Series opener at Donington race review

Phil is back to front in NDS EuroBOSS Series opener. Donington Park, UK, Monday 6th May: In a fascinating race that, once again demonstrated the attraction of the EuroBOSS formula, Phil Andrews made his way from the back of the grid past a field...

Phil is back to front in NDS EuroBOSS Series opener.

Donington Park, UK, Monday 6th May: In a fascinating race that, once again demonstrated the attraction of the EuroBOSS formula, Phil Andrews made his way from the back of the grid past a field of seventeen cars to take the chequered flag, in a 1997 Benetton Judd, 3.285 seconds ahead of Klaas Zwart driving a 1995 Ferrari V12. Andrews started at the back of the grid after failing to run in the afternoon's qualifying session due to a fuel pump problem but sliced his way past his competitors in a magnificent display of racing.

The sight of a Ferrari on the front of the grid was greeted with delight by the large Bank Holiday crowd as Zwart put in an impressive qualifying session, but the joy was short lived as Toivonen beat the Ferrari to the first corner. Zwart regained the lead on lap two and looked to be about to dominate the race but Andrews in the Benetton had different ideas and by half distance had moved into the lead, setting a fastest lap time of 58.863 seconds. He then led the fast and furious race, packed with overtaking manoeuvres, to the end but the largest cheer from the crowd was reserved for the former Ferrari of Jean Alesi.

In other classes NDS EuroBOSS 3000 driver Roger Kilty in his Lola Cosworth V8 finished comfortably in ninth whilst the Eurobrun Judd driven by Anthony Hansford finished top in the NDS EuroBOSS Masters, fifteenth overall, beating Colin Stone in the RAM Hart by nearly 30 seconds.

Phil Andrews, Driver, Team Ascari:

"Everyone worked so hard throughout the day so I was naturally very disappointed that we weren't able to qualify. I thought the best I could hope for was 5th place and winning is fantastic for Team Ascari and a just reward for all their hard work. It took 3 laps to get going but then the car was spot on and when Klaas and Harri got held up half way through the race I realised I had a chance. I'm very pleased for everyone."

Klaas Zwart, Driver, Team Ascari:

"I am very pleased, the car performed excellently. I experienced problems at the start with high water temperature and low oil temperature and the car just stalled even though I had had the clutch. I am really looking forward to the next round at Brands Hatch."

Harri Toivonen, Driver, Team Ascari:

"This was my ever race in a single seater Formula One car and I came third. NDS EuroBOSS is a fantastic series and makes for very exciting racing. I had an excellent start, Klaas was spinning and I got out in front a position which I held for a couple of laps."

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jean Alesi , Phil Andrews , Klaas Zwart , Harri Toivonen