Open Telefonica 'premiere' in Portugal

Barcelona, February 15.- Most teams engaged in the Open Telefonica will lap tomorrow and on Saturday at Estoril circuit in private pre-season testing sessions. It will be the Open Telefonica Nissan first appearance in Portugal. The series event at...

Barcelona, February 15.- Most teams engaged in the Open Telefonica will lap tomorrow and on Saturday at Estoril circuit in private pre-season testing sessions. It will be the Open Telefonica Nissan first appearance in Portugal. The series event at Estoril-second of the season- will take place in April, 22nd.

After Valencia and Monza, Estoril will host the third pre-season private testing sessions for Open Telefonica 2001 teams and drivers. In January at Valencia it was Adrian Campos Motorsport the only team to lap, but in Italy (Monza, 30-31 January) Scuderia Fama, GTEC, GD Racing and Vergani Racing were present. Most series teams are expected to attend Estoril because there is no previous record for the Open Telefonica single seaters at this venue. Adrian Campos Motorsport and Repsol Meycom will also join the teams forementioned.

No major changes in the provisional team line-ups with respect to Monza. Scuderia Famà will lap with Alho and Giao, Adrian Campos (Sarandeses, Bobbi and Garcia), GTEC (Benoliel, Illes, Nogues), GD Racing (Aceval, Iglesias), Vergani Racing (Porteiro, Duno), Meycom (Ordoñez), Epsilon by Graff (de Galzain, Burgueno). Door's Engineering and Venturini Racing are not expected to attend Estoril.

This team-driver distribution does not mean that team line-ups are decided by now. Hungarian Tamas Illes and Spaniards Jordi Nogues and Angel Burgueno are still to close their budget and decide the teams they are to engage.

The South African driver, Tomas Scheckter (Jaguar F1 tester) is about to enter the series 2001. That depends on Jaguar, who is very interested in keeping their test driver active along the season, but budgets and agreements with team Vergani Racing are still to be settled. The final decision it is likely to be official in a few days, probably even when in Portugal.

Performance of Coloni Nissan single seaters will be followed closely on such a technical and demanding circuit as Estoril. The track (4,320 m long) has recently been renewed and it features a nice parabolic corner with great G-forces acting.

Tomorrow the series will be presented at the circuit's press room to all Portuguese media at 5 p.m. local time.

-RPM COMUNICACION

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Adrian Campos , Angel Burgueño