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
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