Mondini crowned 2004 champion! After an intelligent and masterful race, Mondini finished the last Super Sprint of the year to claim the 2004 championship title, ahead of Sharp and Belicchi. A thirty second penalty for his coming-together with ...
Mondini crowned 2004 champion!
After an intelligent and masterful race, Mondini finished the last Super Sprint of the year to claim the 2004 championship title, ahead of Sharp and Belicchi. A thirty second penalty for his coming-together with Sharp pushed Jani down into 16th in the race, dashing his hopes of a top-three championship position in the process.
All in all, the 2004 FR V6 championship has given us some tremendous trackside action. And all of its participants, whether they took part in every race or just made a one-off appearance, have been truly impressive. Their professionalism and ferocious racing spirit have shown themselves to be more than capable of competing at top level. This, above all else, was to be the enduring impression as the season drew to a close on Friday morning at the Dubai Autodrome.
Race two of round ten, the Super Sprint, proved to be a fantastic and action-packed curtain call for the season. The race win was finally claimed by Van Lagen, followed by his Interwetten.com team mate Barth, and with Belicchi completing the podium.
First across the finish line though was Montanari, despite knowing that having had his grid times disqualified in the second qualifying session (due to a noncompliant car) he would not be able to take any points from the race. But he was intent on confirming his superb results this year, especially his race win at Imola.
Meanwhile, the most regular finisher in the series was deservedly crowned championship winner. Focused on the track and physically as well-tuned as his car,
Giorgio Mondini was a touching victor on Friday. "I'm sorry," he said afterwards in the press conference, "It's very emotional and I can't find the words. Especially because just moments before the lights, my technicians were still making adjustments to the car, which has been giving us problems all weekend, particularly the gearbox. So above all I owe this victory to the whole team, who has done such a great job all season.
"They were fantastic, so I tried to be too. And thanks also to Antonio Ferrari, a great team manager and strategist, who is behind this double drivers' and team championship win. Not forgetting of course the other drivers, especially Sharp, Belicchi and Jani. The battle between us four has been tough but always fair, and I'd like to congratulate them too," said Giorgio, his voice breaking and not yet fully realizing that he'll soon be test driving Fernando Alonso's F1 RS 24.
Earlier in the race, while Montanari was out front but unable to take points, Van Lagen and his team mate Barth were pulling together to follow the leader and above all both make it onto the podium.
At the chequered flag, in accordance with article 152 of the FIA code, Montanari handed his first place to Van Lagen, who claimed his second win of the season. Also on the rostrum were Barth and Belicchi.
But behind them it was disappointment for Sharp, who not only lost his title bid this weekend, but also finished too far back in the points to keep alive any hopes of being awarded the championship later on, should he win his appeal against his penalty at Donington. The Scotsman finally crossed the line at the back of the pack, having come together with Jani earlier in the race.
The season's finale spelt glory for Mondini and his EuroInternational team, winners of the drivers' and team championships, at the end of round ten from Dubai where all the drivers greatly enjoyed the quality of the facilities and the wide track that was perfect for overtaking.
So it's goodbye 2004 and hello to the brand new 2005 World Series by Renault!
<pre> Super Sprint Classification 1) Montanari * (Victory Eng ) 14 laps 31'19''104 2) Van Lagen (Interwetten.com) 3''736 3) Barth (Interwetten.com) 6''734 4) Belicchi (AFC Motorsport) 11''647 5) Mondini (EuroInternational) 11''991 6) Shimoda (David Price Racing) 15''802 7) Rojas (Telmex Dams) 19''016
* The position of car N ° 11 Montanari- in the classification is suspended, pending the appeal to the UAE National Court (ART 152 International Sporting Code).
2004 Championship Classification* 1) Mondini (EuroInternational) 293 points 2) Sharp (Jenzer Motorsport) 271 pts 3) Belicchi (AFC Motorsport) 250 pts 4) Jani (Dams) 239 pts 5) Bell (David Price Racing) 156 pts 6) Campaniço (Cram Competition) 154 pts 7) Van Lagen (Interwetten.com) 145 pts
* Subject to confirmation by the FIA, after the international appeal of Jenzer Motorsport