GP2 Win in Monza for PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni
This weekend saw PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni competing in three championships in Europe. The Italian squad could be seen in action in the GP2 Series and Formula BMW Europe at the historic Monza circuit, near Milan in Italy, while its Euroseries 3000 team competed at Valencia in Spain. It was a very strong weekend in all categories, but the highlight of the weekend was the Sunday morning sprint race victory in the GP2 Series, with young Brazilan Luiz Razia at the wheel for the win.
GP2 Series (Monza)
Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia drove for the team in the penultimate round of the 2009 championship. The final round of the series will take place next weekend at Portimao in Portugal.
Luiz Razia: Completed 17 laps in free practice, finishing 19th with a best lap of 1:32.812. Began from the ninth row for Saturday's chaotic race after qualifying 17th with a fastest lap of 1:31.112. He progressed well through the field in the feature race, picking up the final point for eighth place, and taking pole position on Sunday. He converted that pole into a commanding victory in Sunday's sprint race, taking the first win for the team this season.
Andreas Zuber: 12th in Friday's free practice after 16 laps and a fastest time of 1:31.684. Qualified tenth with a lap of 1:30.803 to line up on the fifth row of the grid for Saturday's feature race. After 32 laps on Saturday he crossed the line in 12th position. He was forced to retire on lap 11 of Sunday's sprint race.
Formula BMW Europe (Monza)
The team fielded two new drivers at its comeback event, racing under the new name of PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni (formerly FMSI). Onboard for Monza, the season finale of the 2009 Formula BMW Europe championship, were Kevin Friesacher and Rio Haryanto.
Kevin Friesacher: Began each race from the 14th row of the grid after qualifying 27th on Friday. He finished an impressive 17th in Saturday's race, improving ten positions, but on Sunday he performed even better, crossing the line in ninth position after beginning 27th.
Rio Haryanto: Qualified for both of the weekend's races in 18th position, giving him a starting slot from the ninth row of the grid on his Formula BMW Europe debut. Unfortunately Rio retired on the opening lap of race one, but he reached the chequered flag on Sunday, finishing in 17th place.
Euroseries 3000 (Valencia)
The fourth round of the championship took place at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
Marco Bonanomi: Qualified in second for race one and took pole position for race two. He retired from race one with a clutch problem but converted his pole to a win in race two.
Fabio Onidi: Began both races from the second row of the grid after qualifying for both in fourth place. Finished on the podium in second place for both races and took the championship lead. Rodolfo Gonzalez: Qualified for the first and second races in sixth position, beginning both races from the third row. Finished race one in fifth position and in fourth in the second race.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "It's been a fantastic weekend for the team and I have to say thank you to everyone involved, we have an amazing group of people. Today in GP2, we won from pole with a rookie driver, and recorded the fastest lap in Monza, I couldn't be happier! Luiz did a fantastic race, the car performed well and the team worked brilliantly. We have had some problems with Andi, he had a technical problem yesterday right from the start and an engine problem today but our set-up and strategy have been good and we have had a good weekend with Luiz. It's the first win for Scuderia Coloni, I am very happy. In Formula BMW I have been amazed at how well both drivers did. Neither of them knew the circuit, it was their first weekend with the team and, for Kevin, it was the first time he'd driven a BMW. To start 27th and finish P9 is just fantastic. I am looking forward to working with both of them in the future. It was also a great weekend in Euroseries 3000, we had a 1-2 in the race today and Onidi is now leading the championship. It's fantastic for a team to have two drivers fighting for a title. It's been a good weekend all round."