EU3000: Jonny Reid Dijon race notes

Reid takes second in Dijon Euro 3000 round New Zealand racing speedstar Jonny Reid has backed up his first win in the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship with a second place finish in the latest round at Dijon in France on the weekend. Only...

Reid takes second in Dijon Euro 3000 round

New Zealand racing speedstar Jonny Reid has backed up his first win in the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship with a second place finish in the latest round at Dijon in France on the weekend.

Only weeks after his first win at Donington, the John Village Automotive driver was strong all weekend, running towards the front in practice before qualifying second, assuming the front row with team-mate Alex Lloyd.

Lloyd proved a bit too strong in the race, but Reid following him home, picking up another good haul of championship points.

Reid dropped to third at the first corner, having been passed by Fabrizio Del Monte for second spot. The 21-year-old got back in front on lap seven, firing past down the front straight and beginning his pursuit of Lloyd, who proved to have too great a gap and he finished just over 10 seconds ahead.

"The start was a real challenge!" said Reid.

"I paused off the line as Pastorelli didn't get off as quickly as I anticipated so I got bogged down slightly. I managed to pass Nicky (Pastorelli) going into the first corner but Del Monte came flying past from behind and from there on, it was a case of catching him up.

"It took a few laps for the car to take the bumps especially in the early corners but once I got alongside him on the straight, he ran slightly wide and I got the power down and went through. It's been an awesome weekend for the team and I and I'm looking forward to celebrating with Alex who did a fabulous job here.

"Zolder is this weekend for the next round so there's no rest. But I'm really starting to get on top of how you setup and drive these cars and the results are reflecting that. We just need to keep the momentum rolling and see where we end up."

The result now moves Reid into equal third in the series, a fantastic performance given the fact that 2004 is his first year racing overseas at this level.

He raced last year in the Australian Formula 4000 Championship and was the pace-setter before finishing second in the championship.

The Superfund Euro 3000 Championship is a Formula 1 driving breeding ground, having developed the talents of current F1 drivers Felipe Massa (Sauber) and Gianmaria Bruni (Minardi). Drivers all use identical Lola chassis and Zytek engines with a control tyre.

The winner will score a Formula 1 Super Licence and also test a Formula 1 machine.

There's not much time for the teams to catch their breath either, as Zolder in Belgium is the site of the next round to be run this weekend.

Points: Del Monte 42, Pastorelli 32, Auinger/Reid 21, Siedler 17, Lloyd 13.

-jrm-

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Felipe Massa , Jonny Reid
Teams Sauber