Dover, Delaware -- It was a nice sunny racing day in Dover, Delaware. A Lineup of 15 Drivers and 150 Laps of Racing was underway with only three Cautions under 11 Laps and nine Lead changes by four Drivers. It was newcomer Rudy de Wit who took the Pole Position and has led 118 of 150 Laps, followed by Sascha Henken who led 17 Laps und Thomas Kroll with 12 Laps.
Rudy de Wit:"Didn't expect a win, and it hadn't been secured untill the flag. Was a bit suprised to be on pole as I didn't really have a qual set. But it's a great point to start from. First stint I could create a 1 second gap to Manuel, but he was faster on the long run. After 33 laps the first yellow dropped. New tires and a new shot. The second stint pretty much the same thing as the first. I could create a gap and Manuel closed it.
After the second yellow things got interesting Sacha didn't pit and it took 15-20 laps before I was able to pass him on fresh rubber. After that a pretty long run and green flag stops. The yellow dropped and I feared to be a lap down as I hadn't seen Manuel in pit road yet. Somehow he must have been involved because I had the lead after the stops. The restart was interesting, I spun the tired badly at the start and was lucky to hold on. I pushed really hard at the start to get some distance on the people behind me on fresher rubber. 10 laps before the finish Sacha closed the gap, gladly him being behind me mad my car a little looser and I was able to put the pedal to the floor mid corner and hold it there. Was glad that the checkered dropped shouldn't have been 10 laps longer as I think Sacha would have passed me then.
Mathieu Souphy:My day ended rapidly unfortunately... on lap 35 or so came a bit too hot off a corner, slammed the outside wall and got pinballed to the inside wall. Massively spinning all over the place. Great job by the guys behind me for avoiding me! Pitted for repairs but unfortunately the car wasn't what it had been, and after another hit on the wall a few laps later I decided to park it cause I thought I was a hazard to other drivers. Hope for better luck in Michigan.
Daniel Moellers: Very nice race yesterday!
Due to lack of luck and talent I didn't finish as good as I hoped. Got a fast and consistent setuop but wasn`t able to use it wisely. An EOLL-Penalty on one of the caution and a wreck later in the race was too much for good result. At the end of the day however I had a lot of fun. A lot of respect on the racetrack. Sometimes maybe a bit too much. I didn`t expect to pass some of the guys so easily on my chase through the field after my EOLL. But anyway. Nice race, want more now.
Chris Hall: Surprised to finish in the top 5. Had a car that really struggled to maintain a pace, so my only hope was if the race stayed green. In the first stint I pushed too hard at the start, and found myself dropping spots after 15 laps as my RF decided it'd had enough of my unsympathetic driving. Thankfully we got a yellow, so I took some wedge out and dropped the RF psi by a pound - this helped a lot for the second stint - helped by the fact it looked like others realised they had started out too hot, the second stint had more of a rhythm to it, and my tires were doing better. but then 30 laps later I was having to let people by, as my tires gave up the ghost again.
Then came the fateful final stint. I'd noted that 1 gal = 5 laps so, I brimmed up on the penultimate yellow and cruised in 4th in the pace queue; I had enough to make it to the end on fuel, so I just kept lapping and lapping - then to my surprise, when I though Rudy was going to lap me, he dived into the pits with a few others. 1.5 seconds of the ultimate place, I was running loads of calculations in my head about when people would catch me and get back on the same lap, when the final yellow came out, which meant I'd maintained a lap above the majority of the field. I knew I didn't have the longivity to challenge Thomas for the podium, so consolidated my position and let the lappers past to fight out their battle (with a grandstand seat). Great racing out there it was
Coming up next: Michigan Intl. Speedway on September 30th.