KIWI Superfund Euro 3000 Series driver Jonny Reid has been eliminated from the fourth round of the series at Monza in Italy at only the second chicane. The John Village Automotive driver was an innocent by-stander in the first lap accident...
KIWI Superfund Euro 3000 Series driver Jonny Reid has been eliminated from the fourth round of the series at Monza in Italy at only the second chicane.
The John Village Automotive driver was an innocent by-stander in the first lap accident and was eliminated from the race on the spot after starting from fifth on the grid.
His new team-mate, Brit Alex Lloyd, spun at the second chicane, hitting Tor Graves' GP Racing car and then bouncing into the hapless Reid. Such was the impact that it actually punctured a hole in the tub of Reid's Lola! Reid was uninjured in the accident.
The result was a major disappointment for the 21-year-old, who was feeling confident after qualifying fifth in his first time on the fast Italian GP layout.
"I haven't seen the video footage of the accident to be able to make much of a judgment on it," said Reid, who raced last season in the Australian Formula 4000 category and won the most races of any driver for Ralt Australia.
"I had someone run up the back of me and one minute I'm facing forward, then next minute I'm facing the other way with a massive crack in the side of the tub from where Alex's exhaust hit my car.
"I'd almost made it through to the first kerb at the chicane and was 90 degrees on to him when he hit. It was pretty lucky I've only got a few bruises and feel a little sore."
The lack of a point scoring result has dropped the rookie from seventh to ninth in the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship, however he has shown race-winning speed and was confident at Monza of his race-pace.
"Qualifying was quite reasonable. The tyres have a real three-lap performance window and on the first set I was focused on banking a time. Everyone waits until the last 10 minutes of the session to use their last set of tyres and generally there's a lot of red flags because of cars spinning off trying to hard.
"That's exactly what happened at Monza. I was on provisional pole but got bumped by two cars in one go and then another two at the end of the session.
"But I was definitely happy with the car. The team has done a great job and it's full of great guys who work hard. We've definitely got the speed but we just need the luck to fall our way."
Such was Reid's competitiveness over the course of the Monza weekend, he was second quickest in the Saturday practice session, only two-thousandths of a second slower than eventually race winner Nicky Pastorelli.
"The car was really good in the warm-up too and I had a spin running on full fuel tanks as I was finding where the limit was," added Jonny.
"I made a change on the setup after the spin and the chequered flag came out before I could set another flying time, but it definitely felt strong for the race."
Reid, who has already raced in the Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal in the previous three Superfund Euro 3000 rounds, was particularly impressed with the fast Monza layout.
"It's a top circuit. The Parabolica is a corner and a half! I spent a bit of time on Grand Prix 4 on the PC before I went to Italy and it's amazing, but I drove the race car pretty much exactly as I'd driven it on the computer. Amazing!
The next round of the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship will be held at another famous circuit -- Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on July 18.
The home of the Belgian GP, the circuit also hosts the classic 24-Hour GT race and it's one that Reid has set his sights on since beginning in Europe at the start of the year.
"Spa was the goal I set myself at the start of the year. We can win there and I don't race to finish second. You have to set yourself realistic goals and this is a realistic one.
"There's still a bit of work to do but it's been a great year so far. The learning curve has been big but we've within sight of a really good result."
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.