EU3000: Jonny Reid Spa race report

Reid Makes a Point in Belgium New Zealand racer Jonny Reid has scored a valuable championship point in the latest round of the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The young gun, who drives...

Reid Makes a Point in Belgium

New Zealand racer Jonny Reid has scored a valuable championship point in the latest round of the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

The young gun, who drives for John Village Automotive in the open-wheeler championship, finished sixth in the 150-kilometre event, having started from fifth on the grid.

"I was happy with the start of the weekend, but it didn't quite work out the way it should have," said Reid.

"We were quick in practice and in qualifying I didn't get the best out of the first set of tyres. I got held up on the second set on my flying lap, so left me fifth.

Amazingly, on a circuit which is nearly seven kilometres in length, Reid was a mere three-tenths of a second off the pole position time set by Norbert Seidler, clocking a 2m06.726s versus Seidler's 2m06.425s lap.

In the opening stages of the race, Reid managed to pass his British team-mate Alex Lloyd at Rivage (around the outside no less) and held fifth place for two laps before locking a brake at the Bus Stop Chicane and suffered from the problem for the rest of the race.

"The brake snatched on me when my foot was off the pedal and it was still locked on," explained Jonny.

"The mechanics haven't been through it yet to figure out what went wrong. For most of the race I had a problem with the caliper holding and locking on. It didn't work correctly and made the other one work harder and I had to use lots of pedal in the race.

"That gave me a lot of inconsistent braking, so I flat-spotted a tyre on lap four and it cost me for the rest of the race. It was hard to fight with the understeer that caused!

"The top six are so competitive. In the race there were four of us fighting the whole way but I just didn't have the grip on the front end to go battling for positions off-line. The tyre was down to the canvas by the end of the race."

He chased Seidler until the chequered flag but was unable to improve his position, while Lloyd managed to take fourth spot. It was a good result for the JVA squad, with both cars finishing in the championship points.

Reid now sits ninth in the championship with five points.

The next round of the series will be in England, at Donington Park, on Monday, August 30. Reid has a decent period of rest prior to the next round of the series.

"I'm going to try and convince the team that we should go and do a small test somewhere in England that will give me a little more time in the car," said Reid.

"It would be good to stay in the rhythm and keep the feel of the car up. It was frustrating on the weekend to be quicker than Lloyd all weekend but he got on top in the race. I was just trying to maintain my position on the track with the flatspot so I couldn't fight as hard as I otherwise would have."

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.

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Felipe Massa , Alex Lloyd , Jonny Reid
Teams Sauber