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Closed Circuit: NEXTEV TCR in Paris

The season has not gone to plan so far for the Chinese outfit, with only three points scoring finishes in seven races to date. Despite a double top ten in qualifying in Paris, the team was unfortunately unable to score in the French capital.

THE TEAM

Luck hasn’t been on NEXTEV’s side this season, with a few point-scoring races, and no podium finishes. However, the Paris ePrix seemed promising for the Chinese team, as both drivers entered the Top 10, qualifying 7th (Turvey) and 9th (Piquet Jr.) – the best qualifying result for the team this season. The struggles appeared early on for the Brazilian driver, having to swap cars at lap 17 due to a loss of power. This caused his second car to run out of energy, having to retire from the race at lap 41. Turvey, on the other hand, ran as high as sixth but lost some positions throughout the race, crossing the finish line in 13th position. The team will keep on battling for points and focusing on their plans for next season.

Team mate comparison: qualifying
  • Nelson Piquet Jr
  • Oliver Turvey

Team mate comparison: race
  • Nelson Piquet Jr
  • Oliver Turvey

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Martin Leach: “Our strategy in qualifying to get both cars into the top ten, was a good preparation for the race. Sadly we had a technical issue with Nelson’s car and a slow pitstop with Oliver, which meant overall a disappointing race, but we will come back fighting next time”.[/pullquote]

Championship standings
  • NEXTEV TCR

Nelson Piquet Jr

Having claimed that this track was one of his favourites so far, the Brazilian proved so with a strong qualifying session, getting P9 (his best position of the season). However, he did not remain in this position for long, and soon was relegated to 10th place. From lap 15 onwards, he suffered a loss of power on his car, having to swap cars earlier than the rest of the drivers. Due to his early car swap, the reigning champion had to retire at lap 41, given that his car was running out of energy. This season hasn’t been the best for Piquet Jr., but if there’s something that should be highlighted, is his attitude of racing to reach at least one single point.

Nelson Piquet Jr: lap chart
  • Nelson Piquet Jr

Best time in FP1: 1:03.618 (P10)

Best time in FP2: 1:02.275 (P14)

Best time in qualifying: 1:02.685 (P9)

Best time in the race: 1:02.731 (Lap 38)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 1:08.562 (2.562 above maximum time)

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“The atmosphere and crowd today in Paris was amazing and I am very happy to be racing here. I loved the track, it’s immediately become one of my favourites to drive, along with Moscow and Monaco. Unfortunately we don’t have the pace to be fighting at the front, but I say a huge congratulations to everyone involved in putting this event together”.[/pullquote]

Championship standings
  • Nelson Piquet Jr

Oliver Turvey

The Briton put in a spectacular qualifying performance, getting P7. Starting from this place on the grid seemed promising for the team, that got its best qualifying result in Paris. He made a good start and was running in P6 in the early stages. But luck wasn’t on Turvey’s side, and soon after the start of the race, he lost some positions, being 10th when he entered the pitlane for the mandatory stop. His pitstop was slow, and therefore, he lost two positions. Nick Heidfeld passed him on lap 37, and he then remained 13th for the rest of the race.

Oliver Turvey: lap chart
  • Oliver Turvey

Best time in FP1: 1:03.903 (P16)

Best time in FP2: 1:03.267 (P17)

Best time in qualifying: 1:02.492 (P7)

Best time in the race: 1:03.908 (Lap 29)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 1:09.616 (3.616 above minimum time)

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I had a good qualifying session and it was a surprise to be ahead of Buemi! The other cars around me had a better pace, so the guys in front started to pull away, and I had to start to defend from the cars behind and had some good battles on track. we had a poor pit stop so lost a few places and then during the second stint I pushed hard to maintain position. However we can take the positives of a strong qualifying away with us, and look ahead to the next race”.[/pullquote]

Championship standings
  • Oliver Turvey

Andrea Perilli | e-racing.net

Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda