The Frenchman wins both races in his series debut. 30,000 people attended the Open Nissan first event of the season Madrid, April 1.- The Frenchman and series newcomer Franck Montagny (Epsilon by Graff) won today both races at the Jarama...
The Frenchman wins both races in his series debut. 30,000 people attended the Open Nissan first event of the season
Madrid, April 1.- The Frenchman and series newcomer Franck Montagny (Epsilon by Graff) won today both races at the Jarama circuit in Madrid, Spain. This was the opening event of the season and 30,000 fans crowded the stands. Montagny is the first series leader with 42 points in the overall, ten more than Spaniard Rafael Sarandeses (Adrián Campos Motorsport). Sarandeses finished second in both races.
Franck Montagny started from the fourth position in the grid, but he climbed to second place almost right after the green lights. Montagny started to put pressure on poleman Sarandeses and overtook him in lap 6. The Frenchman rushed then alone till the end of the race. Close fight for third place between Portuguese Manuel Giao and Spaniard Angel Burgueno. Giao finished third, but he was penalized 20 seconds by the Stewards due to unfair manoeuvering to avoid being overtaken by Burgueno. Scuderia Famá has appealed against this decision.
The second race was almost like the first one. Montagny started from pole position and he had no problems to keep the lead till the end, helped by the excellent work undergone by his team in the compulsory pit stop. Sarandeses was behind him all the race, but with no chances to catch up with him. Jordi Nogues (G-tec) was third till he spun off after touch with Italian Andrea Belicchi and lost his podium options.
The new Maxitouring car, on the track Between both races, drivers Jordi Gene and Adrian Campos lapped with the car which will be the star of the new Maxitouring Spanish championship. This new series, promoted by the Spanish Automotive Federation and RPM -the Open Telefonica organizer- is likely to start in 2002. The new Maxitouring car, which was presented last October, has a V6 3-liter engine with an output of 450 BHP and capable to reach speeds over 300 km/h.