5ème victoire et excellente affaire pour Sébastien Bourdais...

5ème victoire et excellente affaire pour Sébastien Bourdais...

13.08.2007: 5ème victoire et excellente affaire pour Sébastien Bourdais...

Jan Heylen superbe 6ème sous ses nouvelles couleurs !

Champ Car Grand Prix at Road America

Pour son 10ème rendez-vous de la saison, le Champ Car a retrouvé avec délectation le superbe tracé de Road America, à Elkhart Lake, l'occasion pour l'équipe Newman Haas Lanigan Racing de réaliser un grand coup, le Français Sébastien Bourdais décrochant une cinglante pole position, avant de mener avec autorité la course, ne cédant le leadership que de très furtifs instants à l'issue de la première fenêtre de ravitaillement.

Ce nouveau succès, le 5ème pour Bourdais, lui permet d'augmenter de façon significative son avantage au championnat, d'autant que Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA) et Will Power (Team Australia), ses plus dangereux adversaires, ont connu un jour "sans", le Hollandais s'accrochant avec son… équipier britannique Dan Clarke, alors que l'Australien, moins dans le coup qu'à l'accoutumée, renonçait sur panne mécanique.

Si Sébastien Bourdais a copieusement dominé les débats, plus animée a été la lutte pour la 2ème place, Dan Clarke, en état de grâce ce week-end, prenant la mesure de Graham Rahal, l'autre pilote Newman Haas Lanigan Racing, pour monter sur son premier podium de la saison.

Belle prestation également de l'Espagnol Oriol Servia (Forsythe Championship), constamment dans le coup mais un peu juste pour viser le top 3, tandis qu'Alex Tagliani (RSports), solide comme de coutume, complétait le top 5.

L'une des plus belles performances du week-end était à mettre à l'actif de notre Jan Heylen national (Conquest Racing), qui signait un remarquable 9ème temps à l'issue des qualifications, avant de réaliser un tonitruant début de course, au point d'évoluer un moment en 7ème position !

La suite passait par une lutte de tous les instants contre le Français Tristan Gommendy (PKV Racing), que le pilote d'Eric Bachelart parvenait à distancer en fin de course. Ajoutez à cela les heurts et malheurs de certains autres pilotes, dont Neel Jani (PKV Racing), contraint de rentrer au stand pour le Splash & Dash à 3 minutes du drapeau à damier, et vous obtenez une magnifique 6ème place, soit le meilleur résultat du Conquest Racing cette saison. D'excellent augure avant le rendez-vous "à domicile" de Zolder…

Classement final : 1. Sébastien Bourdais (Newman Haas Lanigan Racing) 2. Dan Clarke (Minardi Team USA), à 9"7 3. Graham Rahal (Newman Haas Lanigan Racing), à 12"2 4. Oriol Servia (Forsythe Championship), à 20"8 5. Alex Tagliani (RSports), à 50"7 6. Jan Heylen (Conquest Racing), à 1'00"0 7. Tristan Gommendy (PKV Racing), à 1'02"3 8. Justin Wilson (RSports), à 1'02"9 9. Burno Junquera (Dale Coyne Racing), à 1'04"5 10. Neel Jani (PKV Racing), à 1'12"9, etc.

Championnat après Road America : 1. S. Bourdais (250 pts) 2. R. Doornbos (213 pts) 3. W. Power (197 pts) 4. J. Wilson (190 pts) 5. Graham Rahal & Oriol Servia (170 pts) 7. N. Jani (167 pts) 8. S. Pagenaud (164 pts) 9. A. Tagliani (161 pts) 10. B. Junqueira (138 pts) 11. P. Tracy (122 pts) 12. T. Gommendy (112 pts) 13. Dan Clarke (110 pts) 14. R. Dalziel (99 pts) 15. K. Legge (77 pts) 16. J. Heylen (67 pts) 17. A. Figge (65 pts) 18. M. Dominguez (49 pts) 19. M. Halliday (18 pts) 20. R. Moreno (9 pts)

 

Next race : Zolder / 26 août 2007

 

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