Double podium for Armaan Ebrahim in Slovakia
Posted on Aug 24 2014 | IANS
Orechova Poton (Slovakia), Aug 24 : Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim achieved a double podium at the Automotodrom Slovakia Ring as he continued his splendid run in the Blancpain FIA GT Series here Sunday.
Chennai boy Armaan along with his Spanish teammate Miguel Toril finished third in both races in the Silver Cup class for Under-25 drivers. It was their fifth podium finish of the season.
Driving for Fortec Motorsport, Armaan took the start in the first race which was red flagged within one lap due to a horrific accident involving Tomas Enge, who rolled multiple times.
The skies opened up and all cars changed to wet weather tyres before the re-start. Armaan, who qualified second, moved into eighth place and was leading the Silver Cup class for most part of his stint but with two laps to go before the pit stop, he got hit from behind and dropped a few places.
The race was then red flagged again as conditions became extremely unsafe with the visibility down to almost zero and water logging on the track.
On resumption of the second re-start, Miguel Toril put in an equally good performance to take the chequered flag finishing third and 11th Overall out of 22 cars.
In Race 2, which was dry, Miguel took the start. Post the pit stop and driver change, Armaan held position till the chequered flag to take third and a top-10 finish overall.
"We made steady progress through the weekend and actually for the first time were competitive in the qualifying session. The first race was quite dramatic with horrible weather conditions and the car was aquaplaning every where. One did not know what would happen even on the straight as it was that bad and visibility was almost zero," said Armaan.
"At one point, four of us entered and came out of the corner and did a full 360 spin and continued on our way luckily. The second race was dry and quite good to finish third in the Silver Cup Class and a top-10 finish overall. The car is a lot better now and we definitely look good for the next race in Portugal in two weeks time. Coming away from Slovakia with two trophies is not a bad day in the office."