Verstappen wins an F1 race

Jos Verstappen took victory in the Minardi two-seater Formula 1 race, part of the team's annual 'Thunder at the Rock' event at Rockingham Motor Speedway

Verstappen wins an F1 race

The Dutchman, along with passenger, Jamiruoquai front-man Jay Kay, claimed victory despite losing ground at the start with a gear selection problem. Minardi test driver Gianmaria Bruni, partnered with Justin Hawkins, lead singer of rock band The Darkness, finished second, ahead of the pairing of Patrick Friesacher and footballer Teddy Sheringham.

"I still can't believe how close the two-seater is to the European Minardi F1 car," said Verstappen. "It was great to take the chequered flag today and to hear the Dutch national anthem played on the podium. I only wish it had been a real Grand Prix."

At the event, Verstappen and team-mate Nicolas Kiesa also had the chance to sample a Days of Thunder ASCAR for the first time. The pair lapped Rockingham's 1.5-mile oval in Team West-Tec's Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and both enjoyed the experience.

"It's a lot heavier than my Minardi F1 car," said Verstappen. "Whereas I can drive the F1 car quite easily, with this car I have to build up my speed. It's hard, you sit quite far back in the cockpit and visibility is less than in my F1 car but it was quite a good run. It's something new and it takes time to get used to it."

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