European Formula Palmer Audi Rounds 13 - Snetterton - 13th August 2000 Keen Takes Second Win to Take the Championship Lead Justin Keen got the perfect start to move ahead of Jesper Carlsen and take his second win of the season. Carlsen...
European Formula Palmer Audi
Rounds 13 - Snetterton - 13th August 2000
Keen Takes Second Win to Take the Championship Lead
Justin Keen got the perfect start to move ahead of Jesper Carlsen and take his second win of the season.
Carlsen kept the pressure on for the entire race, with the Team Brask driver filling the Britons mirrors at every turn, but Keen failed to present the Dane with an overtaking opportunity. Keen's championship rival Damien Faulkner was third with an excellent drive from 5th on the grid. Faulkner set a new lap record on a circuit he admits isn't one of his favourites. Christian Hohenadel couldn't keep pace with the top three drivers, but had a brilliant drive to record his highest ever finish in FPA on a circuit he has never driven on before this week. With Bruce Jouanny finishing down the order in 11th place the German has closed the gap slightly in the junior class title battle. Robbie Kerr gave the crowd another excellent display of race craft, finishing the race in 6th place after starting in a lowly 16th.
Justin Keen celebrated in true motor racing style with a bottle of champagne. "I was confident of getting a good start, but I was still pleased to get ahead of Jesper Carlsen off the line. He was trying all the time for the first half of the race and I was glad to pull out a six-tenths gap. He used he boosts towards the end of the race to catch me up again but I was comfortable in the lead. This now moves me back into the lead in the championship."
Jesper Carlsen was a little disappointed not to win his first race in FPA but was happy to get his highest finish of the season so far. "I lost the race at the start. I followed Justin Keen for the first ten laps, but he started to pull out a small gap and I couldn't get back to him. He made a couple of mistake but I was too far back to take advantage. I started to catch him up again towards the end of the race but it was too late by then. The finish does give me some good points for the championship and we now have a car that is really working well."
Damien Faulkner claimed the last podium place, which helps keep him in touch with Justin Keen in the championship battle. "I was consistently one tenth quicker than Justin Keen and Jesper Carlsen and I kept the car very close to the limit, I was pushing very, very hard. I am ahead of Justin for the second race, so he'll have to catch me in that one."
It was the first time that Christian Hohenadel has beaten Bruce Jouanny in the Junior Class this season and he was really pleased with the result, though he must have been a little bit disappointed not to have been on the overall podium at the end of the race. "My start was OK and I kept my position. I struggled with the car for the first 5 laps but then it settled down and I got into a good rhythm. I lost a place to Damien Faulkner but I was able to stay in 4th until the end of the race."
Round 14 sees Damien Faulkner starting in 4th with Justin Keen just behind him in 5th. The scene is now set for an excellent battle to see who will be leading the championship at the end of this afternoon's race.
<pre> Round 13 - Result - 20 laps
1 7 Justin KEEN GBR Pendant Aluminium 21:44.653
2 22 Jesper CARLSEN DEN Team Brask +0.470
3 2 Damian FAULKNER IRL www.f1grandprixracing.com +0.954
4 99 Christian HOHENADEL (J) GER IAXIS +9.640
5 44 Jacky VAN DER ENDE NED Team Brask +9.920
6 79 Robbie KERR GBR Thomas Sanderson Blinds +16.516
7 33 Allan SIMONSEN DEN Team Brask +20.822
8 1 Richard TARLING GBR JSP +20.968
9 12 Tim MULLEN GBR Morse +21.899
10 20 Bruno BESSON FRA BBC Europe +22.831
11 11 Bruce JOUANNY (J) FRA Altran +23.076
12 6 Paul EDWARDS USA Doug Mockett & Company +26.077
13 17 Miku SANTAVIRTA FIN Sonera / Lopin Kulta Legenda+27.904
14 9 Paul PARSONS (J) GBR Atlantic Telecom +29.799
15 29 Marco CIOCI ITA Informedical +30.787
16 3 Judd COUPLAND (J) GBR Enterprise Network Group +34.779
17 18 Derek HAYES GBR Hyperion +37.341
5 Richard LYONS GBR Aerospace Fasteners 1 Lap
2 Damian FAULKNER www.f1grandprixracing.com 1:03.912 109.95 mph
11 Bruce JOUANNY (J) Altran 1:04.579 108.81 mph
Round 14 - Snetterton - 13th August 2000
Faulkner Bounces Back
Damien Faulkner won his third race of the season to retake the championship lead he lost after this morning's race. Bruno Besson got a good start to lead at the first corner, but behind Robbie Kerr and Derek Hayes collided as they turned into Riches Corner. The safety car was deployed to recover Kerr's damaged car. At the restart Damien Faulkner, lying in second after a good first lap, got alongside Besson and moved into the lead at turn one. Justin Keen, who got an equally good start, was in third but couldn't find a way around Besson, who in turn was intent in regaining the lead. Justin Keen was content to take 3rd, hoping that Faulkner and Besson would trip over each other, but they didn't.
Damien Faulkner punched the air as he crossed the line with Bruno Besson just behind him in second. The Frenchman was pleased to finally step onto the podium but slightly disappointed not to win the race. Justin Keen keeps his championship hopes very much alive with two podiums. Bruce Jouanny returned to winning ways in the junior class with an excellent 4th place overall. Christian Hohenadel was forced into the pits after a collision with Jesper Carlsen on the opening lap, which promoted Atlantic Telecom backed driver Paul Parsons into second place in class.
Damien Faulkner grinned as he was asked about his start. "That was one of my best starts this season. I overtook Jesper Carlsen at the first corner and caught and passed Christian Hohenadel on the back straight. I felt really confident that I could have got past Bruno Besson without the safety car, though that did make things easier."
Bruno Besson was a little downbeat at the end, knowing that a race win could have been on the cards. "I am disappointed not to win this race but I can't really complain about coming second. I had a very good race, my best so far in Formula Palmer Audi. This series is very competitive, with all the drivers very close at each meeting."
Justin Keen was pleased with his second podium finish of the day. "That was a good solid podium finish. I managed to finish the first lap in 3rd and was waiting behind Damien Faulkner as the Safety Car went back into the pit lane. Damien got past Bruno Besson at the first corner but I couldn't get past him as well. I waited to see if Besson and Faulkner would tangle because I could see that Bruno was on a mission to retake the lead. They didn't push each other off so I settled for third place and some good points towards the championship."
Bruce Jouanny finished his weekend on a high note. "I had no incidents throughout the race. This win is a good result for me after the weekend started really badly. This is my first visit to Snetterton and I found it very hard but I have extended my lead in the junior championship, which is a really good thing."
Damien Faulkner is back at the head of the championship table by a slender two points ahead of Justin Keen. These two drivers have moved ahead of Robbie Kerr and Derek Hayes after they both failed to score in the last race. Bruce Jouanny has an enormous 54-point lead over Christian Hohenadel in the junior class.
<pre> RESULTS - ROUND 14 - Snetterton - 20 Laps
1 2 Damien FAULKNER IRL 24:49.818
2 20 Bruno BESSON FRA +0.636
3 7 Justin KEEN GBR +2.633
4 11 Bruce JOUANNY (J) FRA +4.148
5 1 Richard TARLING GBR +5.607
6 44 Jacky VAN DER ENDE NED +6.117
7 29 Marco CIOCI ITA +6.932
8 12 Tim MULLEN GBR +8.708
9 17 Miku SANTAVIRTA FIN +8.956
10 6 Paul EDWARDS USA +11.347
11 33 Allan SIMONSEN DEN +15.665
12 9 Paul PARSONS (J) GBR +22.182
13 3 Judd COUPLAND (J) GBR +51.672
14 99 Christian HOHENADEL (J) GER 1 Lap
15 5 Richard LYONS GBR 1 Lap
18 Derek HAYES GBR 12 Laps
22 Jesper CARLSEN DEN
79 Robbie KERR GBR
S 20 Bruno BESSON 1:04.587 19 108.80 mph
J 99 Christian HOHENADEL 1:04.926 19 108.23 mph
(J) = Junior Class