23 Sep Podium for Daruvala at Nurburgring
This weekend saw rookie and Force India driver, Jehan Daruvala, on the podium in second after race two at Nurburgring.
In the first race of the weekend, Daruvala started from fourth on the grid, followed closely by newcomer, Stefan Riener, starting in sixth. Alex Gill began the first of the weekend’s races in eleventh.
Despite holding on to their grid positions during the opening stage of the race, Riener was soon able to gain a position up into fifth while Gill, having defended for a number of laps, lost a position, falling to twelfth.
After a brief safety car period, the racing got underway with teammates Daruvala and Riener battling for fourth. Having gained fourth position, Riener continued to defend from Daruvala throughout the remainder of the race. Daruvala continued to cross the line in fourth while Gill finished the race in thirteenth after losing a place in the closing stages.
There was success for Daruvala in Sunday’s race after gaining a position to finish on the second step of the podium. Both Riener and Gill gained three places throughout the race duration after starting seventh and ninth on the grid.
Starting from third, Daruvala charged ahead from the go after getting a good start while Riener, also quick off the line, gained a place up into sixth.
Soon after, Gill progressed up into eighth before a safety car was deployed to remove Chaves’ car from the gravel. On the restart, race leaders, Sasahara and Deletraz, landed in the gravel pit in turn one, promoting the field up two positions.
Despite both Riener and Gill closing the gap in front, Riener crossed the line in fourth while Gill finished the race in sixth. Daruvala, having held on to his position, enjoyed a podium finish in second.