Speed Races Toward the Title A trouble-free race for Scott Speed (MotoparkOschersleben) at Spa, the American leading almost from start to finish to take the chequered flag ahead of his countryman Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) and Kochem ...
Speed Races Toward the Title
A trouble-free race for Scott Speed (MotoparkOschersleben) at Spa, the American leading almost from start to finish to take the chequered flag ahead of his countryman Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) and Kochem (Jenzer Motorsport).
The Motopark and Jenzer teams pulled out all the stops to give us an amazing show for the single race in round seven of the Eurocup 2004. At the green light, France's Pagenaud (Graff Racing) moved up into Speed's slipstream, passing the American as they exited the Raidillon. But Speed's answer was soon in coming, as he outbraked Pagenaud at the first right-hander before heading of into the sunset. This time the message was clear: you need to be the best to beat Speed.
But while the race got underway without upsets at the front, all the action was going on further down the order. Continuing his run of bad luck this weekend, Maldonado (Cram Competition) ran wide and lost his wing, putting paid to his race. Then Ragues was forced to come into the pits, while Kirkaldy's race ended at the bus stop.
Further forward, Pagenaud was right in Kochem and Fleming's sights. On lap three, though, he was in their mirrors.
A damaged nose-cone forced local driver Den Tandt to wave the white flag, allowing Meijer (AR Motorsport) to pull up to Pagenaud.
On lap eight the Safety Car was called out after Di Resta spun off, leaving his car in a dangerous position for the other drivers. One lap later the race got back underway, with Speed far enough ahead to taste victory. But before the chequered flag there was still time for Fleming to take Kochem, with Claessens moving past Pagenaud further back.
Speed increases his lead in the overall standings, his hands nearly on the title. And out on the track the German teams are truly the ones to catch.
<pre> Race classification
1) Speed Motopark Oschersleben 28'27''759 2) Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 02''880 3) Kochem Jenzer Motorsport 03''465 4) Claessens JD Motorsport 03''863 5) Kofler JD Motorsport 04''602 6) Meijer AR Motorsport 06''630 7) Pagenaud Graff Racing 07''053 8) Ammermuller Jenzer Motorsport 07''209 9) Strous Motopark Oschersleben 07''743 10) Moreau SG-Formula 08''075
General classification after 7 rounds
1 Speed Motopark Oschersleben 252 points 2 Pagenaud Graff Racing 206 points 3 Kofler JD Motorsport 156 points 4 Kochem Jenzer Motorsport 152 points 5 Moreau SG-Formula 148 points 6 Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 142 points 7 Pastor Maldonado 116 points 8 Paul Meijer AR Motorsport 100 points 9 Pilet Graff Racing 88 points 10 Clairay SG Formula 66 points