SAEZ MERINO (ELK) WINS RACE 2 ON PHOTOFINISH AHEAD OF RIGON (MINARDI) ON THE PODIUM MIGUEZ (G-TEC). MARTINI (RC) RETIRES. A slight victory just for 46 thousands of a second, that is to say a few centimeters. That's how Manuel Saez Merino won...
SAEZ MERINO (ELK) WINS RACE 2 ON PHOTOFINISH AHEAD OF RIGON (MINARDI)
ON THE PODIUM MIGUEZ (G-TEC). MARTINI (RC) RETIRES.
A slight victory just for 46 thousands of a second, that is to say a few centimeters. That's how Manuel Saez Merino won race 2 at Nurburgring ahead of Davide Rigon in Euroseries 3000. The Spanish, just hired by Elk Motorsport, got the highest step of the podium at his second race in the category, in a very exciting race. For over a half of the race, Celso Miguez (G-Tec) led the race, then the leadership went to Saez Merino, who was just able to prevent Rigon from overtaking him. Minardi/GP Racing's Italian, started behind due to the reversed grid, managed to catch up and fight for the final lead, arriving side-by-side on the finish line. On the podium, in his debut weekend, went also Miguez, who had a problem with his shoulder in the end, but managed to stay in front of a competitive Bennani. Bad luck for poleman Francesco Dracone (2G Racing), who had to retire because of a contact with Diego Nunes (Minardi /GP Racing). The Brazilian was punished with a drive through, however managing to finish the race on sixth place.
Oliver Martini (RC Motorsport) had to retire, too, when he was second, because of a contact with Luiz Razia (Elk Motorsport), finishing his race stuck in the middle of the track. The Brazilian, instead, went in the pits and, after repairing his car, was able to get the fastest lap. On the points in the second German round also Mehdi Bennani (Elk Motorsporrt), Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Sport Auto Racing) and, as said, Nunes. Rigon is still leader of the championship with 70 points, ahead of his team-mate Nunes (52) and Razia (40).
Manuel Saez Merino (Elk Motorsport): "I got to know the car, new for me, very fast. I recovered a lot of positions. Then the race was long, I tried to avoid the risks on the track. I find myself very good at Elk. I would like to go on in this series."
Davide Rigon (Minardi/GP Racing): "I started very badly and the engine at low RPMs had a lot of problems throughout the race. Being Nunes, my direct opponent for the title, behind me, I attacked without risking too much, even if in the final laps I tried to overtake Saez Merino for the lead."
Celso Miguez (G-Tec): "I'm very happy with the result and the team. After 4 months without racing, in the race I had some problems with my shoulder and I had to slow down in the final laps. The result is good for me and, if I manage to resolve my sponsor problems, I would like to continue in Euroseries."
<pre> RACE 2 NÜRBURGRING
1. Manuel Saez Merino Elk Motorsport 34'30''969 2. Davide Rigon Minardi Team by GP Racing at 00''046 3. Celso Miguez G-Tec at 13''981 4. Mehdi Bennani Elk Motorsport at 14''200 5. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Auto Sport Racing at 24''944 6. Diego Nunes Minardi Team by GP Racing at 27''561 7. Omar Leal Engineering Durango at 27''891 8. Sebastian Merchan G-Tec at 49''768 9. Luiz Razia Elk Motorsport at 2 giri 10. Oliver Martini R.C. Motorsport at 19 giri 11. Francesco Dracone 2G Racing at 22 giri
Best lap: Luiz Razia (Elk Motorsport) 1'21''242 (160.321 km/h) </pre> -credit: www.euroseries3000.com