Valencia II: Raceday summary

Ricardo Zonta, winner of the Telefonica World Series by Nissan. The Brazilian commanded the first race and he was second in Race 2, and profited the poor results obtained by Leinders and Montagny Justin Wilson, former F3000 Champ, wins his first...

Ricardo Zonta, winner of the Telefonica World Series by Nissan.

The Brazilian commanded the first race and he was second in Race 2, and profited the poor results obtained by Leinders and Montagny Justin Wilson, former F3000 Champ, wins his first race on a Dallara-Nissan car in the Circuit of Valencia, with 40,000 people.

The Telefónica World Series by Nissan has crowned Ricardo Zonta today in Valencia as his first champion. Although the Brazilian Races still to be disputed, Curitiba (1st of December), Zonta's home race, and Sao Paulo (8th of December), neither Franck Montagny nor Bas Leinders can now reach the ex BAR driver.

1st RACE: Good path for Zonta

Starting in top positions and reaching Ander Vilariño, Ricardo Zonta kept the lead of the race under control, even with the intervention of the Safety Car, which appeared after Ordoñez incident. This result, in combination with the abandon of Bas Leinders and the 7th place of Montgany secured an even more stable leadership for Curitiba driver.

The start was pretty exciting. Couto stalled his engine and in the re-start, the Macao driver had a spun in the main track, affecting Montagny and Polo Villaamil, who was constrained to abandon the race.

In the lead, Zonta was followed by Vilariño, and Justin Wilson was in third position, by the time that Antonio García, 4th, retired in the fifth lap due to his illness (big flow). García left his position to the French ace, Jonathan Cochet, who strongly defended his position from Kartikheyan. In the third lap, Couto touched Leinders and both had to retire.

2nd Race: Battle of Champs

Justin Wilson achieved his first victory in the World Series, defending himself from the approach of Ricardo Zonta. The battle between this two F-3000 World Champions was decided in the start of the race, when the British passed the Brazilian. Both did the race together, Zonta putting all the pressure on his rival, unable to reach Wilson. Ricardo did an early pit stop but he switch off the ignition without knowing it, loosing almost one second at the re-start. Meanwhile Wilson entered for a perfect pit stop.

The intensity of this battle did not hide other minor campaigns on the back. The third place was for JC Ravier, who overtook Cochet thank to a pit stop strategy, while Montagny had to agree with a fifth place. It was not enough to achieve the Title. Bas Leinders abandoned because of a mechanical failure.

DNS: Antonio García (Illness), Nicolas Minassian (Broken left hand -- occurred during a spun in Qualifying I).

F-NISSAN 2000

1st Race: Porteiro doesn't fail

Santiago Porteiro did want to solve his Title from the beginning and controlled Mateo Bobbi with authority. The Italian tried to put a lot of pressure on the Spaniard -- even having achieved the fast lap- but there were no errors for the Castellón driver. He crossed the finish line with 1"1 seconds of advantage.

The two aspirants did their race alone, once they escaped from Pérez Aycart and Borja García, who started from the first line. Pérez Aycart exited in the first lap, and García tried to resist in the lead, but in the 5th lap he was overtaken by the two favourites. He was third, defending himself from the young Miguez. Ruggolo and Belicchi -switching positions several times- and the Portuguese Paulo Alho followed in the classification, and Mahias Lauda was eight.

2nd Race: Bobbi, by the honour

With the tittle in his pocket, Santiago Porteiro DNS as he was feeling a little bit ill. This situation left the race in Bobbi's hands, who suffered the pressure of the confirmed F Junior Champion, the young Adrián Vallés, 3rd, resisting the strong attack of Paulo Alho.

F-JUNIOR 1600: The turn of Alvaro Barba

Alvaro Barba won the last race of the F Junior 1600 Spanish Championship, always followed closely by Adrian Vallés. He was the Champion, leaving Jaouen in a conformable third position.

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Series Other open wheel , Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Ricardo Zonta , Justin Wilson , Antonio Garcia , Franck Montagny , Nicolas Minassian , Bas Leinders , Adrian Valles , Borja Garcia , Ander Vilarino