Bourdais leads warm-up, Legge stars
|By David Malsher||Sunday, November 11th 2007, 16:55 GMT|
Sebastien Bourdais showed some startling pace in warm-up for this afternoon's Champ Car race at Hermanos Rodriguez Autodromo, lapping the 2.774-mile course over half a second quicker than pole-sitter Will Power.
The Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing ace, on the day of his final Champ Car race before heading to Formula One, carved a fastest lap of 1:26.373, at an average speed of 115.620 mph. Power's Team Australia car stopped out on the circuit with a suspected electrical glitch, but was soon able to rejoin the session.
The surprise performance of the session came from Katherine Legge, who was third fastest in her Dale Coyne Racing machine. She was on a little-used set of tyres, and the car appeared to be cured of its major understeer problem from qualifying.
Alex Figge only completed five laps for Pacific Coast Motorsports, but teammate Mario Dominguez, suffering from a nasty bout of flu, showed improved form to clock tenth fastest time.
The drivers also practised their standing starts, and apart from a stall from Power, it went without a hitch. Best starters appeared to be Neel Jani (PKV Racing), Paul Tracy (Forsythe Championship Racing) and Bourdais.
Pos Driver Team Time 1. S.Bourdais Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:26.373 2. Will Power Team Australia 1:26.942 + 0.569 3. Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 1:26.984 + 0.611 4. Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 1:27.268 + 0.895 5. Oriol ServiÓ PKV Racing 1:27.294 + 0.921 6. Justin Wilson RuSPORT 1:27.334 + 0.961 7. Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 1:27.468 + 1.095 8. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:27.497 + 1.124 9. Nelson Philippe Conquest Racing 1:27.899 + 1.526 10. Mario Dominguez Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:27.927 + 1.554 11. Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 1:28.001 + 1.628 12. Paul Tracy Forsythe Championship Racing 1:28.100 + 1.727 13. David MartÝnez Forsythe Championship Racing 1:28.245 + 1.872 14. Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Racing 1:28.398 + 2.025 15. Neel Jani PKV Racing 1:28.488 + 2.115 16. Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:28.664 + 2.291 17. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:28.778 + 2.405