Duncan back on podium in France with panache
Sunday, July 11th, 2010
AutoGP – Magny-Cours, France, 10-11 July 2010
Race 1: Qualified 4th, Finished 2nd
Race 2: Reverse grid start position 7th, Finished 4th
All the hard work paid off for Duncan in France this weekend when everything ran like clockwork and a strong qualifying performance, great car and hard pushing through the race delivered Duncan his well-earned podium finish.
The feature race started well with Duncan gaining a place from Romain Grosjean off the line to lie in third. Duncan’s strategy was a late pit-stop and, having put in fast laps while the others pitted, he managed to gain a place from Guerrieri.
Grosjean’s faster pit-stop catapulted him into the lead but with Tambay retiring Duncan held second as he crossed the line.
Alongside Duncan on the race two grid was series leader Grosjean who failed to avoid the stationary car ahead at the standing start causing a safety car incident. Duncan made great progress on the opening lap moving up three places to fourth, including overtaking Guerrieri on the outside of the hairpin.
From there Duncan couldn’t find an overtaking opportunity despite putting pressure on throughout the race but fourth brings valuable points and Duncan now lies third in the series standings.
Duncan said: “Everything fell into place this weekend and we’ve shown the beginnings of what we can deliver. It’s been a fantastic weekend, my confidence is increasing and it’s just a shame we’ve got a long wait until the next race but I’ll be ready to push for the win.”