1 January 1901
vd Garde wins at Le Mans.
"What happened to me yesterday was really frustrating but, today, everything worked perfectly," van der Garde admitted, "My only problem was controlling the car after the pit-stop. We had changed the front tyres and I was getting a lot of oversteer, but then everything was fine. It was a hard battle with the two Ultimate Signature drivers, but I can't wait for Estoril. My aim is to win the title there."
Carbone and Guerrieri duly completed the podium, coming home some eight seconds clear of a lonely Aleshin, but, despite harrying his team-mate, the Argentine admitted that he was not prepared to do anything stupid.
"First, my first pole position, now my first podium finish!" he enthused, "The start was important but, from then on, I kept a steady pace, and made up ground on Fabio and Giedo at the end. But I couldn't take any unnecessary risks.....
A double podium underlined Ultimate Signature's claim to be the team of the season, having only made the jump to the World Series at the end of 2007. With both Carbone and Guerrieri on form, a teams' title in its rookie season, a la Tech 1, may not be out of the question.
"Once more, we have proved that we have got a really good car," Carbone confirmed, "Giedo is even quicker than us, but we've still got two more races to claw back the deficit. The teams' title is still our goal."
Aleshin was six seconds clear of the battle for fifth at the end, followed across the line by Molina, Pic, Duran and Barba, while James Walker and Alexandre Marsoin completed the top ten, some recompense for the Briton after the puncture that cost him a likely podium on Saturday. Potential frontrunners Julien Jousse, Bertrand Baguette and Fairuz Fauzy finished down the order, in 15th, 16th and 19th respectively.
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