Magny-Cours: Saturday report

Karthikeyan and Kovalainen share poles in Magny Cours Magny Cours, 22th March -- The front row will be filled by Narain Karthikeyan and Heikki Kovalainen in both Magny-Cours Dallara Nissan races tomorrow (Sunday). The two drivers have dominated...

Karthikeyan and Kovalainen share poles in Magny Cours

Magny Cours, 22th March -- The front row will be filled by Narain Karthikeyan and Heikki Kovalainen in both Magny-Cours Dallara Nissan races tomorrow (Sunday). The two drivers have dominated throughout practice, so it came as no surprise that each of them took a pole position.

Karthikeyan (RC Motorsport) got pole for the first race in spite of a gearbox difficulty causing him to spin at the end of the session. "The strong wind made it a bit difficult, but the car is good. If it doesn't rain tomorrow then I will win."

Kovalainen (Pons Racing) was fairly soundly beaten in the first session, but bounced back for a pole in the second, with Karthikeyan relegated to second.

Third place for race one went to Enrique Bernoldi, and for a while it looked like he had third for the second as well. But the Brazilian's time for the second session was removed because he did not slow down for yellow flags.

"I hope I can score some points tomorrow," said Bernoldi, who won the first two races of the year at Jarama for GD Racing. "I'd like to fight for the win too, or at least get a good result."

Championship leader Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) suffered with brake problems in the opening session, but landed up fourth in the second after they were changed. His new team-mate Olivier Pla placed a good sixth in the first race, although he said he expected better.

Today was qualifying day in the World Series Lights category, and it was not a big surprise that points leader Milos Pavlovic (Vergani Formula) got pole position for the first race. But the improving Bastien Briere (Epsilon Sport) upset the form book just a little when he took top spot for the second race.

In Spanish Formula Junior, the first of the weekend's races went ahead today. Michael Herck (Junior Racing Team) won the race from pole position. The Belgian led for the full distance, whilst Giacomo Ricci and Arturo Llobell scrapped for second behind him. The position traded hands several times before Ricci lined up an attack at the final corner. But the Italian ended up spinning, clipping Llobell on the way past. Llobell ran wide but was able to take second, while there was time enough for Ricci to start up and still cross the line in third. Herck will start on pole position for tomorrow's second race as he bids for a double win.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Narain Karthikeyan , Tiago Monteiro , Heikki Kovalainen , Bastien Brière , Olivier Pla , Michael Herck , Milos Pavlovic , Giacomo Ricci , Arturo Llobell
Teams Carlin