Kovalainen Presents His Title Hopes Besides the General Election Day in Spain, the World Series by Nissan drivers had presented today in Catalunya the candidatures for the 2004 Title. In his Dallara Nissan car with 450 Hp, the 2002 ...
Kovalainen Presents His Title Hopes
Besides the General Election Day in Spain, the World Series by Nissan drivers had presented today in Catalunya the candidatures for the 2004 Title. In his Dallara Nissan car with 450 Hp, the 2002 runner-up, Kovalainen, and his "new team", Pons Racing, are one of the strongest candidates.
Barcelona, 14 March 2004 -- Being also in front positions in Jarama, today Kovalainen and Pons Racing have set a new unofficial record in 1.30.549 at an average speed of 187.9 km/h (two seconds ahead the lap record set by Leinders in 2002)
Behind the Finnish, up to 9 drivers packed in the same seconds. Jean Cristophe Ravier and Rodrigo Sperafico followed Kovalainen but the Frenchman Bruce Jouanny was the leading this session for a long time. (Using only one set of tyres).
The Portuguese Tiago Monteiro outstand as the best debutant in these 2004 Collective Test. The Minardi test driver has adapted very well to the Dallara Nissan car.
Monteiro has been fastest than Bernoldi only by 0.02 seconds.
Ander Vilariño, always in the leading group of drivers, set his Epsilon Euskadi car in the 7th position.
Debutants Ryo Fukuda (Belmondo Racing) and Tristan Gommendy (Saulnier Racing) finished in top ten positions.
Kartikheyan did no trace due to a crack in one of his ribs. Pablo Donoso's spun in one the fastest corners of the circuit but the driver was unhurt.
Rainy morning session
Rainy morning in Catalunya. The World Series by Nissan Teams were forced to use the wet tyres. Kovalainen and Valles were the reference under wet conditions.
As the track dry up, Alvarez and Porteiro used the slick ones and finished the session in P1 and P2.
<pre> The best registered laps
1 Heikki Kovalainen Pons Racing 1.30.549 2 Jean Cristophe Ravier Epsilon Euskadi 1.30.689 3 Rodrigo Sperafico Vergani Formula 1.30.797 4 Bruce Jouanny KTR 1.30.842 5 Tiago Monteiro Carlin Motorsport 1.31.137 6 Enrique Bernoldi GD Racing 1.31.159 7 Ander Vilariño Epsilon Euskadi 1.31.162 8 Juan Cruz Alvarez Gabord Reyco 1.31.334 9 Ryo Fukuda Belmondo Racing 1.31.538 10 Tristan Gommendy Saulnier Racing 1.31.544 11 Felix Porteiro Porfesa Competicion 1.31.731 12 Boris Derichebourg Belmondo Racing 1.32.163 13 Didier Andre KTR 1.32.357 14 Adrian Valles Pons Racing 1.32.657 15 Roldan Rodriguez Porfesa Competicion 1.32.919 16 Pablo Donoso GD Racing 1.32.973 17 Narain Kartikheyan RC Motorsport 1.33.057 18 Roman Rusinov Gabord Reyco 1.33.776