Valencia: Alex Zanardi weekend summary

A BIRD IN THE HAND... IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH Dear Friends, It's Sunday evening and while coming back from Valencia I use the two hours of flight to tell you about my weekend. At the end of the day we brought something home, but I have to...

A BIRD IN THE HAND... IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH

Dear Friends,

It's Sunday evening and while coming back from Valencia I use the two hours of flight to tell you about my weekend. At the end of the day we brought something home, but I have to admit that despite the low profile kept at the eve, I was hoping quite a lot on this Spanish race to increment my points heap.

Since free practice I found confirmation to my hopes, in fact, I was fast and constant on the pace since the beginning. Well, my BMW seemed to be the one in best shape. Perhaps we did not manage to make the same progress that our rivals made before qualifying, or perhaps I could not find the ideal lap with new tyres, but as it is we failed once again the "Q2" by a whisker and this indirectly compromised our race.

Starting from the front is also a good way of staying out of the typical mess of the first lap. In race one I got a brilliant start but, unfortunately, at turn one there was an accident right in front of me. I managed to brake but, as usual, someone behind me forgot that his car is equipped with brakes and bumped violently into my car. End result: I have been sent off to the gravel trap and I rejoined the race almost last. Even if my car was not all right, I managed to overtake a lot of drivers concluding my hard work with the twelfth position.

I skip for once the usual miracle that my guys of team BMW Italy-Spain did to recover setup, chassis and exaust in the usual fifteen minutes because I risk to be monotonous, but I have to thank them once again since without their amazing job a lot of the satisfactions that we got over time would have never happened.

Anyway, in race two I was counting on my proverbial capability to start better than my rivals and I managed to do that perfectly. From the twelfth position I got up to the seventh place in turn one, then I overtook a Seat, my team-mate that was having troubles with tyres' pressure in the first laps and I found myself in fifth position behind Andy Priaulx.

I have to be honest, perhaps I could have got advantage from the bagarre that my English mate had with Tarquini. Nevertheless, they were both slightly faster than me and being close to them in the final laps was just due to the time they lost in their fight.

It's OK like this, I could have obtained something more from race one and I could have maybe started in pole position on the second race as my team-mate Sergio Hernandez did, but this is racing and this is WTCC. As long as I will race in this category I will always to take into account that the impulsiveness of some opponents can spoil a race prepared with commitment and effort.

We are heading Brno now, my favourite track, and should my BMW fly on the Czech track as it did last year... well I could get some good satisfaction!

Stay tuned...

Ciaoooooo

-credit: alex zanardi

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Alex Zanardi , Sergio Hernandez