1994 F1RGP2C Pacific Grand Prix

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Flag of Japan svg.png 1994 F1RGP2C Pacific Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1994 F1RGP2C season
Circuit TI (Aida).png
Date April 17, 1994
Official Name I F1RGP2C Pacific Grand Prix
Location TI Circuit, Aida, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
3.703 km (2.314 mi)
Distance 83 laps, 307.349 km (192.093 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson Williams-Renault
Time 1:09.627
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson Williams-Renault
Time 1:13.423
Podium
First Flag of Ireland svg.png Padraig O'Connell Ferrari
Second Flag of Canada.svg.png Daniel Moreno Williams-Renault
Third Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann McLaren-Peugeot


The 1994 F1RGP2C Pacific Grand Prix was the second round of the 1994 F1RGP2C season. The race was won by Padraig O'Connell, his first race victory, driving for Ferrari. The race was held at TI Circuit Aida.

Race Report

Qualifying

Jack Christopherson would start the race from a better place than in Brazil, scoring his first pole position, followed by John Zimmer and Daniel Moreno, with the championship leader Tom Douglas qualifying in a lowly eleventh position. Kazuhiko Takagi and Pablo da Silva qualified higher than expected, with both drivers making it into the top ten. As in Brazil, the field was brought up by the Larrousses, Simteks and Pacifics, in that order, in a theme that would become commonplace for the rest of the season, with Pacific recording the second of its 15 double-DNQs of the year.

Race

The race turned out to be one of massive attrition, even at the front. Successive leaders John Zimmer, Jack Christopherson and Poppy Whitechapel all retired or ended up far behind, as did two thirds of the field. However, while Zimmer suffered an engine failure, handing the lead to Christopherson, the Englishman made a mistake and lost a front wing. His day went downhill from there and he ended up ninth and second-last, six laps down, although he eventually scored the fastest lap of the race.

After that mistake, Poppy Whitechapel inherited the lead in her Tyrrell and was heading for victory when her electrics let go with three laps left. She was classified in sixth position. Beforehand, Padraig O'Connell had taken the lead with seven laps to go, and went on to win the race in the Ferrari, with Daniel Moreno second and Douglas Mann third. Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Damon Cannon used the tremendously high attrition to come from their lowly grid positions to fourth and fifth respectively, while Pippa Mann came within one lap of scoring a point for the hapless Simtek team, retiring in the dying laps as well.

The Reject of the Race was eventually decided to be Samael Meerwick, who finished the race in eighth three laps down, but, unlike others behind him, didn't have any car trouble, nor did he make any mistake. He was so slow that he was lapped within 18 laps. Remarkably for such a result, only one accident happened, when Max von Hegel rammed into the back of Sebastien Belo, retiring from the race a few laps later.

Standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
=1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Douglas 10
=1 Flag of Ireland svg.png Padraig O'Connell 10
3 Flag of Canada.svg.png Daniel Moreno 9
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson 6
5 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann 5
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Peugeot 15
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault 15
3 Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari 10
4 Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Hart 4
=5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell-Yamaha 3
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
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