Despite predictions of rain today's London Champ Car Trophy was run under mostly sunny skies and with only two yellow flag caution laps (for only six laps in total). Both of Herdez Competition's drivers completed the full race distance...
Despite predictions of rain today's London Champ Car Trophy was run under mostly sunny skies and with only two yellow flag caution laps (for only six laps in total). Both of Herdez Competition's drivers completed the full race distance and both scored points with Dominguez capturing his first podium finish of the season in third place and Moreno in seventh. A number of new rules were put into place for this event, taking into consideration the small size of the track and the pit lane. One of these rules was that each car must perform two pit stops under green flag conditions. Because of the low number of caution periods, the race turned into a fuel conservation challenge, with each team trying to find the balance between the fuel mileage they needed to complete the race distance and the performance they needed to defend their position on track. Herdez Competition got it right on both cars, cutting it closest with Dominguez who ran out of fuel before completing the slow-down lap.
Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
"First I want to say how great it has been to race here at Brands Hatch - a track with so much history and where so many legends have been made. Obviously fuel strategy played a big part of today's result. I was listening hard to the team telling me to conserve fuel and we cut it very close! It's the first time I've ever had to do that in my career but you still have to work very hard to go fast around this track. It is kind of frustrating but I learned something new today too. This is a great finish for the team but it's really just the start of what is to come for us."
Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
"It's a great result for the Herdez Competition team. We played two different strategies on the two cars. We were betting on no yellows - and if that had happened maybe we would have finished 3rd or 4th too. But I'm very glad for my teammate Mario Dominguez finishing third. We are improving as a team every race. For a team that has just expanded to two cars this year, the consistency we are showing is great. For me personally, I've finished three of the first four in the points - and would have finished in Long Beach had I not come around the corner and found someone stopped mid- track! This consistency will definitely pay off at the end of the year!"
1. Dominguez and Moreno are tied with 24 points each. Dominguez gains the higher championship position (seventh) by virtue of a higher race finish.
Round five of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season will mark the first oval race of the year at EuroSpeedway Lausitz near Dresden, Germany on Sunday, May 11th.