Giedo van der Garde takes Dutch Rankings honours
GP2 racewinner Giedo van der Garde has been honoured by Dutch national newspaper De Telegraaf after finishing as the highest-placed Dutchman in the Castrol EDGE Rankings.
Van der Garde led the Dutch standings for the majority of the season after a fruitful campaign in GP2. He eventually finished comfortably clear of World Touring Car racewinner Tom Coronel as the top Dutchman in the Rankings, 87th overall.
After being presented by De Telegraaf with his award, which was designed by famous Dutch sculptor Frank Rosen, the 26-year-old expressed his pride and paralleled it to a footballer winning the golden boot accolade.
2011 represented van der Garde’s best season in GP2, even though he lost out on the runner-up spot in the final round of the year.
In total he claimed five podiums, one pole and one fastest lap during the season, and also led for 39 laps – at Catalunya and Valencia.
He even led the championship following the two rounds at Barcelona, and from then on held the runner-up spot for all but one race until the final weekend at Monza, where a failure to score points saw him fall three places to fifth – van der Garde finishing just five points behind Luca Filippi in second.
Despite that late fall Van der Garde was still able to top the Dutch Rankings, ending the season with 7,254 points. His nearest challengers, Coronel in WTCC and Dennis Kuipers in WRC, ended with 5,400 and 5,323 respectively.
The Dutchman’s biggest points score came in the first race at Barcelona, where he claimed pole position and finished a very close second to Charles Pic to accrue 767 points.