EU V6: Dubai season finale preview

Firework Finale in Dubai! This time it's for real! The tenth and final round of the 2004 Eurocup sees the FR V6 bow out in fine style, as the drivers take the championship right down to the wire in the sumptuous setting of Dubai. The unknown...

Firework Finale in Dubai!

This time it's for real! The tenth and final round of the 2004 Eurocup sees the FR V6 bow out in fine style, as the drivers take the championship right down to the wire in the sumptuous setting of Dubai. The unknown track will make it a level playing field for all drivers and teams, so get ready for some motor-racing magic in the mirages!

Just two points now separate championship leader Mondini (EuroInternational) from Britain's Ryan Sharp (Jenzer Motorsport). Meanwhile third-place Belicchi (AFC Motorsport) has just what it takes to catch the leaders, and lying just 35 points behind Mondini, he could beat them too! It's a tougher task for Switzerland's Neel Jani (Dams), currently 42 points off the lead. Not only must he take full points, but he will need a run of amazing luck to claim the title. But in FR V6, it ain't over till it's over.

Especially because there are a number of unknown factors in this last race of the year: none of the 18 drivers have ever driven here, and will have just two hours of private and free practice to get used to the intricate Dubai circuit.

In addition to that, they'll have to face another major obstacle: the heat! Drivers and mechanics alike will struggle to overcome the temperatures, making it an even tougher challenge to find the right set- ups and keep cool!

So get ready for a unique, electrifying big race atmosphere. The hard work put in all year comes down to just one race, where some will rely on tactics and others pure daring!

And as if the battles for the race victory and drivers' championship victory were not enough, Dubai will also decide the overall team victory. So expect to see Antonio Ferrari (EuroInternational), Giorgio Piccolo (Victory Eng SpA) and Jean Paul Driot (Dams) with their calculators in hand, as each of their squads are in with a shot of the team title. All of which spells pressure and action on and off the track.

This is set to be racing at its best: four drivers have glory in their reach, with Mondini and Sharp favourites and Belicchi and Jani outsiders. But that doesn't mean the rest of the field won't be giving everything they've got to impress at the exotic Dubai Autodrome.

One to watch in particular is "newcomer" Esteban Guerrieri, winner of the 2003 FR 2000 Masters and awesome sixth-place finisher in International F3000 this year, who joins Martinez-Leon in Cram Competition. Marc Benz from Switzerland will be the new team mate of Ryan Sharp (Jenzer Motorpsort).

You can count on the action getting very hot in this last round of the Eurocup, in what is looking like a truly spectacular showdown at the Dubai Autodrome.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Neel Jani , Ryan Sharp , Marc Benz , Esteban Guerrieri
Teams Jenzer Motorsport