EU3000: GP Racing Jerez race notes

The first three rounds of the Superfund Euro 3000 series have had two main protagonists: GP Racing and Fabrizio Del Monte. Even in Jerez, this duo managed to conquer the victory by far. Del Monte's start was perfect: he managed to overtake...

The first three rounds of the Superfund Euro 3000 series have had two main protagonists: GP Racing and Fabrizio Del Monte. Even in Jerez, this duo managed to conquer the victory by far.

Del Monte's start was perfect: he managed to overtake Auinger at the first corner and the rest is history. Fabrizio increased his advantage over the others by almost one second per lap. However, the safety car that came on track (due to a car that was in a dangerous position and that needed to be taken off the track) reduced the distances and regrouped all of the 28 competitors. Regardless of this, the driver didn't lose his calm and gained a 2 second advantage over Lauda. He easily maintained this distance until he saw the chequered flag and this sealed his third victory. And not only: Fabrizio had also set the fastest time with 1'36''869.

Instead Maxime Hodencq's naivety paid a high price. The 17 year old from Belgium overtook his team mate Fabrizio when the safety car was on track. This is forbidden by the rules and thus the disqualification was inevitable.

It's a real pity for the driver. He started off well and after the first lap, he had conquered the 5th place. He set a good time that was in line with the third place driver but 180 spin ruined his performance. Hodencq had slid down to the 9th place. Then the safety car came on the track and Maxime was disqualified.

It was a very short race for Tor Graves, who wasn't at fault. At the start of the race, a contact with his adversary broke his back wing. But this wasn't all. When he made the Pit stop to change the back wing, the mechanics saw that the rear suspension was bent and it was impossible for him to get back on track. Therefore, the race ended before he could even race one lap.

Tancredi Pagiaro, Team Manager

"This victory which proves Fabrizio's talent is also our team's victory. The briefing after the official qualifications on Saturday showed that the car had some tractions problems. The team worked all night on the car's differential, fixed the problem and gave Fabrizio a perfect car. Fabrizio was once again untouchable during this race.

I'm a little upset about Maxime and Tor. Our young Belgian driver overtook a driver when the safety car was on track and this cost him the race. He was naïve about this due to his inexperience.

Tor Graves didn't get a chance to compete because he was hit at the start and the car's suspension was bent. It's a real pity because the cars would have allowed them to be front line drivers. I just hope that, they will be able to get some satisfaction at the next race in Monza."

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Tor Graves