Top six finish for Tappy at Zolder
Monday, July 18th, 2011
Superleague Formula Nations Cup– Zolder, Belgium
Race 1: Qualified 12th, Finished 10th
Race 2: Reverse grid start position 5th, Finished 5th
Duncan Tappy was switched to the Turkey-Galatasaray SK car for the event this weekend. With a new team and car, there was work to do to get the car handling as it should to suit Duncan’s driving style.
After working on significant understeer problems, by qualifying things had improved but there were still issues with traction. Duncan qualified sixth in his group and took the start of race one in twelfth. After a good start Duncan had moved up to ninth. He succumbed to a move by Antonio Pizzonia in the closing stages and crossed the line in tenth.
For race two from fifth on the grid, Duncan again moved up in the early stages. In turn three he managed to overtake John Martin and the next lap on turn two he made an excellent move on Filip Salaquarda. Duncan managed to hold third position to the pit stops.
His new set of tyres then ‘went off’ quickly and within a few laps he was suffering from low speed oversteer. Without being able to attack, and struggling to defend, Duncan lost the valuable ground that he’d gained and finished the race in fifth place.
Duncan said: “It was great to be back in the car but I would have preferred to have not had the handling problems. Race two was especially frustrating as I couldn’t attack as I’ve been able to in previous races. Fifth isn’t a bad result but once you’ve been on the podium nothing else is good enough.”