Barcelona, 8 JUNE 2004 -- The World Series by Nissan will celebrate its 4th meeting in Valencia next week. The Series program will be completed with the World Series Light and the Formula Junior Spanish Championship. The Series will reach its mid-season meeting in Spanish lands with Kovalainen leading provisionally and his "newcomer" Team, Pons Racing, topping the list of Teams.
Pons Racing second driver is the Alicante-based Adrian Valles, probably one of the biggest bets that Sito Pons has made. The Team organised a very successful street show with their Dallara Nissan cars in Moraira (Alicante).
Kovalainen quickest in Cheste
Several teams took part on a private test day in Valencia, last Friday 4 of June. The teams did not release any times but Heikki Kovalainen was the quickest driver that day. Saulnier Racing was also performing very well with his single driver, Tristan Gommendy, second fastest. The Frenchman is on his way to his second participation of the 24 hours of Le Mans, where he will team-up Bastien Briere (World Series Light) in Welter Racing. Saulnier has reported that they missed the morning session due to a problem with the crown wheel that affected the transmission. The problem was solved in the afternoon, and finally Gommendy could spend two useful hours in getting to know the track.
Tiago Monteiro is very close to the leadership, just 3 points behind Kovalainen. The Portuguese was third fastest and Pla was really close to his best timed lap. Carlin Motorsport had a very profitable test day in Valencia testing different types of set-up. Bernoldi was the single driver testing with GD Racing. Donoso's car was still in Dallara under repair, after an incident in Magny Cours with a stone literally cut off the entire side of his car.
The Valencian-based squad Porfesa Competicion did also took part in the test. Porteiro was unhappy with the result of the test but still, he has always been very fast in Valencia, his home-circuit. Vilariño and Ravier did not attend this private test. Ander is one of the three Spanish hopes for the podium positions
Current World Series Light driver Giovanni Tedeschi, aged 16, was behind the wheel of the powerful Dallara Nissan car for the first time. "Tedeschi has completed almost 300 km. without problems", reported Team principal Francesco Marzi, "After his last test in Lausitzring we will decide if we line him up for the German meeting or not".
Narain Kartikheyan and Thomas Kostka were also testing in Valencia. The Indian driver was very quick.
KTR walks a tightrope
Bruce Jouanny's financial problems may keep KTR in a tightrope. The team has already confirmed that it is unlikely to see Jouanny driving for KTR in Valencia. Nevertheless, KTR will arrive at Valencia with the two cars--
Pavlovic and Llobell, strong leadership in the junior categories
Milos Pavlovic is having his best Season since won the Italian F3 Championship two years ago, and he is keen to win the 2.000 c.c. category. The Frenchman Simon Abadie and the Italian Matteo Pellegrino still have some options. For Vergani Formula is becoming difficult to handle the situation, with two top drivers within the Team.
Arturo Llobell leads the 1600 c.c. Spanish Formula Junior Championship, while Marco Barba is placed in the third place. The Escuela Lois Circuit is the local-based Team in Valencia and they are confident to reach the two top positions after this forthcoming meeting.
Michael Herck (Bel), Giaccomo Ricci (Ita) and Adrien Lavail (Fra) had demonstrated that the way to the victory would not be an easy one.