EU3000: Jonny Reid Estoril race report

Reid Shows Speed in Portugal But Luck Doesn't Follow New Zealand racing sensation Jonny Reid has been the victim of bad luck in the second round of the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship at Estoril in Portugal on the weekend. After ...

Reid Shows Speed in Portugal But Luck Doesn't Follow

New Zealand racing sensation Jonny Reid has been the victim of bad luck in the second round of the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship at Estoril in Portugal on the weekend.

After qualifying a brilliant fourth in only his second appearance in the 400-odd horsepower open wheeler machines, Reid was confident of a strong race result, particularly after missing pole position by just half a second.

But it all turned to disaster on race day. The young gun stalled heading off on the warm-up lap and was forced to start from the rear of the grid at the former home of the Portuguese F1 Grand Prix.

"It was a shocking weekend really," surmised Reid.

"I took to the line and stalled getting away on the warm-up lap like I did at Brno in round one. I got going and there was a car behind me so I thought I was entitled to get back to my original grid position.

"I formed back up in fourth spot on the grid but the officials pushed me to the back.

"So I just had to get going from the rear and I passed five cars on the first lap."

Race day featured warmer weather and it quickly became apparent that the setup that the young Kiwi had opted for wasn't the one required.

"That made my job a lot more difficult," said Jonny.

"I was really struggling in the race and it all ended in tears a bit later on."

He charged through the field, just as he did in the opening round at Brno a few weeks ago, working his John Village Automotive team Lola into eighth place.

But a holed radiator prompted Reid to spin in his own fluid and the former New Zealand Grand Prix winner was forced to retire from the 150-kilometre event.

"I'm not sure how the radiator was punctured. I've only got myself to blame with the setup problems. The car works a lot differently to the Formula 4000 car I raced in Australia last year."

What also didn't help Reid was that he was the sole JVA team car for the weekend. Without a team-mate to compare setups and data with, the New Zealander was at a disadvantage to his Euro 3000 rivals.

"We couldn't overlay setups and the rest of guys got an advantage in that over us," said Jonny.

"None of the teams have been to Estoril before, so it was all a bit unfamiliar for everyone. It would definitely have been an advantage to have a team-mate to throw ideas around with."

The Superfund Euro 3000 Championship is held over 10 rounds and has produced current Formula 1 drivers Felipe Massa (Sauber) and Gianmaria Bruni (Minardi).

It is a control formula with Lola chassis and Zytek engines with the winner to receive a Super Licence that enables a driver to be eligible to compete in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Round three of the series will be held next weekend at Jerez in Spain.

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Felipe Massa , Jonny Reid
Teams Sauber