Rookie Team finish first race. PSM Racingline the only new team to join the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship in 2002 achieved their first goal which was for both drivers - who are also rookies in the series - to finish their ...
Rookie Team finish first race.
PSM Racingline the only new team to join the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship in 2002 achieved their first goal which was for both drivers - who are also rookies in the series - to finish their first race.
Tony Schmidt and Nicolas Kiesa, both of whom had never visited the Interlagos circuit, qualified in 16th and 19th position respectively. Both drivers enjoyed the circuit which features a number of blind corners and is very challenging.
"Today was a very steep learning curve. I am sure we could have been nearer the front with a little more time. But this is one of the challenges of F3000 we have so little track time. Once I got to a fairly good time I knew we could not improve the time - so elected to save my last set of tyres for the race. But for sure once we are back on circuits we know we will be in the fight" Commented Nicolas Kiesa Friday Evening.
From the start of the race, Tony made a very good start gaining four places, but was pushed wide in the third corner, damaging his steering and loosing several places. He fought hard to bring the car home in 16th Place. Nicolas made several places on the track and enjoyed a couple of very clean and precise overtaking moves. To bring his car home in 15th.
"I had a very good start and was sure that if I held it I could make a few more places, but unfortunately one of the cars I passed dived in side me and pushed me onto the grass damaging my front suspension. So it was hard to drive the car after this, but I decided it was best to keep going for the experience".Commented Tony Saturday Evening.
Team Principle - Siegfried Muller was also happy with the teams performance in it's first event. " We have seen today that we are not far from being very competitive. For an all new team this has been a big challenge and we learnt a lot here this weekend. Both drivers did a great job, as rookies they also learnt a lot today and bought both cars home - so overall I am very happy, once we are back in Europe things will be easier and we can start to push for some good results".
CAR 26 Tony Schmidt Finished P16 Best Lap 1:29.883
CAR 27 Nicolas Kiesa Finished P15 Best Lap 1:28,721