No points in safety car affected race

Postad av Mediaempire 2012-08-25 16:30

In a race aborted with several yellow flag periods behind the safety car WestCoast Racing finished in 15th position. The race were aborted by full course yellows several times due to accidents.

Martin Öhlin started the stint and managed to get a good start and had several fights for positions during his stint. Bu the also has two periods behind the safety car. Shortly after the the pit stop windown opened 25 minutes into the race a Porsche crashed on the oval track. WestCoast Racing reacted quickly by making the ordinarie pit stop as the pit closes when the safety car is out. Shortly after the pit stop the safety car came out and the rest of the field entered the pits. This meant WestCoast Racing could gain a few places and came out in 12th position, now with Fredrik Lestrup behind the wheel.
”I’m reasonably happy with my stint,” Martin said. ”I had several fights with a Ford GT40 and we changed positions a few times. Unfortunately we had too many laps bheind the safety car both in the beginning of the stint and in the end. Daniel (Rahm, race engineer) took a quick decision to take me in when we suspected the safety car would come out. We gained a position through that but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to finish in the points today.”

Fredrik Lestrup exited the pits in 12th position but started his stint with many laps behind the safety car. With only 15 minutes remaning the race restarted and went green. The finish of the race was messy and Fredrik Lestrup finished the race in 15th position.
”I’m not happy,” Fredrik said. ”I made a bad restart and wasn’t able to fight the cars in front of me and instead I had to defend myself too much. It cost a lot of time and I lost a few positions instead of gaining. I’m dissapointed, it was a difficult stint with a lot of laps behind the safety car but we had an opportunity to score some points after Martins first stint and a good pit stop but instead we lost a few positions.”

The second race starts tomorrow Sunday at 12:30 and Fredrik Lestrup will then take the start and the first stint.

Results, race 1 Lausitzring