The Argentinian driver José María López completed an amazing result reaching the podium at the third round of the International Formula 3000 disputed at the street circuit of Monaco. The race had the same winner of the first two, the Italian Vitantonio Luizzi. Esteban Guerrieri retired.
López suffered an important accident during friday qualifying session and was enable to start the race on saturday morning from third place. The Argentinian drove a clean and smooth race to achieve the podium always behind both Italians dirvers that dominated the weekend.
The driver supported by Renault Formula One arrived after 45 laps around the 3.340 metres of length at 10s916 of the winner, who once again had Enrico Toccacello as a close watcher of his driving at 2s850 in the chequered flag.
Luizzi and Toccacello confortably dominated the competition in a clean race with no major shunts in the leading positions.
The standings has Luizzi as a clear leader with 30 points, followed by Toccacello with 24. Another Italian, Raffaele Gianmaria, ows third place with 16 units, while López, Patrick Friesacher and the Monaco native, Robert Doornbos, share with 9 points the fourth position.
This podium of López means the best result for an Argentinian driver in Formula 3000, leaving behind both five places of former F1 driver, Norberto Fontana on 1999 season (Monaco and Silverstone) and the same position of Guerrieri at Spain, two weeks ago. López also repeated the third place os 2003 in the Eurocup V6 championship-
About Guerrieri, he couldn`t complete a good final result in the twisted Monaco. Toccacello`s teammate in the team directed by the Argentinian engineer Enrique Scalabroni, iniciated the competition from ninth place after a qualifying session complicated with the traffic. Guerrieri reitred after only half lap when was hit in the back by Tomas Enge, former F1 driver.
Next week both Argentinian drivers will have another opportunity at the always difficult German track of Nurburgring where Italian Luizzi will try to continue his winning moment.