Reid finishes fourth in Superfund Euro 3000 title
Tests for Draco and in F3000 await New Zealander
New Zealand racing export Jonny Reid has rounded out his first season of racing in Europe with a mixed weekend in the final two rounds of the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship at Nurburgring in Germany on the weekend.
The John Village Automotive driver raced in a double-header weekend, with two separate qualifying sessions determining the grids for rounds nine and 10 of the single-seater racing championship.
In the first race, the 21-year-old finished a gritty second to Norbert Siedler after starting in third position. Reid made a cracking start, passing team-mate Alex Lloyd and settling into a tough race behind Austrian Siedler.
After shadowing Siedler, Reid was unable to find a hole and get by, finishing half a second behind when the chequered flag flew at the end of the Saturday event.
"Race one was an awesome race, I really enjoyed it," said Reid.
"I definitely had the quicker car. At the start there was no dry line to pass Norbert and throughout the race he did a good job of leaving me no space to get through. It was tough in the latter part of the race with Nicky (Pastorelli, third placed driver) permanently in my rear view mirrors, but I kept my position."
The second event, which constituted the final round of the 10-round series, didn't go to plan for the Kiwi. Siedler clashed with Luca Filippi at the first corner and Siedler clipped Reid, knocking the latter's front wing and necessitating a replacement nosecone.
Reid was able to return to the race after the Safety Car period allowed him to pit, repair his damage, and remain on the lead lap.
He pressed on, carving his way back through the field to take fifth position and round out his 2004 season with a spirited comeback. The result was good enough to seal fourth place in the championship for Reid and round out six straight finishes in the points.
With the season now over, Reid will now turn his attention to testing for Superfund Euro 3000 team Draco Racing on November 5 in Italy and for the Supernova International Formula 3000 squad at Jerez in Spain on November 11.
Draco will be competing in the new GP2 category that will support Formula 1 next year after racing in the Euro 3000 category this year.
The series that Reid has raced in this season will be known as Formula Superfund in 2005, featuring all new cars that are powered by four-litre Judd engines. Reid has already sampled the new car during straight-line testing in England and says the 600-horsepower machine is quite a beast.
<pre> Final championship positions: 1. Nicky Pastorelli 46 pts 2. Fabrizio Del Monte 45 pts 3. Norbert Siedler 37 pts 4. Jonny Reid 35 pts 5. Bernhard Auinger 26 pts