SECOND WIN FOR DAVIDE RIGON (MINARDI/GP) AT MUGELLO. DANIELSSON (ELK) AND NUNES (MINARDI/GP) ON THE PODIUM. MIKOLA (G-TEC) FIFTH ON HIS DEBUT Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing), after his first win in Magny-Cours, doubled only seven days later...
SECOND WIN FOR DAVIDE RIGON (MINARDI/GP) AT MUGELLO.
DANIELSSON (ELK) AND NUNES (MINARDI/GP) ON THE PODIUM. MIKOLA (G-TEC) FIFTH ON HIS DEBUT
Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing), after his first win in Magny-Cours, doubled only seven days later in race 1 at Mugello. Now the Italian has increased his Euroseries 3000 championship lead. On the Tuscan track Rigon, started from pole position, didn't have any rival, ending with a 4"253 gap ahead of Alx Danielsson. Elk Motorsport's Swedish tried with his usual determination to chase the leader Rigon, having in the end to be satisfied with the second step of the podium. On the podium went also Diego Nunes, completing Minardi/GP Racing team's great result. The Brazilian, who overtook some drivers, also got the extra point for the fastest lap (1'40"240). Just behind the podium finished the Bulgarian Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Auto Sport Racing), who preceeded the rookie Ananda Mikola, fifth, with the G-Tec car. Luiz Razia (Fisichella Motorsport), Sebastian Merchan and Mehdi Bennani (both Elk Motorsport's drivers) rounded off the points. Unlucky day in Tuscany for Oliver Martini, third in qualifying, who did a bad start and then went off at Bucine while he was coming back on the first drivers. In the overall standings Rigon now has 49 points, ahead of his team mate Nunes (39), Danielsson (31), Razia (27) and Martini (24). Race 2 is scheduled tomorrow (Sunday) at 12:40 (18 laps). Live broadcast on Nuvolari TV. Today's race, due to a technical satellite problem, will be broadcast tonight at 22:00 on Nuvolari. Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing): "I thought I had a bad start, but my rivals didn't have a good start either. So I managed to mantain the lead. With the hot temperatures the engines weren't working at their best. I realized throughout the race to have a small gap on my rivals, which in the end I managed until the chequered flag." Alx Danielsson (Elk Motorsport): "I didn't know the Mugello track, which is quite difficult. I made some good progress comparing to the first practice. To win here we already have to work hard." Diego Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing): "I made a bad start. Then I catched up and made some good overtaking. In the end with Rigon and Danielsson we were almost equal and the gaps didn't change."
<pre> RACE 1 MUGELLO
1. Davide Rigon Minardi Team by GP Racing 23'40''918 2. Alx Danielsson Elk Motorsport Gap 4''253 3. Diego Nunes Minardi Team by GP Racing 6''330 4. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Auto Sport Racing 20''708 5. Ananda Mikola G-Tec 21''869 6. Luiz Razia Fisichella Motor Sport 22''903 7. Sebastian Merchan Elk Motorsport 40''397 8. Mehdi Bennani Elk Motorsport 41''137 9. Gian Domenico Sposito G-Tec 53''803 10. Francesco Dracone 2G Racing 1''1''229 11. Omar Leal Engineering Durango 1'13''718 12. Andrea Fausti Facondini racing 1'48''145 13. Oliver Martini R.C. Motorsport 8 laps
Best lap: Diego Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing) 1'40''240 </pre> -credit: eu-3000