The future starts now:
Today in Valencia, 13 drivers of 10 different nationalities maid their first contact with the single-seater of the Telefónica World Series by Nissan.
Cheste, 21st of October - Yesterday, the Telefónica World Series by Nissan impressed 40.000 spectators at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana. They assisted to the crowning of the champions of three existing categories. Adrián Vallés, at the age of only 17, became Spanish Champion of FJunior; Santiago Porteiro finished an astonishing Season in the Fórmula Nissan 2000, and Ricardo Zonta, with two meetings still missing (Curitiba and Brazil) has been announced as the champion of the World Series.
Today the attention was concentrated on the test of the new version of the Nissan 3.0 engine with 450 HP equipping the Dallara-Nissan in the next Season.
Bas Leinders(KTR), third in the classification of the WS, made a satisfactory engine test finishing 64 laps. He marked his fastest lap time at 1.22.973 and his first words were very promising: "Simply, I just don't have words. We are heading to a new kind of driving. The new engine made the car so much better so the Dallara Nissan SN01 is a totally different type of single-seater. The acceleration is so notable and requests more effort and makes you work with the car in a completely different way. Under optimal track conditions and with a good set-up we could be two seconds faster than the official record of the World Series."
José María Ferrer, Sporting Coordinator of Nissan Motor Spain, evaluated the first contact very positively: "As Bas Leinders has said thanks to this new engine the car is much more driveable and also aggressive. Me made some adjustments on the mapping and immediately saw that there are several possibilities to increase the performance of this new engine. Specially on the exhaust and the injectors."
In fact, the 13 driver from 10 different nations for the first time testing the Dallara-Nissan marked lap times one an a half seconds above Leinders. The fastest was the young Austrian Norbert Siedler (Zele Motorsport), 1.24.417, followed by the French Bruce Jouanny (KTR), at two tenths, and the Brazilian Ricardo Sperafico (Repsol-Meycom).
Matteo Bobbi (Vergani), Borja García (Racing Engineering) and Patrick Friesacher (Racing Engineering) were very close to the above-mentioned register. All participating drivers adapted very well to this powerful car, and are content with the chassis powered by the Nissan engine.
The FNissan 2000 driver, Milka Duno, participated in a satisfactorily way in the test. If she succeeds to enter into this category, she will be one of the few woman drivers to compete with single-seaters having more than 400 CV.
POS DRIVER L LT TIME AV SPEED
1 BAS LEINDERS (KTR)BEL 64 24 1:22.973 173.767
2 NORBERT SIEDLER(ZELE MOTORSPORT) AUS 91 73 1:24.417
3 BRUCE JOUANNY (KTR) FRA 74 39 1:24.671
4 RICARDO SPERAFICO (VERGANI RACING) BRA 113 107 1:24.942
5 MATEO BOBBI(TATA RC MOTORSPORT) ITA 89 85 1:25.026
6 PATRICK FRIESACHER(R.ENGINEEREING) AUS 62 50 1:25.052
7 BORJA GARCIA(RACING ENGINEERING ) ESP 34 31 1:25.133
8 JULIEN VIDOT(EPSILON by GRAFF) FRA 82 73 1:25.643
9 KRISTIAN KOLBY (ZELE MOTORSPORT) DK 55 43 1:25.761
10 CHARLES HALL(ZELE MOTORSPORT ) GB 45 44 1:25.950
11 PHILIPPE GIEBLER (R. ENGINEERING) US 28 15 1:26.012
12 CESAR CAMPANIÇO (REPSOL MEYCOM) POR 69 26 1:26.372
13 ALVARO PARENTE(RACING ENGINEERING) POR 30 26 1:26.826
14 MILKA DUNO(TATA RC MOTORSPORT) SUE 56 41 1:28.641
15 MILKA DUNO(VERGANI RACING) VEN 21 20 1:28.813