EFREN: Dams Team FRenV6 Oschersleben race one notes

LOPEZ takes the lead of the Championship, DEN TANDT impresses with podium finish from 12th on the grid! Jose Maria LOPEZ is the new leader of the 2003 Eurocup Formula Renault V6 with his second place obtained on Saturday's Grand Race ...

LOPEZ takes the lead of the Championship, DEN TANDT impresses with podium finish from 12th on the grid!

Jose Maria LOPEZ is the new leader of the 2003 Eurocup Formula Renault V6 with his second place obtained on Saturday's Grand Race behind Japanese Kosuke MASTUURA, and confirms his dominant position seen during the summer. In the same time Mike DEN TANDT offered to the Team an impressive podium for his first race of the season. For the first time in 2003, the DAMS crew could congratulate 2 of their drivers on the podium.

"It is a very positive result today for all the team, I am proud of them with all the work done. I finish second and my main competitors in the championship lost a lot of ground in the fight for the title (JANI 2 points scored today, GOMMENDY 0). On the other hand I can't say that it was a very good race, my start was not good and I lost my 1st position as MASTUURA did a perfect launch. In the first laps I was a little bit slower than him but step by step my speed improved and then I started to close back to MATSUURA. On lap 17 I did a mistake and I decided to come into the pits for the tyre change. I don't know exactly what happened at this moment but I had a problem with the gearbox and I lost a lot of time before I could leave the pits. When I got back on the track I decided to push hard lap after lap because this is my driving style and this is what I am used to do. Any way, with my problem on the pits I could not catch MATSUURA any more."

Another Hero shined on Oschersleben Motopark today : Mike DEN TANDT flied from 12th on the grid to an impressive podium finish. "My start was very good, I passed 3 or 4 cars there. When I got in the first corner some cars in front of me touched each other and I have been able to pass on the outside. At this moment I was 7th. In the quick left MELO was in a bad position and, as I was trying to pass him, he tried to close the line, we nearly crashed but I went through and finished 1st lap in 5th position. Then I pushed hard to catch DI BENEDETTO for a few laps and before I get behind him and lose to much time, we decided to come early into the pits because we kept our best tires for the end on the race. When I got back on the track, I was very surprised because LOPEZ was behind me. I did a mistake and he passed. This podium finish is like a dream, the Team did a fantastic job and now we all go back to work for tomorrow."

Jean-Paul DRIOT : "Jose Maria has now what we are looking for since the beginning of the year. After Magny Cours, he was more than 60 points behind JANI and MELO, and I told him at this time that there was a lot of races remaining and it was not over. We all know in the team how strong, fast and professional he is. He has now the dominant position on the championship and we will push hard to keep it until the end. Also I would like to raise everybody's attention on Mike DEN TANDT. He arrived in Oschersleben Tuesday night to make his seat and have his first contact with the team. He did not know the car, the track, and raced only twice this year on a Formula Renault 2000. 3 days after he is on the podium, the only thing to say is that Mike is an exceptional driver."

<pre> Dimanche 21 Septembre : Sprint Race 22 laps (16H30) 1 Kousuke MATSUURA (J) ARTA - SIGNATURE 46:04.867 2 José-Maria LOPEZ (ARG) DAMS 46:09.658 +4.791 3 Mike DEN TANDT (B) DAMS 46:25.924 +21.057 4 Andrea BELICCHI (I) AFC MOTORSPORT 46:28.587 +23.720 5 Davide DIBENEDETTO (I) GUIDARE 46:30.064 +25.197 6 Damien PASINI (F) VICTORY by CRAM 46:56.204 +51.337 7 Ivan BELLAROSA (I) BICAR RACING 46:57.198 +52.331 8 Hayanari SHIMODA (J) RN MOTORSPORT 46:57.648 +52.781 9 Fredy LIENHARD Jr (CH) JENZER MOTORSPORT 47:16.357 +1:11.490 10 Neel JANI (CH) JENZER MOTORSPORT 46:57.790 +1 lap 11 Giorgio MONDINI (I) EUROINTERNATIONAL 46:21.119 +2 laps

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