The streets of Monaco again proved to be the toughest track on this year's FIA F3000 International Championship calendar, with just 11 of the 26 cars that started today's 50 lap race able to complete the distance - the majority of the...
The streets of Monaco again proved to be the toughest track on this year's FIA F3000 International Championship calendar, with just 11 of the 26 cars that started today's 50 lap race able to complete the distance - the majority of the non-finishers finding the barriers an unforgiving thing to collide with.
Nordic Racing drivers Kevin McGarrity and Justin Wilson proved that despite starting from 10th and 16th place respectively, they were more than up to the task in hand. McGarrity managed to pick his way through the field to take a well deserved fourth place finish and, what is more important, three championship points in the process. Wilson also managed to fight his way through the order, finishing just one place outside the points in seventh place.
KEVIN McGARRITY Race position: 4th.
"This was a long and hot race today, but to finish in 4th place is a great result for both myself and the team. For me, I have now scored my first drivers points for the team and we can now build on this. For the team, it means more valuable points, which keep us fourth in the team standings. I really do think that had I managed to get past (Mark) Webber earlier, then a podium would have been on the cards. I had a couple of good chances, but Webber always shut the door at the last minute, so I had to be very careful that I didn't waste all the hard work that I had already done in the race. All I needed was a couple more laps and I would have caught (David) Saelens for third place. Now I must make sure that I keep up the momentum at Magny-Cours in four weeks time."
JUSTIN WILSON Race position: 7th
"I have mixed feelings about today's race. On the one hand I am happy to have finished so high up the order, having qualified in 16th. On the other hand I really do believe that it should have been better than seventh. At the restart after the Safety Car period, Kevin was able to make up a couple of places when he passed (Nicolas) Minassian. I tried to do the same, but Minassian was holding me up and as I tried to complete the move, (Franck) Montagny squeezed me towards the barriers. I was not prepared to throw away my race, so I backed off and the chance was gone. Overall the car felt good today, a lot better than in qualifying and I am looking forward to the next race at Magny-Cours, where I am sure that a points finish is on the cards."
CHRIS MOWER - Team Manager
"What a brilliant race! Both Kevin and Justin did all that we asked of them - they raced hard and fair. For Kevin it is great that after the disappointment of the first few races he has finally scored some points and proved that he can race with the best of them. It has been unfortunate for Kevin that he has not been able to complete a full race distance in the last two races, but today he showed that he has got what it takes. As for Justin, I feel sorry that he lost out on the restart, especially as he had already raced and taken Montagny earlier. That said, both he and Kevin drove very mature races and were a credit to the team. We now have a two-day test in Austria fast approaching where we intend to try out a few changes that should see us back in the points at Magny-Cours on July 2nd."
Drivers points table. 1: Junqueira. 38 pts. 2: Minassian. 18 pts. 3: Webber. 14 pts. 6: WILSON. 6 pts. 15: McGARRITY. 3 PTS.
NEXT ROUND: Magny-Cours, France. July 2nd 2000.