a fish to water
Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi) took his third victory of the
season on a drenched track here at Oschersleben. The Polish
driver was joined on the podium by Tristan Gommendy (KTR) and
Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport). It was also a great result
for Kubica in terms of the World Series overall standings as
Power abandoned the race.
as all the cars had lined up on the starting grid, a heavy
downpour hit the circuit. The start was postponed to give
all the teams the time to fit rain tyres and change their
setups to suit the new conditions.
track was completely drenched and Fernando Rees (Interwetten.com)
soon paid the price as he span his car on the warm-up lap.
But the Brazilian was still able to line up for the start.
Kubica managed to surprise Will Power (Carlin Motorsport)
from the start and got the better of him. Driving through
a wall of spray, Power was followed by Tristan Gommendy (KTR),
Andreas Zuber (Carlin), Marcus Winkelhock and Christian Montanari
(Draco Multiracing USA).
was no shortage of spectacular incidents as Tomas Kostka (Victory
Engineering) ran off into the gravel trap and Colin Fleming
(Jenzer Motorsport) and Fernando Rees both span their cars.
Even Tristan Gommendy took a quick diversion via the gravel
trap, but the Frenchman managed to limit the damage and hold
Power was not so lucky: the Australian abandoned, handing
second to Gommendy. From then on, all Carlin Motorsport's
hopes were resting on the shoulders of Andreas Zuber, who
drivers picked up drive through penalties for
not having fitted all their tyres before the 5 minutes
sign was shown at the start: Jaap Van Lagen (KTR), Tomas Kostka
and Milos Pavlovic (GD Racing).
following laps saw Simon Pagenaud (DHG Saulnier Racing), Celso
Miguez (Pons Racing), Giorgio Mondini (Eurointernational)
and Giovanni Tedeschi (RC Motorsport) all abandon after crashing
out. The safety car had to be called out on lap eight as Tedeschi's
Formula Renault 3.5 was left standing in the middle of the
resumed at the end of lap 12. Kubica, Gommendy, Zuber were
still leading ahead of Alx Danielsson (Dams) and Adrian Valles
(Pons Racing). Gommendy was not about to be dropped and managed
to keep the leader under pressure. But he was unable to find
a way past and Kubica managed to open up the gap again before
taking the chequered flag for his third victory this season!
Salignon (Cram Compétition), who was in sixth, was
the next driver to see his name added to the list of retirees.
In all, only 14 cars managed to make it to the finish line,
the smallest number to complete a race this season.
Kubica: "It was our first race in the wet. I got off
to a good start and I was having trouble to stay on the track
on the first few laps, but then I saw Power was no longer
there. Then Tristan started to go very well. This victory
is very important for the Championship standings."
Gommendy: "I started with very high tyre pressures and
I was fastest at the start of the race. After the safety car
came out, things were more difficult, but it's always good
to take a second place."
Zuber: "This was the most difficult race of my career.
You couldn't see a thing on the opening laps but it's good
to be back on the podium!"