Jonny Reid scores third successive podium in Euro 3000 New Zealander Jonny Reid has continued his strong form in the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship by taking second place in the weekend's round at Zolder in Belgium. It's the third visit the...
Jonny Reid scores third successive podium in Euro 3000
New Zealander Jonny Reid has continued his strong form in the Superfund Euro 3000 Championship by taking second place in the weekend's round at Zolder in Belgium.
It's the third visit the John Village Automotive driver has had to the podium in as many consecutive starts, and has put him equal third in the championship with just a handful of rounds remaining.
"The race may have looked easy with the big margins between the cars but believe me it was a tough one!" said Jonny.
"I opted for a slightly different set-up for the race as the conditions have been changing all weekend but unfortunately it didn't work in my favour.
"That's the gamble you have to take if you want to win races and it's a shame it didn't pay off today. Norbert (Siedler) was incredibly quick off the start and even after the restart he was very confident and just too fast for me."
Reid started from the front row of the grid after qualifying second, and was pushing so hard that he ended up in the gravel trap thanks to a spin while trying to score pole position.
"I was going for pole or nothing out there so I'm slightly frustrated!" said Reid.
"I made a mistake but I'll walk away from my spin a more experienced driver. Qualifying's not my strongest point but I'm definitely learning rapidly!"
In the race, he simply couldn't run with pole-sitter Norbert Siedler, who scored a six-second victory over Reid.
The first corner was dramatic, as Reid's team-mate, Brit Alex Lloyd, made a flying start and pushed his way into second. Behind them, Nicky Pastorelli and Bernhard Auinger were charging and they took out Lloyd on the second corner.
Through all of the carnage, Reid was in a comfortable second spot and, while not quite able to get up and run with race leader Siedler, the young Kiwi did everything he needed to do to hold down a strong second spot.
After a slow start to the season, his first racing away from Australia/New Zealand, Reid now sits equal third in points and remains a mathematical chance for 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 are two rounds of the series remaining. The next will be at Cagliari in Italy on October 31, giving the teams over a month's break before their next race.
The final race is due to be in Dubai on November 28.
Points: Del Monte 44, Pastorelli 32, Siedler/Reid 27, Auinger 21.