IndyCar »

Assen 2007: Justin kicks Ass.


Justin Wilson finally landed a first Champ Car win of 2007 as he triumphed on a circuit that has been good to Britons in the past.

While that earlier success came on two wheels, Wilson proved that he should not be counted out of the battle for second in the championship – assuming Sebastien wraps the title up in Australia – by leading from start to finish and only losing top spot when the out-of-sequence Bruno Junqueira took over during the pit-stops.

Wilson made a cracking start from second on the grip, going wheel-to-wheel with polesitter Bourdais into the first corner and holding his nerve to come out of the opening complex in front. His immediate task was made easier when Bourdais momentarily slowed and dropped back, having accidentally activated his pit-lane speed limiter!

That error promoted Neel Jani, Tristan Gommendy – the PKV pair having swapped places at the start – and Bourdais' Newman/Haas/Lanigan team-mate Graham Rahal into the top four, before the Frenchman recovered his composure.

Bourdais' problem was not the only excitement in the first four corners either, as light contact between Alex Tagliani and Junqueira caused the fast-starting Paul Tracy to take avoiding action and end up in the gravel.

The Canadian had been left at the back of the grid after losing his front wing and suspension in qualifying, but had his immediate task eased when both Pacific Coast cars opted to start from the pit-lane, giving PT a clear run at those two rows ahead of him. Switching to the inside, the veteran was able to make up several places into turn one, but found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as the field entered Strubben.

The pace car came out to facilitate the recovery of Tracy's car from the gravel, prompting Oriol Servia, home hero Robert Doornbos, Tagliani and the two PCM cars to pit for fuel, putting themselves mildly out of sequence with the leaders.

The yellows were withdrawn two laps later, and Jan Heylen was immediately on the move, regaining the place he lost to Will Power at the start. The Australian's plight worsened next time around as Dan Clarke also found a way past the yellow-and-green machine, while Junqueira passed Coyne team-mate Katherine Legge at the same time.

The Brazilian's attempts to move up the order were to be stymied shortly afterwards, however, as he was forced into the pits with a flat right front tyre. The problem, under green flag conditions, threw Junqueira into an alternative strategy that would have him at odds with majority of the field, and yo-yo'ing up and down the order until the closing stages.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Champ Car World Series. 10-12 August 2007. Road America. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin USA. Justin Wilson.
Justin Wilson tribute at Pocono   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
The Chevrolet of Will Power sports a tribute sticker for Justin Wilson at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson speaks with Oriol Servia in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson with a light moment prior to his qualification attempt for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson stands in Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2015 Indianapolis 500 (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson flashes across the start/finish line during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson greets the fans during pre-race festivities for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson straps on his helmet prior to the systems check for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson at the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson on course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson on course during IndyCar practice at IMS (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson during practice on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Thursday May 7 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay discuss practice at IMS (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.