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Edmonton 2007: Bourdais blows title race open.

Sebastien Bourdais received a useful boost to his quest for a fourth successive Champ Car World Series title when his victory in the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton was accompanied by poor results for Will Power and Robert Doornbos.

The Frenchman leapt into the lead at the start of the race, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, and led Power and Justin Wilson through to the first round of pit-stops, but then had to give chase to the Australian after their relative pit positions gave Power the upper hand. The roles were then reversed late in the race, before Power and Doornbos both ran into problems.

Having seized pole position in Saturday's second qualifying session, Power was confident that he could lead the early portion of one-and-three-quarter-hour race around Edmonton's City Centre Airport, but it was Bourdais who made the better start, sweeping around the outside of the Team Australia machine – which appeared to get excessive wheelspin off the line - at the quick opening turn.

Neel Jani also got a demon start from fifth, jumping both Graham Rahal and Wilson to hold third for the opening lap, before the Briton redressed the balance entering the second tour.

The entire 17-car field made it through the opening corner unscathed, with Ryan Dalziel moving up to sixth from eighth, only to drop the Pacific Coast car three laps later and fall to the rear of the field. That, however, was the only incident of note as the race unfolded, with the order changing little as drivers attempted to save fuel.

The real action was at the rear where Mario Dominguez – a late, late substitute for the injured Tristan Gommendy at PKV – made up early ground, passing Alex Figge and Katherine Legge to turn last spot on the grid into 14th by lap eight. The recovering Dalziel also passed both drivers in quick succession, with Legge appearing to be in some sort of trouble as Figge also moved ahead, relegating the British girl to 17th.

With Bourdais easing away from Power, and the Aussie doing likewise to Wilson, it took a full course yellow to provide some excitement, the yellows flying for debris just as the pit window opened.

The entire field took the opportunity to duck in for fuel and tyres, but it was Power who emerged first, the yellow-and-green car on the red option Bridgestones. Bourdais was back in third, the legacy of a poor pit box following his Toronto result and an inadvertent block from Legge as she trailed the rest of the field in for her stop. Jani was another in trouble, the Swiss driver getting a slow turnaround from PKV and dropping to the back of the pack.

With the field still held behind the safety car for a lap or so after all had rejoined, Jani was able to make short work of Legge and Figge at the green, and Power also wasted little time in putting the hammer down, eking out a three-second lead over Wilson by lap 29.



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Champ Car World Series. 7-9 July 2007. Grand Prix of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Sebastien Bourdais.
Champ Car World Series. 29-31 June 2007.  Mont Trembland, Quebec, Canada. Will Power.
Champ Car World Series. 7-9 July 2007. Grand Prix of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Justin Wilson.
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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)
Sebastien Bourdais celebrates winning in Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Chevy Racing sweeps the podium with race winner Sebastien Bourdais (center), driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races in Toronto, Canada. Second-place finisher Helio Castroneves (left), driver of the #3 PPV Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet, and third-place finisher Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, join the celebration. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag, racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais celebrates with his family (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais chats with his team on pit lane during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais exits Turn 8 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais passes by the Princes` Gate at Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Eric Anderson  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais celebrates his winning the pole and the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais displays the Verizon P1 Award flag for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais displays the Verizon P1 Award flag for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais displays the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)

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