Monza private test notes 2003-06-10/11

Montagny sets the pace in private test All the Superfund World Series by Nissan teams participated yesterday in a one-day privated test with the exception of Adrian Campos Motorsport and Racing Engineering teams, which extended their test...

Montagny sets the pace in private test

All the Superfund World Series by Nissan teams participated yesterday in a one-day privated test with the exception of Adrian Campos Motorsport and Racing Engineering teams, which extended their test schedule today.

Teams and drivers had to work under very difficult weather conditions (almost 60 C in the track and nearly 35 C on the air). Most of the Teams concentrated in the search of the set-up of this very special track. For the Monza event, all the Dallara-Nissan cars will fit the S500 type of Michelin, so drivers and engineers did an intensive work concentrating in this matter.

Franck Montagny (Gabord Competición), the Series leader, was the fastest driver yesterday, lapping 1.39.251 at an average speed of 210.123 km/h, while the Belgian Bas Leinders (Racing Engineering) has topped the list today with 1.39.528 (209.553 km/h).

The Teams will be back in Italy for the 4th meeting to be celebrated the next 21-22 June in Monza.

Jesus Sanchez (Technical Director Gabord Competición):

"This is a rare track that needs an specific set-up, so we did some work on the chassis. The temperatures were really high. We also try to work in the speed of the car with the gearbox ratios but in comparison with last year car (415 HP) this new version doesn't seem to be faster than last year. It has been a positive test for both drivers. Heikki could complete all the work although by the end of the day he had some fever."

Bas Leinders (Racing Engineering):

"I like the track quite well and had a very good race weekend last year and I think we can reproduce this next week as the test has been very promising. I just hope we will have a weekend where everything will run well, but I am content with the engine now. I did my time this morning during the first 4 or 5 laps and then it was so hot that it was impossible to go faster. Then we did some bedding-in with the brake discs and so on."

Jean François Sinteff (Technical Director Adrian Campos Motorsport):

"Monza is a very special track. There are some works to be done with chassis. The car needs a specific development in Monza. We are very happy with the work carried by our two drivers, Marc Gené and Santi Porteiro had done during these two days. The car has improved a lot."

<pre> 1. Frank Montagny Gabord Competición 1.39.251 69 210.123 km/h 2. Bas Leinders Racing Engineering 1.39.528 64 3. Marc Gené Adrian Campos Motorsport 1.39.694 91 4. Heikki Kovalainen Gabord Competición 1.39.776 69 5. Bruce Jouanny Carlin Motorsport 1.39.836 54 6. Narain Karthikeyan Carlin Motorsport 1.39.950 59 7. Norbert Siedler Superfund Zele Racing 1.40.048 51 8. Enrique Bernoldi GD Racing 1.40.270 61 9. Bruno Besson Saulnier Racing 1.40.343 54 10. Angel Burgueño Repsol RFS 1.40.443 50 11. Paul Edwards KTR 1.40.495 38 12. Santiago Porteiro Adrian Campos Motorsport 1.40.261 13. Polo Villaamil RC Motorpsort 1.40.913 39 14. Carlos Pereira RC Motorpsort 1.40.954 54 15. Didier André Saulnier Racing 1.40.962 54 16. Felix Porteiro KTR 1.40.971 32 17. Jean Christophe Ravier Epsilon Euskadi 1.41.012 48 18. Stéphan Sarrazin Racing Engineering 1.41.084 34 19. Ander Vilariño Epsilon Euskadi 1.41.522 35 20. Mathieu Zangarelli GD Racing 1.42.172 31 21. Ricardo González Vergani Racing 1.43.827 22

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Bruce Jouanny , Paul Edwards , Franck Montagny , Didier André , Marc Gene , Narain Karthikeyan , Heikki Kovalainen , Ricardo Gonzalez , Norbert Siedler , Bas Leinders , Felix Porteiro , Bruno Besson , Adrian Campos , Angel Burgueño , Mathieu Zang , Ander Vilarino
Teams Carlin , Racing Engineering