Alesi wins Race 1 in Bahrain

Alesi wins Race 1 in Bahrain

23.01.2009: Jean Alesi won the first Speedcar Series race of the weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Frenchman who started second on the grid was joined on the podium by Heinz Harald Frentzen in second position and Johnny Herbert in third.

Jean Alesi won the first Speedcar Series race of the weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Frenchman who started second on the grid was joined on the podium by Heinz Harald Frentzen in second position and Johnny Herbert in third.
 
Heinz Harald Frentzen had a bad start and left the door open for Alesi to go through and take the lead. Johnny Herbert and Gianni Morbidelli also took the opportunity to slip past, leaving Frentzen in fourth.
 
Season 1 champion Johnny Herbert was defending his line and position while Gianni Morbidelli stayed on his tail pushing him hard on every turn. In a three way battle Morbidelli was punted out of the way by Frentzen who gained a position to third place. By the 5th lap The German had gained ground on Herbert and with a clever inside move, got the better of him. For the rest of the race, the top 3 positions were maintained by Alesi, Frentzen and Herbert.
 
The Frenchman said, "I'm obviously thrilled at winning my first race of this Season and it's also an experience to share it with two of my good friends from Formula One. I look forward to taking them on again tomorrow."
 
Further down the pack, Vitantonio Liuzzi who was leading the driver championship after winning the first race in Dubai, made contact with Marchy Lee sending him into a spin. By the 9th lap, the damage was showing with Liuzzi's car trailing sparks down the circuit. The Italian had to come into the pits to change a punctured tyre before a small fire in his engine while in the pits ended his hopes of finishing the race with points.
 
Another battle ensued in the middle order between Thomas Biagi and Liuzzi's team mate Hasher Al Maktoum who managed to gain on Biagi and finish in 5th place earning vital points for his UP Team and keeping hold of the team championship lead.
 
Newcomer Chris Buncombe who was racing for the first time this afternoon moved up the ranks to ninth position after having started at thirteen. He narrowly missed finishing in eight position and earning a point to Giovanni Lavaggi, also new to the Series.
 
With Speedcar Series' reverse grid for Race 2 to begin tomorrow at 15:00 local time, Lavaggi has the advantage of starting on pole position, followed by Damien Pasini who closed in seventh.
 
Qualifying Session Preliminary Classification  
               
 1.  H. Frentzen    Team Lavaggi       10    2:05.851
 2.  J. Alesi       HPR                13    2:05.924
 3.  V. Liuzzi      UP Team            12    2:06.281
 4..  G. Morbidelli  Palm Beach         12    2:06.522
 5..  J. Herbert     JMB                13    2:06.746   
 6.  H. Al Maktoum  UP Team            14    2:06.908
 7.  T. Biagi       Palm Beach         14    2:07.252
 8.  C. Zoechling   Durango            11    2:08.079
 9.  M. Lee         HPR                10    2:08.184
10.  J. Villeneuve  Durango             9    2:08.492
11.  C. Buncombe    Team Lavaggi       13    2:08.943
12.  G. Lavaggi     Team Siram         11    2:09.167
13.  D. Pasini      JMB                 6    2:09.330
14.  E. Panacci     Continental Circus 11    2:11.265
15.  E. Charles     Continental Circus 13    2:13.220
 

Preliminary Classification Race 1

 1   J. Alesi       HPR                  19    40:37.701
 2   H. Frentzen    Team Lavaggi         19        1.409
 3   J. Herbert     JMB                  19       14.841
 4   G. Morbidelli  Palm Beach           19       22.510
 5   H. Al Maktoum  UP Team              19       24.050
 6   T. Biagi       Palm Beach           19       24.975
 7   D. Pasini      JMB                  19       49.126
 8   G. Lavaggi     Team Siram           19       63.625
 9   C. Buncombe    Team Lavaggi         19       64.026
10   J. Villeneuve  Durango              19       80.766
11   E. Charles     Continental Circus   19       1 LAP

Not Classified

        M. Lee         HPR                   11       DNF
     V. Liuzzi      UP Team                9       DNF
     C. Zoechling   Durango                0       DNS
     E. Panacci     Continental Circus     0       DNS

Fastest Lap     H. Frentzen    Team Lavaggi          2:07.073 on lap 6

 
Drivers' Championship Standings in Round 2

Pos  Driver                 R1      R2      R3      TOTAL
 1   Heinz Harald Frentzen   8      -        8      16
 2   Gianni Morbidelli       6      -        5      11
     Johnny Herbert          5      -        6      11
 4   Vitantonio Liuzzi      10      -        -      10
     Jean Alesi              -      -       10      10
 6   Hasher Al Maktoum       4      -        4       8    
 7   Jacques Villeneuve      3      -        -       3
     Thomas Biagi            -      -        3       3
     Damien Pasini           1      -        2       3  
10   Marchy Lee              2      -        -       2
11   Giovanni Lavaggi        -      -        1       1
 
R1 = Dubai, UAE - December 5, 2008
R2 = Dubai, UAE - December 6, 2008 (cancelled due to rain)
R3 = Sakhir, Bahrain - January 23, 2009
R4 = Sakhir, Bahrain - January 24, 2009

 
About Speedcar Series

Speedcar Series is a one-make stockcar-style competition featuring identical 620bhp cars. The series is based in Dubai and takes place across Asia and the Middle East. Speedcar Series features a mix of former Formula One drivers and international drivers. Season 2 offers a prize pot of 3 million US dollars with 500,000 US dollars awarded to the winning championship driver and an additional 500,000 US dollars to the winning championship team. Johnny Herbert is the reigning champion of Season 1.
 
About Grand Racing

Speedcar Series, responsible for promoting the event, jointly collaborates for a second season with GP2 Asia in 5 races under the 'Grand Racing' flag. Two of which will be coinciding with F1 in Malaysia and Bahrain.
 
Television
Speedcar Series TV packages are produced by Formula One Management and rights distributed by MP & Silva.
 
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