Ryan battles back after track drama

PUBLISHED: 12:45 26 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010

Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis

RYAN Lewis has completed the last legs of the Champ Car Atlantic tour of Canada with a double-header race in Edmonton. In the first race, Lewis got off to a good start until an ambitious manoeuvre from John Edwards resulted in the Royston rider being sho

RYAN Lewis has completed the last legs of the Champ Car Atlantic tour of Canada with a double-header race in Edmonton.

In the first race, Lewis got off to a good start until an ambitious manoeuvre from John Edwards resulted in the Royston rider being shoved off the track.

Lewis, rejoining at the back of the field, then had to pick his way through the pack and worked his way from 18th to ninth - a final position which was not a reflection of his pace.

"It was youthful exuberance on Edwards' part," said Lewis.

"He decided he was going to have a go up the inside at five and I think he was lucky that I'm probably one of the more experienced guys on the grid and I didn't turn in on him. He'll learn."

Team owner Derrick Walker added: "It's a pity Ryan got caught up in the incident so early in the race, because his car and aggressive driving style was a real threat to the other drivers. He did really well to come back to ninth.

"It shows the potential is there, we just have to catch a break and I think we'll show what we can do when given the chance."

In his second race, Lewis got off to another good start and from 11th on the grid soon moved up to eighth place.

But just as things were going well for the 23-year-old he had to pull over on lap 14 thinking there was something wrong with his car.

When he returned to the track in 18th place and by the time the chequered flag was waved he finished in 15th place.

Lewis said: "In the heat of the moment I was convinced that the car was broken, so I pulled over and stopped. When I stopped I second guessed myself and I don't know why I did it, it was very strange.

"Other than that we would have had a really good day I'm sure. We were quicker than the guys in front of us and I think we could have gone forward from where we were.

"It was a bit of a silly mistake on my part. We pushed hard and proved that we are competitive, we know we are almost there. Hopefully we can move forward and do well when we travel on to San Jose.

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