EU3000: Jerez: TP Formula weekend summary

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN JEREZ FOR KHAN, AIMING FOR THE CHAMPIOSHIP TP Formula and Adam Khan were the great protagonists of the Spanish round of the Euroseries 3000 closing the gap with the opponents and therefore launching the...

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN JEREZ FOR KHAN, AIMING FOR THE CHAMPIOSHIP

TP Formula and Adam Khan were the great protagonists of the Spanish round of the Euroseries 3000 closing the gap with the opponents and therefore launching the Anglo-Pakistani towards the top of the championship rankings. With 14 points gained on Leal and Razia (racing in GP2 Asia this week-end), 12 on Onidi and 3 on Prost the fight for the title becomes really close and, with 4 races still to go and 38 points available, the final rounds will be for sure extremely exciting.

On Saturday morning rain started to fall just at the beginning of the QUALIFYING session and TP Formula was the only team to mount rain tyres which allowed Khan to immediately score the best performance and to remain at the top of the results even when also the other drivers choose to change tyres. However, in the final ten minutes, rain stopped and the track began to dry so a new fight for the pole began: Prost managed to score the best time, followed by Onidi, while Khan remained blocked in the traffic and could not improve his lap time, finishing third.

In RACE 1 Leal, hit by Mendez in the early stages, was forced to retire while the other three title contenders crossed the finish line after lap 1 in the same starting order but, immediately after the chicane, Onidi, put under pressure by Khan and in an attempt to attack Prost, spun and finished his race in the gravel. The Anglo-Pakistani was the faster on the track, also scoring the point for fastest lap, and engaged a spectacular fight with the son of the 4 times F1 world champion but, aiming for the championship, decided not to take too many risks and finished second, just 8 tenths behind the French.

RACE 2 has been a 90 Km long show with all the protagonists involved in a close fight and with Khan succeeding in recovering from seventh to second place . Due to the reversed grid (of the first 8), the TP Formula driver was starting between Crestani (6th) and Prost (8th), but already at the first lap was ahead of both of them as well as of the poleman Zapata.

The second lap started with a very close battle between Khan and Crestani with them overtaking each others several times but with the Anglo-Pakistani then managing to remain at the front and begin the third lap in fourth position behind Garza, Beretta and Mendez. At this stage five drivers were in within a few seconds. Khan, despite the pressure made on him by the GP Racing duo, kept attacking the two Elk Motorsport drivers in front of him pushing Mendez into a mistake and then remarkably overtaking Beretta from the outside on turn 1. He therefore gained another podium, finishing second behind Garza who had taken advantage of the fight behind him. Crestani, fourth, had the best on his team mate Onidi. Leal finished out of the points but winning his battle with Prost (8th) lasted throughout the race.

In the championship standings Khan is now third just three points from Onidi and 11 from Prost despite having missed the first two events in Vallelunga and Spa because of an injury to his shoulder caused by an accident in the Brands Hatch A1 Grand Prix race.

Next round will be in Barcelona in two weeks time and it announced to be really spectacular with so many drivers ready to fight hard in view of the Italian grand finale in Magione on November 30th.

Adam Khan: "It is fantastic to be on the podium twice in the same weekend despite the reversed grid. The second race, in particular, was extremely exciting and challenging because I also had pressure from behind so I had to judge very carefully when to make the moves. The car has always been very fast and I am in a great shape, not feeling the pressure so I really look forward to Barcelona and of course aiming for the championship."

-credit: tpformula.com

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