IF3: Lola Cars Misano race report

Lola-Dome F3 car debuts in Italy. The new Lola-Dome F106/03 made its competitive European debut yesterday in the first round of the 2003 Italian F3 Championship at Misano on the Adriatic coast. Despite only a small amount of testing at Magione...

Lola-Dome F3 car debuts in Italy.

The new Lola-Dome F106/03 made its competitive European debut yesterday in the first round of the 2003 Italian F3 Championship at Misano on the Adriatic coast.

Despite only a small amount of testing at Magione in the lead up to the race both Marco Bonanomi and Christian Montanari qualified in a solid 7th and 13th respectively each choosing to run opposed set-ups in order to find an initial balance to progress with for the race on Sunday afternoon.

The race start saw contrasting fortunes for the two young Italian drivers as Bonanomi bogged down and was swamped by the rest of the field and he completed the first lap in 19th position. Montanari meanwhile sprinted in to 6th place, hanging on to the tail end of the leading group. It was a position he kept and consolidated until a rear suspension problem caused him to retire on lap 14 of the 20-lap event.

"The race started very well for me but towards the end I had to give up because of the suspension problem," said the 20 year old. "However, all the team worked hard, we will catch up with the other cars in time for the race at Binetto next month."

Bonanomi recovered from his slow start and cut through the field before colliding with the Ghinzani run Dallara of Robert Doornbos. Yet again Marco embarked on a recovery drive but eventually retired after spinning his car in to the gravel at the final corner. "I had to push to rise trough the field, but I made a mistake on the sixth lap and I went out," said a disappointed Bonanomi after the race." We expect to see the car's future development accelerate and I'm sure that improving the car will also help me to get better, especially during the race".

Former F1 team owner Enzo Coloni was positive despite neither of the cars making it to the finish in their debut race. ""We're satisfied with the qualifying results. Five tenths from the pole at the first race for a car which did such little testing is not too bad. We were a bit unlucky with our drivers during the race, but we will develop the car in to a race winning proposition very soon."

The next outing for the F106/03 will be this weekend at Donington Park for the first round of the British Championship.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Robert Doornbos , Marco Bonanomi , Christian Montanari