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Zolder: Thursday report

Kartikheyan Sets The Pace Zolderk, 22 April 2004 -- The last session of the World Series by Nissan Collective Test was red flagged 15 minutes before the end due to a car incident (Juan Alvarez). By that time, Kartikheyan managed to lap ...

Kartikheyan Sets The Pace

Zolderk, 22 April 2004 -- The last session of the World Series by Nissan Collective Test was red flagged 15 minutes before the end due to a car incident (Juan Alvarez). By that time, Kartikheyan managed to lap 1.21.597, with a new set of tyres. Kovalainen ceded only half a second (1.22.094) and Bernoldi secured the third position (1.22.452). All three drivers are fighting for the 2004 Title in the World Series by Nissan. All three drivers know how important a victory will be to step in Formula One. Bussiness F1 Magazine places Kovalainen as one of the young Renault drivers to make it in the following two years. But Enrique Bernoldi and Narain Kartikheyan may also have a chance if they work in the right direction. Also Montagny, Gommendy, and Pla are highly regarded to feed the F1 grids soon.

The Red Bull driver Narain Kartikheyan has proved today at Zolder why he is regarded as one of the quickest drivers in the 3.000 single-seater competitions. If he takes the Championship he's got a very serious option to enter Formula One. He knows that, and Tata, he's long time partner, knows that too. Since 2004, he's under Dr. Helmut Marko driver's portfolio, the so-called Red Bull Program, and that means you have to perform every day. Red Bull does not have any problem when it comes to drop out a guy, even in the mid of the season, and Narain is aware of this fact.

Narain was the only top driver in new tyres, as Kovalainen and Bernoldi were stopped by the incident with the Gabord Reyco car. Olivier Pla managed to step in the 4th position, followed by Felix Porteiro, 5th fastest, who is contesting the Series with the new Spanish Team Porfesa Competicion.

Jean Christophe Ravier was the quickest driver in the Epsilon Euskadi Team. Ander Vilariño wasn't very happy with the set-up of his car in the morning session, but admitted that the balance was quite good in the afternoon.

Fukuda will be the only driver in Paul Belmondo Racing Team after the decision made by Boris Derichebourg of quitting the Series. Still, Oliver Pla, JC Ravier, Tristan Gommendy, Didier Andre and Bruce Jouanny will continue to defend the French Pavillion.

Bruce Jouanny had a struggling session in the morning when he had to stop testing due to a fuel pump failure in his car.

TV deal extends to Russia and Belgium

These two countries had been the last to join the list of TV Coverage in the World Series by Nissan. From this race, 7TV will emit the highlights of the World Series by Nissan, as well as Unicap TV in Belgium (Moteurs) and the new signed Telenova in Italy.

PELLEGRINO fastest in World Series Light

The fastest driver in the World Series Light category has been Matteo Pellegrino, who has stopped the clock in 1.25.493 with his Vergani Formula car, being almost one second fastest than Mathieu Lahaye, and Milos Pavlovic. The Yugoslavian recovered the time lost this morning when he was surprised with an engine failure.

The Dallara AER single seaters are having their first contact with the Zolder track, although Vergani Formula was the only team testing last week privately.

The morning session was celebrated under a wet track, so the drivers had to change the set-up for a dry one in the afternoon's session. Primat was leading the first session of the morning, but the Italian ace, in his second consecutive Season, is serious contender for this year's Title, following the steps of the brave Argentinean, Juan Cruz Alvarez.

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