Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Race 02 - Brands Hatch

After a very good start where Kristian managed to stay out of trouble - he was P16. Then the safety car was set in - because the medical helicopter had to take off.
On the first lap after the saftey car was in, Y. Muller overtook Thomson and Poulsen at the same time. Afterwards it was close race between Thomson and Poulsen and Thomson pushed Poulsen off into the sand....and then it was game over for Poulsen.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Race 01 - Brands Hatch

Even though Kristian had to start last, because of the change of engine, he managed to get a good start and came out P15. There was a lot of chaos in the start and safety car was set in.
Everything was going well, Kristian had good speed and gained on Porterio, but then the gas pedal broke and he was out. He managed to get the car on track again and finished the race P20 and P6 independent.
The cars are in parc freme now, and the mechanics only have about 12 minutes to repair the car before the pit lane closes for race 02...but that should be all rigth and Kristian and the car will be ready. Let's hope for a good second race...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Qualifying at Brands Hatch

Saturday, in a WTCC weekend, is as usual for training and qualifying. Kristian and the mechanics, Robert, Hans and Danny have been working hard to find the perfect setup for the car - and it is getting there. Throughout the day is has been better and better. In qualifying Kristian was P22 and got his fastest lap time of the day. It is very close...only 1.4 secounds between Kristian and the pole position.
For the races tomorrow they have changed a bit and Kristian is positive and looking forward to a good race here at Brands Hatch.

We are at Brands Hatch...

The WTCC circus has arrived at Brands Hatch and Kristian has been looking forward to driving here. Brands Hatch is one of his favourite circuits. It has got a lot of history and is it a fun circuit to drive - so they say...
The last two days the guys have been unpacking, setting up the pit and got the cars ready - it's alot of work. This weekend Engstler Motorsport has got three cars in the WTCC. Young talent Philip Geipel is also driving this weekend.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Race 02 - "new" engine

Well, the start was less dramatic in the second race, and Kristan had a good start. He gained a couple of positions. Unfortunately he lost them again during the race. The brand new engine, that broke yesterday, was changed..but the "new" engine is not as good as the other one...and Kristian is loosing almost a second on the straight part of the circuit. The engine has to be changed again before Brands Hatch, but this costs ten positions...

Race 01 Porto

The first race of the day had a crazy start...the circuit is extremely narrow and alot of cars crashed during the start. Kristian managed to get around most of the chaos but then cars packed competely in the second turn...and there was a red flag. Kristian managed to drive to the pit and the mechanics got the car ready for the restart.
At the restart of the race Kristian had to start from the pit. Unfortunalely he got a penalty drive through, because he drove to the pit during red flag.
During the race he managed to catch up with the cars infront and at the last lap he overtook Thomson and finished P17 and P6 independent.
All in all a good result considering all the obstackles on the way. And best of all he was really fast...
Race 02 is at 16.50...let's hope for a less dramatic race.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Qualifying in Porto

Qualifying went allright...Poulsen starts P20 and teammate Engstler P19. (P5 and P6 independent)
A few ajustments have to be made on the setup for the race tomorrow.
Warm-up is at 9am and Race01 at 11.35..see you tomorrow on Eurosport :)
(Photo 1: WTCC)

Last practice before qualifying...

The practice went well... just untill the brand new engine broke...speaking of bad luck.
The mechanics are working hard to change the engine and getting the car ready for qualifying at 3pm.

Driving in Porto

The WTCC is in Porto this weekend. The race is at a circuit in the city made for the occation. The Circuit is 4.7 km long and has 22 turns and is very narrow - a quite demanding circuit.
The first training of the day just finished and Kristian is getting faster and faster. It is all about getting as much practice as possible before qualifying at 3pm. Next and last half hour training is at noon...
(Photo 01: WTCC)