Charles Pic starts the chase

Published on July 6th, 2009

Pole-sitter Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing) stayed in the lead throughout the race and claimed his first victory of the season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, ultimately showing his poor run of luck out the exhaust port.

The French driver gave Briton James Walker (P1 Motorsport) and Oliver Turvey (Carlin Motorsport) quite a pretty view of his rear end by finishing ahead at the Silverstone circuit. Walker left Silverstone second in the overall championship, six points behind leader Marcos Martinez (Pons Racing), who finished 6th.

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Charles Pic started on pole position for the second time during the weekend, right ahead of James Walker.

With a wet-dream-come-true start, Charles led into the first turn ahead of teammate Brendon Hartley, who left James walker standing as the lights went out. Charles completed the first lap in the lead, followed by Brendon Hartley, James walker, Oliver Turvey and Fairuz Fauzy (Mofaz Fortec Motorsport).

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Brendon Hartley gave Walker, Turvey and Fauzy a thick wall, containing them while Charles pulled away. Behind the foursome, Marcos Martinez was leading the main field of drivers in tight formation going as far back as Adrian Zaugg (Interwetten.com Racing) on 12th position.

Bertrand Baguette moved past Jaime Alguersuari into 8th position, upsetting the formation.

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Walker went into the compulsory pit stop first, changing two of his wheels while Charles pushed hard with a series of fast laps. He was five seconds ahead of Hartley when the latter went into the pits. The NZ bloke saw his chances flew away when he was given a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

 

 

 

 

Charles Pic and Oliver Turvey were among the last drivers to pit. A fierce duel between the British drivers was on the tarmac, as Turvey got closer and closer to Walker. Further back, Fairuz Fauzy was now in 4th place ahead of Marcos Martinez and Bertrand Baguette. With just fifteen minutes to go, Baguette managed to give Martinez a thorough lesson in overtaking, taking the fifth place from him.

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But despite the continuous pressure from Turvey on Walker and from Martinez on Baguette, the formation remained right up to the chequered flag.

Charles Pic came out victorious and put an end to his disappointing form this season. The French driver drove home ahead of James walker and Oliver Turvey. Even with sixth position, Marcos Martinez stays in the lead of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship, but now has James Walker right behind with six points of pressure up the spout.

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The drivers comment on the race –

Charles Pic: “
“The season started poorly, but we were never discouraged. This win does us a lot of good, for me and the team. The start of the race went very well, the end was tougher. We’ opted for a quick car at the beginning. The championship is still a possibility. We’’ve got to repeat this at Le Mans.””

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James Walker: “
“After qualifying I was disappointed not to be on pole positions, but I’m still pleased at the end. This is a good weekend, I’d say after going second in the overall standings. It’s just perfect. The end of the race was difficult because Oliver Turvey came back really strong. I managed to hold him off, but it was very challenging.”

Oliver Turvey:
“Two podiums in front of such a big crowd. It’ was just perfect. James didn’’t make an error and it was almost impossible to get past him. I’’m not thinking about the title as this is my first season. I’’m here to learn. I’’m savouring every result and we definitely want see what’ll happen next.”

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Renault Sport

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