A new winner. Zacatecas, Mexico, September 13th. After winning the first three races of the ILP, Oswaldo Negri (2) from team Ferrara/Jimenez he was the logical favorite for the fourth round of La Formula de las Americas in Zacatecas, a ...
A new winner. Zacatecas, Mexico, September 13th.
After winning the first three races of the ILP, Oswaldo Negri (2) from team Ferrara/Jimenez he was the logical favorite for the fourth round of La Formula de las Americas in Zacatecas, a beautiful colonial town in central Mexico, but the Argentineans had a different point of view.
Waldemar Coronas (43) from team Carusi established a new track record on Saturday with 51.236, beating the old one that was set by the F3, almost 3 seconds higher. Waldemar started from the pole and kept the lead until something in his engine broke and le ft him with only seven cylinders, then passed by his countryman Mauro Fartuszek (21) from Argentina Motorsport.
Mauro had qualified fifth with 51.832 and went up to second when the cars arrived at turn one after the long straight, passing Brazilian driver Oswaldo Negri and Jimmy Morales (0) from Racing for Kids. Morales was forced to abandon because he was touched by Cesar Jimenez from Carusi who broke Jimmy's oil filter and bended the left rear suspension.
American Alex Padilla (7) started sixth and moved quickly up to third behind Negri, but stared to have temperature problems and thus decided to keep his cool and go last the whole race, finishing a few laps behind. Fartuszek kept a comfortable lead over N egri until the last two laps of the race when lapped cars got in their way, allowing the Brazilian to close the gap considerably but not enough to fight for the lead.
Coronas went in for repairs and came back to set the race fastest lap but he was several laps down already thus finishing in 8th place.
Third place was for Mauro's teammate Mariano Gonzalez (19) who at one time was able to get close to Negri but then slowed down as he realized Mauro and Negri were running at a very hard rate.
Fartuszek is the only driver other than Negri to have won an ILP race. He finished second in Saltillo, did not participate in Monterrey and could not make the start grid in Guadalajara because of electrical problems.
With his second place in Zacatecas Oswaldo Negri leads the championship with 80 points followed by Mauro Fartuszek with 37. Waldemar Coronas is now in third place with 33 points followed by Alex Padilla who has 32 and Eduardo Galicia, the top qualified Me xican driver with 31 points in fifth place.
Next race is on September 27th at the autodromo "Francisco Villa" in Chihuahua