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Q&A: Justin Wilson – EXCLUSIVE.

While British motor sport fans were watching on to see if Jenson Button could fight for victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, another British star was charging to victory on the other side of the pond.

Justin Wilson, formally of Minardi and Jaguar, clinched the first win for both himself and the RuSPORT team in the Champ Car World Series with victory in the Molson Indy Toronto and Crash.net took the chance to congratulate the Sheffield-born man on his maiden victory...

Crash.net:
Justin, that's your first win in the Champ Car World Series - how does it feel to have got onto the top step of the podium?

Justin Wilson:
It feels great to have finally made the podium full-stop! I've been trying and getting so close for the last year and a half so it feels great to have finally achieved that.

Crash.net:
Just talk us through the race, how did it unfold from your point of view?

Justin Wilson:
From my perspective the start was pretty good. Everyone got away clean and I was settling in behind Sebastien [Bourdais] and Paul [Tracy] and it was going ok, I was comfortable there until about lap 20 when I started to burn off my rear tyres and I struggling to hold on to it so we dropped back a bit towards the end of that stint and the following stint. Paul and Sebastien then had their coming together and brought out the yellow flags and that's when the race started to get interesting. I was on light fuel for the last stint and was able to make a few passes and get into the lead.

Crash.net:
One of those passes was on Alex Tagliani just before the yellow flags came out - can you talk us through that move...

Justin Wilson:
Yeah there was some debate as to when the yellow flag came out. Alex is saying he saw one going into the hairpin and that's how I got past, but I didn't see that. I saw him leave the door open so I dived down the inside. It was about three or four corners later, when I got to turn six, when I was told there was a yellow flag and I'd already seen at that stage that AJ [Allmendinger] had followed me through so I was a bit shocked when he drove back past me on the pit straight to take second place back!

Crash.net:
Then it was a case of trying to chase down Oriol Servia for the win. Turn three is one of those where you know you can pass but there has been incidents in the past, so how 'heart-in-mouth' was that move for the lead?

Justin Wilson:
It was closer than I was expecting because I'd been watching Oriol for quite a few laps and he had been going down the middle of the road and he;d start to brake and miss the bumps and go to the outside so I was pretty confident that the door was wide. We're not allowed to defend in Champ Car so if I could get close enough I knew I could make the move work.

I'd used push to pass on the previous two laps to work out where I needed to be and on the last lap I went for it and found myself a lot closer to the wall than I expected to be but there was still room at the apex and he moved back and I could get through. After that it was much easier, my car was great and I got a good few laps in and was able to pull away before the race went yellow.

Crash.net:
Does the team keep you up to date with how your rivals are using their push to pass?

Justin Wilson:
Yeah I knew that Alex had used all his and I'd used mine on that move but I believe Oriol had six seconds left so I was praying that there wouldn't be a restart because it would have given him an advantage. I knew we were good in turn one and turn three so I could at least get a good run through one and a good run onto the back straight but even so I didn't want to be put in that predicament.

Crash.net:
How did it feel to be out front in those closing laps?

Justin Wilson:


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Race winner, Justin Wilson.
Race winner, Justin Wilson.
Race winner Justin Wilson
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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