Determined drive for Kiesa at Silverstone.
After a difficult qualifying session for the PSM Racing line drivers Nicolas Kiesa claimed another top ten finish for the team and drove a perfect race at round 7 of the FIA Formula 3000 Championship at Silverstone to finish in tenth position.
During the first qualifying session Nicolas circulated in the top 6 for most of the session which was held in wet conditions, but with the track drying the team decided to save the new dry tyres for the second session.
With three sets of tyres at his disposal Nicolas was looking for a good for his best qualifying performance of the year, after his first run Nicolas was placed in the top ten and looked set to improve on his next set of tyres when disaster struck , fifth gear had broke on the first flying lap. With 20 minutes to go the team did a brilliant job to get the car back out after changing 5th gear in just 15 minutes allowing Nicolas with just one flying lap however this was only good for 16th position.
Having used a set a dry tyres in the dying minutes of qualifying Tony was placed in 14th position and was confident of achieving his best qualifying position of the year. However come the quicker second session disaster struck when the gearbox failure on his first flying lap leaving him to rely on his time from the slower first session.
Off the line the Nicola's passed the Super Nova driver of Monteiro and Derek Hill and ended the first lap in 14th position. For the next seven laps Nicolas was delayed behind Rob Nguyen until Nicolas pulled off a brilliant passing manoeuvre into the chicane at Club corner to take thirteenth and set about catching the Toyota Formula 1 test driver Ryan Briscoe who was 4 seconds in front, lap by lap Nicolas closed the gap and on lap 15 made yet another perfectly timed pass in the complex and set off after Ricardo Mauricio .
With Mario Haberfeld and Ricardo Mauricio coming together on lap 20 Nicolas was up tenth and at the flag Nicolas had close the six second gap to ninth placed Ricardo Sperafico to just over a second.
Tony's race was not to be as successful as Nicolas, from the start his car was not handling to his liking as oil was leaking onto the rear tyres and on lap 17 he pitted were the team fixed the problem, thereafter his lap times came right down but after the pit stop he was out of contention to gain any places.
"I enjoyed the race car was very good during the second half of the race, I only wish qualifying had gone better. I am looking forward to the next round at Magny Cours , however again this will be difficult as I will be learning the circuit during qualifying".
Sigi Muller (PSM Racing Line Team Principle)
"Nicolas drove a brilliant race for the team today. He made some superb overtaking manoeuvres and his lap time were very competitive compared to the leading runners, Tony was unlucky the qualifying were he should have had his best grid position of the year and the race the oil leak ruined his race , his luck surely has to change soon"