Nordic Racing drivers Justin Wilson and Kevin McGarrity both managed to record a race finish in the sixth round race of the FIA F3000 International Championship, held today (1st July) at the Magny-Cours race circuit, France. But for both Justin and Kevin, who finished the race in 9th and 15th place respectively, the result of today's race was a disappointment, as both drivers had come to France with high expectations of point scoring finishes.
Wilson had qualified in 13th position, but was certain of making up places during the race. Having made an excellent start, Justin had made his way up to seventh place in the race and was challenging for sixth (and a place in the points) when he spun off the circuit. Rejoining down the order, he was able to fight his way back up into 9th place, where he finished the race. "Today could have been better for the team and for me and at one stage I was pretty sure of getting into a points finish place. However, I span wide at the second corner as I challenged for sixth, forcing me to do it all again. After our recent test in Austria I am looking forward to the next race, especially as I set a time that would have been good enough for third on the grid during the test, " said Wilson.
McGarrity also endured a torrid qualifying period, starting the race from 24th place on the grid. He too made a good race start and was able to make up a total of nine places during the 49 lap race to finish in 15th position. " I struggled with my car today, but then so did a lot of drivers. I caught up with a lot of the field, yet was unable to pass. Even Junqueira, who I finished the race two places behind, had trouble today. Now we must look forward to the next race in Austria," said McGarrity.
"This was the best that we could expect today given the starting positions. We must now look forward to the next race at the A1 Ring in two weeks time where, following our recent test in which we were able to gain some usefull information, we can get back on the point scoring trail. The most important th ing for both drivers now is to look for a clear lap in qualifying, which is where a lot of races are won or lost!" said Team Manager Chris Mower.
<pre> Result. Round 6. 1: N Minassian. D2 Playlife Super Nova. 1hr 15m 44.627s 2: S Bourdais. Gauloises Formula. 1:15:48.186. 3: D Saelens. D2 Playlife Super Nova. 1:15:52.563. 4: F Montagny. DAMS. 1:15.59.057. 5: T Enge. Mysap.com Team. 1:16.00.360. 6: S Sarrazin. Mysap.com Team. 1:16:07.858 9: J Wilson. Nordic Racing. 1:16:23.199 15: K McGarrity. Nordic Racing. 1:16:53535.
Championship table after 6 (of 10) rounds. 1: Junqueira. 38 pts. 2: Minassian. 28 pts. 3: Webber. 14 pts. 4: Saelens. 12 pts. 5: Bourdais. 9 pts. 6: Wilson, Manning, Davies. 6 pts. 13: McGarrity. 3 pts.
</pre> There now follows a break of two weeks before the next round of the championship, due to be held at the A1-Ring, Austria, on Saturday 15th July.