Kris Locksey wins in the Singapore night
The night race in Singapore is always a spectacular event and this year was no different. As the lights went out, the top three all got away well with Kristoffer Holm leading Kris Locksey and Reiko Lill through the first corners. Behind them Anders Karlsson stormed from his eighth starting position to fourth place, ahead of Ekroth who stayed in fifth place. Karlsson was able to hold Ekroth off until turn 19 where a mistake by the Toro Rosso resulted in damage both for himself and Ekroth behind. This promoted Peter Bohlin and Jonas Andersson, who had started from the back of the grid, to fourth and fifth respectively. Thomas Brevitz held sixth place ahead of Kalle Palmre in the sole HRT. Karlsson and Ekroth was accompanied by Erki Kaseväli in the pit lane as he lost his front wing through the first few corners.
The lap times of the top cars were very close during the first stint as Holm held Locksey at bay for the lead. Lill was hot on Locksey's tail until the first pit stops, although a spin on lap five temporarily set him back. Bohlin and Andersson also kept up with the top trio but was unable to make up time lost on the first lap. Reiko Lill pitted first of the top runners on lap 15, followed by Andersson, Locksey and Holm. Bohlin went the furthest as he stayed out until lap 23. After the stops, the status between Holm, Locksey and Lill was about the same but this was soon about to change. On lap 23, Holm made an uncharacteristic mistake as he hit the curb at turn 10 a bit too hard and hit the barriers. A slow drive back to the pits and a lengthy stop dropped him down to sixth place, behind Ekroth.
At this point Locksey proved to be by far the quickest car on the circuit, lapping about a second quicker than now second-placed Lill and continuously building his lead. As the second pit stop approached, the Ferrari driver's lead was now up to 13 seconds. In the final stint Locksey could relax a bit, protecting his lead which eventually would be eleven seconds by the time the checkered flag was out. Reiko held on to his second place, scoring his first point since moving to the McLaren team.
The battle for the final podium position turned into a fight between Peter Bohlin and Jonas Andersson. Andersson tailed the Red Bull throughout the first stint, but was never in a position to challenge. Instead the Renault driver used the first round of pit stops to overtake Bohlin as the Italian stayed out longer, seemingly looking at a one-stop strategy. Andersson kept building the gap down to Bohlin through his second stint, but it wasn't enough to stay ahead after the second pit stop. On fresh tires, Andersson quickly caught up with Bohlin and on lap 45 he overtook the Red Bull heading into turn 10. From there on Andersson could keep building his gap and secure his third place. After being passed, Bohlin opted for another pit stop but the gap behind was large enough for him to keep fourth place.
After his mistake, Holm rejoined about 30 seconds behind Ekroth, but with much better pace the gap was quickly reduced. Holm eventually overtook Ekroth after the pair's final pit stops to grab fifth place, while Ekroth had to settle for sixth. Kalle Palmre earned six points for seventh place after a solid run, ahead of Kaseväli who was the last point scorer of the day. Brevitz and Karlsson was shown as ninth and tenth respectively but they retired too early to score any points. The first retirement of the day was however Sten Teeorg who retired very early on.
After their stop in Singapore, the Formula One teams will now head to familiar ground as they travel east for the Japanese Grand Prix. With Kristoffer Holm and Kris Locksey holding a sufficient lead over the rest of the field in the drivers championship, Adrian Holm, Peter Bohlin and Jonas Andersson will have to be on top not to see their championship hopes fade away. Be sure not to miss out on another exciting race, this time at the fantastic Suzuka circuit!
Published 2011-09-25 by Jonas Andersson | Edit