Jourdain battles to sixth at Brands Hatch/ WEST KINGDOM, KENT, UK . . .A long hard day of racing in the English countryside paid off for Michel Jourdain Jr. and Gigante team as they took a sixth place finish in the London Champ Car Trophy at ...
Jourdain battles to sixth at Brands Hatch/
WEST KINGDOM, KENT, UK . . .A long hard day of racing in the English countryside paid off for Michel Jourdain Jr. and Gigante team as they took a sixth place finish in the London Champ Car Trophy at historic Brands Hatch. The top-ten finish was the third in four races this season for the 26-year-old native of Mexico City.
Team Rahal entered the race with a two pit stop strategy and Jourdain meticulously made his mileage throughout the race allowing the team to keep to the targeted pit windows.
"It was a very long day out there. Most of the day I was focused on my fuel mileage as I was trying to save fuel. For some reason I had a problem where I would either save too much fuel and not go fast enough or I would go too fast and not save enough fuel. We went into the race focused on doing the race in two stops. It was hard for me to split the difference. Pretty much my day was focused on saving fuel. I do feel bad for Adrian [Fernandez]. After my last stop he had me and I was on cold tires and when he went by on the outside my car slid and I bumped him and he slid off. The good news for us is that we scored some points and 'PT' [points leader Paul Tracy] didn't score so we were able to close the gap a little. I am really happy for my old team Herdez Racing. For them to get a podium finish this week is great considering all the hard work they have put into their program. We have to begin thinking about Germany right away because this will be a short week for everyone in the series. Team Rahal had a lot of success at Germany in 2001 [1-2 finish for Brack and Papis] and I think we will be very strong next week."
The sixth place finish netted Jourdain eight points which kept him third in the CART Champ Car World Series championship (42 points) and pulled him to within 23 points of leader Paul Tracy.
Tracy posted a DNF, his first of the season, with a failed gearbox. Tracy who had won the first three races of the season failed in his bid to become just the fourth driver in Champ Car history to win four straight races.
Newman Haas rookie sensation Sebastien Bourdais captured his first Champ Car victory edging teammate Bruno Junqueira. Bourdais, the first rookie in series history to win the pole in his first two races, claimed his first podium of the season by leading 95 laps en route to the win.
The Champ Car World Series heads to EuroSpeedway for the German 500 to be held next weekend.