Spielberg, September 12th The first teams from Superfund World Series by Nissan as well as from the World Series Light category had just arrived at the A1-Ring Circuit to take part in a day of private test. The Austrian circuit will held the 6th...
Spielberg, September 12th The first teams from Superfund World Series by Nissan as well as from the World Series Light category had just arrived at the A1-Ring Circuit to take part in a day of private test. The Austrian circuit will held the 6th meeting of this exciting single-seater competition the next 20th and 21st of September, featuring more than 30 drivers from 13 different countries. The time weather has been quite cold here, with some light rains every now and then. As usual, most of the drivers improved their times at the end of the session. Tata Team Carlin drivers, Narain Kartikheyan and Bruce Jouanny had topped P1 and P2 of this private test. Kartikheyan, was clearly away of the rest of contenders, registering 1.21.9, almost 4 tenths of a second from Jouanny.
The third place had been reserved for the Frenchman in Epsilon Euskadi, Jean Christiphe Ravier. Most of the teams had no mileage for testing at this time of the Season, except Carlin, so from on they plan to take an advantage from this situation. Today, most of the drivers were concentrated in getting to know the track and different set up configurations. The next couple of races are just 8 days ahead!
The Dallara AER did also run today in the A1-RING. Julien Vidot (Epsilon by Graff), top 4 in the Series overall standings, was the quickest driver with 1.26.18, followed by the local Mathias Lauda and the Chilean Pablo Donoso, both in Vergani Formula.
Adrian Burgess (Tata Team Carlin Team manager) "We are really happy about the results today. Both drivers adapted very well to the track. Narain managed to improve his lap time in the last 5 minutes. We did very little testing through the year so now it is time to do it!."
Kurt Molleckens (Team Manager KTR) "Basically my drivers didn't know the track so that was part of the job today. We were really surprised by the time of Paul Edwards, he's been really fast and always among the 5 top guys of the day. The next meeting is quite important for us, as our title sponsor, Red Bull, will be visiting us. If Paul keeps with this rythm we can do very good things in the next two races. This is our aim for the rest of the Season basically. "
Michel Lecomte (Team Manager Epsilon by Graff and Epsilon Euskadi) "A very good day for us in both Series! After very few test with the Dallara AER now we start to understand a little bit more of this car and we can work on a normal basis, with no technical problems at all. While the 2 litter car has been one second faster than the F3 Euroseries the V6 car has been also really fast as well. The Event ahead looks very exciting for us!"
BEST REGISTERED LAPS
Temp. Cloudy - Light rains 14 C
Pista: 17 C
Superfund World Series by Nissan
Narain Kartikheyan (Tata Team Carlin) 1.21.9
Bruce Jouanny (Tata Team Carlin) 1.22.3
Jean Cristophe Ravier (Epsilon Euskadi) 1.22.5
Stephane Sarrazin (Racing Engineering) 1.22.7
Paul Edwads (KTR) 1.22.7
Norbert Siedler (Superfund Zele-Racing) 1.22.8
Bruno Besson (Saulnier Racing) 1.22.8
Ander Vilariño (Epsilon-Euskadi) 1.23.0
Didier Andre (Saulnier Racing) 1.23.3
Bas Leinders (Racing Engineering) 1.23.4
Felix Porteiro (KTR) 1.23.5
World Series Light
Julien Vidot (Epsilon by Graff) 1.26.18
Mathias Lauda (Vergani Formula) 1.26.84
Pablo Donoso (Vergani Formula) 1.27.08
Ananda Mikola (RC Motorsport) 1.27.21
Milos Pavlovic (Epsilon by Graff) 1.27.54
Matteo Pellegrino (RC Motorsport) 1.27.86
Bastien Briere (RC Motorsport) 1.27.95
Milka Duno (Vergani Formula) 1.29.91