MINARDI/GP STARS AT MUGELLO: NUNES-RIGON IN RACE 2 MIKOLA (G-TEC) ON PODIUM, PUNCTURE FOR DANIELSSON Two podiums in Race 1, 1-2 in Race 2. The Minardi by GP Racing team was the great star of the Mugello week-end in Euroseries 3000. In Race 2...
MINARDI/GP STARS AT MUGELLO: NUNES-RIGON IN RACE 2
MIKOLA (G-TEC) ON PODIUM, PUNCTURE FOR DANIELSSON
Two podiums in Race 1, 1-2 in Race 2. The Minardi by GP Racing team was the great star of the Mugello week-end in Euroseries 3000. In Race 2 Diego Nunes got the second success of the season, preceeding his team-mate Davide Rigon, Race 1 winner. Brilliant third place on the Tuscan podium for Ananda Mikola, on his series debut with the G-Tec car.
Bad news in Race 2 for Alx Danielsson. The Swedish, Elk Motorsport's lead driver, after yesterday's second place, had to retire at the half of the race for a puncture caused by a debris on the track. The Swedish was holding the third place and recovering on the first two drivers, but couldn't come back to the race due to a suspension damage caused by the puncture.
After a brief initial lead by Merchan, the two Minardi/GP drivers took the lead. The two Lola had different setups and Rigon tried in different occasions the winning overtake, without managing it. In the end the gap dividing the two was just 558 thousands of a second, while Mikola had a 17"387 gap. Luiz Razia (Fisichella Motor Sport) came fourth, while Sebastian Merchan (Elk Motorsport) and Omar Leal (Durango) rounded off the top ten. The fastest lap went to Danielsson in 1'40"589.
In Euroseries Rigon leads with 54 points, ahead of his team-mate Nunes with 45. Danielsson is third with 32 points, pressed by Razia at 30. Next Euroseries 3000 race on the 26th of August at Nurburgring.
Diego Nunes (Minardi/GP Racing): "I had a good start, gaining three positions. Then at my back my team-mate Rigon pressed me. After the half of the race in some parts of the track he was faster than me. But we chose different setups and so I could stay in front of him."
Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing): "After a good start I came to the back of Nunes. I was faster, but behind him I wore my tyres. I tried to attack him, but the rev limiter came into function. I chose a setup to stay in front, not behind. This was a mistake, but the result is anyway good for the championship and I thank all the team."
Ananda Mikola (G-Tec): "It was a great training. I hadn't racing on the Mugello track for a while. I wanted to get into the top 3 and I managed it."
<pre> RACE 2 MUGELLO
1. Diego Nunes Minardi Team by GP Racing 30'40''662 2. Davide Rigon Minardi Team by GP Racing 0''558 3. Ananda Mikola G-Tec 17''387 4. Luiz Razia Fisichella Motor Sport a 19''971 5. Sebastian Merchan Elk Motorsport 32''191 6. Omar Leal Engineering Durango 32''306 7. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Auto Sport Racing 33''215 8. Andrea Fausti Facondini racing 1 lap 9. Oliver Martini R.C. Motorsport 3 lap 10. Alx Danielsson Elk Motorsport 8 lap 11. Gian Domenico Sposito G-Tec 12 lap 12. Francesco Dracone 2G Racing 13 lap 13. Mehdi Bennani Elk Motorsport 18 lap
Best Lap: Alx Danielsson (Elk) 1'40''589 (187.714 km/h)
Euroseries 3000 Drivers Rankings (after 8 races)
Rigon 54 points Nunes 45 Danielsson 32 Razia 30 Martini 24 Merchan 16 Arabadzhiev 15 Maldonado 12 Tahinci 9 Mikola 8 Bennani 3 Sposito 2 Leal 2 Dracone 0 Amaduzzi 0 Fausti 0 Sebastiani N. 0 Sebastiani V. 0
Euroseries 3000 Teams Rankings (after 8 races)
Minardi by GP Racing 99 points ELK Motorsport 49 G-Tec 31 Fisichella Motor Sport 30 RC Motorsport 24 ASR 15 Durango 2 Duepp/Paragon 0 Racing Box 0 2G Racing 0 Facondini 0 </pre> -credit: eu-3000