Monaco: Coloni Motorsport race notes

In Monte Carlo points for Zsolt Baumgartner and Coloni Motorsport! "5" is clearly a very lucky number for Zsolt Baumgartner: the Hungarian of Coloni Motorsport, after having scored the 5th time in the free practice and having been 5th for the...

In Monte Carlo points for Zsolt Baumgartner and Coloni Motorsport!

"5" is clearly a very lucky number for Zsolt Baumgartner: the Hungarian of Coloni Motorsport, after having scored the 5th time in the free practice and having been 5th for the most part of the qualifying, earned Saturday a precious 5th place in the fourth race of F.I.A. F.3000 International at Monte Carlo.

The JordanF1 tester, started from the 10th position, was able to cleverly manage a not easy race and thanks to his usual grit and determination he rose through the field, bringing the Coloni's Lola in 5th position under the chequered flag. In facts Zsolt persistently attacked and threatened his opponents, lapping with the same times of the leaders in the last part of the rac Monaco's result for Zsolt Baumgartner is his best result so far in Formula 3000 and is more worthy because achieved on a very demanding circuit like the Principality's one.

Zsolt Baumgartner commented: "I'm really happy with this result, the best result in F.3000 in my career! The race was long and difficult, Monaco is always a demanding track, but the car was very good during the whole week-end and thanks to this too I was able to constantly attack my opponents. Towards the end of the race I set excellent times, in facts I was lapping with the same times of the leaders. Monaco's result and the performances of the car makes me really confident for the Nuerburgring race".

Ricardo Sperafico, after a good start, was running second, when Giorgio Pantano overtook him on the Noghes corner, hitting Sperafico's car on the right side and on the rear right tyre. In the clash both wheel and tyre of the Coloni's Lola have been damaged. After that, Ricardo noticed that his car began to have some problems and he had then to pit in order to change his tyres. Back on track (one lap down) with new tyres, Sperafico was lapping about 1 second faster than race leaders; after the safety-car phase and the re-start, he decided then to unlap himself from Pantano on the Mirabeau corner. Unlike Pantano's overtaking, Ricardo made an honest, correct manoeuvre, without touching and/or damaging his opponent's cars.

After the Monaco GP, Coloni Motorsport will now concentrate himself on the next race of the Italian Formula 3 in Pergusa (I), on June 15th.

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Series F3000
Drivers Ricardo Sperafico , Zsolt Baumgartner