First podium in 2003 for Lopez and DAMS. Qualifying After 2 days of testing in Magny Cours (free testing of Wednesday and Thursday) qualifying did not bring to the DAMS drivers the results expected. Jose Maria Lopez, who ...
First podium in 2003 for Lopez and DAMS.
After 2 days of testing in Magny Cours (free testing of Wednesday and Thursday) qualifying did not bring to the DAMS drivers the results expected.
Jose Maria Lopez, who had lost some precious laps of testing in the previous days due to a crash on Wednesday and fuel pressure problem on Thursday, could not confirm his 2 poles he had made in Barcelona. He was able then to place his car at the 3rd place in both qualifying, confirming that another time he is one of the main contender to the victory.
Christian Murchison has shown a great potential during free testing by setting top times with old tires. Unfortunately, he couldn't confirm it in qualifying with new tires (9th on 1st session) and was stopped by fuel pressure problems in the second session (11th)..
Adam Langley Khan, still on his way to top motorsport by learning every day, discovered Magny Cours as a very technical track which requires a big experience. In these conditions, Adam got 18th and 16th place in the 2 qualifying.
The first race of the 2003 Magny Cours FRV6 event ended at lap 10 after a major crash. Christian Murchison, who was very competitive in the race and was catching the cars ahead of him while he already passed from 9th to 6th place, hit strongly Neel Jani who was trying to get back to the pits at low speed. " The race conditions were terrible, said the young Australian driver, we could not see anything and the only way to drive was to follow the water sprayed by the cars ahead. " In these conditions, Christian who was on the Magny Cours straight line at high speed could not see Jani's car who was going at very low speed. " At that time, I didn't even know what did I hit. ". The car was nearly completely destroyed and Christian was transferred to the hospital for checking's. He was released at the end of the day with no major problem, but the doctor did not give his agreement to let him drive on Sunday. As the final classification of the race is set on the 9th lap, Christian Murchison kept his 6th place.
Adam Langley-Khan had a very good race on wet track, he caught 4 places and finished 14th. Jose Maria Lopez, who was on 3rd position, retired on the 5th lap after a spin, probably caused by a gearbox problem.
Following Saturday's crash, 2 DAMS cars of 3 were on the grid of Sunday's race.
3rd on the grid, Jose-Maria Lopez was passed by Italian Di Benedetto at the start of the race. At the Adelaide hairpin braking, the young argentine lost 2 places more after being hit by Mondini who was a little bit out of control after a very late braking. Even Lopez had strong vibrations on his front wheel after the contact he was able to continue the race. Finishing the first lap at the 6th place, Lopez did then a top race by passing with a lot of control Bellichi and Mondini to catch back 4th place. Even he was faster than 3rd Di Benedetto, he was not able to pass him and had to wait for 5 laps and technical problems for the Italian to reach the 3rd place and keep it until the end of the race. "It was very important for us to score points here after all what happened in the 3 first races, said Lopez. We have now 14 races left, the end of the championship is far away and we have the level to join Melo and Jani for the final win".
Adam Langley Khan made a strong race. After starting from 18th position, Adam improved lap after lap his times and finished in a satisfying 11th position.