Speeding Away With It! This afternoon at Brno, we saw what is commonly known as a Grand Slam: two pole positions and two race wins for the amazing Scott Speed (Motopark Academy). The young American unstoppable in the last round at Hockenheim...
Speeding Away With It!
This afternoon at Brno, we saw what is commonly known as a Grand Slam: two pole positions and two race wins for the amazing Scott Speed (Motopark Academy). The young American unstoppable in the last round at Hockenheim left nothing for the chasing pack as he stormed to victory in Saturday afternoon's second race of the weekend, ahead of Pagenaud (Graff Racing) and Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport).
With hindsight we can say that this race was decided before it even got underway, though Speed still deserves recognition for his regularity, and his ability to grab an early lead then run a controlled race. Behind him, Pagenaud and Fleming, as well as Meijer (AR Motorsport) and Kochem (Jenzer Motorsport) never relented in their efforts to take back a couple of thousandths from the leader.
This weekend also sees Speed take the number one spot in the overall standings from Pagenaud. "It was impossible for me to hope for anything," said the Frenchman later, "I was always on the attack, especially at the end when I pulled out all the stops. But Speed pulled out a gap at the start of the race, and all I could do was watch him take the win. We'll see at Donington."
Indeed, we'll have to wait and find out whether the major players in the Eurocup can trip up Speed before he runs away with it. Today, though, there were few surprises other than the absence of Walz (Motopark Academy) from the starting grid, the retirement of Weigl and Rocha, and Maldonado's overtaking of Ammermuller early on in the race.
But while the pessimists might call what followed a procession, the bets are definitely on for a change of scenario in a month's time at Donington. When we reach the UK, the teams will have had time to work on developments, and the line-up will be bigger. This will make for more action in qualifying and perhaps a surprise in store for Speed and the drivers in the FR 2000.
<pre> Race 2 classification 1) Speed Motopark Academy 28'15''335 2) Pagenaud Graff Racing 01''193 3) Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 04''487 4) Meijer AR Motorsport 05''082 5) Kochem Jenzer Motorsport 05''708 6) Kofler JD Motorsport 06''677 7) Maldonado Cram Competition 08''820 8) Ammermuller Jenzer Motorsport 09''847 9) Claessens JD Motorsport 13''201 10) Aleshin Lukoil Racing Team 14''394
General Classification 1) Speed 190 pts 2) Pagenaud 178 pts 3) Kochem 132 pts 4) Kofler 118 pts 5) Maldonado 116 pts 6) Fleming 96 pts 7) Moreau 92 pts 8) Meijer 80 pts 9) Clairay 66 pts 10) Walz 54 pts