Nogaro (France), April 1 (IANS) India’s Karun Chandhok and his Seyffarth Motorsport team survived torrid conditions to finish 11th overall and 7th in the PRO category in the FIA GT Series here Monday.
Chandhok and team-mate Jan Seyffarth had a great start to the weekend after finishing sixth in the qualification race Saturday.
Heavy rain continued to hit the opening round of the series with the morning warm-up session also being very wet. The conditions for the start of the race deteriorated with all drivers having a tricky time on the out lap. Chandhok started in sixth position but started to slip as he struggled to get grip on the wet tyres.
After four laps, Chandhok started to catch the cars in front of him at a rapid pace and passed former F1 driver Ricardo Zonta for ninth place before getting punted from the back by Frank Stippler.
Chandhok then dropped to 16th place before he and his Seyyfarth managed to fight through the field and finish in a creditable 11th position.
Chandhok said: “It is a shame that I got hit by Stippler which cost us more than five places. He came and apologized, but we lost the opportunity of a good finish. I think we can fight for podiums this season after a little more track time.”
The next round is at Zolder, Belgium, on April 21.