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One to watch... Two months ago, Guillaume Moreau first tested his Formula 3 car in Spa-Francorchamps, wondering if he should use his left foot for braking, or the other... Last week-end, he had both feet firmly on the ground, indeed a slippery...

One to watch...

Two months ago, Guillaume Moreau first tested his Formula 3 car in Spa-Francorchamps, wondering if he should use his left foot for braking, or the other... Last week-end, he had both feet firmly on the ground, indeed a slippery Belgian track, to place his Opel-powered Dallara third overall, ahead of the rest of the Rookie field.

Guillaume had an unpleasant time during the free practice sessions. " I wasn't fast enough in the straights" he complained on Friday morning. Fortunately, the problem could be solved for the qualifying sessions, and the Signature driver set stunning 8th and 5th fastest times: " The track turned to dry at the end of qualifying session for race 2. I destroyed my rain tyres, and called the pits for a change. I could just afford three laps on brand new slick tyres. Everybody thought I was defeated, because it takes a little time to warm them up, but I pushed so hard, braked so late and took so much risks in the fast bends that I was able to secure a place on the 4th row of Race 2's grid. The only Rookie faster than me was Guerrieri, who entered the Formula 3000 race in Spa last year." Then, Guillaume surprised everyone, perhaps even himself, qualifying 5th for race 1! " I could have improved in the last lap, but there were yellow flags and I decided to lift." Some other drivers didn't choose the same option, and had their times withdrawn. " I am very happy with these results, it is another step forward. We worked hard, we even walked around the 7 kilometer-circuit with Antoine Voyet, my engineer, to study it precisely, and it proved profitable."

Saturday's race was... a wet one. Guillaume ran fifth from the start until his team-mate Carbone left the track. " Rain was falling harder and harder. 3 laps before the end, the car got sideways, 90 degrees, up the hill at the "Raidillon", I nearly touched the tyre wall, and drove across the end of the pitlane. I don't know how I managed, but I could reach back the track in one piece, had a look at the mirror to make sure I was not holding up the traffic, and continue."

Despite this frightening move, Guillaume stayed ahead of team-mate Loïc Duval and came home 4th and 1st Rookie. Long after the chequered flag, the officials decided to exclude the winner's car, and Guillaume was classified third. " I didn't get the glory, but I get the points. Spa is only my third Formula 3 Euroseries meeting, and I am delighted about how it is going on."

Sunday's race was... a short one. " When I passed into second gear, the gearbox failed. I could only pass 3rd, 4th and 5th gear, then... The breakdown." Guillaume was forced to early retirement, but he really made the most of his car in Spa-Francorchamps. He is still leading the Rookie-Cup, and above all, he is now 5th overall, equally placed with Lucas Di Grassi.

Next race will be... a prestigious one: Monaco, on May 20th and 21st. A street race, like Pau... Guillaume has high expectations.

Rookies Cup 2005 (after 6//20 races) races): 1.G.Moreau (F) 43; 2.S.Vettel (D) 38; 3.A.Abreu (BRA) 37...

Drivers Classification (after 6/20 races): 1.L.Hamilton (GB) 48 ; 2.A.Sutil (D) & J.Rossiter (GB) 35 ; 4.L.Duval (F) 25 ; 5.G.Moreau (F) & L.Di Grassi (GB) 12...

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Loic Duval , Guillaume Moreau