Open Telefonica Round 4 Albacete Qualifying

BOTH POLES FOR ITALIANS BELICCHI AND BURLOTTI Series leader Garcia to start first race from the fourth row. Second-seeded Aguas in a disappointing performance. Albacete, Spain, 17 June.- Italian drivers Andrea Belicchi (Doors Engineering) and...

BOTH POLES FOR ITALIANS BELICCHI AND BURLOTTI

Series leader Garcia to start first race from the fourth row.
Second-seeded Aguas in a disappointing performance.

Albacete, Spain, 17 June.- Italian drivers Andrea Belicchi (Doors Engineering) and Giuseppe Burlotti (Vergani Racing España) will start from the pole position the Open Telefonica races tomorrow at the Circuito de Albacete (4th event of 8).

It has been not a good day for Antonio Garcia, but it was a nightmare for Portuguese Rui Aguas. Garcia will start the first race in the center of the grid and Aguas has lost today a good chance to put some pressure on the Spaniard. The Portuguese’s results have been his worst in qualifying practices since he races in the Open Telefonica (8th and 7th row). The equalty among drivers -17 in one second in the first session- and the tremendous heat at Albacete (35 degrees Celsius) have been a major difficulty to overcome.

A surprising first session

Antonio Garcia, the series leader and the fastest driver yesterday in collective practices, was able to just a 7th final position (4th row). His team mate Patrice Gay -second best yesterday- fell to the 13th place. The reason for this new situation has been the track condition, very different to that yesterday. Drivers said there was less grip and the single seater was therefore more difficult to steer. Set up has become a major problem this time for Rui Aguas, but not for Giuseppe Burlotti. The Italian comes back to the top positions by making third today in the first quali.

Outstanding results for Andrea Belicchi, achieving his first pole in the Open, and Spaniard Jordi Nogues back to first row as he did in Catalunya.

<pre> Results first session 1. Andrea Belicchi (ITA, Doors Engineering) 1.21.762 at 155,823 km/h POLE FIRST RACE 2. Jordi Nogués (ESP, Glückmann Racing) 1.21.834 gap 0.072 sec. 3. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) 1.21.847 gap 0.085 sec. 4. Laurent Delahaye (FRA, Ericsson Challenge by GTEC) 1.21.850 gap 0.088 sec. 5. Cristian Mackenna (CHI, Vergani Racing España) 1.21.860 gap 0.098 sec.

</pre> Second session

A new “face to face” between Burlotti and Garcia. Best lap and third pole this season for the Italian (1.21.724), confirming he has forgotten his bad results at Jarama last month. First row in second race for Burlotti and Garcia. Good performance again for Belicchi (4th) and Frenchman Jean Christophe Ravier back on top (3rd). Another disappointing performance in charge of Rui Aguas (13th). On the other hand, impressive newcomer Jerôme Dalla Lana (5th).

Results second session 1. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) 1.21.724 at 155,895 km/h POLE SECOND RACE 2. Antonio García (ESP, Adrián Campos Motorsport) 1.21.855 gap 0.131 sec. 3. Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) 1.22.115 gap 0.391 sec. 4. Andrea Belicchi (ITA, Doors Engineering) 1.22.208 gap 0.484 sec. 5. Jerôme Dalla Lana (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) 1.22.295 gap 0.571 sec.

DRIVERS SAID...

ANDREA BELICCHI: “I am really happy for my first pole in the Open but, to be honest, the first session was a real lottery. I wish I could get from now the bit of luck I truly believe I deserve”.

JORDI NOGUES: “I think I took all my chances by using the second set of tyres in the first session, but I was sure to achieve even the pole. Then, in the second qualifier I found myself without new tyres and, in this situation, improving lap times is really hard. Traffic on the track and a spin made the rest”.

GIUSEPPE BURLOTTI: “It has been again a great team work and it is proved that with a bit of luck and working hard getting good results is just a matter of patience. This pole is very good for me after the disappointing weekend at Jarama. The appeal? I have no idea about what is going on with it. I have never asked my team manager about this matter”.

ANTONIO GARCIA: “The track was completely different this morning compared to yesterday, so our previous work was useless. In the first session I realized that there was no way for me to improve so I surrendered. We changed the whole setup between both sessions and things went smoother in the second one. The problem is hot weather. It allows only a few laps before the tyres surpass their maximum temperature”.

SERIES STANDINGS (provisional-appeals in progress): García, 99 points; Aguas, 72 p.; Gay, 61 p.; Burgueño, 45 p.; Burlotti, 40 p.; Camathias, 37 p.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Adrian Campos , Rui Aguas , Andrea Belicchi , Patrice Gay