EU3000: Draco Racing Jerez Friday notes

Team Draco snatches the provisional pole at Jerez with championship leader Farfus, 6th Sven at his debut on Spanish track At the penultimate appointment on track of the Euro 3000 Series, 2004 season, Team Draco has topped again the ...

Team Draco snatches the provisional pole at Jerez with championship leader Farfus, 6th Sven at his debut on Spanish track

At the penultimate appointment on track of the Euro 3000 Series, 2004 season, Team Draco has topped again the classification by claiming the provisional pole during Friday test day. In the fist morning session Brazilian Augusto Farfus, who is actually leading the championship, set second time behind De Pourtales, the only driver to use new tyres. His strong performance was repeated in the second session, on a faster track, by a time of 1:34.886 that assigned him the provisional pole. Team mate Sven, like as debutant Hodencq, are driving at Jerez for their first time. Testing day provided them an useful experience in preparation of tomorrow free practice and then qualifying session.

Good news for next Euro 3000 Series year has been announced at Jerez: the top performing Hedge Fund Superfund will be the title sponsor for 2004 season (and for the further 2 years: 2005-2006). The Series will be named Superfund Euro 3000. Superfund sport partnership portfolio consists of the Minardi F1 team, two drivers in the F3 euro Series, as well as in the Champ Car world Series and a sponsorship of the young Austrian driver Mathias Lauda. In 2004 the Superfund Euro 3000 will put strong focus on the active commercialization. This will include all reasonable efforts to enter into agreements for a board international Live-TV, print and any other media coverage. A minimum of 20 cars will participate at the Series. Due to new regulations for 2004, teams will have the opportunity to race with a free number of cars. For sure this is an encouraging for the teams since the moment that the championship has finally an official sponsor. The fact that Superfund has turned from SuperNissan series, where he was the official sponsor, to Euro 3000 Series adds more importance to a championship that is probably assigned to become more and more important in the future. Further details on the partnership will be presented during an international press conference hold before the last race weekend, 31st Oct-02nd Nov in Cagliari, Sardinia.

Today the team managers had a short meeting with the Superfund representative in order to meet each other.

On the Spanish track team ADM was present with only one car having Sperafico left the championship and Jaime Melo standing in for Gianmaria Bruni, who is actually in Japan as Minardi F1 test driver. GP Racing team put at the wheel of its Lola Hodencq since the moment its relationship with Rusinov had came to an end.

Qualifying session: tomorrow, Saturday 11th October at 14.00, local time

<pre> Test times -- session 1 1. J. De Pourtales Scuderia Famà 1:35.502 2. A. FARFUS Draco Racing 1:36.123 3. M. Grassotto Euro 3000 Racing 1:36.164 4. J. Melo ADM 1:36.500 5. N. Pastorelli Scuderia Famà 1:36.507 6. N. Heidfeld Draco Racing 1:36.539 7. J. Nelson JVA 1:36.832 8. P. Boss JVA 1:36.906 9. F. Del Monte GP Racing 1:37.444 10. M. Hodencq GP Racing 1:39.259 10. N. Dalli Euro 3000 Racing 1:41.788

Test times -- session 2 1. A. FARFUS Draco Racing 1:34.886 2. M. Grassotto Euro 3000 Racing 1:34.956 3. J. Melo ADM 1:35.001 4. N. Pastorelli Scuderia Famà 1:35.046 5. J. Nelson JVA 1:35.069 6. S. Heidfeld Draco Racing 1:35.129 7. F. Del Monte GP Racing 1:35.440 8. P. Boss JVA 1:36.105 9. J. De Pourtales Scuderia Famà 1:36.580 10. M. Hodencq GP Racing 1:37.499 11. N. Dalli Euro 3000 Series 1:38.690

NEXT RACE: 02nd November -- Cagliari, Italy

-dr-

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Jaime Melo , Augusto Farfus , Mathias Lauda