Lausitz: Round five preview

Heading Germany Barcelona, 27th July 2004 - After a long pause, the nexts World Series by Nissan 2004 rounds will take place the 8th of August at the modern venue of the EuroSpeedway-Lausitz, in Germany. This has been a very profitable break for...

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Barcelona, 27th July 2004 - After a long pause, the nexts World Series by Nissan 2004 rounds will take place the 8th of August at the modern venue of the EuroSpeedway-Lausitz, in Germany. This has been a very profitable break for some of the teams involved in the World Series by Nissan category. Vergani Formula is keen to return to the 450 HP class with its two cars, lining-up two Italian drivers, Giovanni Tedeschi and Giacomo Ricci.

Ander Vilariño took the decision of leaving the team due to "some irreconcilable problems with the management of the team", but the Epsilon Euskadi Team set an early replacement signing-up the Frenchman driver Julien Vidot, runner-up of the World Series Light 2003.

Saulnier Racing will also present a new driver in the German meeting, the F3 Spanish refugee Sergio Hernandez, as well as two-time wining Team, Gabord Competicion, which has announced the arrival of a new Japanese driver in the Series, Takaya Tsubobayashi.

The grid of the WSbN category has increased from 15 to 19 cars, but in the Light Series, the move of Tedeschi will leave the category with only 7 cars.

Heikki Kovalainen and Pons Racing will arrive at the EuroSpeedway in a strong leading position, but the Series leader is far from being confident. In fact, the RDD driver knows that there are still a few races to be disputed and some strong contenders willing to win.

BERNOLDI FASTEST IN PRIVATE TEST

5 teams took part in the private test at the EuroSpeedway-Lausitz. The track improved during the day, from wet to dry conditions, and the Brazilian driver Enrique Bernoldi set the fastest lap time (1.33.340).

Tiago Monteiro was second fastest, just 3/100 of a second slower that the former F1 drive. Didier Andre had an early crash but the team did a good work and the driver did a very good progression setting the third quickest lap in used tires.

Tristan Gommendy's car had an engine failure and he remained in the pit-wall for the rest of the day watching the evolutions of this test.

The newcomers had a pretty good feeling with the car. Ricci set the 5th fastest lap. The Italian knew the track from other competitions and adapted very well to the car. The also debutant Italian driver Giovanni Tedeschi completed a successful number of runs improving his lap time in the afternoon but in the last two outs he exited in one of the kerbs when he was in fresh tires. Hernandez was the 8th fastest.

Pablo Donoso also suffered a problem with the engine of car, but he was able to complete some runs in the morning and he was pretty confident about the next racing meeting.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Didier André , Tiago Monteiro , Heikki Kovalainen , Sergio Hernandez , Tristan Gommendy , Pablo Donoso , Giacomo Ricci , Takaya Tsubobayashi , Ander Vilarino