Kovalainen still the master of Lausitz Lausitzring, 6 August - Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen has continued to strengthen his grip on the World Series by Nissan field by topping both sessions at the Lausitzring in Germany...
Kovalainen still the master of Lausitz
Lausitzring, 6 August - Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen has continued to strengthen his grip on the World Series by Nissan field by topping both sessions at the Lausitzring in Germany today. Although the day's proceedings were only free practice, his pace has already got his competitors worried.
Kovalainen leads the championship and has won a race at each of the last two meetings. The Pons Racing driver is in the form of his life and will be confident that he can repeat the pole positions he scored at the same track a year ago. Qualifying takes place tomorrow.
Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) was second in both sessions, and seems to be the only driver who is anywhere near Kovalainen. He was just a fraction behind in the morning session but then Kovalainen improved to leave him more than half a second behind in the afternoon.
Newcomer Julien Vidot has impressed with a time faster than his Epsilon Euskadi team-mate Jean-Cristophe Ravier (who won the last race in Valencia) in the morning, although Vidot struggled in the second session. The other new drivers Giacomo Ricci and Giovanni Tedeschi (Vergani Formula), Takuya Tsubobayashi (Gabord Reyco) and Sergio Hernandez (Saulnier Racing) are all still learning their way but progressing well.
Simon Abadie set the pace in the World Series Light practice -- a big improvement from yesterday for the French driver. The Epsilon Sport driver topped the afternoon session (run in bright sunshine with a strong breeze), beating Vergani's Milos Pavlovic. Although the field is now down to just seven cars, they promise to provide intense entertainment this weekend, as they have several times this season.
<pre> Official Combined Practice Time 1 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Pons Racing 1.31.113 2 Tiago Monteiro (POR) Carlin Motorsport 0.596 3 Olivier Pla (FRA) Carlin Motorsport 0.181 4 Felix Porteiro (ESP) Porfesa Competicion 1.224 5 Narain Kartikheyan (IND) RC Motorsport 1.244 6 Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA) Epsilon Euskadi 1.254 7 Pablo Donoso (CHI) GD Racing 1.377 8 Adrian Valles (ESP) Pons Racing 1.470 9 Julien Vidot (FRA) Epsilon Euskadi 1.526 10 Juan Cruz Alvarez (ARG) Gabord Reyco 1.608 11 Enrique Bernoldi (BRA) GD Racing 1.814 12 Didier Andre (FRA) KTR 2.092 13 Tristan Gommendy (FRA) Saulnier Racing 2.579 14 Sergio Hernandez (ESP) Saulnier Racing 2.761 15 Giaccomo Ricci (ITA) Vergani Formula 3.096 16 Giovanni Tedeschi (ITA) Vergani Formula 3.409 17 Tomas Kostka (CZE) RC Motorsport 3.462 18 Roldan Rodriguez (ESP) Porfesa Competicion 3.623 19 Takaya Tsubobayashi (JPN) Gabord Reyco 4.714
World Series Light 1 Simon Abadie (FRA) Epsilon Sport 1.35.718 2 Milos Pavlovic (JUG) Vergani Racing 0.053 3 Bastien Briere (FRA) Epsilon Sport 0.435 4 Celso Miguez (SPA) Meycom Sport 0.437 5 Matteo Pellegrino (ITA) Vergani Formula 0.517 6 Mathieu Lahaye (FRA) Saulnier Racing 1.150 7 Harald Primat (SWI) Saulnier Racing 2.215