"For sure we could have finished the race with Tuka on the podium and Sven in the points", says the disappointed team principal Michael Zele. After the promising Warm Up in the morning, ... 1. Norbert Siedler 1'32.015 2. Tuka Rocha 1'32.033 6.
"For sure we could have finished the race with Tuka on the podium and Sven in the points", says the disappointed team principal Michael Zele.
After the promising Warm Up in the morning, ...
1. Norbert Siedler 1'32.015
2. Tuka Rocha 1'32.033
6. Sven Heidfeld 1'32.424
... the Zele-Racing team was confident for the race in Estoril.
Tuka Rocha started from 8th position, his team mate Sven Heidfeld from position 12. Both had a great start. Tuka gained three positions, Sven overtook five opponents and drove in 7th position. But then Siedler, the pole-man of Estoril with bad luck at the start attacked him. "Sven was in front of me, I wanted to thwart him inside, I was braking too late, the car went transverse and so I touched him. I am sorry for that, but this is racing", Siedler comments his overtaking manoeuvre. Sven Heidfeld: "It definitely was Norbert's fault. He didn't make it wilfully, but I am angry with it, because I would have finished on 6th or 5th position, if this hadn't happen. Of course I am disappointed, that I wasn't able to score, because I really had a good car."
The "Man of the Race" of Brno, Sven's team mate Tuka Rocha, surely would have made some points also in Estoril, but an electronics failure thwarted his possibility. Team principal Michael Zele: "There was a failure in the engine electronics. With the data-analysis the company Zytek asserted a defect on the crank shaft sensor. Not until the cool down in the box it was possible to start the engine again." Tuka Rocha, who was heading towards the top three positions, isn't losing heart. He, Sven Heidfeld and the Zele-Racing team, are hoping to join the race in Jerez. "Concerning my situation, it's all in the hands of sponsors", says Heidfeld. And it is the same for the whole team.
<pre> Race results: 1. Del Monte 56:37.594 159.559 2. Pastorelli +0.701 159.526 3. Auinger +7.218 159.221 4. Siedler +19.153 158.665 5. Hodencq +34.788 157.942 6. Ippoliti +55.360 157.001 7. Ricci +1:21.485 155.822 8. Graves +1:27.354 155.560 9. Sarandenses 1 Lap 151.833 10. Khodair 3 Laps 144.213 DNF. Reid 157.283 DNF. Babalus 157.555 DNF. Tuka Rocha 159.379 (26) DNF. Sven Heidfeld 157.408 (29) DNF. Bisconcin 143.775 DNF. Deman 128.091