30/09/2012

Saturday Review

World Endurance Championship
Race Result: Chandhok DNF.

Huge disappointment for the JRM team in this race. Karun Chandhok started the race for the team, but one hour in the car began to develop an electrical problem. The team tried their best to sort the issue during an unscheduled pit stop and they did get the car back on track in the hands of Karun's teammate, Peter Dumbreck. Unfortunately after one more lap it became clear the problem was not fully fixed. With 1 hour 10 minutes remaining the car was retired. On the official results the problem has gone down a "faulty loom section".

Karun Chandhok (JRM driver):
"The race started OK and I was running behind Jonny [Kane]. I was a little bit slower than him, but this was as expected as I was managing the tyres very carefully. Then in my second stint the race started to come to me – I was quicker than the other guys on used tyres and I think we could have had a good race. However very early on in the first stint I lost the power to the dash and the guys had no telemetry, which is critical for the engine and also knowing where we are on fuel consumption. We pitted quite conservatively and lost time as we were caught speeding in the pitlane – the pitlane limiter didn't work due to the electrical problem. From then on we tried to reset, but it didn't work out. Sometimes it's like that, unfortunately.

So no points scored for the JRM boys this weekend, this is how things stand in the championship:

Drivers World Championship (13th-17th):
13=) Pierre Kaffer (33 pts)
13=) Luís Pérez Companc (33)
14) Stéphane Sarrazin (30.5)
15=) Peter Dumbreck (30.5)
15=) David Brabham (30.5)
15=) Karun Chandhok (30.5)
16) Soheil Ayari (21)
17) Tom Kimber-Smith (21)

LMP1 trophy standings:
1) Rebellion Racing (155 pts)
2) Strakka Racing (118)
3) JRM (87)
4) Pescarolo Team (25)
5) OAK Racing (8)

It's a real shame for JRM, they've had so much bad luck this year. They do have the pace for second in the LMP1 trophy. However with two races to go, there's only 50 points available - so it's looking unlikely, sadly.

Formula Renault 3.5
Race One Result: Bianchi 4th (12 points).

A hailstorm just before the action began made for a chaotic race. Thankfully, Jules managed to keep all four wheels pointing in the right direction to take 4th place (where he started on the grid) and 12 points. It's a crucial result for Jules as championship leader, Robin Frijns, finished 7th.

Updated championship standings:

Drivers' Championship (1st-3rd):
1) Robin Frijns (172 pts)
2) Jules Bianchi (154)
3) Sam Bird (140)

Things got better for Jules this morning when he secured pole position for race two!

Qualifying Two Result: Bianchi 1st (1:48.103).

What makes this pole even more crucial is that Frijns will start 8th. Sam Bird starts alongside Jules in 2nd place. The end of the championship is turning out to be very exciting!!

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