Augusto takes Jerez podium in fantastic comeback from injury
It was a great racing Sunday for the FlexBox HP 40 team at the Grand Prix of Spain at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto – and a landmark for Augusto Fernandez as he took his first World Championship podium still carrying a hand injury after missing two races due to a horrible crash in Argentina.
Augusto started the grand prix from third position – although after the start, a fall by Remy Gardner and its ensuing chaos forced the red flag and stop the race, repeating the start procedure and reducing the laps to 15 laps.
Both Pons riders went well and placed first and second, Augusto leading the race. Little by little the two riders of the FlexBox HP 40 have been opening gap and distanced themselves from their rivals, eventually Baldassarri passing Augusto for the lead, a position that he would not abandon until crossing the finish line.
Augusto, still with discomfort after his operation on his left arm, was overtaken in the closing stages of the race by Jorge Navarro and lost the second position, but he nonetheless achieved third place and took to the podium for the first time in a World Championship.
The next race for the FlexBox HP 40 squad will be on the French track of Le Mans on May 17, 18 and 19.
Augusto Fernández, 3rd, +1.091
“Very, very happy for the whole weekend in general. From the first practice we have been on top, yesterday we were on the front row for the first time and today my first podium, so I can not ask for more. It has cost a lot, I felt a lot of pain, but I have endured as I could and I got the podium. I want to thank the team for the work done, my family for the support from always, and also congratulate Balda for her victory, hhe has done a great job”.