Catalunya: Arden Team race notes

Wirdheim extends Championship lead with 2nd place in Barcelona. Arden Driver Bjorn Wirdheim extended his Championship lead to eight points today in Barcelona by finishing second in Round Two of the FIA F3000 Championship. This result also...

Wirdheim extends Championship lead with 2nd place in Barcelona.

Arden Driver Bjorn Wirdheim extended his Championship lead to eight points today in Barcelona by finishing second in Round Two of the FIA F3000 Championship. This result also elevates the Arden Team to the top of the Team's Championship leader board.

After Qualifying second on the grid, opting to save a new set of tyres for the Race, Wirdheim from the dirty side of the track followed pole man Giorgio Pantano but was unable to overtake due to yellow flags at the end of the main straight following the first lap incident. The two Driver's were the class of the field pulling out a 18 second lead by the end of the 32 lap Race.

Due to suffering with traffic problems and yellow flags in Qualifying American Townsend Bell was restricted to 11th on the grid. A great start from the Californian saw him 7th by the first turn before being hit heavily from behind by Patrick Friesacher. Initially Bell was able to maintain his 7th position until damage sustained in the incident to the rear suspension badly effected the handling. Bravely battling to the end Townsend eventually finished the Race in 12th place.

Bjorn Wirdheim commented: "I'm pleased with second today, we took a gamble on saving a new set of tyres for the Race and had there not been yellow flags on the first turn I think it may have paid off. However, I am pleased to have an eight point lead after the first two Races".

Townsend Bell commented: "Qualifying was frustrating for me as I managed to have yellow flags and traffic on every run. Starting in the middle of the pack is always risky and after a good start I felt a big hit from behind, from then on the car continually pulled to one side on the straight and rapidly destroyed the tyres. I was relieved to see the chequered flag after a difficult Race but have gained alot more experience from Barcelona".

Christian Horner commented: "The Race today was decided within the first 500 metres. Bjorn seemed glued to Pantano's gearbox for the first quarter of the Race, it was unfortunate there was a yellow flag at the first corner whilst his tyres were at their best. However, second is an excellent result increasing Bjorn's lead. Townsend was plagued by bad luck throughout the weekend, however, I am sure he has learnt a considerable amount and I'm sure we'll see him at the sharp end very soon".

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Series F3000
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Townsend Bell , Patrick Friesacher , Bjorn Wirdheim