Double pole for Borja Garcia at the Jerez circuit! Racing Engineering's drivers have been shining at the circuit of Jerez during today's qualifying sessions. Borja marked the fastest lap times in both qualifying sessions and his team mate Steven...
Double pole for Borja Garcia at the Jerez circuit!
Racing Engineering's drivers have been shining at the circuit of Jerez during today's qualifying sessions. Borja marked the fastest lap times in both qualifying sessions and his team mate Steven starts tomorrow's races from second and fourth position on the grid. Emilio de Villota is substituting his sister Maria in car number three.
When the first qualifying session held this morning at the Jerez circuit started, all eyes were directed towards the sky. The track was slightly wet due to the rain in the early morning and was therefore declared a wet session. Nevertheless all drivers started qualifying on slick tyres. >From the first moment Borja left no doubt about who is the fastest driver in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship and marked the fastest time of the seventeen drivers present. During the thirty minute session, the track started to dry up and lap times improved. Borja passed from 1'36.425 in lap three to 1'35.134 and later on to 1'34.915 in his tenth lap, always keeping the fastest lap time. But the young Spaniard wanted to underline his dominance in the championship, being the only one to mark a time below 1'35, lapping his fastest time with a 1'34.708 and almost a second faster than his main competitor in the championship, Giao.
Steven recorded the second fastest time in the first qualifying and therefore the first row of the starting grid of Sunday's first race is entirely in Racing Engineering's colors. Emilio de Villota has constantly improved his lap times and finished the session marking his fastest lap time with a 1'36.507.
In the second qualifying session taking place Saturday afternoon, Borja once again marked the fastest time almost matching his excellent time from the morning session. With a lap of 1'34.854, Borja was more that four tenths of a second faster than Aicart, who finished second. On this occasion Giao once again was incapable of fighting for a top position on the grid and recorded a lap time of over a second slower than Racing Engineering's Borja Garcia, starting the race from fifth position.
Steven Kane, Racing Engineering's Irish driver could not repeat the good lap time from the morning session and starts tomorrow's second race from fourth position after marking a lap time of 1'35.614. Steven and his engineer decided to make some minor changes on the set up of the car that did not work into the expected direction. Therefore Steven is not happy with the second qualifying, stating that almost all drivers made the same lap times as in the morning session and only him marking a worse lap time. Nevertheless Steven is content about the achieved results and was looking forward to tomorrow's races where he has very promising starting positions.
Emilio de Villota continued to adapt himself to the Formula 3 car, which he has not been racing since November 2003. He marked his fastest lap time with a 1'36.522.
After Saturday's qualifying sessions Alfonso de Orleans, Racing Engineering's president, stated, "Everyone's worked very well this weekend and the results obtained on the track prove that the work was as executed in the best form possible. Borja and Steven achieved results that make it possible for both to fight for the victories in both of the Sunday races. Concerning Emilio, he adapted to the car well, but he is still needs some kilometers in the car as we could only get him one day of testing before.