Best among Gelles, Yager finishes 4th Watkins Glen, New York. -- Gelles Racing had four cars racing in the third round of the North American Formula Renault series at historic Watkins Glen race track in upper New York State and American ...
Best among Gelles, Yager finishes 4th
Watkins Glen, New York. -- Gelles Racing had four cars racing in the third round of the North American Formula Renault series at historic Watkins Glen race track in upper New York State and American Michael Yager for Illinois had his best performance in 2004 with a fourth place finish, missing his first podium by only 1,5 second. Yager ran consistantly on a wet but drying track in a race plagued with racing incidents; he avoided water on the tarmac and contacts with other cars to clinch fourth, his best finish in nine Formula Renault races.
"I'm very happy with the end result, said Yager. The track was wet unevenly and I had to be very careful in some corners, places were we usually carry a lot of speed. This is one more step for me. I take the lead in rookie and best American standings and I almost stepped on my first podium. But there will be other occasions."
Jader and Gelinas: hard luck
For Renato Jader, the race looked like a good occasion to get closer to the lead in the standings. At mid-race, the Brazilian was fighting for second position when three cars made contact and went off track. A frustrated Jader was able to resume racing but finished a distant ninth. His only consolation remains the five point bonus he earned with the fastest lap in the race.
With only two laps remaining, Philippe Gelinas was lying third and attempted a pass for second: he had to take the outside line in turn 10 and spun on the wet track. He was also able to complete the race, but in 6th place. Jader was furious after the race arguing he was the victim of the two other cars pushing him off the track, while Gelinas accepted the fact he had taken a chance that did not turn in his favour.
Roy, an early off
On the fifth lap only, Stephan Roy was working his way up the pack when he litterally skidded off the track and hit the safety barrier. The series officials slowed the field down with a full-course yellow in order to remove Roy's #6 car.
Next stop: Toronto
Next race will take Gelles Racing north of the border again to the Molson Indy race in Toronto, Ontario on July 9-11. The 2004 North America Formula Renault Pro series is sanctioned by Grand American Road Racing and organized by Race Team Promotions. Gelles Racing is sponsored by Mid-America Motorworks and USA Today. You can visit Gelles web site at: www.gellesracing.com