EU3000: Zolder race notes

In an action-packed race, Norbert Siedler of ADM Motorsport claimed his first victory of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship in Zolder, Belgium. The Austrian driver dominated the race from pole position and finished with a 56:34.171. Jonny Reid...

In an action-packed race, Norbert Siedler of ADM Motorsport claimed his first victory of the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship in Zolder, Belgium. The Austrian driver dominated the race from pole position and finished with a 56:34.171. Jonny Reid of John Village Automotive came home in second place over six seconds behind with a 56:40.420 with Christiano Tuka Rocha of Euronova completing the podium in third with a 56:46.898.

In a dramatic opening lap, Siedler shot off the grid to secure an early lead going into the first corner ahead of John Village Automotive driver Alex Lloyd who made an excellent start over team mate Jonny Reid.

From the third row of the grid, Draco Junior Team driver Nicky Pastorelli overtook Bernhard Auinger at the start before clashing with John Village Automotive driver Alex Lloyd at the second corner. The incident resulted in Lloyd spinning dramatically off into the gravel and out of the race with Pastorelli suffering a damaged front wing.

Euronova driver Christiano Tuka Rocha made a dramatic sweep through the field at the start moving up from eighth position to fourth by the end of the first lap.

On lap four, the wheel-to-wheel action continued. Allam Khodair of ADM Motorsport hit Bernhard Auinger from behind to send him spinning into the path of Nicky Pastorelli. The ensuing clash saw Dutch-Italian driver flip dramatically out of the race causing the safety car to be deployed. Both Auinger and Pastorelli retired unhurt.

After the Safety Car returned to the pits, Siedler continued to set a blistering pace and on lap ten was the only driver posting times below the 1:25.000 mark.

In the mid-field, Allam Khodair had managed to push his way through the field to pull up from ninth place on the grid to fourth place before a damaged nose cone from his earlier clash with Auinger caused him to spin off the track and into the tyre wall on lap 13.

Race leader Norbert Siedler continued to pull away from the rest of the competition to win the race comfortably over six seconds clear of Jonny Reid. Brazilian driver Tuka Rocha completed the podium in third place.

Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport:

"I'm really, really happy that I've won my first race in the SUPERFUND Euro 3000 Championship! My start could have been better but I managed to stay ahead going into the first corner and from there I pushed hard to build up a strong lead in the first fifteen laps. This race was very good for me and my car was perfect so it made my job very easy. Now I'm looking forward to celebrating with my team tonight because they've done a fantastic job all weekend."

Jonny Reid (NZL), John Village Automotive:

"The race may have looked easy with the big margins between the cars but believe me it was a tough one! I opted for a slightly different set-up for the race as the conditions have been changing all weekend but unfortunately it didn't work in my favour. That's the gamble you have to take if you want to win races and it's a shame it didn't pay off today. Norbert was incredibly quick off the start and even after the restart he was very confidant and just too fast for me."

Christiano Tuka Rocha (BRA), Euronova:

"This was like a victory for me today as I wasn't even sure I'd be racing here on Friday! The car was set up for Bernhard and I found it very difficult to handle for my style of driving but I worked extremely hard and I'm really pleased with this result today. Two wins in two different cars is quite unusual!"

-superfund-

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Alex Lloyd , Norbert Siedler , Nicky Pastorelli , Tuka Rocha , Jonny Reid , Allam Khodair , Bernhard Auinger