Bourdais, Rahal maintain lead in closely contested Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup

Bourdais, Rahal maintain lead in closely contested Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup

31.08.2007: Bourdais, Rahal maintain lead in closely contested Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup

Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Team earn 16 points in today’s qualifying session

Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) maintained their slim lead in the Phanos European Team Cup Championship today in Assen by scoring points for a third (Rahal) and sixth (Bourdais) position in the first round of qualifying.

The McDonald’s and Medi |Zone NHLR drivers entered today with a 9.5 point lead, and following today’s results, the pair now sits 10 points ahead of the second place team of Simon Pagenaud and Will Power of Team Australia, who respectively came out of Friday qualifying in second and eighth places.

Champ Car teams earn points during both the Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions, with first place earning 10 points and each following position .5 points less than the preceding driver (10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 etc.), making the qualifying sessions an important part of the Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup competition.

Sunday race points start at 20 for the winner with each following driver picking up one point less (20 / 19 / 18 / 17 etc.). The points are then totaled for each teammate to determine the standings.

Conquest Racing’s points gained by lone driver Jan Heylen will be doubled for each session. (Please see attached document with current standings and points distribution.)

With so many points still available, it remains any team’s game. The third place pair of Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani currently has a total of 70 points while Forsythe Championship drivers Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy are in fourth only five points behind.

The Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup champion will be crowned this weekend following the Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland Presented by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Pioneer and Jumbo. The team with the most points after the two European races will be rewarded with trophies and a week-long stay at a Phanos Resort location.

An element of the new partnership between Champ Car and Phanos provides the entire Champ Car World Series organization including executives, team owners, operations personnel and drivers with deluxe housing at a Phanos Resort during their stay in Assen.

PHANOS CHAMP CAR EUROPEAN TEAM CUP STANDINGS

1. Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Sebastien Bourdais / Graham Rahal 86.5

2. Team Australia Simon Pagenaud / Will Power 76.5

3. Rocketsports / RuSPORT Alex Tagliani / Justin Wilson 70

4. Forsythe Championship Racing Oriol Servia / Paul Tracy 65

5. Dale Coyne Racing Bruno Junqueira / Katherine Legge 59.5

6. PKV Racing Tristan Gommendy / Neel Jani 54.5

7. Minardi Team USA Dan Clarke / Mario Dominguez / Robert Doornbos 47.5

8. Conquest Racing Jan Heylen 37

9. Pacific Coast Motorsports Ryan Dalziel / Alex Figge 32

 

- Karina Redmond -

photos from Assen will be on automobilsport.com under PHOTOS-VIDEOS : American Series

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31.08.2007 / MaP

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