IF3: Derek Hill; close qualifying at Monza

In the closest qualifying session so far in the Italian Formula 3000 Championship, Derek's time of 1'39.226 was only 0.218 seconds from pole position and secured sixth position on the grid. A total of thirteen cars were in the first one ...

In the closest qualifying session so far in the Italian Formula 3000 Championship, Derek's time of 1'39.226 was only 0.218 seconds from pole position and secured sixth position on the grid. A total of thirteen cars were in the first one second.

Race morning started well with Derek securing the fastest time of 1'39.257 in the morning warm up, just over one tenth of a second quicker than Warren Hughes

Derek made a fantastic start in the race and entered the second chicane in third position. Unfortunately his race would ended there, as the Italian driver Lancieri drove into the back of Derek removing him from the race. Warren Hughes who qualified two positions behind Derek, had an eye witness view of Derek's unfortunate departure as he gained several positions during the incident and went on to win the race.

" We knew that we where going to be right in the thick of it, starting from sixth and we had to get through the first couple of corners safely. I had a good run from the start and got out of the first chicane cleanly. ,Going into the second chicane Lancieri tried going up the inside, so I took a tight line clipping the kerbs and was through when he just hit me from behind and I spun into the gravel. It is really a shame as we had a great car today, the best it has been all year and I know I would have been able to keep Warren Hughes honest, as we were quicker than him in the warm up this morning. He just drove away from everybody once the race settled down.

I just wish I could've had a chance to prove our stuff in the race, but I think we accomplished a lot this weekend by showing the rest of the teams that we are becoming more and more competitive with each outing."" Derek said

Da Vinci Team Manager Andrew Chisholm " I am really pleased with Derek, many of the drivers here have been testing since last November and also doing a lot of mileage since the beginning of the year, some even racing in other series to get more mileage. Derek has only had one test day, about 300 kms in total and he is right on the pace. His performance this weekend has been very professional and he has helped to lift the whole team. We know he has the qualifying pace and will convert this into a race result soon."

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Derek Hill , Warren Hughes