June 23, 1999 Meritus Racing has signed a new driver, James Hanson to the team, replacing Ryan Walker. This caused the team to put together a new chassis for Paul. The team made a trip to Mallory Park for testing and a shakedown of the new ...
June 23, 1999
Meritus Racing has signed a new driver, James Hanson to the team, replacing Ryan Walker. This caused the team to put together a new chassis for Paul. The team made a trip to Mallory Park for testing and a shakedown of the new chassis on Wednesday, June 23. Everything seemed to be okay with the handling of the car, but they did notice some miss-firing at the end of the day, but this appeared to be caused from being low on fuel. They felt set for Hockenheim. Paul has raced at the circuit before and had a very positive feeling about the upcoming race weekend. Thursday was spent traveling to Germany.
June 25-27, 1999 EFDA Euroseries Hockenheim, Germany
MERITUS' GERMAN TRIO
The Meritus Euroseries Squad turned out this weekend at the fast German Grand Prix circuit of Hockenheim and took home valuable championship points with all three of its drivers qualifying and finishing in the top ten.
American PAUL EDWARDS was the strongest of the trio again, finishing 4th and 5th in the two races although his qualifying sessions were plagued by an engine misfire which hampered his progress significantly. Nevertheless, starting in 8th position, and with the misfire fixed, he picked off his rivals one by one until the chequered flag halted his progress in each race. In fact in race two on Sunday, he had closed to half a second of third place and just missed out on yet another podium finish. "Not the best result really, but under the circumstances I suppose I shouldn't be too disapponted, but I am."
Fabricio Masullo, from Rio, Brazil, continued his good progress this season, qualifying 5th and 6th and racing wheel to wheel for positions before eventually being pushed off the track by the same reckless driver who caused such extensive damage to Paul Edwards car in Belgium three weeks ago. Fabricio toured to the pits where he retired with broken suspension. "This was my best ever qualifying race, so I am happy to improve my speed" he reported afterwards, "but it is very hard to pass with these cars so qualifying is important".
The third driver James Hanson, making his race debut with the team this weekend, made an impressive start to his campaign for the second half of the season. Qualifying 9th and finishing 7th in both races, he was happy to get the first race under his belt, "I am happy with how everything is going. I learnt a lot about tyre wear and am working well with the team and the car is perfect. I know Donington well, so I think I can go well there".
Team Operations Director Roberto Costa was pleased to get this weekend behind him, "Well James went really well, I'm quite impressed with him, and then Paul and Fabricio did their best, but for many reasons it wasn't one of our best weekends to be honest. We had a number of small problems but at least we ended up with a bag of points for the drivers and the team".
The next race is at Britain's Donington Park circuit on 18 July, giving the team plenty of practice time.