2000: Italian FR Winter Cup first round report

The Winter Cup of the Italian Formula Renault started last weekend in the circuit of Magione. Fourth argentins drivers arrived to Italy with the expectative of add experience and seduce some team in the Old Continent. No doubt that Esteban ...

The Winter Cup of the Italian Formula Renault started last weekend in the circuit of Magione.

Fourth argentins drivers arrived to Italy with the expectative of add experience and seduce some team in the Old Continent.

No doubt that Esteban Guerrieri, the most experimented of the argentinians, was who left Magione with the biggest smile. Because he won in the first race and he finished third in the second, which gave him the leadership of this short championship that will end next weekend in this same circuit.

The young driver of seventeen years disputed the championship of the German Formula Renault, where he finished the season third with fourth victories and six podiums, with the Jenzer Motorsport and now he is in the Cram Competition, the same team where José María López won the championship of the Italian Formula Renault and finished fourth in the European Championship.

Guerrieri, champion of the Argentinian Formula Renault in 2000, took the pole position for the first competition and qualified sixth, with the unexoected rain, for the second race. ¨In the first race I started very well and I was quick in spite that the track was wet. When I made an important difference I started to regulate and take care of the tyres. In the second race, with dry track, I started sixth, I was fifth in the first curve and fourth at the end of the lap. Pass the third costed me a lot, becuase Magione is a very short circuit and difficult to pass, but with a good maneuver I took the third place¨, said Esteban.

The others argentinians completed also a good work. While Matías Rossi, eighteen years and champion 2002 of the Formula Super Renault in Argentina, finished sixth the two races after started eighth in both, Eric Borsani, driver of the Argentinian Formula Renault, arrived eighth and tenth in the two competitions of the rookies categorie, after started thirteeenth and fourteenth. The first race between the rookies was won by the Italian Giorgio Bonetti of the Drumel Motorsport and the second by the Venezuelan Parstor Maldonado of the Prema team.

The next compromise for the argentinians will this Wendsday 20 with practice day. On Thursday will be the qualify day and on Friday will dispute the two finals races. For the second part of the championship Eric Borsani will be replace by the young Juan Manuel Passera in the Drumel Motorsport.

By other way, Andrés Ríos (ex Mazda Cup) won the two competitions of the Monza Formula Renault disputed also in Magione and is the leader of the championship in the Winter Cup. ¨This is a great result¨ said the driver of eighteen years.

- 1° round of the Winter Cup of the Italian Formula Renault

- November 17th. 2002

- Circuit: Magione (Italy)

- Lenght: 1650 metres

- Pole Position: E. Guerrieri and T. Vilander

- Next round: November 21th. and 22th. in Magione

RACE ONE - ITALIAN FR - MAGIONE

Pos Driver Country Team

1°Esteban Guerrieri Argentina CRAM

2ºBartian Italy CRAM

3ºAlexander Margaritis Germany Weigl

6°Matias Rossi Argentina ADM

RACE TWO - ITALIAN FR - MAGIONE

Pos Driver Country Team

1°Toni Vilander Finland RP

2ºAlexander Margaritis Germany Weigl

3ºEsteban Guerrieri Argentina CRAM

6°Matias Rossi Argentina ADM

CHAMPIONSHIP - WINTER CUP - IFR

Pos Driver Pts.

1°Esteban Guerrieri 53

2ºAlexander Margaritis 44

3ºToni Vilander 31

RACE ONE - MONZA FR - MAGIONE

Pos. Driver Country Team

1°Andrés Ríos Argentina Drumel

2ºD. Gazzola Italy Euronova

3ºG. Mugnari Italy Drumel

RACE ONE - MONZA FR - MAGIONE

Pos. Driver Country Team

1°Andrés Ríos Argentina Drumel

2ºG. Mugnari Italy Drumel

3ºF. Mena Italy Dynamic

CHAMPIONSHP - WINTER CUP - MONZA FR

Pos. Driver Pts.

1°Andrés Ríos 61

2ºG. Mugnari 46

3ºD. Gazzola 32

Federico Faturos.

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