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2007 Results

Road America

#11 Franck Perera
The Condor Motorsports driver had a perfect week end. Capturing the Pole position with a track record was just the beginning of a positive event result for Franck Perera at Road America that continued with winning the race at the prestigious track. The victory marks his third one in 2007.
At the end of the season Franck walked away with the Rookie of the Year Award and in Second Place in the Championship Points. Never finished a race out of the top Five Positions and had Eight consecutive Podium Results. He also was one of only two drivers to cover every single available lap in all twelve races of the 2007 Championship.

#11 Junior Strous
Not a good week end for the likable Dutchman. The demanding track proved too harsh for his broken wrist. Started the race in 18th place not being able to take the car to it’s limits during qualifying due to his injury. Fastest on the warm up, he was forced to retired during the race due to unbearable pain and inability to be able to hold the car in some of the high G corners. Having completed more that half the race distance he was credited with a 23rd place finishing result.

#19 Brian Thienes
Qualified in 20th spot and gained several positions during the race. Unfortunately, a spin relegated him to 19th place at the finish.

San Jose


#11 Franck Perera
Qualified second and finished second. His chances to vie for the Championship gone after Raphael Matos clinched the title by finishing fourth.

#16 Junior Strous
Finished a brilliant 5th after qualifying in 10th place. Great effort considering his injured wrist is still causing him problems.

# 19 Brian Thienes
Started in 23rd position. Finished the race in 14th place despite damage to his car when a competitor hit him from behind during a caution!

Edmonton Race two

#11 Franck Perera
Took the lead of the race in lap two and led every lap until one and a half laps to go. The fuel pick up problem re-appeared during the last two laps and his almost 3 sec. lead evaporated to finish a disappointing 3rd place. The problem was related to an epidemic of stuck surge valves that affected several teams. The Champ Car Atlantic Series Technical Staff is working on a solution to the provervial 0.50 cents spec part that failed. 

#16 Junior Strous
Did not race due to injury.

#19 Brian Thienes
Qualified in 22 position to finish Race Two in 18th place.

Edmonton Race one

#11 Franck Perera
Finished second after starting from fourth place on the grid. A pole position lap ruined by fuel pick up problems.

#16 Junior Strous
Did not race due to further injury to his wrist.

#19 Brian Thienes
Started in 22nd position and finished in 15th place.

Toronto

#11 Franck Perera
Qualified in Second place and took the command of the race in lap five and went on to wining in decisive fashion.

#16 Junior Strous
Qualified Fourth. He was taken out after leading the race. On lap ten his car was hit from behind under caution for the second race in a row! Forced to retire was scored in 13th
Place.

#19 Brian Thienes
Bad luck persisted. Unable to avoid a spinning car he retired on lap one after heavy damage to his car as a result of the contact.

Mont Tremblant

#11 Franck Perera
Qualified on the pole and led every lap obtaining a decisive victory by crossing the start finish line 24 seconds ahead of the second place finisher Raphael Matos.

#16 Junior Strous
Qualified on 9th position. Had a heart breaking end to his race when on lap three while behind the pace car and under caution a competitor inflicted severe damage to his car by hitting him from behind.

# 19 Brian Thienes
Qualified in 20th place. Finished also in 20th position.


Cleveland


#11 Franck Perera
Qualified 3rd and finished 3rd after sustaining damage to his car during a memorable wheel to wheel battle for second place.

#16 Junior Strous
Recovering from a crash in Practice One he qualified in 13th place. Fastest in the warm up session, he started the race gaining several positions. Unfortunately, a possible delayed consequence from the practice accident, a sensor cover in the cockpit dislodged itself and was interfering with his pedals. At the end he finished in 13th place.

#19 Brian Thienes
He qualified in 23rd position. With a fine drive he finished the race in 17th place.

Portland
Race 2

#11 Franck Perera
Qualified 3rd the right set up was found and the Frenchman was able to obtain his first podium result of the season by finishing the race in 3rd place.

#16 Junior Strous
With a better set up car under him he qualified 10th and finished the race in
8th place.

# 19 Brian Thienes
From 24th place on the grid he drove a consistent race and brought the car home in 21st position.

Portland Race 1

#11 Franck Perera
Qualified in a disappointing 14th place position due a bit of struggle to find an optimum set up. Improvements to the car were made and he finished Race One in 5th place.

#16 Junior Strous
Same as Perera an optimum set up proved elusive during qualifying for Race One placing him in 16th spot on the starting grid. During the race, after improvements on the set up he delivered an inspired drive to finish in 9th place.

#19 Brian Thienes was not able to participate in qualifying for race one due to an unexpected problem during practice one that required and engine change. He started race one from the last row and finished race one in 20th place.

Houston

#11 Franck Perera.
A crash during Q two and the ensuing red flag cost Franck to be stripped of his fast lap. However, his second fastest lap was good enough for 3rd place on the grid. He went onto finish the race in 5th place.

#16 Junior Strous
Had a brilliant qualifying run that put him in fourth place. A red flag not created by him caused Junior to lose that fast lap. A re-start of the session with three minutes left found him in the middle of traffic and unable to post a repeat fast lap dropping him to 8th place. It all proved irrelevant since due to an overnight worsening of his broken wrist forced him to sit out the race.

# 19 Brian Thienes
He qualified in 22nd place. An improvement to the set up allowed Brian to feel more comfortable with his car during the warm up session. After moving up the field his race was ruined by a competitor’s ill fated maneuver to overtake. Despite the damages Brian finish the race in 23rd place.

Long Beach

#11 Franck Perera
In a replay from Las Vegas, Perera switched to new tires and a red came out. This time his time posted on old tires held up and qualified 2nd at two thousands of a second form the Pole time. Very mindful of the Champ Car Atlantic rules that differ vastly form European rules. Franck had a too conservative approach to his race start aggressiveness. He had a great start and arrived in first place to turn one. Here it is when he as he put it was too nice and lost four places by turn two. At the end he finished in fifth place.

#16 Junior Strous
Had an accident in qualifying that in hindsight was going to have a very negative effect in his 2007 season. His encounter with the tire barriers was not what would normally be considered a hard hit. However, the steering wheel kick back was such that it broke Junior’s right wrist. Having qualified in 9th place and with the threat of further injury to his wrist he started the race only to eventually drop to 20th after having to use one of the run off areas. He eventually overtook his way into 13th place at the finish.

#19 Brian Thienes
Qualified 24th out of the 30 field. He worked his way though the field to finish the race in 17th place.

Las Vegas

#11 Franck Perera
Quick in every session Franck had a difficult time finding a gap that would allow him to post a pole position lap. He was in the pits for fresh rubber and on the pole at the time when a red flag situation changed everything. With only four minutes left on the session he was in traffic and the best he could do was to qualify in 6th place.
During the race he traded positions several times but at the end he brought the car home in 5th place.

#16 Junior Strous
The talented Dutch driver re-joined the team after being absent for the Laguna Spring Training. He qualified in 13th place. The young Dutchman quickly established himself by finishing in 6th place in his maiden Champ Car Atlantic race.

#19 Brian Thienes
Qualified in 23rd position. He was actually running in the top ten when a competitor hit is car. The impact created a momentary loss of power but was able to continue and finish the race in 12th position.

Laguna Seca SpringTraining

#11 Franck Perera
It was Perera’s first outing with the team.
Franck was quick at adapting to the new car and track and to everyone’s surprise he proved the man to beat by posting the fastest time during the two test days in every session.

#19 Brian Thienes
Brian Thienes also just joined Condor Motorsports .
The California native took to the team and very quickly learned to work with our engineers. His lap times improved in every session and allowed the team to learn his set up preferences. In the combined results of all the sessions during the two test days Brian places the 20th fastest time.

#16 Junior Strous
Did not participate.