Austria: Round six preview

Spielberg, September 11th 2003 The A1-Ring Circuit welcomes today 9 teams from the Superfund World Series by Nissan. The Dallara Nissan cars will step in the track tomorrow all day long developing some private test programs. Next week, (20-21 ...

Spielberg, September 11th 2003 The A1-Ring Circuit welcomes today 9 teams from the Superfund World Series by Nissan. The Dallara Nissan cars will step in the track tomorrow all day long developing some private test programs. Next week, (20-21 September) Europe's most exciting single-seater competition after Formula One will celebrate here its sixth meeting, including two new races of the World Series Light category, gathering more than 30 drivers representing 13 nationalities.

The Superfund World Series by Nissan is sponsored by a fund company, member of Quadriga, whose headquarters are based in the Capital of Austria, Wien. Also, Superfund is the main sponsor of the local team, Zele-Racing, which includes the Austrian driver Norbert Siedler, and sponsors as well the young Austrian driver Mathias Lauda.

The expectation of the arrival of the Superfund World Series by Nissan is huge. The A1-Ring will be not included in the Formula One calendar next year due to the Tobacco ban. This will be a great opportunity for the local crowd to chill the drivers and enjoy with powerful sound of the Nissan V6 engines and the great spectacle of these F1'sized cars.

Very few teams had the opportunity to do some private testing during the summer brake within the Superfund World Series by Nissan. Last weekend saw some activity concentrated among the Circuits of Catalunya and Valencia (Spain), but mostly was regarding the World Series Light Teams participating in the Collective Test. The Young Mathias Lauda tested the V6 car in Valencia, while Enrique Bernoldi had his first contact with the Dallara Nissan SN01 after going through a small surgery last August.

MONTAGNY TAKES DOUBLE TASK

Adrian Campos Motorsport and Gabord Competition will not arrive at Austria until the next week.

The Series leader, Franck Montagny (Gabord), with 171 points, has open a serious gap between the rest of the contenders. The Tata Team Carlin, Indian Narain Kartikheyan is second with 80 points, followed by another Gabord driver, Heikki Kovalainen, with 75 points.

Franck Montagny, who's also the test driver of RenaultF1, will be testing with the French team in Barcelona for two days (16-17 September).

Two World Series teams had end up relationship in a nice way with one of their drivers (Carlos Pereira, RC, and Tuka Rocha, Zele). The two teams had open talks with some drivers but for the moment no announcement has been made.

It is time for the Superfund Zele Racing team to achieve another good result in their home race with the also local young driver Norbert Siedler. The Team knows very well this track located in Spielberg, 4,326 meters long. The Circuit demands a hard work on the chassis, and is famous for its majestic corners and high-speed sweeps.

WSL, YOUNG TALENTS AT SIGHT!

The newest one-make single-seater International series in the World features a Dallara AER car with 250 HP and Michelin tyres. Open to all the young already made drivers in Europe and overseas, coming from any single-seater category. By the moment, among the thirteen entered drivers, some talent searchers had already discovered the newcoming Alonso's. 17-year old Adrian Valles has taken a serious lead after the first three meetings, although he was certainly unlucky in Magny Cours. The category is regarded as a real brew of talents, like Pablo Donoso, Juan Cruz Alvarez, Matteo Pellegrino, Milos Pavlovic or Mathias Lauda.

<pre> TIMETABLE OF THE EVENT

FRIDAY , September 18th 08h30-09h00 WORLD SERIES LIGHT COLLECTIVE PRACTICE 09h10-11h40 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN C. TEST 1st SESSION 11h50-12h30 WORLD SERIES LIGHT COLLECTIVE PRACTICE 14h00-16h30 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN C.TEST 2nd SESSION 16h40-17h20 WORLD SERIES LIGHT COLLECTIVE PRACTICE

SATURDAY, September 20th 08h30-09h00 WORLD SERIES LIGHT 1st. QUALIFYING PRACTICE 09h40-10h10 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN 1st. QUAL. PRACTICE 11h55-12h25 WORLD SERIES LIGHT 2nd. QUALIFYING PRACTICE 14h40-15h10 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN 2nd. QUAL. PRACTICE PRESS CONFERENCE SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN 16h50 WORLD SERIES LIGHT RACE#1 (17 laps/max. 30')

SUNDAY, Septembet 21th 09h15-09h30 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN WARM UP 10h40 WORLD SERIES LIGHT RACE#2 (17 laps/max. 30') 11h45 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN RACE#1 (18 laps) 14h15 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN R.#2 (26 laps - PIT S. 5/18) PRESS CONFERENCE SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN

2003 SUPERFUND WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN AND WORLD SERIES LIGHT STANDINGS

DRIVERS 1. F. Montagny, 171; 2. N. Karthikeyan, 80; 3. H. Kovalainen, 75; 4. S.Sarrazin, 70; 5. B. Besson, 59; 6. M. Gene, 54; 7. J.C. Ravier, 51; 8. B. Leinders, 51; 7. B. Jouanny, 47; 8. A. Vilariño, 35; 9. P. Villaamil, 32; 10. E. Bernoldi, 24; 11. N. Siedler, 18; 12. P. Edwards, 17; 13. T. Rocha, 12; 14. S.Porteiro, 8; 15. F.Porteiro, 8; 16. A.Burgueño, 8; 17. C. Pereira, 7; 18. R. Gonzalez, 3. TEAMS 1. Gabord Competition, 246; 2. Tata Team Carlin, 127; 3. Racing Engineering., 121; 4. Epsilon Euskadi, 86; 5. Adrian Campos Motorsport, 62; 6. Saulnier Racing, 59; 7. RC Motorsport, 53; 8. Superfund Zele Racing, 30; 9. KTR, 25; 10. Repsol RFS, 11; 11. GD Racing, 10.

DRIVERS 1. A. Valles,85;2. J. Alvarez, 66;3. M. Pavlovic. 48;4. J. Vidot, 47; 5. M. Lauda, 46; 6. C. Miguez, 45; 7. M. Pellegrino, 39; 8. A. Barba, 36; 9. P. Donoso, 31; 10. A. Mikola, 23; 11. M. Duno, 14; 12. C. Nissany, 5; 13. W. Ebrahim, 5. TEAMS 1. Esc. Lois Circuit, 122; 2. Meycom Reyco, 111; 3. Epsilon by Graff, 97; 4. Vergani Formula, 92; 5. RC Motorsport, 67; 6. Szasz Motorsport, 5.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Franck Montagny , Heikki Kovalainen , Norbert Siedler , Mathias Lauda , Adrian Valles , Juan Cruz Alvarez , Pablo Donoso , Adrian Campos , Milos Pavlovic , Tuka Rocha
Teams Carlin , Racing Engineering