Open Telefonica driver news

17th April- French driver Jonathan Cochet, current French Formula 3 champion, will race the Open Telefonica Nissan series this season. Cochet, aged 24, will drive the Coloni Nissan CN1/C for the first time next weekend at Estoril in the second...

17th April- French driver Jonathan Cochet, current French Formula 3 champion, will race the Open Telefonica Nissan series this season. Cochet, aged 24, will drive the Coloni Nissan CN1/C for the first time next weekend at Estoril in the second round of the 2001 series. Jonathan Cochet will race in 2001 for Italian Venturini Racing. The team from Parma will make its Open Nissan comeback after being absent in the first race meeting, last 1st April at Jarama.

Jonathan Cochet, born in 1977, started his racing career in the karting scene when 13 years old. Nevertheless, his best results arrived once in single seater categories. He won the French Formula Renault championship in 1998 and was French Formula 3 runner-up in 1999 (2 race victories and 12 podiums). Last year Cochet blasted up by winning the French F3 crown and won prestigious races such as the F3 European Cup and the F3 Masters race in Zandvoort. These results were close-followed by Alain Prost, and former F1 world champion has recently offered Cochet a job as test driver for Prost F1 team. Jonathan Cochet is the second Open Telefonica driver who will combine both tasks along the season. Tomas Scheckter (Vergani Racing) works for Jaguar F1 team as a test driver as well. Cochet will fly from Silverstone (Prost F1 testing) to Estoril on Friday morning, the same day when the Open Telefonica collective practices are scheduled at the Portuguese circuit.

Montagny, in Le Mans race. Spaniard Abel Fajas to join series in Albacete (round 3) Frenchman Franck Montagny, current Open Telefonica Nissan leader after his double win in the first event of the season last 1st April at Jarama, has signed with French team Chrysler-Oreca to race Le Mans 24 Hours on the 16th and 17th June. Montagny will drive one of the new Chrysler LMP 2001 prototypes powered by Mopar which will make their Le Mans debut. These cars were unveiled in Barcelona last January. On the other hand, Abel Fajas, a 19-year old Spaniard, will be the eighth Spanish driver who joins the Open Telefonica 2001. Fajas (Team Skualo Competicion) arrives direct from the karting scene and will race at Albacete in the third round of series next 13th May.

-RPM-

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Series Le Mans , Other open wheel
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Jonathan Cochet , Franck Montagny , Alain Prost , Abel Fajas
Teams Nissan Motorsport