Debut of the Euro Series 3000 and F.3000 Italian Championship The Euro 3000 Series debuted today under a warm sun on the Adria Raceway. Fourteen cars hit the track for the scheduled five hours of collective testing. All teams and drivers worked...
Debut of the Euro Series 3000 and F.3000 Italian Championship
The Euro 3000 Series debuted today under a warm sun on the Adria Raceway. Fourteen cars hit the track for the scheduled five hours of collective testing. All teams and drivers worked hard to find the best balance on the 2702 meters long circuit near Rovigo. Among the teams is to note the comeback of Giancarlo Minardi, with the newly formed Minardi by GP Racing. Five drivers are coming from the 2005 season: Giacomo Ricci, Juan Caceres, Glauco Solieri, Stefano Gattuso (moving this year from the Lola Light to the B02-50), and Tuka Rocha, that won third place at debut last year in Monza. The best times of the day were set by two Fisichella Motorsport drivers, Marco Bonanomi (1'07"250) and Paolo Nocera. The third spot went to Matteo Cressoni (Adria's new entry), followed by Minardi's Rocha and Caceres. The qualifying session, on schedule tomorrow at 11.10 AM, will see the polesetter for Race 1 awarded with an extra-point. Grid for Race 2 will be set with the classification of the first, excluding the first eight positions, that will be reversed, as in GP2. Together with the new race format, some other innovation will be introduced, like the ADR (Accident Data Recorder) and the steering-wheel controlled gearbox. The two races, a 26 laps long one on saturday, and a 30 laps one on Sunday, will be freely accessible by fans (stands and paddock).
<pre> Testing results, April the 7th, 2006 1 Marco Bonanomi Lola B02-50 FMS 1'07"25 2 Paolo Nocera Lola B02-50 FMS 1'07"57 3 Matteo Cressoni Lola B02-50 Vanni Racing 1'07"71 4 Tucha Rocha Lola B02-50 Minardi 1'07"87 5 Juan Caceres Lola B02-50 Minardi 1'07"93 6 Giacomo Ricci Lola B02-50 FMS 1'08"03 7 Stefano Gattuso Lola B02-50 Autosport 1'08"36 8 Vitaly Petrov Lola B02-50 Euronova 1'08"42 9 Gavin Cronje Lola B02-50 Autosport 1'08"47 10 Oliver Martini Lola B02-50 Avelon 1'08"60 11 Ivan Bellarosa Lola B02-50 Avelon 1'08"80 12 Marcello Puglisi Lola B02-50 Euronova 1'08"89 13 Glauco Solieri Lola Light Famà 1'09"38 14 Francesco Dracone Lola B02-50 Euronova 1'10"90
Times are unofficial. The Adria Raceway was not able to provide a timing service.