EU3000: Valencia: Series qualifying report

Young, rookie, poleman: Guimaraes, TP Formula's 17-years-old Brazilian Top debut in Euroseries 3000 qualifying at Valencia for Felipe Guimaraes, the fast 17-years-old racing for TP Formula. The Brazilian managed to set pole position in ...

Young, rookie, poleman: Guimaraes, TP Formula's 17-years-old Brazilian

Top debut in Euroseries 3000 qualifying at Valencia for Felipe Guimaraes, the fast 17-years-old racing for TP Formula. The Brazilian managed to set pole position in 1'25"591. Traini's and Pomozzi's team in Spain run two cars for the first time: the other one went to the Pakistan Adam Khan, who set the third time at his debut. Between the two qualified the experienced Roldan Rodriguez, with GP Racing's Lola-Zytek, who already won in Vallelunga. GP2's Spanish stopped the clocks in 1'25"777. At Valencia the first seven drivers are split by just about a second. The leader of the standings, Fabio Onidi (GP Racing), was fourth, ahead of the Brazilian Luiz Razia and of Nico Prost (both Cerveza Sol Elk Motorsport drivers). TP Formula's drivers, Khan and Guimaraes, have both raced in A1GP, category which is showing increasing interest for Enzo Coloni's championship (Khan as Pakistan's driver, Guimaraes as Brazil's rookie). Guimaraes is supported directly by Emerson Fittipaldi, A1 Brazil team manager: "One of A1 Team Brazil's main goals is to promote the young Brazilian talents - Fittipaldi said - Felipe is one of the guys we are supporting, because of the talent he has already shown in F.3 Sudam. To race in Euroseries 3000 will be a precious training to develop his talent, with my full support." Juan Ramon Zapata (Emmebi Motorsport) had to step out in this race because he is racing in Spanish GT in Albacete. In the next few days the organization will declare the choice to replace, from 2009 on, the Lola B02/50 cars employed so far. Race-1 will start today (28/6) at 15:10 for 18 laps. Broadcast live on Nuvolari TV.

Felipe Guimaraes (TP Formula) in pole on his first race: "I can just be satisfied, being in Valencia for the first time with a car new for me. This car is tricky, but my athletic preparation was up to the standards. I thank God for what I did".

Roldan Rodriguez (GP Racing) just 186 thousands of a second off the pole: "I'm satisfied: the car is OK, but it's a pity not to have been able to get the pole. The race will be long and hot: I'm sure of my good fitness"

Adam Khan (TP Formula) took the third time: "I'm happy: I could have taken the pole. It was hotter than expected and I had a little bit of oversteering. I thank the team for the good work done."

-credit: eu3000

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Emerson Fittipaldi , Adam Langley-Khan , Fabio Onidi , Felipe Guimaraes