Karthikeyan wins as crash stops race

Narain Karthikeyan won the second Superleague Formula race at Brands Hatch for PSV Eindhoven, but the event was marred by a huge accident for Chris van der Drift that meant it was curtailed prematurely

Karthikeyan wins as crash stops race

Following his early exit from race one, Karthikeyan not only started from pole but had the luxury of two sets of fresh tyres. He nailed the start as soon as he could, and pulled out a seven-second lead before his mandatory pitstop.

Despite a leisurely stop, due to a sticking right-rear wheelnut, he rejoined still well clear of Julien Jousse (Roma). He would eventually win by over 12s, as Jousse dropped back, as he suffered a lack of grip from his tyres.

Jousse fell to fifth, and Chris van der Drift (Olympiacos) was right on his tail as they entered the Grand Prix loop for the 30th lap. On the run towards Hawthorns, van der Drift used his push-to-pass button, and went over the back of Jousse, hitting his right-rear wheel which sent him into a massive airbourne accident that stopped the race. His car ended up in the middle of the track on its side, causing some major avoiding action by the gaggle of cars behind him.

Davide Rigon finished second for Anderlecht, ahead of Duncan Tappy - on the podium again for Flamengo - and Alvaro Parente (Porto). Jousse was classified sixth, ahead of van der Drift.

Pos  Driver               Team                      Time/Gap
 1.  Narain Karthikeyan   PSV Eindhoven           36m47.240s
 2.  Davide Rigon         RSC Anderlecht           + 12.736s
 3.  Duncan Tappy         Flamengo                 + 17.948s
 4.  Alvaro Parente       FC Porto                 + 20.842s
 5.  Julien Jousse        AS Roma                  + 21.661s
 6.  Chris van der Drift  Olympiacos               + 21.921s
 7.  Maria de Villota     Atletico de Madrid       + 27.021s
 8.  Marcos Martinez      Sevilla FC               + 31.135s
 9.  Franck Perera        Olympique Lyonnais       + 31.762s
10.  James Walker         Liverpool FC             + 32.586s
11.  Max Wissel           FC Basel                 + 33.372s
12.  Yelmer Buurman       AC Milan                 + 34.282s
13.  Craig Dolby          Tottenham Hotspur        + 34.403s
14.  Franck Montagny      Girondins de Bordeaux    + 35.149s
15.  Andy Soucek          Sporting Clube           + 37.016s
16.  John Martin          Beijing Guoan          + 1m10.379s

Retirements:

     Tristan Gommendy     Galatasaray            20 laps
     Robert Doornbos      Corinthians            12 laps
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