Coloni dominates first day of test with a great Toccacelo!
Monza (I) -- November 18th 2003 - An excellent performance welcomed today the comeback of Enrico Toccacelo on the Coloni Motorsport's Lola in the F.I.A. Formula 3000 official test at Monza: the Italian driver in fact laid down the law in the two sessions, obtaining a strong first place after the day 1 of test.
Toccacelo in the morning session set a time of 1.39.73, with a solid lead of nine tenths on the second place; during the afternoon then Enrico improved again his time (almost one second faster), scoring a 1.38.78 that gave him the absolute leadership in the first day. Toccacelo was the only driver under the 1.39.00 barrier.
A very good try also for American Phil Giebler, for the first time with Coloni Motorsport: Giebler took the fourth place in the morning, brightly improving his time later in the afternoon with a 1.40.28 worth of the third position after the end of the test.
Tomorrow will take place the last day of test.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "We are happy to have again Toccacelo with us: Enrico had got excellent results, he had given us a lot of satisfactions and he got mature. Now he has all the qualities needed in order to reach the maximum targets. Phil today was very impressive: even though he couldn't use his new set of tyres with the best track conditions, he proved however all his great potential".
Monza Day 1 -- Afternoon session
1 - Enrico Toccacelo - Coloni Motorsport- 1.38.78
2 - Townsend Bell - Arden - 1.39.50
3 - Phil Giebler -- Coloni Motorsport - 1.40.28
4 - Mathias Lauda - Arden - 1.40.29
5 - Tony Schmidt - MaCon - 1.40.34
6 - Toshihiro Kaneishi - MaCon - 1.40.86
7 - Ferdinando Monfardini - Charouz Durango - 1.41.94
8 - Rodrigo Ribeiro - Charouz Durango - 1.43.13
Monza Day 1 -- Morning session
1 - Enrico Toccacelo -- Coloni Motorsport - 1.39.73
2 - Townsend Bell - Arden - 1.40.63
3 - Mathias Lauda - Arden - 1.41.04
4 - Phil Giebler - Coloni Motorsport - 1.41.50
5 - Toshihiro Kaneishi - MaCon - 1.41.87
6 - Tony Schmidt - MaCon - 1.41.91