Round 4 - Spain (Barcelona)

Spain (Barcelona)
Race Distance: 65 laps
1999/2000 Pole Position: Jan Svehlik (1:11.996)
1999/2000 Race Winner: Jan Svehlik (1h25:29.727)


Qualifying for the Spanish Round of the championship had a different look to it, with Svehlik dominating proceedings. Perhaps surprisingly, Diener took 2nd on the grid ahead of Roberts and his usually fast in qualifying team-mate Bodlien. Darren Crawford was the only other Ace qualifier to set a time, with Suerig away on business and expecting to be back for the race, Hogg having hurt his hand in testing but would be racing and Di Martino blew the team`s only engine in practise. It is unknown if he will make the grid.

The Pro grid has an unsurprising poleman in Parkhouse as usual but Gary Leighton in his first showing of the year lines up less than .150 of a second behind him. Wilson keeps up his good performances with third in the category ahead of the two Volders In their works machines. Leroy and Millican are the final runners with BCR again a no show.

1. # 1 Jan Svehlik Bolgani Ace  1:11.788 +00.000 10 20 
2. # 4 Steffen Diener Power Tech Ace 1:12.269 +00.481 11 16 
3. #61 Oliver Roberts Digitech Ace 1:12.484 +00.696 10 14 
4. # 3 Thomas Bodlien Power Tech Ace 1:12.492 +00.704 12 12 
5. #11 Ian Parkhouse Phoenix Pro 1:12.867 +01.079 11 10 
6. #17 Gary Leighton S.RS Turbo Pro 1:13.027 +01.239 10 
7. # 9 Darren Crawford Corgi Ace 1:13.061 +01.273 
8. #39 Robert Wilson Powerecoil-2000 Pro 1:13.326 +01.538 11 
9. #26 Gerard Volders Lotus Pro 1:13.549 +01.761 10 
10. #19 Bert Volders Lancia Pro 1:13.865 +02.077 11 
11. # 7 Olivier Leroy CyberSpeed Pro 1:14.376 +02.588 10 
12. #23 Donald Millican Coll Oliver Mil. Pro 1:14.938 +03.150 


At the start of the Spanish round of this year`s championship, Svehlik made a great start to lead the field away with Diener and Roberts in tow. Stefan was trying hard though and on lap two managed to outdrag Svehlik down the pit straight and take the lead, to the roars of the crowd. The amazingly fast starting Robert Wilson pushed his low downforce-setup car past Roberts for 4th immediately behind the battling leaders, though on lap 3 he ran wide on the greasy track, allowing Roberts, Parkhouse and Di Martino to pounce. Parkhouse was back in the groove by now and passed the experienced Roberts as well - the Pro cars really challenging.

Svehlik snatched back the lead of the race on lap 6 while Parkhouse succumbed to Roberts and Bodlien on lap 7. On the 10th lap Roberts took second place from Diener and 6 laps later the PowerTech made the first of 3 scheduled stops, rejoining in 8th position.

With the majority of the field on 2 stop strategies, the bulk of the stops came around laps 20 - 26 and once the field had sorted itself out Roberts appeared in the lead from Svehlik and the one-stopping Bodlien - all covered by .694 of a second! They battled for 2 laps until Bodlien pitted on lap 28 but he was soon back in again - a broken front wing on lap 35 needing attention.

With the second stops coming between laps 42 and 45, Svehlik emerged as the leader over Roberts, Diener and Crawford. Diener made his final stop of 3 on lap 50 - remaining in a solid 3rd place behind Svehlik and Roberts to the end. A poor race got worse for Bodlien when he was forced back into the pits with transmission trouble on lap 55, the necessary change of parts dropping him to 8th.

Parkhouse lost certain victory in the Pro class towards the end of the race when a bash with the pit wall caused a puncture. Even after a lengthy pitstop for a replacement he still emerged 2nd in class, behind the deserving winner Wilson.

1. # 1 Jan Svehlik Bolgani Ace 1h25:21.306 +0:00.000 180+5
2. #61 Oliver Roberts Digitech Ace 1h25:31.948 +0:10.642 170+5
3. # 4 Steffen Diener Power Tech Ace 1h26:45.054 +1:23.748 165+5
4. # 9 Darren Crawford Corgi Ace 1h27:04.876 +1:43.570 160 
5. # 3 Thomas Bodlien Power Tech Ace 1h27:22.207 +2:00.901 155+5+3
6. #42 Claudio Di Martino CDiMa Bros. Ace 1h27:29.269 +2:07.963 151 
7. #39 Robert Wilson Powerecoil-2000 Pro 1h27:45.531 +2:24.225 147 
8. #11 Ian Parkhouse Phoenix Pro 1h27:53.652 +2:32.346 143 
9. #25 Jim Spratt Lotus Pro 1h28:55.799 +3:34.493 139 
10. #26 Gerard Volders Lotus Pro 1h30:11.871 +4:50.565 135 
11. # 2 Mike Hogg Bolgani Ace 47 laps 73.74% 95 

Race Statistics

PosCarDriverFastest LapLL/TLPitstopsAvg.
Tyre Usage
TimeLap #StopsAvg. LengthABCD
1. # 1 Jan Svehlik 1:14.148 57 46/6520:21.14093  2738
2. #61 Oliver Roberts 1:14.404 61 12/6520:18.06193   65
3. # 4 Steffen Diener 1:15.007 65  4/6530:22.25994   65
4. # 9 Darren Crawford 1:15.987 64  0/6520:25.94593   65
5. # 3 Thomas Bodlien 1:13.845 65  4/6530:35.00093   65
6. #42 Claudio Di Martino 1:15.869 56  0/6520:27.95393   65
7. #39 Robert Wilson 1:16.131 65  0/6520:26.27393   65
8. #11 Ian Parkhouse 1:14.654 64  0/6530:34.72594   65
9. #25 Jim Spratt 1:16.221 58  0/6520:25.96293   65
10. #26 Gerard Volders 1:16.856 60  0/6510:40.21691   65
11. # 2 Mike Hogg 1:17.488 46  0/4710:25.03592  47 

Selected Quotes

Jan Svehlik (Bolgani), Race winner: "No problems. Used the same strategy from last season. Started on D compound tyres. In lap 19 made first pit stop, changed to C compound. Second stop in lap 46, again changed to D compund. In lap 57 have made fastest lap."

Oliver Roberts (Digitech), 2nd: "I quite enjoy this circuit, although I guess it's one of the ones that I find it hard to get the best out of. My race certainly fits in with that - overall, it was pretty good, and I managed a respectable race time. However, I felt I didn't really get the best out of the car, especially towards the end of the race when I should have been putting in loads of fast laps, but got held up by a lot of slow traffic on all the fast corners. I decided to slightly modify my car setup, but stuck with a normal two-stop DD strategy, which didn't allow me to get the same kind of advantage that I had at Imola."

Steffen Diener (Power Tech), 3rd: "The only word to describe todays race is anoying. Trafic was just too high, I had almost no clean lap."

Darren Crawford (Corgi), 4th: "Although things went pretty smooth, it felt like i couldn't go as fast as i wanted. I guess it was because of all the tight turns. At least i finished the race, i had my machine in pieces trying to put some new tech. into it. That didn't work, and then other parts started to malfunction. Reload some software and Varooom, Purrring like a cat next to a megaphone. Hmmmm, coughed up a fur ball too."

Claudio Di Martino (CDiMa Bros.), 6th: "I started well, feeling I was perfectly in control of the car without too much trouble (by my standards I mean ;) Unfortunately Hakkinen crashed his car at Repsol curve around lap 20 and the track marshals were unable to remove his car. This had the net effect that all CC cars were slowing down excessively because of the yellow flag, and I had to lap all of them many times continuing loosing time. At the end of the race I had lapped three times Coultard who arrived in second place! Without the bad luck of being penalized by a bug in f1gp I could have been possibly thirty/forty second faster... "

Robert Wilson (Powerecoil-2000), 7th: "A reasonably consistent drive matching my lap times or beating them every lap. I had good grip from my tyres pretty much through the entire race and put some fairly decent lap times in during the latter stages. The few slow laps I had was either caused by a whole snake of cars in front of me, or the odd spin caused by oil and water dropped down by the Minardi's and Prost's on the track. Hopefully some more points for my championship title challenge and before long should things improve further I think my Powerecoil-2000 car could be challenging those in the Ace series."

Ian Parkhouse (Phoenix), 8th: "I got off to a decent start, quickly getting into my rhythm and it went very well (apart from a slow inlap for my first scheduled pitstop) until laps 37 and 38 when my car seemed to drift off the track all by itself on three separate occasions. On pausing the game I realised that that my hands had got very sweaty which meant they were slipping slightly on the joystick, reducing my level of control. After drying my hands (and the joystick) I got back into my rhythm by my second scheduled stop. Then I reached lap 60 and unfortunately smashed my front wing trying to lap a back marker (he seemed to almost dive across me just as I was drawing level). Overall I'm disappointed with my race, but at least I achieved one of my goals by dipping under 1:15 for my fastest lap."

Jim Spratt (Lotus), 9th: "Brill!!!! I almost led from start to finish.... No major probs, as I led from pole, tho I puilled in too early lapping Maccazane, and ended his, and Fisichella's races on lap 26. Came out in the Lead after my first stop, but tried to overtake a backmarker round the outside of turn 3 on lap 29, and didn't manage it (spun the car instead), and did the same on lap 34. After the final stop, I came out in 2nd, and set about trying to catch Schumacher, but spun the car again on lap 48 :(. However I finally re-took the lead on lap 54, and went on to win the race."

Mike Hogg (Bolgani), 11th: "I'm getting mighty sick of getting so far into the races just to retire! I don't have time to redo the races like most folk (it shows up in the logfiles ;-) so if and when (usually when) I do crash I'm screwed. I started lapping cars on lap 5 and it was a total nightmare from there. Another wasted opportunity."

Last modified: Friday 09 December 2005 - 22:59