Barcelona: Practice one report, 2008 car debut

THE LAST SEASONAL ROUND OF F.3000 IN BARCELLONA STARTS WITH AN EYE AT 2008 The eighth and last round of the Euroseries 3000 takes place this weekend in Barcelona. Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing) won already in Monza the Italian and European ...

THE LAST SEASONAL ROUND OF F.3000 IN BARCELLONA STARTS WITH AN EYE AT 2008

The eighth and last round of the Euroseries 3000 takes place this weekend in Barcelona. Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing) won already in Monza the Italian and European titles, so there will now be an all-Brazilian battle between Diego Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing) and Luiz Razia (Elk Motorsport) for the second place in the championship.

Davide Rigon already took his prize for the 2007 win, testing for two days at Le Castellet the GP2 Series car with the FMSI team. The Italian impressed at his debut, finishing ninth on the last day with 1'13"338, 22th overall on some sixty drivers.

But all eyes are on the 2008 car prototype which went today on track for the first time with its brand new 515-HP Zytek engine, just arrived in Barcelona. Beside the aerodinamic modifications, which will presented later, from a mechanic point of view the 2008 car also has paddleshift and new suspensions. The car made his problemless debut, driven by Raffaele Giammaria, during the first free practice session. The engineers were already able to take the first data and will go on with their work during the second session.

New for the Spanish event are also the comeback of the Moroccan driver Bennani at Elk Motorsport and the second car for the 2G Racing team, where the experienced Chiminelli will race alongside Francesco Dracone.

The first session saw exchanging positions at the top Rigon, Razia and then Ricci, who held the lead for a long time. A few minutes to the end he was overtaken by Rigon and Nunes, but he immediately responded, taking away half a second from his best time and catching the lead again. Always at the front also Luiz Razia (Elk), Martini (RC) and Andersen (G-Tec). <pre> BARCELONA Practice 1 1. Giacomo Ricci - Elk Motorsport 1'37"284 2. Davide Rigon - Minardi/GP Racing 1'37"445 3. Diego Nunes - Minardi/GP Racing 1'37"523 4. Luiz Razia - Elk Motorsport 1'37"989 5. Oliver Martini - R.C. Motorsport 1'38"133 6. Kasper Andersen - G-Tec 1'38"435 7. Raffaele Giammaria Coloni Motorsport 1'38"444 8. Vladimir Arabadzhiev - ASR 1'38"621 9. Omar Leal - Engineering Durango 1'38"896 10. Jimmy Auby - ASR 1'39"367 11. Mehdi Bennani - Elk Motorsport 1'39"476 12. Francesco Dracone 2G Racing 1'41"580 13. Giuseppe Chiminelli 2G Racing 1'51"759

-credit: euroseries3000.com

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