Bourdais: my titles are unique
|By Glenn Freeman||Monday, October 23rd 2006, 10:21 GMT|
Sebastien Bourdais believes that his third consecutive Champ Car title is a unique achievement despite being the second driver to clinch three in a row.
The Frenchman is the first man in more than 50 years to win three championships in succession, with Ted Horn's similar achievement being completed back in 1948.
"I might sound a little arrogant in saying it, but I don't think this has never been done before," said Bourdais.
"Back then it was a completely different competition, and for me the real years start from 1979 when this whole thing started and there were no dirt tracks anymore."
The Newman-Haas driver had a difficult day in Australia, where he eventually finished eighth, but the title was his after 18 laps when AJ Allmendinger retired.
"In the beginning I was careful because all I had to do was finish, but once AJ had his problem it was all for the win," said Bourdais.
"I tried and it didn't work, which was a disappointment, but we have to stay positive because this is a historical day for the series."
Bourdais has only been racing in Champ Car since 2003, when he finished runner-up to Paul Tracy in the championship. Since then, he has taken the series by storm.
"When I first came here in 2003 I never would have thought I was going to be part of this kind of dream," he said, "and I have to extend a very special thank you to the whole Newman-Haas team because without them I would certainly not be here."