Soucek wins second race at Brands
|By Steven English||Sunday, July 19th 2009, 13:13 GMT|
Andy Soucek has won the second Formula 2 race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
The Spaniard started from pole position and kept his lead through several restarts as racing was halted three times. He broke away from second-placed Robert Wickens time and again as rain and numerous incidents broke up the race. The event was stopped for good with Soucek comfortably clear of Wickens and Mikhail Aleshin third.
The first red flag came on the second lap with Milos Pavlovic spinning into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend after contact with Kazim Vasiliauskas as it began to rain, and Henry Surtees spun across the road exiting Druids after being forced onto the grass by Tobias Hegewald.
The safety car was on track just two laps after the restart following a collision between Sebastian Hohenthal and German Sanchez where the latter's car was thrown into the air and left stranded on the edge of the track.
On the first lap after the next restart, Jack Clarke spun off into the wall exiting Westfield and bounced back into the track. His rear wheel bounced back across the track and appeared to strike Surtees on the head as he passed. Surtees car then ploughed straight ahead into the barrier on the approach to Sheene.
The son of 1964 world champion John is being stabilised at the circuit's medical facility before being transfered to hospital, but there is no word on his condition yet.
Soucek then had to cope with one more dramatic moment when his car failed to start as the cars prepared to leave the grid. But it eventually fired up and he was able to resume the race in the lead and reel off the remaining five laps.
Pos Driver Time/Gap 1. Andy Soucek 52m23.670s 2. Robert Wickens + 1.251s 3. Mikhail Aleshin + 4.763s 4. Philipp Eng + 6.858s 5. Mirko Bortolotti + 7.287s 6. Tobias Hegewald + 7.676s 7. Edoardo Piscopo + 8.443s 8. Jason Moore + 9.821s 9. Julien Jousse + 10.393s 10. Armaan Ebrahim + 10.922s 11. Alex Brundle + 11.524s 12. Kazim Vasiliauskas + 12.150s 13. Tom Gladdis + 12.661s 14. Sebastian Hohenthal + 12.868s 15. Natacha Gachnang + 13.600s 16. Jolyon Palmer + 14.330s 17. Carlos Iaconelli + 15.678s 18. Henri Karjalainen + 2 laps Retirements: Pietro Gandolfi 12 laps Jack Clarke 8 laps Henry Surtees 8 laps German Sanchez 4 laps Milos Pavlovic 1 laps Nicola de Marco 0 laps Jens Hoing 0 laps