Weather: the key factor at Anderstorp 29/07/2007 - Changing weather conditions significantly conditioned the results of rounds 13 and 14 of the World Touring Car Championship at Anderstorp, Sweden. The rain fallen before yesterday's qualifying...
Weather: the key factor at Anderstorp
29/07/2007 - Changing weather conditions significantly conditioned the results of rounds 13 and 14 of the World Touring Car Championship at Anderstorp, Sweden.
The rain fallen before yesterday's qualifying wet the track in the first part of the session and under those conditions, as in free practices' dry track, the 320si of the BMW Team Italy-Spain appeared to be very competitive and certainly able to fight for front positions of the grid. During the final stages of qualifying the track progressively went drier and the grip offered by the tarmac under those conditions was not very suitable for rear wheel drives. At the end of qualifying Alessandro Zanardi was therefore eleventh (1'51.240), followed by Felix Porteiro (1'51.289).
In the two races in program today the story did not change: lap after lap, the initially wet track turned into humid and BMWs were not able to show their full potential.
Zanardi, after losing several positions due to an accident at the first lap, concluded race one in twentieth position and race two in fifteenth, after a good recovery started from the back of the grid.
Porteiro concluded race one fourteenth instead, while he got the thirteenth place in the second manche, after starting from the box to put rain tyres on.
Next race of the WTCC championship is due on the 25th of August on the German track of Oschersleben.
Roberto Ravaglia (Team Manager):
"Today's races have been unusual from the grip point of view. We'd certainly have preferred to race either on a wet or a dry track, more than on an intermediate situation whereby BMWs were not able to be competitive.
Anyway, the training work done at Vallelunga has been fruitful: free practices and the warm-up made us optimist for races, but changing weather conditions have been unfortunately the weekend's decisive factor that did not depend on us".