Cheste, Valencia, 4 November.- Favourites for final victory in the Open Telefonica, the Spaniard Antonio Garcia (AdriÃ¡n Campos Motorsport) and Italian Giuseppe Burlotti (Vergani Racing EspaÃ±a) will be starting together both races tomorrow from...
Cheste, Valencia, 4 November.- Favourites for final victory in the Open Telefonica, the Spaniard Antonio Garcia (Adrián Campos Motorsport) and Italian Giuseppe Burlotti (Vergani Racing España) will be starting together both races tomorrow from the front row in the grid. Valencia is the final round of the 2000 series. Slight advantage for Burlotti, who took both poles today in the qualifying practices. Races scheduled to start at 12.05 and 14.05 hours local time.
The Italian will be the Open Telefonica champion if he gets 27 points more than Garcia after adding both races results. Today he was unbeatable in qualifiers. In the first one, Burlotti set an impressive lap time of 1.27.245, really close to the current track record for Open qualifiers (1.27.232) set by South African driver Tomas Scheckter last season. Burlotti put almost one second between him and Garcia, second with 1.28.171. In the second session, front positions were the same, even though lap times tightened. Gap between Burlotti and Garcia was just 64/1000 of a second. Nightmare for Portuguese Rui Aguas today. The Venturini Racing driver, third in the overall standings and still with some chances to win the series, had lots of problems with the car's set up. He will be starting tomorrow from 15th and 6th positions in the grid. Hard work for Aguas if he is to keep third place in the overall.
The Court of Appeal of the Italian Federation (CSAI) has not approved the protest of team Vergani Racing España following the complaint against drivers Antonio Garcia and Rui Aguas at Monza. There, the Stewards of the Meeting did not take it into consideration, so Vergani Racing appealed towards the CSAI. In terms of series, the overall classification is therefore official, provided other appeals not to be put in motion. If no protests are presented in Valencia, the name of the new champion to replace Marc Gene and Fernando Alonso will be known tomorrow.
<pre> Results First Session (grid Race 1 / 17 laps ) 1. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) 1.27.245 a 165,259km/h 2. Antonio Garcia (ESP, Adrián Campos Motorsport) a 0.942 sec. 3. Laurent Delahaye (FRA, Ericsson Challenge by GTEC) a 1.155 4. Rafael Sarandeses (ESP, Ericsson Challenge by GTEC) a 1.549 5. Andrea Belicchi (ITA, Doors Engineering) a 1.695
Results Second Session (grid Race 2 / 25 laps with pit stop) 1. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) 1.28.527 a 162,866km/h 2. Antonio Garcia (ESP, Adrián Campos Motorsport) a 0.064 sec. 3. Patrice Gay (FRA, Adrián Campos Motorsport) a 0.442 4. Laurent Delahaye (FRA, Ericsson Challenge by GTEC) a 0.550 5. Victor Ordóñez (ESP, Repsol Meycom) a 0.701 6. Jordi Nogués, 10. Ángel Burgueño, 11. Rafael Sarandeses, 13. Santiago Porteiro
CURRENT SERIES STANDINGS: 1. Antonio Garcia, 181 puntos; 2. Giuseppe Burlotti, 160 p.; 3. Rui Aguas, 146 p.; 4. Angel Burgueño, 117 p.; 5. Patrice Gay, 115 p.; 6. Jean Christophe Ravier, 91 p.; 7. Andrea Belicchi, 90 p.
GIUSEPPE BURLOTTI: I have no pressure prior to the last two races of the series, I have fun driving, which is basic in order to achieve the goals one sets. The car is going fantastic here, that is the reason for my two poles. Nevertheless, I am not thinking of winning the series tomorrow, but going on my racing driver career and get more experience.
ANTONIO GARCIA: Both Burlotti and I have a very good car in this racetrack, but I must admit Burlotti's lap time in the first qualifier has astonished me. The second one was kind of more frenzied and times got closer. Tomorrow a tight battle will be seen, because also Burlotti and I are where we have to. But Valencia is not an easy track: set-up is critical here.
RUI ÁGUAS: Set up was today a nightmare and the single seater became almost undriveable. To be honest, Y thought of the second place in the series standings, but that seems utopic by now. Either Garcia or Burlotti should not finish the races and that is not likely to happen, because they are both very good and experienced drivers and there is a lot on the table for them tomorrow.