Power fastest in Zolder practice

Will Power topped the charts for the first session of Belgium's inaugural Champ Car Grand Prix

Power fastest in Zolder practice

The Team Australia driver set a 1:15.100 on his tenth of 16 laps to record an average speed of 119.457mph, and beat Newman Haas Lanigan Racing's Sebastien Bourdais by just 0.135 seconds, and Team Minardi USA's Robert Doornbos by over 0.6.

However, the story of the session came from Doornbos' teammate, Dan Clarke, who triggered a four-car accident on everybody's installation lap. He was passing RSPORTS' Justin Wilson as they went along the back straight as Wilson was pulling out to pass Jan Heylen's Conquest Racing car.

However, Clarke's left rear wheel made heavy contact with Wilson's right front, ripping it off and sending himself spearing into Heylen. A following Paul Tracy locked up the brakes and ran into the back of Wilson.

Said Wilson: "Jan was taking it really steady, and moved over to let me through, but Dan who was behind me must have come off the previous turn about 50mph faster than anyone else. By the time I was checking my mirrors, he was beside me and hit me.

"I can't believe it. It's an installation lap on a new circuit, and we should all be learning it. Not dicing like it's the first lap of the race."

Tracy was able to make it out again, but the other three cars were too badly damaged to take any further part in the session, and therefore failed to complete a lap.

Pos  Driver            Team                           Time
 1.  Will Power        Team Australia                 1:15.100
 2.  S.Bourdais        Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing     1:15.235 + 0.135
 3.  Robert Doornbos   Minardi Team USA               1:15.772 + 0.672
 4.  Bruno Junqueira   Dale Coyne Racing              1:15.886 + 0.786
 5.  Simon Pagenaud    Team Australia                 1:15.912 + 0.812
 6.  Neel Jani         PKV Racing                     1:15.933 + 0.833
 7.  Graham Rahal      Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing     1:16.137 + 1.037
 8.  Alex Tagliani     Rocketsports                   1:16.155 + 1.055
 9.  Tristan Gommendy  PKV Racing                     1:16.389 + 1.289
10.  Oriol Servia      Forsythe Championship Racing   1:16.666 + 1.566
11.  Paul Tracy        Forsythe Championship Racing   1:16.708 + 1.608
12.  Ryan Dalziel      Pacific Coast Motorsports      1:17.174 + 2.074
13.  Katherine Legge   Dale Coyne Racing              1:17.284 + 2.184
14.  Alex Figge        Pacific Coast Motorsports      1:17.501 + 2.401
shares
comments
Power remains bullish on title chances
Previous article

Power remains bullish on title chances

Next article

Clarke excluded from Zolder race

Clarke excluded from Zolder race
Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past Plus

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past

Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987

Historics
Sep 6, 2022
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