EU3000: Zolder Friday practice summary

John Village Automotive tops timesheets in Zolder Fifteen drivers took to the track today at the Circuit Zolder for Round 8 of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship. For the two 45 minute Free Practice sessions the drivers familiarised...

John Village Automotive tops timesheets in Zolder

Fifteen drivers took to the track today at the Circuit Zolder for Round 8 of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship. For the two 45 minute Free Practice sessions the drivers familiarised themselves with the circuit and worked on set up before the Official Free Practice session on Saturday morning.

In sunny conditions, Norbert Siedler of ADM Motorsport set the pace in the first Free Practice session this morning ahead of last week's race winner Alex Lloyd of John Village Automotive and Draco Junior Team drivers Nicky Pastorelli and Fausto Ippoliti.

In the afternoon, Jonny Reid put in his best time towards the end of the session to top the timesheets with a 1:24.466. Team mate Alex Lloyd followed closely behind with a 1:24.538. Austrian Norbert Siedler was almost a second faster than his personal best time of this morning's session with a 1:24.789. Fellow countryman Bernhard Auinger clocked up the fourth fastest time of the day with a 1:24.842 .

The second session was yellow-flagged towards the end of the session as Fausto Ippoliti of the Draco Junior Team span off track at the exit of the chicane.

The thirty minute Official Free Practice session will start tomorrow at 10:35am followed in the afternoon by fifty minutes of Qualifying from 13:40pm.

Jonny Reid (NZL), John Village Automotive:

"I've not driven here in Zolder before so the first Free Practice session was mostly about getting to know the circuit. On the whole, I can't complain as it's been a pretty good day for me even though I've been through the most amount of set-ups I've ever had on the car! I'm happy we've found the right balance now and the car feels very strong.'"

Alex Lloyd (GBR), John Village Automotive:

"It's definitely not been a bad day at all today. The track is in bad condition as it's incredibly slippery but the new tyres made a big difference. It's good to see we are both up there at the top of the timesheets again but it's been trickier than it was in Dijon to keep our advantage today. We've still got time to come up with a few things overnight so I'm looking forward to the Qualifying session tomorrow."

Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport:

"It's been really difficult to work on the set-up here as the track is very dirty and slippery so every lap is different. In the second session with old tyres I was in the top three but got caught behind Del Monte and lost time there. We've made some small changes to the car and it feels much stronger than it did in Dijon so I think we can do well in Qualifying tomorrow."

-superfund-

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Alex Lloyd , Fausto Ippoliti , Norbert Siedler , Jonny Reid , Bernhard Auinger