Germany - Pantano strengthens F3 lead.

Giorgio Pantano (Opel Team KMS Dallara/Opel) strengthened his lead of the German Formula 3 Championship with a third and fifth place finish at the rain-hit Lausitz EuroSpeedway last weekend. He managed to distance himself from Andre Lotterer (Opel Team BSR Dallara/Opel) whose poor performance in the first (18-lap) of two races saw him finish down in 12th place.

However, the title challenger bounced back with a strong second place in the second (17-lap) race - a race won by Alex Mueller (Dallara/Honda) who now moves into third place in the championship as a new title contender.

<pre> Race 1

1 Pierre Kaffer   Dallara/Opel  29:48.158
2 Enrico Toccacelo (I)  Dallara/Opel  29:50.605
3 Giorgio Pantano (I)  Dallara/Opel  29:51.020
4 Sven Heidfeld  Dallara/Opel  29:55.294
5 Patrick Friesacher  Dallara/Opel  30:01.979
6 Martin Tomczyk  Dallara/Opel  30:05.370

Race 2

1 Alex Mueller   Dallara/Honda 30:20.044
2 Andre Lotterer  Dallara/Opel  30:23.763
3 Enrico Toccacelo (I)  Dallara/Opel  30:29.776
4 Sven Heidfeld  Dallara/Opel  30:30.982
5 Giorgio Pantano (I)  Dallara/Opel  30:32.086
6 Frank Diefenbacher  Dallara/Opel  30:32.772

German Formula 3 - after 14 rounds:

1 Giorgio Pantano (I) Dallara/Opel 139 points 2 Andre Lotterer Dallara/Opel 133 3 Alex Mueller Dallara/Honda 130 4 Pierre Kaffer Dallara/Opel 113 5 Enrico Toccacelo (I) Dallara/Opel 94 6 Stefan Muecke Dallara/Opel 86