EU 2000: Oschersleben race two summary

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EU 2000: Oschersleben race two summary
Sep 18, 2004, 12:24 AM

Rising star Speed rides again! Another perfect race from 2004 champion Scott Speed, the American once more giving us a lights-to-flag demonstration of how it's done. Joining him on the race podium came Meijer and Saarinen, with the ...

Rising star Speed rides again!

Another perfect race from 2004 champion Scott Speed, the American once more giving us a lights-to-flag demonstration of how it's done. Joining him on the race podium came Meijer and Saarinen, with the all-important championship podium finally going to Pagenaud in second and Fleming in third.

"The car was perfect and I had no pressure on me," Speed told us later, "Which meant I could take it easy and control the race, keeping an eye on my mirrors. I'm really happy to have taken the title, and I'd like to thank my team who have done a fantastic job all season, and my sponsors who have given me great support." Out on the track Speed took care of the rest, taking his eighth race win of the season from his ninth pole position.

One of the most memorable moments of this last race of the year was the smiles from Fleming and Pagenaud as they confirmed their overall podium finishes. "No one really made a move in the race," explained Pagenaud, who spent the whole time with Fleming in his mirrors, "Given the positions there was no point taking any risks."

Fleming himself showed us his ability to control his racing, "Obviously I'm overjoyed to be third. I've been finishing consistently at the end of the season, and I was fifth overall coming here this weekend, so I knew there wouldn't be much in it. But I'm really happy. We've got two Americans on the podium, which is great."

An incredible end to the 2004 Eurocup season for Speed, who already has his sights set on his future. "I don't know exactly where I'll be racing yet, but my sponsors and I are looking at either GP2 or the World Series by Renault. It depends on how developed the cars are, but right now I want to enjoy the moment and celebrate winning this title. I'm aiming high for the future, so I want to carry on working hard. But after this evening, though... we've got some celebrating to do!"

<pre> Race 2 Classification

 Clt Pilotes Equipe Temps 1 Scott Speed Motopark Oschersleben 30'24"312 2 Paul Meijer Ar Motorsport +0'01"979 3 Pekka Saarinen Sl Formula Racing +0'02"952 4 Simon Pagenaud Graff Racing +0'04"804 5 Colin Fleming Jenzer Motorsport +0'07"197 6 Matias Milla Motorpark Oschersleben +0'15"653 7 Pascal Kochem Jenzer Motorsport +0'16"103 8 Pastor Maldonado Cram Competition +0'17"548 9 Reinhard Kofler JD Motorsport +0'19"467 10 Patrick Pilet Graff Racing +0'21"033 

2004 Final Classification

 1) Speed Motopark Oschersleben 370 points 2) Pagenaud Graff Racing 246 points 3) Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 222 points 4) Kofler JD Motorsport 202 points 5) Kochem Jenzer Motorsport 198 points 6) Meijer AR Motorsport 174 points 7) Moreau SG Formula 148 points 8) Maldonado Cram Competition 132 points 9) Pilet Graff Racing 102 points 10) Clairay SG Formula 82 points 

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