A1 Ring Durango Benetton Junior Team qualifying

The weather has characterized the two qualifying sessions of this 4th round of the FIA F.3000 championship at A1 Ring (Austria). The 1st session, which is normally necessary to the drivers to understand the track and to best set up their car,...

The weather has characterized the two qualifying sessions of this 4th round of the FIA F.3000 championship at A1 Ring (Austria). The 1st session, which is normally necessary to the drivers to understand the track and to best set up their car, began on a dry circuit. During the first minutes the Brazilian Jaime Melo (which actually lies 4th in the championship) set the 2nd fastest time. His team mate Lancieri, on the contrary, concentrated the 1st qualifying session on the set up of his car, trying to run more laps as possible in order to learn the best and more successful guide for this track. The last 45 minutes, then, saw the rain that made impossible any improvement of the lap times.

JAIME MELO - 14, 1:24.274: "We were very close to the right set up and my 2nd fastest time during the first minutes proves it. Then the traffic and the fact I didn't manage to better use my tyres made it difficult to improve or maintain my position. In any case I'm still in 4th position in the championship and I'll do my best not to lose it."

GABRIELE LANCIERI - 22, 1:25.142: "I prayed a lot because I didn't want the weather to change, especially I didn't want the rain! The car was quite good and I was beginning to feel in confidence with her, but I needed more time, more laps. It was necessary for me to get to know every single cm of the track, to understand where to brake, how to brake.this is the most important thing if you want to get a fast lap and gain some tenth .well, I couldn't manage to have all this..".

For tomorrow race (12th May 2001) 40 people belonging to the DURANGO CLUB CANEVA (total number of subscribers: 150) will be present at the A1 Ring circuit to bring their enthusiasm to the Venetian team based in Mellaredo di Pianiga (VE). They will be leaving tonight at 03.30 from the Club at Fratta di Caneva (PN).

Temperatura aria & asfalto/ Air & track temperature: 17 - 18

Tempo/ Weather: nuvoloso, poi pioggia/ cloudy and then rain

-Durango Benetton Junior Team

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Series F3000
Drivers Jaime Melo