Monterrey race cancelled

Monterrey, N.L., Mexico, April 14, 1997.- The first Mexican "Montana Grand Prix" Series' race with the F.I.A. International FORMULA 3 as main event to be held Sunday April 13th in the Monterrey Racetrack, had to be cancelled because of the bad ...

Monterrey, N.L., Mexico, April 14, 1997.- The first Mexican "Montana Grand Prix" Series' race with the F.I.A. International FORMULA 3 as main event to be held Sunday April 13th in the Monterrey Racetrack, had to be cancelled because of the bad weather that unexpectedly hit the northeastern part of the country this weekend. The practices and qualifying sessions took place on Saturday the 12th, on schedule at unusually low temperatures for this time of the year in Monterrey. The first practices were held at 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit)and it was never warmer as 12 degrees C., under very low and dark menacing clouds, but it never rained. Some of the drivers and team engineers complained that the slicks never reached their ideal working temperature,but young Argentinian Wakdemar Coronas managed to break the existing track record established last year by Gilberto Jimenez in 1' 7.419". This year the cars are the same Reynard 933s mostly powered by Alfa Romeo 2 liter, 8 valve engines, every one using Good Year Eagle slicks. Waldi's time was 1' 7.082" which even bettered the so called F-3000 pole time of 1' 7.119" put here last month by the 3.5 liter engined Lolas! Sunday morning the sky was dreadful and the temperature 2 degrees cooler than the day before, but it was still dry when the warm-up laps started for all four categories, Formula Reynard, Formula 3, Open Class and 750c.c. Bikes. But the forecast showed 40% of rain possibilities which proved to mean that during 40% of the day it would rain and it started right after the warm-up laps finished. In any other track, the race would have started anyway because first it was a very light rain, and there were wet tires for everyone, but in this track there's a concrete section right in the starting and grid formation zone in which the drag races (quarter mile) also start and they leave a sticky compound forming a thick film that under wet conditions turns like butter and it's impossible to handle a car coming out of the banked curve in that section, the rest of the track being asphalt (tarmack). It was the international local airport's weather office that confirmed that it would rain from 10 o'clock and every hour heavier untill the evening hours. It turned to be that way and the race would have been redflagged at less than half of the 36 laps or one hour programmed. The decission was taken with OMDAI officials (Mexican FIA affiliated association), Interticket promoters and the teams participating, that the race will be subtituted by another one maybe during October and that it'll be anounced as soon as the date and track is assured, avoiding a coincidence with the F-3000 and Mustang Series' events.

Intertciket/Hector Sanchez-Rosaldo. April 1997.

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