16/09/2012

Sunday Analysis

World Endurance Championship
Race: Chandhok 7th (in class), 9th (overall) (2 points), 4th in LMP1 trophy (12 points).

The team had promising pace all the way through the practice sessions, and it looked likely that they could be the top car in the LMP1 trophy this weekend. However, a left damper failure caused a slight drop off in laptime during qualifying, so the JRM Racing car started in 7th overall (4th in class).

It was Peter Dumbreck who started the race for JRM. He did a double stint in the car and when he gave control of the machine to David Brabham, the team were in 5th overall. Unfortunately, this is when things started to go wrong as the car slowed to a halt on track. David managed to reset the car systems and re-start the car, but by that time, the team had lost 12 laps. David finished his double stint and handed the car over to Karun in 12th place overall. Karun drove well and set some quick laptimes to finish 9th overall, 7th in LMP1 & 4th in the LMP1 trophy.

A good save from the JRM boys, but without the 12 laps lost (due to an electrical glitch) the team would have finished 4th/5th overall and 1st/2nd in the LMP1 trophy!

Karun Chandhok (JRM driver):
"The first hour I was in the car was good fun. I was out in the thick of it with lots of cars around me and we were quick so I was able to overtake and fight my way through. But then we reached a point where it was going to be hard to make up any more positions on track so we started to conserve fuel and try to get past with fewer stops. Overall it's been a promising weekend and while it's disappointing not to get the result to show it, there are still plenty of positives".

This is how things have changed in the championships:

Drivers World Championship (17th-27th):
The three JRM drivers finished P9 overall so they score two points.

17=) Harold Primat (34.5 pts)
17=) Andrea Belicchi (34.5)
19=) Nick Leventis (33)
19=) Jonny Kane (33)
19=) Danny Watts (33)
22=) Peter Dumbreck (30.5)
22=) David Brabham (30.5)
22=) Karun Chandhok (30.5)
25) Stéphane Sarrazin (25.5)
26=) Pierre Kaffer (25)
26=) Luís Pérez Companc (25)

LMP1 trophy standings:
Note: Although JRM were 7th in LMP1; the teams in 1st, 2nd & 3rd are manufacturers (Toyota & Audi) and therefore not part of the LMP1 trophy. This means JRM score 12 points for 4th place.

1) Rebellion Racing (137 pts)
2) Strakka Racing (93)
3) JRM (87)
4) Pescarolo Team (25)
5) OAK Racing (8)

There are three races to go, the next one being the 6 Hours of Bahrain at the Sakhir International Circuit on the 29th September.

Formula Renault 3.5
Race One: Bianchi 3rd (15 points).
Race Two: Bianchi 9th (2 points).

Jules did a decent job in qualifying for the first race; he would line up P3 after being just 0.086 seconds slower than pole sitter Robin Frijns. Sahara Force India's reserve driver had an uneventful race and would finish where he started - a podium position.

"The championship remains open, but Robin Frijns did another great job today. It's not going to be easy if he maintains this form. As for me, we were on the pace in qualifying but not during the race. I made a few mistakes as I couldn't keep up with the pace, and we'll need to do some work so that we can bounce back tomorrow".

Second race qualifying was poor for Jules. He set a very similar time to what he managed in qualifying one, but all his close rivals improved meaning the Frenchman would start P7. Another uneventful race for Jules, but it was clear he didn't quite have the pace of his rivals. He lost a few places during the race and finished in 9th place.

Drivers' Championship (1st-3rd):
1) Robin Frijns (166 pts)
2) Jules Bianchi (142)
3) Sam Bird (139)

That podium in race one helped Jules to leapfrog Sam Bird this weekend in the title battle. The three title contenders have four races to go; the next of which is at Paul Ricard, France on the 29th September.

Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup

Race One: Kothadiya DNF.
Race Two: Kothadiya 18th (6 points).

Not the best weekend for Oshan at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany. Things aren't looking brilliant in the championship either:

Drivers championship (19th-21st)
19) Kasten (71 pts)
20) Kothadiya (62)
21) Eisemann (60)

21st place is last by the way, so with just one race to go (at Hockenheim, Germany) Oshan really needs to try and outscore Eisemann and not finish bottom of the championship.

Formula Pilota China
News is awaited on both Parth Ghorpade & Raj Bharath. We'll post their results when they become available.

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