CHAMPCAR/CART: Assen: Justin Wilson preview

Two days after his eventful race at Zolder, Justin and the ...

Two days after his eventful race at Zolder, Justin and the #9 CDW/RuSPORT team are in the Netherlands preparing for the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix at TT Circuit Assen. "I'm really looking forward to this weekend", said Justin. "The Dutch race fans are fantastic so I'm sure there'll be a great atmosphere."

Justin is currently 4th in the championship standings, 10 points behind 3rd place man Will Power (Team Australia) and 19 points behind Dutch hero Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA) who currently sits in runner-up spot. These two, plus points leader Sebastien Bourdais and his Newman/Haas/Lanigan team-mate Graham Rahal, were all in the mix at Zolder. Justin expects things to be just as competitive this weekend.

The 2.83 mile road course is famous for motorcycling. Few cars have been round it at speed, so all of the teams and drivers will arrive with a clean sheet in terms of set-up knowledge. "It's another track I don't know, but from everything I've seen it looks like a fast circuit", said Justin. "We'll get our first proper look at the track on Thursday. The aim is to find a good base set-up and get some smooth running during the practice sessions."

Before then, Justin, who has fully recovered from the illness he suffered at Zolder, will spend much of Wednesday at Plantronics Europe's offices in Amsterdam, meeting staff and signing autographs. "We had a pretty competitive car in Zolder, so hopefully we'll get the #9 car back on the podium this weekend for Plantronics Europe, CDW and our other partners," he concluded.

Practice and first qualifying is on Friday, final qualifying on Saturday and the race itself on Sunday. Eurosport 2 has live TV coverage of the race.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Will Power