Junqueira blows title chance

The CART championship has been decided in Paul Tracy's favour, even though the Canadian ace finished a lowly 14th in another chaotic wet/dry Champ Car race at Surfers Paradise.

Junqueira blows title chance

Tracy had fallen three laps behind after tangling with Roberto Moreno shortly after the rain-delayed race was restarted. Meanwhile, Bruno Junqueira controlled the race at the front of the field and the championship momentum seemed to be going in his favour.

But shortly prior to the first round of pit stops, Junqueira's wet weather tyres began going off on the drying track. He lost positions to Michel Jourdain and Adrian Fernandez shortly before the stops under yellow for Alex Tagliani's spin and the Newman/Haas crew was unable to regain the spots in the pits.

Junqueira continued to struggle when the race went green and he straightlined the first chicane on the restart, losing two more positions. Next time around, Bruno lost control under braking and the car speared right and slammed the outer wall before spinning to a stop. The Brazilian hopped out, his championship fight finished.

Junqueira suggested that he may have been the victim of some rough team tactics from the Player's/Forsythe team to avenge Sebastien Bourdais' punt of Paul Tracy on the second lap, but ultimately it looked like a case of driver error.

"It's very frustrating to lead the whole race but I lost positions because the pits were closed," Junqueira said. "That took my chance during the race.

"On the lap before, Carpentier hit me braking for that corner. I almost lost it. On that lap, I'm not sure if he hit me again or if I hit some water when I braked. I just lost the rear end of the car. It still wasn't completely dry and that's what happened."

shares
comments
Brands out, Seoul in?
Previous article

Brands out, Seoul in?

Next article

Manning elated with second

Manning elated with second
Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return Plus

Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return

The iconic Lola name is being relaunched after it was taken over by new ownership. Part of that reboot is a planned return to racing, though the exact details of this are still to be finalised - though its new owner does have a desire to bring the brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours. But romanticism doesn't appear to be the driving force behind this renewed project...

General
Jul 14, 2022
Rating the best drivers of the century so far Plus

Rating the best drivers of the century so far

Autosport's Top 50 feature has been a staple of the magazine for the past two decades since its first appearance in 2002. Here are the drivers that have featured most prevalently during that time

General
Jan 7, 2022
The best motorsport moments of 2021 Plus

The best motorsport moments of 2021

Motorsport produced one of its greatest years of all-time in 2021 despite a backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 challenges and an ever-changing racing landscape. Through the non-stop action Autosport has collected the finest moments from the past 12 months to highlight the incredible drama and joy motorsport generates

General
Dec 31, 2021
The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers Plus

The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers

Making it in motorsport can be tough, and sometimes drivers move elsewhere before their best chance arrives. Here are some of those who made it back

General
Dec 26, 2021
The hidden racing gem attracting ex-F1 heroes Plus

The hidden racing gem attracting ex-F1 heroes

It’s rarely mentioned when it comes to assessing the best national contests, but the Brazilian Stock Car series that reaches its climax this weekend has an ever-growing appeal. Its expanding roster of ex-Formula 1 names has helped to draw in new fans, but it's the closeness of competition that keeps them watching

General
Dec 10, 2021
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021