Brno: Alex Zanardi weekend summary

ROARING ROAL!!! Hi there my friends, Did you watch yesterday's race? Yes? Nooo?!? Well for those of you that do not know, I will remind you all: I won! Well, actually we won, because after my victory in race one, my team-mate Sergio...

ROARING ROAL!!!

Hi there my friends,

Did you watch yesterday's race? Yes? Nooo?!?

Well for those of you that do not know, I will remind you all: I won! Well, actually we won, because after my victory in race one, my team-mate Sergio Hernandez won the second race, making glorious and unforgettable the weekend for BMW Team Italy-Spain.

Let's start from the beginning. Brno was a very awaited race not only by myself but also by all the men of BMW team. Augusto Farfus being close to Yvan Muller, the Czech race could have been the right occasion for the overtaking in the classification by my brand Brazilian fellow and, obviously, "Mum BMW" asked us to help him in every legal way.

Therefore, starting from the third place on the grid, my duty was to watch "his back". And even Andy Priaulx who was starting next to him offered to wait for his hypothetic attack after the start, to avoid useless risks between us at turn one and to get the most out of a race that for a lot of reasons every year sees our cars uncatchable by rivals.

Often, unfortunately, when people work to make things easier for you it happens that you lose concentration since things appear too easy and I believe that Augusto Farfus slipped in this type of "blackout". From the human viewpoint he has all my affection for the way he might feel right now, nevertheless his manoeuvre primed a chaos from which he was not the only one ending up being damaged. For once the bad luck did not hit me, proving that at Brno it is not only the magic setup recipe of team ROAL to help me but also the good luck.

Second at turn one, I had to wait not very long in that position. At the restart after safety car deployment, I was right behind Gabriele Tarquini, then a corner, well slipstreaming in the following straight and at turn two I was in position to overtake my compliant colleague.

I am sure that Gabriele would have showed a very different resistance should he believe he had a car matching up mine. The huge advantage I obtained from one single corner proved that at the end of the day, withstanding would have been pretty useless because for him on Sunday I was really driving like on a rocket.

The same incredible car would have probably allowed me to take home another great result in race two but unfortunately a bumping by Jorg Muller first and then a blow by Tarquini took me out of the scene early.

What a shame... you see, it might look like that I am never happy but a sportman has to always thing in a demanding way, he has to focus on bringing home every possible success, never mind how many trophies he has on his shelf.

I believe that this natural way of thinking reflects the strength of our motivation and this is also the reason why I think it is not yet the time to hang up my racing helmet.

In my head, the joy for race one was already on records and losing a chance in that way was really bothering me.

Paradoxically, my car was even better than in the first victorious race since a trivial problem to the brake balancing system conditioned my race causing me an annoying over-steering.

The consolation did not take long to arrive and it had the name of Sergio Hernandez. It would have been much better to celebrate my team mate following him closely with head lights on, possibly after obtaining a third or second place and being happy with him on the podium, but in absence of this, it has been great to do that together with my team guys in the box.

Now it is time for some "culinary" celebrations, I promise you that the men of my fantastic team are really "hearty eaters" and since it is tradition for me to pay a dinner every time I win a race, I think this time they are gonna sending me out of budget!

Let's hope for the best, ciaoooo.

-credit: alex-zanardi.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Alex Zanardi , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Sergio Hernandez