FIRST WIN FOR RIGON AND MINARDI 1-2 TAHINCI ON THE PODIUM, DANIELSSON AND MARTINI KO In Magny-Cours came finally the first win in thr Euroseries 3000 for Davide Rigon. The Minardi/GP Racing's Italian dominated Race 1 and now he is by far the ...
FIRST WIN FOR RIGON AND MINARDI 1-2
TAHINCI ON THE PODIUM, DANIELSSON AND MARTINI KO
In Magny-Cours came finally the first win in thr Euroseries 3000 for Davide Rigon. The Minardi/GP Racing's Italian dominated Race 1 and now he is by far the leader of the championship, also thanks to the fastest lap obtained by beating his team-mate at the last lap.
Behind the winner, the Minardi success was completed by Diego Nunes, 1"280 behind the leader. First podium for Jason Tahinci, 11"280 behind the winner. The Turkish driver was able to bring the G-Tec team back to the podium after their win in Budapest with Maldonado.
Race 1 for Alx Danielsson was, instead, a great disappointment. The Swedish, started on pole with Elk Motorsport's car, led the race just for a couple of turns, after being forced to retire by a fuel pump problem. Unlucky beginning in France also for Oliver Martini. RC Motorsport's Italian was out of the race at the second lap at the Estoril corner, when he was in third place. Luiz Razia (Fisichella Motor Sport), Sebastian Merchan (Elk Motorsport), Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Auto Sport Racing), Gian Domenico Sposito (G-Tec), seventh at his debut on an unknown track, thus obtaining the first row for tomorrow's race, also scored points in Magny-Cours. The young Columbian Omar Leal (Durango), eighth, will start on pole tomorrow. Ninth place, with a Lola '99, for the rookie Valentino Sebastiani (Racing Box).
Rigon has now 35 points in the rankings, ahead of his team mate, Nunes, up to 26. Third is Martini, 23, while Razia, with 19 points, overtook Danielsson, 18. Race 2 is scheduled tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 11:15 (21 laps).
Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing): "I said in Budapest I was ready to reach the top step of the podium, and I did it in France. The car wasn't perfect in qualifying, but in the race, with a hotter temperature, it has been very good. I could also push more. I thank the team for the fantastic job."
Diego Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing): "My start wasn't easy. Then I managed to get behind Davide. Both of us were fast and, when I realised I couldn't take him, I mantained my position looking to the championship and getting precious points."
Jason Tahinci (G-Tec): "I hadn't been getting on a podium for a while and I needed such a result. After an unperfect start, I took the right place and I pushed. I controlled Razia in the end, maintaining the gap which allowed me to take the third position. I'm happy both for me and for the team."
<pre> RACE 1 MAGNY COURS
1. Davide Rigon Minardi Team by GP Racing 24'07''006 2. Diego Nunes Minardi Team by GP Racing at 1''280 3. Jason Tahinci G-Tec at 11''290 4. Luiz Razia Fisichella Motor Sport at 12''044 5. Sebastian Merchan Elk Motorsport at 35''540 6. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Auto Sport Racing at 38''328 7. Gian Domenico Sposito G-Tec at 39''835 8. Omar Leal Engineering Durango at 40''147 9. Valentino Sebastiani Racing Box at 49''304 10. Francesco Dracone 2G Racing at 1'03''271 11. Mehdi Bennani Elk Motorsport at 3 laps 12. Niky Sebastiani Racing Box at 8 laps 13. Oliver Martini R.C. Motorsport n.c. 14. Alx Danielsson Elk Motorsport n.c.
Fastest Lap: Davide Rigon (Minardi Team by GP Racing) 1'29''453 ((177.518km/h) (TX) -credit: www.euroseries3000