Bourdais could clinch in Holland

UPDATE Three-time Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais has his sights set on claiming a fourth crown – a feat he could achieve at this weekend's Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland presented by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Jumbo and Pioneer.

Bourdais was joined in Assen today by fellow championship contenders Robert Doornbos and Justin Wilson, plus Paul Tracy, Katherine Legge and Jan Heylen at a pre-event press conference.

With three races remaining in the championship, Bourdais has to leave Holland with a 68 point lead to claim the title this weekend. He currently leads Doornbos by 53 points.

"Obviously it would be awesome to capture the championship this weekend – the sooner the better," Bourdais said.

"The most important thing is to stay focused, enjoy the weekend and keep approaching races one by one – that's the way we have done it since I joined the Champ Car World Series.

"The McDonald's team has done really well this year again and hopefully the hard work is going to pay off.

"I think we are going to have a great race here. It is a fantastic race track at Assen with a lot of excitement about the event."

His Dutch rival however will be keen to perform well on home soil and stop Bourdais from taking a clean sweep of the two European events. Champ Car PR

08/29/07 Sebastien Bourdais takes a commanding 53-point lead in the Champ Car World Series championship going into this weekend's race in Assen, Holland. With Champ Car having to drop China and Phoenix from the 2007 schedule, only two races remain after Sunday and a maximum of 68 possible points remain to be won [2 races x (31 for win +1 for fast lap + 1 for fast time on Friday + 1 for fast time on Saturday)]. Since only 17 cars are starting and points are awarded down to 20th place, 17th place in the race gets 4 points, but you also cannot assume that Bourdais will earn any points in the last two races, should he get hurt for example.
So, to summarize:

Only the top three drivers in points now have a mathematical shot at the title. To keep the championship race alive past this weekend:
* Doornbos has to finish less than 68 points behind Bourdais. He currently is 53 points back, so he has to finish within 14 points of Bourdais at Assen;
* Power is 62 points back and needs to finish within 5 points of Bourdais;
* Justin Wilson has been eliminated;
* Graham Rahal has been eliminated

Keep in mind the following possibility: Bourdais wins the race, he and Graham Rahal win the European Cup, and he clinches the championship. So it could be a triple-header win for Bourdais!

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