07/05/2012

Last time out ...

So as we mentioned in a previous article, Karun Chandhok (World Endurance Championship) and Jules Bianchi (Formula Renault 3.5) were in action this weekend, but how did they do?

World Endurance Championship
Chandhok 12th overall (2points) / 4th in his class (12points).

- Karun started 8th with a racey setup.
- On the second formation lap, in the slippery conditions, Karun found himself off on the grass, clipping the barrier at the famous Eau Rouge corner.

- He nursed the car back to the pits and the mechanics worked very quickly to be able to repair the damage before the race began.
- Karun would now start from the pitlane, a lap down on the field.
- He drove very well and found himself 6th at the first pit stop.
- Despite contact with another car Karun pushed through the field and ended his stint after 2hours 45minutes.
- Teammates David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck had their stints without major incident.
- The team finished 12th overall, 4th in their class!

(Karun going through Eau Rouge, click to enlarge)

In the drivers championship Karun now sits joint 16th, along with his teammates, on 2.5points. In the constructors championship meanwhile (LMP1 Privateer) the team sit in 3rd place out of the five competitors on 27points.

Karun Chandhok
(JRM driver):
"I think I gave the boys a bit too much work to do today. It's been a tough weekend for everybody in the team and the guys have done a fantastic job to get the car ready in time. I couldn't be a mechanic, that's for sure. Even though there were some issues to resolve earlier in the week, the car was very good today and you can tell there's definitely more to come."

Nigel Stepney (JRM team manager/head of engineering):
"We've had two races and twice we've started from the pit lane, so it would be nice to start one from the grid! It's been a tough week for the team and there's been lot of effort from everyone. This season, every event is a learning exercise and that was certainly the case for this one. We will leave Spa with a lot more data than we had before, which is important, bearing in mind our next race is Le Mans."

James Rumsey (JRM team principle):"This really has been a team-building weekend and I'm pleased the car has run so well in the race. The lads have done a mega-job, especially to get the car ready in time after the off on the way to the grid. Of course, it would have been better not to have started from the pit lane and then have to fight our way through the field again. Perhaps it will be third time lucky for Le Mans!"

As mentioned above the next event is the World famous, 24 Heures du Mans, the most prestigious sports car race in the World - it happens in June and we'll have all the news from that as it happens :-)

Formula Renault 3.5
Race One: Bianchi DSQ (appeal pending).
Race Two: Bianchi 13th.

- Jules Bianchi started 5th for race one.
- A stunning performance saw the Frenchman finish in 2nd place.
- However during scrutineering the stewards decided to disqualify Jules from the results.
- This is because of "an irregularity in the stacking of the limited slip differential discs".
- The team, Tech 1 Racing, have appealed the decision.
- Race one standings have been withheld by the series organisers until a final conclusion has been reached.

(Jules lining up in 5th place for race one, click to enlarge)

- A decent second qualifying saw Jules due to start race two from 7th place, but he started from the pitlane.
- A storming race saw Jules fight his way upto 10th.
- A drive through penalty was then given to Sahara Force India's reserve though.
- He finished the race in 13th place.

When we get some news on Jules' race one disqualification, we'll let you know.

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