Coloni Motorsport Jerez test wrapup

Coloni drivers impress in Jerez test February 23, 2004 -- Jose Maria Lopez clocked the fastest time in the first official FIA Formula 3000 International Championship test of the season in Jerez last week, as Coloni Motorsport's drivers all...

Coloni drivers impress in Jerez test

February 23, 2004 -- Jose Maria Lopez clocked the fastest time in the first official FIA Formula 3000 International Championship test of the season in Jerez last week, as Coloni Motorsport's drivers all posted impressive performances at the Spanish track.

Lopez, from Argentina and a member of the Renault Driver Development programme, posted a quickest time of 1m31.770s during the three-day test to edge out the Arden Motorsport pairing of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Robert Doornbos.

"We had a very good test and I was very satisfied with the performance of all my drivers," said team owner Paolo Coloni. "Lopez was very quick throughout the test but all the team did well and we achieved all the elements of our programme, including good short stints and race distances on full tanks of fuel."

Jeffrey van Hooydonk, driving for the Coloni outfit, was an impressive fourth fastest, while Turkish rookie Can Artam set the 12th fastest time on the final day aboard his Coloni Motorsport-tended machine. New signing Mathias Lauda who, like Artam, was testing for the first time alongside his main championship rivals, showed extremely well, netting the third quickest time on the first day, although a small mistake prevented him from claiming a faster time aboard his CMS-run Lola.

"It was a shame for Mathias because he could not express all his potential," added Coloni. "He went wide at a corner, clipped a kerb and damaged his front wing which was shame as he was running on new tyres at the time and therefore could not set the kind of time he was capable of."

Chanoch Nissany also tested for the Coloni team as the Italian operation moves towards finalising its driver line-up for the 2004 season.

The Coloni squad will test again in Magione, Italy, today (Monday Febrary 23) and tomorrow. The next official test takes place at Silverstone on March 23-24.

<pre> Unofficial day one testing times (Monday February 16):

1     Raffaele Gianmaria (AEZ)               1m33.169s
2     Jose Maria Lopez (CMS)                 1m33.503s
3     Mathias Lauda (CMS)                    1m33.732s
4     Vitantonio Liuzzi (Arden)              1m33.753s
5     Jeffrey van Hooydonk (Coloni)          1m33.792s
6     Robert Doornbos (Arden)                1m33.843s
15    Chanoch Nissany (Coloni)               1m38.220s

Unofficial day two testing times (Tuesday February 17):

1     Jose Maria Lopez (CMS)                 1m32.099s
2     Jeffrey van Hooydonk (Coloni)          1m32.571s
3     Yannick Schroeder (Durango)            1m32.793s
4     Robert Doornbos (Arden)                1m32.829s
5     Raffaele Gianmaria (AEZ)               1m32.877s
6     Vitantonio Liuzzi (Arden)              1m32.931s
7     Mathias Lauda (CMS)                    1m33.033s
15    Can Artam (Coloni)                     1m36.086s
17    Chanoch Nissany (Coloni)               1m38.953s

Unofficial day three testing times (Wednesday February 18):

1     Jose Maria Lopez (CMS)                 1m31.770s
2     Vitantonio Liuzzi (Arden)              1m31.822s
3     Robert Doornbos (Arden)                1m31.844s
4     Jeffrey van Hooydonk (Coloni)          1m31.926s
5     Enrico Toccacelo (BCN)                 1m32.231s
6     Raffaele Gianmaria (AEZ)               1m32.328s
8     Mathias Lauda (CMS)                    1m32.621s
12    Can Artam (Coloni)                     1m33.644s
17    Chanoch Nissany (Coloni)               1m38.105s

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Series F3000
Drivers Robert Doornbos , Raffaele Giammaria , Vitantonio Liuzzi , Yannick Schroeder , Can Artam , Jose Maria Lopez , Mathias Lauda , Chanoch Nissany , Paolo Coloni