RAIN POSTPONES GRAND PRIX OF MONTREAL MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA. -- SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2006 -- Round ...
RAIN POSTPONES GRAND PRIX OF MONTREAL
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA. -- SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2006 -- Round #11 -- 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season -- Heavy rains postponed today's fifth running of the Grand Prix of Montreal after six laps on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The race will resume at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28.
PKV Racing's Oriol Servia, #6 Gulfstream -- PKV Racing, was running in sixth place when the red flag dropped. Teammate Katherine Legge, #20 Bell Micro -- PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, who was the victim of a rain induced spin that had her on the sidelines after two laps, will be allowed to restart the race.
The day began with steady rain showers forcing teams to switch to wet setups and tires for the morning warm-up. By race time the showers had turned to a downpour and there was standing water in several places. Never-the-less the race started on time. Prior to the drop of the green flag Servia, who qualified fifth, was passed by Bruno Junqueira, who qualified sixth, in the chicane before the front straightaway. While such a move is illegal, Champ Car officials ruled the start was good.
With rooster tails streaming off the cars the drivers immediately began complaining about the visibility. On lap three, Legge entered Turn #3 and slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting Jan Heylen, she spun and slid into the tire barrier damaging the car. Champ Car safety moved the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing entry to a safe haven and two laps later the track went green again. On the very next lap officials threw the yellow flag due to the weather and one lap later dropped the red flag halting the race.
"I literally could not see my front wheels," Legge said. "Going into Turn #3 I didn't see Jan Heylen until the last minute and I had to brake a little harder than I wanted. I locked the rear tires, spun and away I went," she explained. "It is disappointing because we were eighth in the morning warm-up and we had a good car. Honestly, I though we were so much faster than the cars in front of us and this would be a good race for me. I thought we could finish in the top-eight because it was raining and being from England it would be to my advantage, but things just didn't work out," she concluded.
"It was impossible to see anything out there," Servia said. "Obviously, I would have preferred if the race had started in dry conditions, because we had a great car and under normal conditions we had a shot at the podium and maybe a win. But, the conditions were the same for everyone, you just have to go out and race no matter the conditions," he noted.
Commenting on the start of the race, Servia said, "Just before the start of the race the officials told us it would be a two by two normal start, but because of the rain they wanted us to be two car lengths behind the row in front. I was fifth--Bruno (Junqueira) was sixth. As we approach the last chicane Bruno accelerated and went in the chicane before me. As we exited the chicane they threw the green flag to start the race, so Bruno was already ahead of me and there was nothing I could do. I feel that if we could not go into the chicane together, than I should have been the one to go first. I think what happened was an illegal move, but I guess the rain will wash it out."
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