Points for Natacha Gachnang in F2 FIA Championship at Barcelona

Published November 5th, 2009 - 01:48 GMT

Natacha Gachnang capitalized on her strong qualifying performance to claim her first points of the season in today's 20 lap first race at Barcelona. The young Swiss driver put in her best drive of the season to take seventh - after starting the race from ninth. Andy Soucek, the new F2 champion took his sixth win of the season.

 

Natacha had a good start from the ninth position on the grid, immediately making up a position, and then took seventh after a rival dropped off ahead of her. Natacha resisted pressure from other drivers to maintained her pace all through the race at the Montmelo circuit that she knows well. Tomorrow race 2 will be shorter and she will started from 15th place.

 

Natacha commented, "I am very pleased with my race at Barcelona today, and at the same time I am glad that I was at least able to earn my two first points of the season. It is always nice to finish on a high given all the incidents this season. Overall I was not too pleased with my first practice sessions, but I had good hopes to do well from a ninth place on the grid for race one. This race result is a good one, although it was not easy. However, I never took any unnecessary risks. It was not a busy race for the spectators, but I had one objective only: a good finish and points, and I did not want to ruin my chances today. I fought as much as I could and I am very pleased about the result and for my mechanics and engineers who helped all season. The second qualifying was not as strong as I wished for the second race tomorrow. But I will do my best again in a shorter race which also means less opportunities for climbing up the order."

 

 

 

 

 

F2 FIA Championship: Natacha Gachnang premiers points à Barcelone

 

Première séance d'essais -

Deuxième séance d'essais - 1.41.451 - P22

Qualif 1  - 1.39.660 - P9

Qualif 2  1..38.916  P15

Course  1 - P7

 

Samedi 31 octobre, 2009 - Les 20 tours de la première course du dernier week-end de la saison ont apporté deux précieux points à Natacha Gachnang qui a terminé 7ème.

Ce fut une course difficile dont Natacha se tira d'affaire avec brio. Un grand soulagement pour la jeune Suissesse qui redoutait de ne pas  marquer de points cette saison pour ses débuts dans le nouveau championnat FIA de Formule 2.

 

Natacha partira  15ème  pour la deuxième course du week-end demain dimanche.

 

Natacha explique, "Je suis satisfaite de ce résultat. Je n'y croyais presque plus. Mais j'avais repris espoir en me voyant 9ème sur la grille de départ. On n'est certes jamais sur de rien. Mais dès le départ, j'ai réussi à gagner une position au premier virage. Ensuite, j'ai encore progrès. La voiture sous virait un peu. Mais j'ai tenu bon. Ce fut une course longue éclairée par une belle performance.  J'avais beaucoup roulé en F3 sur ce circuit et je m'y sentais à l'aise.  Rouler en milieu de peloton n'est jamais très confortable, mais c'est un bon

exercice de concentration.   Demain, la course est plus courte. Il y aura donc moins d'occasions de dépassements. Avec un bon départ tout ira bien. C'est mon vœu le plus cher. Cette réussite, vous vous en doutez, me tient à cœur.

 

 


 

 


 
 


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