EU3000: Nurburgring round nine race report

In an action-packed race Norbert Siedler of ADM Motorsport claimed his second consecutive victory of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship at the Nurburgring, Germany. Jonny Reid of John Village Automotive finished in second place with Draco...

In an action-packed race Norbert Siedler of ADM Motorsport claimed his second consecutive victory of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship at the Nurburgring, Germany. Jonny Reid of John Village Automotive finished in second place with Draco Junior Team driver Nicky Pastorelli completing the podium in third place.

Siedler dominated the race from pole position despite intense pressure from Jonny Reid of John Village Automotive. Reid made a spectacular start overtaking team mate Alex Lloyd off the grid for second position. Pastorelli also rocketed off the start line to move up from seventh to third position going into the first corner.

Alex Lloyd's hopes of winning his second race were shattered when he ran off the track on lap two to retire from the race.

Five laps into the race, championship leader Fabrizio Del Monte made an unforced error to spin dramatically on track to move down to tenth.

The action intensified at the head of the field. Reid continued to pile the pressure on frontrunner Siedler, closing the gap as the laps went by. The Kiwi launched numerous attacks for the lead, battling wheel-to-wheel with Siedler going into lap 20.

Midway through the race, Pastorelli closed the gap on Reid putting pressure on the JVA driver from behind in attempt to gain the second spot on the podium. Reid held his line and Pastorelli was unable to find a passing opportunity before the chequered flag was waved.

The drama was also unfolding in mid-field as Lauda, Del Monte and newcomer Luca Filippi of Euronova battled it out for sixth place. On Lap 35, the young Italian overtook fellow countryman Del Monte before passing Lauda for sixth place.

Allam Khodhair nearly put paid to Siedler's championship campaign four laps before the end of the race. The ADM Motorsport driver spun on lap 38 and almost took out his team mate as he rejoined the track.

On the penultimate lap, Fabrizio Del Monte's experience paid off as he overtook rookie driver Filippi to regain sixth place and secure one championship point. Nineteen year old Filippi span off the track and out of his first SUPERFUND Euro 3000 race.

Siedler came home half a second ahead of Jonny Reid. Nicky Pastorelli of Draco Junior Team completing the podium in third while championship leader, Fabrizio Del Monte finished in six place.

Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport:

"It was a really hard race with Jonny Reid always putting the pressure on from behind. Reid had the faster car and I had to oversteer too but it's fantastic to be in Championship contention now that I'm just eight points behind Del Monte. It's going to be an exciting day tomorrow!"

Jonny Reid (NZL), John Village Automotive:

"This was an awesome race, I really enjoyed it. I definitely had the quicker car today. 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 permanently in my rear view mirrors, but I kept my position."

Nicky Pastorelli (NDL), Draco Junior Team:

"I didn't expect third today as I had some problems this morning in Qualifying. But I got a good start pulling up from seventh to third at the first corner. It was a really close race and now it is really close championship as with these four points I am nine points behind Del Monte and just one point behind Siedler. It all comes down to the final race tomorrow now."

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