FASTEST TIME FOR DANIELSSON IN THE FIRST TEST DAY AT VALLELUNGA The first F3000 test day has already given an important portrait of the coming 2007 season, which will feature a really international line-up. Elk Motorsport's line-up was formed by...
FASTEST TIME FOR DANIELSSON IN THE FIRST TEST DAY AT VALLELUNGA
The first F3000 test day has already given an important portrait of the coming 2007 season, which will feature a really international line-up. Elk Motorsport's line-up was formed by the Swede Danielsson, the Ecuadorean Merchan and the Moroccan Bennani, coming from the World Series as his Scandinavian team-mate, 2006 champion of the series. The Italian Dracone was joined at the Auto Sport Racing team by the Bulgarian Arabadzhiev, while the Colombian Leal Covelli drove for Durango.
Two Brazilian drivers attended the test day too: Diego Nunez (Team Minardi by GP Racing) and Razia (Fisichella Motor Sport by Durango), last year rivals up to the last race for the final win in the South American F3 championship.
The afternoon session was problem-free both for the teams and for the drivers. The teams tested different configurations looking for the best set-up for the first race which will take place at the Roman circuit on the 22th of April.
The session was already heaten up by the first battles. Alx Danielsson posted the fastest lap in the last minutes of the session, just a little faster than Davide Rigon, who led the whole day. Great performance also for the Bulgarian Arabadzhiev who took his Lola B02/50 to third place in front of the other Minardi driver, Diego Nunez, and of FMS Team's Razia.
In this session every driver used a new set of tyres, thus being able to improve the times posted this morning.
Testing will resume tomorrow for the last day beginning at 9.00.
<pre> Vallelunga day 1 (afternoon)*
1. Alx Danielsson SWE Elk Motorsport 1'24''438 40 laps 2. Davide Rigon ITA Minardi 1'24''474 24 laps 3. Vladimir Arabadzhiev BUL ASR 1'25''069 44 laps 4. Diego Nunes BRA Minardi 1'25''190 28 laps 5. Luiz Razia BRA FMS 1'25''697 39 laps 6. Olivier Martini ITA RC Motorsport 1'25''993 20 laps 7. Sebastian Merchan ECU Elk Motorsport 1'27''088 28 laps 8. Francesco Dracone ITA ASR 1'27''694 20 laps 9. Omar J. Leal Covelli COL Durango 1'28''081 7 laps 10. Mehdi Bennani MAR Elk Motorsport 1'30''609 10 laps
* all with the Lola B02/50 car
</pre> -credit: eu3000/cm