Magny-Cours race 1 report

Race One - 22 laps Weather: Sunshine The first race start was aborted after a false start. The race distance was reduced to 22 laps but, at the restart, both Martini Racing cars retired. Alessandro Nannini pulled off at the first corner with...

Race One - 22 laps

Weather: Sunshine

The first race start was aborted after a false start. The race distance was reduced to 22 laps but, at the restart, both Martini Racing cars retired. Alessandro Nannini pulled off at the first corner with gearbox failure while team-mate Nicola Larini spun into the gravel. Championship leader Bernd Schneider pulled clear, followed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Jan Magnussen and Dario Franchitti. However the Scotsman had damaged his Mercedes on the rear of Magnussen's car in the first corner confusion and was unable to pass the Dane as the race progressed. Magnussen passed Fisichella on lap four but could not catch Schneider whose victory sealed the 1995 ITC title. Behind Magnussen, Franchitti pressurised Fisichella until crashing on lap 12. The Italian retired two laps later with an electrical problem, allowing Klaus Ludwig to finish third for Opel. Manuel Reuter (Opel), Stefano Modena (Alfa Romeo) and Jorg van Ommen (Mercedes) completed the top six.

Bernd Schneider 1st: "It was a surprise to be leading after the first corner, I really didn't expect that. When I was clear I just concentrated on making it to the finish because I knew that I would be the champion. Now that I have won it is a great feeling."

Jan Magnussen 2nd: "I'm very happy with my race and pleased with second position as it has given me second place in the championship. There was no chance to catch Bernd Schneider, I think I would have needed another 600 bhp to do this."

Klaus Ludwig 3rd: "I've every reason to be happy with today. It's a great reward for all the work that Opel has done recently."

Manuel Reuter 4th: "I had several injections from Mercedes physiotherapist Toni Mathis. It helped, but still my back hurts badly. So I concentrated all the time on the car in front of me and grit, grit, grit my teeth."

Stefano Modena 5th: "It was a good race initially but then I had more and more understeer as the race progressed. I hope the guys can get it under control for race two."

Jorg van Ommen 6th: I'm very pleased with my car and with the race, but there was a lot of traffic which prevented me from achieving a better position."

Nicola Larini (Alfa Romeo): "I don't really know what happened. I might have been hit by Bernd but there is no mark on my car, or I might have spun on my own." Alfa Romeo sport chief Giorgio Pianta later reported a gearbox problem with Larini's car.

Dario Franchitti (Mercedes): "The first problem happened when I hit Magnussen at the start. That damaged the front bodywork. Later, behind Fisichella, my brakes went soft and I couldn't slow down. The car understeered off and damaged the suspension against the wall."

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Series General
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jan Magnussen , Dario Franchitti , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Klaus Ludwig , Stefano Modena , Alessandro Nannini , Nicola Larini , Jörg van Ommen