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Tomas Scheckter : "I Want To Go For It" The SouthAfrican Must Win Both Races And Lap The Fastets Times Montagny Only Needs A Fourth Position To Be The Champion Valencia, 26 de octubre 2001 -- Tomas Schekter (Southafrica, 1980) will fight for...

Tomas Scheckter : "I Want To Go For It"

The SouthAfrican Must Win Both Races And Lap The Fastets Times
Montagny Only Needs A Fourth Position To Be The Champion

Valencia, 26 de octubre 2001 -- Tomas Schekter (Southafrica, 1980) will fight for the final victory next Sunday, at the Final Meeting of the Open Telefonica FIA Single Seater Series in the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo (Cheste). Today, during free practice, he has beaten his own unofficial record in Valencia, by lapping 1.26.397 (166.881 km/h), being the fastest driver by far: "This is going to be a difficult goal, but at least I'll try to beat Montagny in the points, before the drop of the 5 worst results. Certain it's not the kind of victory I was expecting."

The FrenchmanFranck Montagny, (Epsilon by Graff), only needs a fourth position in any of the races to reach the final victory of the last edition of the Open Telefonica by Nissan. Franck was the second fastest driver in today's free sessions (1.26.802). The Series will end up in Valencia a successful Spanish Single Seater Competition Series resulting to be one of the most challenging competitions in Europe.

The Open Telefonica by Nissan has been the perfect International Series for the best young talented drivers with little economical support, allowing them to live big momentos far away from their countries. Andy Priaulx, the young british F3 driver who is making his debut in the Series, has achieved the third best time in the second session, showing a good adaptation to this powerful category: " The car is faster than a F3, so I feel it's very challenging for the drivers. Car and engine feels very good. This morning we had an engine problem and I just covered a few laps. As the second session started, I felt more and more confident with the car and with this new track."

The best Spaniard was the Adrian Campos Motorsport driver, Rafael Sarandeses, seventh tenths behind Schekter. The team local driver, Borja Garcia, and the italian Mateo Bobbi were both within the top 5 positions.

The European Minardi F1 driver, Fernando Alonso, will visit the team tomorrow and Sunday. Campos gave him the chance to win this Series in 1999, were he entered after achieving the World Go-Karting Championship in 1998.

French drivers Jean Christophe Ravier and Geaffrey Dellus are making a big progress, in top ten positions. Epsilon may be the first international team to achieve the Teams Trophy next Sunday.

Tomorow the Paddock will be open to the public for two sensational Qualifying Sessions (10h and 13h, local time)

- RPM

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Franck Montagny , Fernando Alonso , Adrian Campos