SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Justin Wilson feigned genuine concern for Champ Car rival Sebastien Bourdais when told the French driver had walked away from a potentially nasty rally car accident.
But then Wilson's not-so-subtle British sense of humor took over.
"Let's just hope we can get another mistake out of him on the weekend," Wilson said. grinning.
Bourdais, bound for Formula One next year, needs only a 12th-place finish Sunday in the Lexmark Indy 300 — the second-last race of the season — to win his fourth consecutive Champ Car series title. Wilson is second in the standings, 68 points behind.
Bourdais nearly put an end to his chances here when he crashed a rally car Tuesday, flipping the Subaru on its roof during a test drive at a nearby race center. The 28-year-old Frenchman, headed for the Toro Rosso Formula One team next season, was helped out of the car and was unhurt, as was an instructor driver in the passenger seat.
"I'm fine," Bourdais said moments after the crash.
"The car just dug in and then it rolled over, in slow motion. There is nothing wrong with me ... it was just a case of 'oops."'
But Bourdais has taken a ribbing from other drivers as they fine-tune their cars — crated and shipped across the Pacific in two jumbo jet freighters — in time for Friday's first qualifying session.