ took some precious points for the championship with 5th place : "It could be better but there was nothing to do. I could not pass MELO in front of me and I did not want to take any risk. Any way my position in the championship is better today than before Estoril, this was a positive week end for me."
Mike DEN TANDT was frustrated with 6th place but happy of his lap times during the race: "On the second start a car closed the door in corner 1 while I was passing him, he took off my nose. On corner 3 I think I touched GOMMENDY and in the confusion LOPEZ and me have been involved in the crash that stopped the race. In fact I did not see him and I feel sorry because this was very bad for the Team. On the 3rd start I tried to pass in the middle of the line in the first corner to block the cars behind me, it could help my team mate. At this moment SHIMODA passed me. My car became better lap after lap which helped me to pass SHIMODA again. After that I was alone on the track, I could do good lap times, I gained experience, but I was too far to catch the leaders."
<pre> 1 Kousuke MATSUURA (J) ARTA - SIGNATURE 25:16.530 2 Neel JANI (CH) JENZER MOTORSPORT + 0.880 3 Tristan GOMMENDY (F) ARTA - SIGNATURE + 7.687 4 Jaime MELO (BR) VICTORY by CRAM + 8.420 5 Jos