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Mann points the way
1 January 1901
P1 Motorsport may have made the perfect start to its 2008 World Series by Renault campaign with Giedo van der Garde taking a double victory at Monza, but team-mate Pippa Mann also added to the team's points tally after crossing the line in tenth position in race one.
Having started from 20th on the grid - after losing her best qualifying time whe red flags came out - the British driver produced some stunning overtaking into the first chicane to claim ten places and slot into the final scoring position.
“It's a fantastic day for P1 Motorsport, and I thought we did well to come from the back and take a point," Mann said, "I was disappointed with my grid position after being penalised in qualifying, but we didn't give up.”
A year ago, Mann's performance would - and did - give her pole position, but rule changes for 2008 meant that she had to start the race from the outside of row five instead. Despite a good getaway, the P1 car was sandwiched between two others heading into the first chicane and was forced to back off to avoid an incident. Although Mann managed to climb back up the field from 19th, she narrowly missed out on adding to her points tally, claiming an eventual eleventh spot after Salvador Duran was penalised.
“I'm really disappointed with the result because we were easily fast enough to get points today," Mann said, "I tried to recover from losing track position at the first corner, but encountering groups of traffic ahead made overtaking even more difficult.”
Team director Roly Vincini was delighted with both of his drivers, but reserved special praise for second-year pilot Mann.
“Giedo drove a great race and thoroughly deserved the win, but Pippa also put in a solid performance and a strong result for her," he noted, "Obviously, there's a long way to go, but we've put in a lot of effort over the winter and I really couldn't have asked more from the team - great job.”
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