Former Formula 1 racer Sebastien Bourdais overcame a woefully slow pitstop to win the second Superleague Formula race for Lyon at Silverstone on Sunday.
Bourdais, who finished 15th in the first race after losing a lap in a disastrous pitstop when his car stalled and the starter motor broke, rocketed past poleman James Walker (Liverpool) on the Hangar Straight on the opening lap. He pulled out a huge advantage, knowing that his LRS team's pit abilities were limited in comparison to their rivals in the pitlane.
Although he didn't stall this time by keeping the revs high as he pitted, the right-rear wheel jammed, causing a big delay to him returning to the race. That allowed Chris van der Drift to lead for Olympiacos, with Bourdais dropping to third behind Tristan Gommendy (Galatasaray). Even though Gommendy had pitted outside the window, and would have to serve a drive-through penalty, Bourdais battled past him on the approach to Stowe.
Bourdais then hunted down van der Drift and passed the Kiwi with six laps to go by boosting on the Hangar Straight. He went on to win by over 10 seconds.
"I knew we weren't going to be perfect in the pits because the guys worked really late and are very tired," said Bourdais. "But the car was really great."
Behind van der Drift, John Martin (Atletico Madrid) held off first race winner Craig Dolby, who charged his Tottenham Hotspur car through the field from his last position on the reversed grid to fourth.
Alvaro Parente was fifth for Porto, ahead of Max Wissel (FC Basel). A great scrap between ex-F1 racers Robert Doornbos (Corinthians) and Franck Montagny (Bordeaux) was waged for seventh, with Doornbos holding the Frenchman at bay.
Poleman Walker spun off at Abbey, and would eventually retire in the pits.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Sebastien Bourdais Olympique Lyonnais 40m27.836s 2. Chris van der Drift Olympiacos +10.872 3. John Martin Atletico de Madrid +14.402 4. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur +15.103 5. Alvaro Parente FC Porto +16.604 6. Max Wissel FC Basel +17.241 7. Robert Doornbos Corinthians +21.113 8. Franck Montagny Girondins de Bordeaux +22.081 9. Marcos Martinez Sevilla FC +32.380 10. Davide Rigon RSC Anderlecht +33.065 11. Borja Garcia Sporting Clube de Portugal +33.611 12. Duncan Tappy Flamengo +36.582 13. Julien Jousse AS Roma +38.211 14. Tristan Gommendy Galatasaray +1:14.894 Not classified Narain Karthikeyan PSV Eindhoven 23 laps Yelmer Buurman AC Milan 23 laps James Walker Liverpool FC 13 laps