EFREN: FR V6 Anderstorp preview

Anderstorp - September 05-08 - Eurocup FR V6 - Round 7 Anderstorp Circuit The championship takes off again The weather played tricks on us at Spa-Francorchamps for round six of the Eurocup V6, giving us fog, mist, warm blue skies and downpours...

Anderstorp - September 05-08 - Eurocup FR V6 - Round 7 Anderstorp Circuit

The championship takes off again
The weather played tricks on us at Spa-Francorchamps for round six of the Eurocup V6, giving us fog, mist, warm blue skies and downpours over the same weekend. Added to this, we were treated to a fantastic atmosphere, two spectacular races and a couple of surprises, the biggest being the announcement of Belicchi, winner on Saturday of the "Grand Race", that he was pulling out of the "Super Sprint"... because he was getting married! In Sunday's race Lopez showed Gommendy and Jani the way, which means just 30 points now separate these three plus Melo in the overall standings. And with eight races still to play for, anything is possible!

And so the Eurocup 2003, with all its drama and the travel that goes with it, is entering the final straight. But, like the route mapped out for its competitors, it is not looking straight forward. We now head further north to Sweden, before returning south to Estoril (October 3-5) and Monza (October 17-19) via Oschersleben (September 19-21). At Spa, Belicchi and Lopez overcame the adverse weather conditions and incidents on the track to take a race win each. At Anderstorp, the drivers will again need to find the right set-up, and the right aerodynamic balance. The long back straight turns slightly to the right, giving it all the makings of a parabolic bend. To tackle this, the cars will obviously need good outright speed, combined with perfect balance to take on the sequence of tight corners. All of which spells hard work for the 11 teams taking to the track in Sweden

Anderstorp - September 05-08 - Eurocup FR V6 - Round 7 Anderstorp Circuit

The championship takes off again
The weather played tricks on us at Spa-Francorchamps for round six of the Eurocup V6, giving us fog, mist, warm blue skies and downpours over the same weekend. Added to this, we were treated to a fantastic atmosphere, two spectacular races and a couple of surprises, the biggest being the announcement of Belicchi, winner on Saturday of the "Grand Race", that he was pulling out of the "Super Sprint"... because he was getting married! In Sunday's race Lopez showed Gommendy and Jani the way, which means just 30 points now separate these three plus Melo in the overall standings. And with eight races still to play for, anything is possible!

And so the Eurocup 2003, with all its drama and the travel that goes with it, is entering the final straight. But, like the route mapped out for its competitors, it is not looking straight forward. We now head further north to Sweden, before returning south to Estoril (October 3-5) and Monza (October 17-19) via Oschersleben (September 19-21).

At Spa, Belicchi and Lopez overcame the adverse weather conditions and incidents on the track to take a race win each. At Anderstorp, the drivers will again need to find the right set-up, and the right aerodynamic balance. The long back straight turns slightly to the right, giving it all the makings of a parabolic bend. To tackle this, the cars will obviously need good outright speed, combined with perfect balance to take on the sequence of tight corners. All of which spells hard work for the 11 teams taking to the track in Sweden.

If there is one man eager to get back on the track, it must surely be Jaime Melo (Victory by Cram). Championship leader going into round six at Spa, he left Belgium down in fourth place. The Brazilian's terrible weekend started with an eleventh place finish in race 1. "We got the car's set-up all wrong for the Grand Race." He admitted. "We limited the damage in race 2, but it was a bad weekend for me."

Lopez: constant improvement
While Melo wears a frown, it's smiles all round for Jani (Jenzer Motorsport), Gommendy (Arta-Signature) and Lopez (Dams). Having taken third place in both races at Spa, Jani is back at the top of the leaderboard. The success of the Sauber F1 team test driver has been his consistency, his scorecard showing 2 wins, 1 second place and 4 third place finishes, as well as a pole position and fastest race lap.

Though Gommendy has only once won this year in the first trip to Spa (though this may change should the decision of the Belgian tribunal go against him), his speed has also taken him to the second step of the podium four times, as well as four poles and two fastest race laps. All of which adds up to second place overall with 180 points, and hard on the heels of Jani.

Lopez's bad spell at the start of the season is what is costing him dear at the moment. With two pole positions but no race points in Barcelona, he scored one DNF and one podium finish at Magny-Cours, then a run of six podium places and one win over 7 races. This makes the RDD driver still in with a shot of taking the title, as is Melo, the only man to have notched up three wins this season, and consecutively to boot. But the Brazilian must get back into the fray at Anderstorp.

Matsuura (Arta-Signature) has lost his grip and fallen back to 70 points behind Jani, while Halliday (RD Motorsport) and Bellichi (AFC Motorsport) each stand on 102 points. They'll have to take some big finishes to catch up to the leaders but, as we said before, anything is still possible in this championship.

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