EU3000: Nurburgring round ten report, champion crowned

Nicky Pastorelli wins the 2004 SUPERFUND Euro 3000 title Nicky Pastorelli stormed to victory in the final round of the 2004 SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship at the Nürburgring in Germany closely followed by Alex Lloyd of John Village Automotive.

Nicky Pastorelli wins the 2004 SUPERFUND Euro 3000 title

Nicky Pastorelli stormed to victory in the final round of the 2004 SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship at the Nürburgring in Germany closely followed by Alex Lloyd of John Village Automotive. Draco Junior team mate Fausto Ippoliti made his first podium appearance of the season in third place.

The dramatic climax to the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 season saw the Safety Car being deployed twice as Dutch-Italian driver Nicky Pastorelli won his second race of the season to nail the 2004 SUPERFUND Euro 3000 title.

In an action-packed opening, Pastorelli rocketed off the start line from third place to take the lead going into the first corner. Tor Graves swerved off his sixth row starting position into GP Racing team mate Fabrizio Del Monte to take the Championship leader out of the race and away from title contention.

The action continued going into the first corner. Rookie driver, Luca Filippi clashed with Norbert Siedler who in turn clipped the front wing of JVA driver Jonny Reid as all three went off into the gravel. Siedler and Reid went into the pits where Reid replaced his nosecone before returning to the race under the first Safety Car of the day. Siedler retired from the race.

As the Safety Car went into the pits, Pastorelli lead the competition and pulled away from a determined Alex Lloyd in second position.

In mid-field, Euronova driver Bernhard Auinger sliced through the competition to move up to fourth place by the end of lap nine. He continued to challenge Fausto Ippoliti for the remaining podium position in a lengthy battle which was to last the duration of the race.

On Lap 21, the yellow flag was waved again after a dramatic incident between Mathias Lauda and Maxime Hodencq. The clash resulted in Hodencq rolling as his car finished upside down on track. The young Belgian walked away from the accident without serious injury as the Safety Car was deployed again. Lauda retired six laps later with brake failure.

After the second restart, frontrunners Pastorelli and Lloyd held their positions until the chequered flag was waved. The pressure mounted behind them as Ippoliti and Auinger continued their wheel-to-wheel battle for third place which was won temporarily by the Euronova driver with nine laps remaining. Six laps later, the Austrian ran wide onto the grass at the Mercedes Arena and lost his hard-fought track position.

Undeterred, Auinger continued to pile the pressure on his Draco Junior Team rival in a nailbiting contest which was to last until the end of the race.

Nicky Pastorelli crossed the finish line in first place ahead of Alex Lloyd. The final podium position went to Fausto Ippoliti with Bernhard Auinger following closely behind in fourth.

Nicky Pastorelli's second victory of the season sees him claim the 2004 SUPERFUND Euro 3000 title with a total of 46 Championship points. Pastorelli also wins a coveted Super Licence and the chance to test drive a Minardi Formula One car.

Fabrizio Del Monte finished the Championship in second place one point away from his title dream.

ADM Motorsport driver Norbert Siedler ends the season in third place with 37 Championship points.

Nicky Pastorelli (NDL), Draco Junior Team:

"There was always the possibility that I could win the Championship so I just had to go out there today and fight as hard as I could. I had a fantastic start but the race was never as easy as it looked as Alex Lloyd was pushing very hard all the way. I m extremely happy at the moment and I can't quite believe I've won the Championship! All the team has worked so hard for this and I'm glad I could win this for them!"

Fabrizio Del Monte (ITA), GP Racing:

"What can I say. I expected to come away from this weekend with the Championship title and I didn't even make it off the grid."

Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport:

"Third place is not a bad result for my first season in the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship but I am very disappointed. I had a good start but had to lift off the throttle to avoid Pastorelli and was caught on the inside going into the first corner. Filippi caught my rear suspension on the exit and I then went into Reid. I'm very disappointed that my Championship had to end this way."

-www.superfundeuro3000.com-

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