EU3000: Hungaroring qualifying notes

A SOUTH AMERICAN FIRST ROW FOR RACE 1 AT HUNGARORING Maldonado (G-Tec) on pole, Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing) alongside him A South American first row for Euroseries 3000 Race 1 scheduled today (Saturday) at 1:00 pm at Hungaroring. The...

A SOUTH AMERICAN FIRST ROW FOR RACE 1 AT HUNGARORING
Maldonado (G-Tec) on pole, Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing) alongside him

A South American first row for Euroseries 3000 Race 1 scheduled today (Saturday) at 1:00 pm at Hungaroring. The 22- years-old Pastor Maldonado will start from pole position: the Venezuelan G-Tec driver didn't take much time to become familiar with Lola B02/50 and with the Budapest track: after setting the fastest time in practice, on his championship debut, in qualifying he was again the fastest with a lap time of 1'36"432. The Brazilian Minardi/GP driver, Diego Nunes, protagonist together with Razia of F3 Sudam championship last year, will start alongside him on the first row. The 20- years-old Sao Paolo driver lapped the circuit in 1'36"582.

Two Italian drivers secured the second row. The provisional championship leader, Oliver Martini (RC Motorsport) recorded a personal best of 1'36"891, to end marginally faster than Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing), just one hundredth of a second off Martini's time (1'36"901). The qualifying session saw an exciting battle to grab pole position. In the end the top four was split by just half a second. In the first half of the session, several drivers put themselves on top, with a close battle between Maldonado and Danielsson. In the closing 15 minutes, the Venezuelan took provisional pole and then improved his time again and again, thus managing to hold the spot despite his rivals' attacks.

The third row of the grid is formed by the Brazilian Luiz Razia (Fisichella Motorsport) and the second rookie of this race, Turkish Jason Tahinci (G-Tec). Traffic problems left Alx Danielsson (Elk Motorsport) in a disappointing seventh place, while his team mate Sebastian Merchan was slowed down by gearbox problems. Davide Amaduzzi (Paragon/Dueppi) had to change the engine after the practice and in qualifying he managed to complete just one lap, recording the slowest time of the session.

Today's 16-laps Race 1 will start at 1:00 pm, while tomorrow's 21-laps Race 2 is scheduled to start at the same time on Sunday.

-credit: eu3000

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Davide Rigon , Jason Tahinci , Pastor Maldonado , Davide Amaduzzi , Luiz Razia , Diego Nunes