RIGON (MINARDI/GP) IS THE NEW F.3000 CHAMPION First turn has been crucial: Nunes, Martini and Andersen immediately out Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing) is European and Italian F.3000 champion. The driver has gained the double title in Monza ...
RIGON (MINARDI/GP) IS THE NEW F.3000 CHAMPION
First turn has been crucial: Nunes, Martini and Andersen immediately out
Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing) is European and Italian F.3000 champion. The driver has gained the double title in Monza Race-1. Starting from the pole, he managed to harmlessly succeed the first braking in the initial chicane, whereas the head group arrived there with fuming tyres. Diego Nunes, Rigon's team-mate and his direct opponent for the title, has entered second and with a not so perfect line. Oliver Martini (RC Motorsport ) has touched him from behind, making him turning. In the meantime Kasper Andersen (G-Tec) has arrived with no chance to avoid getting involved in the accident which has eliminated three cars.
Rigon has then gained ground, with Giacomo Ricci (Elk Motorsport) right behind together with Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Auto Sport Racing). The Bulgarian could not keep the third position which was taken up by Luiz Razia (Elk).
Rigon then won, although with some braking problems having damaged one of his tyres during the decisive braking in the first lap. Ricci was second with a gap of 2''787 from Rigon. Razia also on the podium, 3''849 from the first.
Great debut in the championship for the young Martin Kudzak (G-Tec), arriving fourth and having engaged a close fight with Omar Leal (Durango), who arrived only 2'' from the Swedish. Arabadzhiev was sixth and will start from the pole tomorrow in race due (12:30 p.m. live on Nuvolari TV).
Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing): " My start has been perfect. But also my team-mate Nunes has gone off well in the first metres. Then I was able to overtake him and I arrived with blocked wheels in the first chicane, damaging a tyre. Nunes has delayed the braking a lot thus blocking the wheels and therefore behind him there's been hell. I have had some difficulties in the left turns when I had to brake, fortunately the car was perfectly balanced and so I have been able to win and gain the double title. For this I thank my whole team."
Giacomo Ricci (Elk Motorsport): " Compared to the practices during the race the car was much better . During the first day we were far from the best ones, nonetheless the team has done a wonderful job reducing the gap with the Minardi drivers. Starting sixth and finishing second: that's a nice result".
Luiz Razia:" Today my Lola went particularly fast. I have started well, then I have passed unharmed the bagarre in the first chicane. Very soon I could overtake Arabadzhiev, thus reaching the third place which I have kept till the end". <pre> RACE 1 MONZA
1. Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing) in 22'03"111 2. Giacomo Ricci (Elk Motorsport) at 2"787 3. Luiz Razia (Elk Motorsport) at 3"849 4. Martin Kudzak (G-Tec) at 21"433 5. Omar Leal (Engineering Durango) at 21"643 6. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (ASR) at 24"603 7. Francesco Dracone (2G Racing) at 8 laps 8. Johnny Cecotto Jr (Elk Motorsport) at 9 laps 9. Jimmy Auby (ASR) at 12 laps 10. Diego Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing) at 12 laps 11. Kasper Andersen (G-Tec) at 13 laps 12. Oliver Martini (R.C. Motorsport) at 13 laps
Fastest lap: Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing) in 1'40"467