Lausitz 2: The Pons double

Heikki Kovalainen had to keep himself entertained with a succession of fastest laps as he again has no trouble in squashing the field in the second Lausitzring Dallara Nissan race today (Sunday). The Pons Racing driver was no doubt aware that there were competitors somewhere far behind him, but he barely had to give them a thought once he had dived into the first corner in the lead.

Lausitz 2: The Pons double

A struggling Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) helped Heikki's cause by holding up much of the field as he lay second in the early going. That meant that Kovalainen was ten seconds up by the time he needed to make his pitstop.

Monteiro was always going to lose places during the tyre changes, but did well to only get passed by Jean-Cristophe Ravier, who proceeded to run away into second position. That left Monteiro to fend off Enrique Bernoldi and Felix Porteiro in the second half of the race. The pressure finally told two laps from the end when the Portuguese driver let them both through with a trip onto the grass on the infield.

He returned to the track to claim fifth, ahead of Narain Karthikeyan, Juan Cruz Alvarez and Pablo Donoso. Kovalainen has now stretched his championship lead to 36 points and looks like the clear title favourite as the series heads to the next round at Estoril in September.

Heikki Kovalainen (Pons Racing) 39m29.804s
Enrique Bernoldi (GD Racing) +13.726s
Felix Porteiro (Porfesa Competicion) +25.000s
Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) +26.196s
Narain Karthikeyan (RC Motorsport) +28.924s
Juan Cruz Alvarez (Gabord Reyco) +32.673s


Lausitz 1: Kovalainen wins

Qual: Monteiro's home pole