Champ Car: Legge’s strong start fizzles out

By Andy Darley

CalendarMonday, September 3rd, 2007

 
 

An up-and-down Grand Prix of Holland for Katherine Legge saw her force her way into the top 10 early in the race but slip back as the afternoon progressed.

A problem with the cars’ ‘push-to-pass’ overtaking buttons saw some drivers badly disadvantaged when their pit lane limiters fired instead of the extra boost they were expecting. Legge, however, saw her race damaged by them in a different way when she was overtaken by drivers whose buttons worked correctly, and who ignored the ban on their use imposed during the race.

Legge’s team, Dale Coyne Racing, praised her performance: “Katherine Legge drove another great race today despite finishing in 12th place. She started the race in 14th position and was able to move up through the field early in the race and into the top 10.

“But the Brit lost some positions during a couple of her pit stops on the day which caused her to play catch up most of the race.”

She was disappointed with her final position: “The race today was an unfortunate one for us because we had a fast car today and I drove a good race,” she said.

“It was unlucky for us to get the result that we did because we definitely deserved to finish better than we did. I was overtaken a few times by a couple of cars when they supposedly shouldn’t have been using the push-to-pass buttons.

“The Dale Coyne Racing team did another great job again this weekend and now we have a few weeks off to get ready for a good result in Australia.”

By contrast her team-mate, three-time Champ Car series runner-up Bruno Junqueira, scored a second successive podium by finishing third.

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