Narain Karthikeyan surprises Zonta in Interlagos.
Ricardo Sperafico, Rodrigo's twin-brother, replaces Angel Burgueño in team Repsol-Meycom.
Montagny with gearbox problems and Leinders's car run out of fuel.
Interlagos holds the last round of the Telefónica World Series by Nissan
Sao Paulo, 6 December 2002 - Narain Karthikeyan set an impressive pace today and came out on top at the end of the three free practice sessions at the circuit of Interlagos (Brazil) that holds the last round of the Telefónica World Series by Nissan. Ricardo Zonta was as high as second just 0,023 behind the Indian driver. Antonio García put in a valiant effort to finish the day third 63 tenths of a second behind Karthikeyan. Frank Montagny and Bas Leinders finished the 3rd session with problems. The Argentinean driver Nicolás Filiberti and the Spanish Ángel Burgueño will miss the final round. Filibierti declared that he has no motivation in the Series, as a result of his poor results in Curitiba.
Teams are working hard to find a perfect car set-up, five days after the round hold in a track as demanding as Curitiba. This is difficult not only for technical reasons, but also for the hot temperature and the changing weather in this season of the year in Brazil. The air temperature has been 35ºC and almost 50ºC in track.
Narain Karthikeyan lapped a surprising 1.26.748 (178,821 km/h), commanding the last part of the session 23 tenths of a second ahead of the reigning champion Ricardo Zonta who step back to the second place. The Spanish driver Antonio García put in a stunning performance to grab third, 0.025 seconds ahead of Justin Wilson. Polo Villaamil reached sixth place and locals Jaime Melo and Ricardo Sperafico rode to the sixth and seventh position.
Ricardo Sperafico, Roberto's twin-brother, has replaced the Spanish Ángel Burgueño. His performance increases the number of Brazilian drivers: Zonta, Tuka Rocha, Wagner Ibrahim, Jaime Melo and both Sperafico. Burgueño is not completely recovered by a shoulder blade injure and has not been able to stand the hardness of this track.
Franck Montagny's car had gearbox problems and he didn't drive the last session of the day. Bas Leinders, the main challenger for the French driver to achieve the vice-championship standing, was surprised just before the finish line without fuel. He wanted to make 9 laps and was able just 8.
Two qualifying sessions will take place tomorrow to establish Sunday's grids. 1st session Local time: from 11:15 to 11:45 and 2nd session from 14:30 to 15:00 hours.