Originally-Originally-Originally-Originally-From: Nadine Quasier <firstname.lastname@example.org> Championship: FIA Formula 3000 Championship Round 4 Austria 10 and 11 April 2002 Top Ten finish from difficult weekend for ...
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Championship: FIA Formula 3000 Championship
Round 4 Austria 10 and 11 April 2002
Top Ten finish from difficult weekend for PSM.
PSM Racinglines drivers Tony Schmidt and Nicololas Kiesa secured 18th and 20th position in Qualifying for round four of the 2002 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship.
Neither driver enjoyed a trouble free session, with both experiencing one spin and Nicolas again suffering a mechanical failure in the dying minutes of the second session.
" Today was for sure our most difficult experience in Formula 3000 so far. We as a team did not get the best from the cars, although both drivers tried very hard there lack of experience showed. It is a very good example of how tough this championship is and how important it is to have experience both as drivers and as a team, we are all still learning. With our qualifying performance today we will continue to try some development for the race and see if we can drag a result from the weekend." Siegfried Müeller Team Principle
From the start both PSM cars made a lightning get away with Nicolas in car 27 enjoying the best advantage from the melee that occurred in the first and second turns. Nicolas completed the first lap in fifteenth position and Tony in car 26 gaining a place to cross the line in seventeenth.
Nicolas then set about attacking the cars in front and during the course of the race passed several cars and climbed to tenth position. In the last stage of the race he closed easily on the ninth placed car and challenged for the position right up to the flag.
" I had a very good start and gained a lot of places. My car had a good balance especially in the middle section of the race and the passes I made came fairly easily. I suffered a little in some of the high speed corners when I lost downforce behind other cars and had a couple of huge moments - but it was very good and I feel we gained a lot of understanding of this circuit and the car which will help later in the year.
Tony drove a very solid race to bring his car home in fourteenth position again gaining very valuable full race distance experience.