Monza: First practice results

Franck Montagny takes best time in Monza. Dallara Nissan V6 becomes the fastest formula to run in the Italian circuit, after F-1, reaching an overall speed of 210 km/h. Montagny, Zonta and Leinders set the pace in the first practice day of the...

Franck Montagny takes best time in Monza.

Dallara Nissan V6 becomes the fastest formula to run in the Italian circuit, after F-1, reaching an overall speed of 210 km/h.

Montagny, Zonta and Leinders set the pace in the first practice day of the Telefónica World Series by Nissan.

Monza, 5 July 2002 -.The main challengers to the victory of the Telefónica World Series by Nissan set the pace in the first practice day and they came out on top at the end of the two free practice sessions at the Monza circuit. Frank Montagny, Ricardo Zonta and Bas Leinders were able to improve their time under 1:40 seconds. The French driver reach an overall speed of 210 km/h in the mythic Italian track, so the Dallara Nissan V6 becomes the fastest car that ever rode in Monza after an F-1. The Monza meeting is the 4th of the season.

Montagny (Racing Engineering) has moved up from 6th position to the best performance in the two free sessions. He rode his way into the best time. Franck outpaced the current leader Ricardo Zonta (Gabord Competicion) by 0.013 seconds in the last minutes of the second session. Bas Leinders (KTR) set the 3rd best time just 0.061 behind the French driver.

In the Formula Nissan 2000 category, Andrea Belicchi (BCN Competicion) has been the fastest driver of the first day of practice with 1:50.446, ahead of two Spanish drivers: Fernando Navarrete (CMC Albacete), 0.107 seconds behind and Borja García (Escuela Lois Circuit), 0.141 seconds behind. The current leader Matteo Bobbi (Vergani Racing) set the 4th fastest time two tenth of a second behind the first. The Championship challengers José M. Pérez Aicart (Escuela Lois Circuit) and Santiago Porteiro (Repsol Meycom) have been 8th and 7th. Gelete Nieto (Epsilon by Graff Team) was 10th in the opening session (1:51.435) and his teammate Mathias Lauda was 13th ending less than two seconds from the fastest.

Tomorrow, the Telefónica World Series by Nissan will celebrate all the Qualifying sessions.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
World Series Free Practice (Scratch)
1. Franck Montagny FRA Racing Engineering 1:39.645
2. Ricardo Zonta BRA Gabord Competición 1:39.658 / 0.013
3. Bas Leinders BEL KTR 1:39.706 / 0.061
4. Antonio García SPA Adrian Campos Motor. 1:40.302 / 0.657
5. Rafael Sarandeses SPA 7Up GD Racing 1:40.482 / 0.837
6. Justin Wilson GBR Racing Engineering 1:40.507 / 0.862
7. Nicolás Filiberti ARG Zele Motorsport 1:40.614 / 0.969
8. Narain Karthikeyan IND Tata RC Motorsport 1:40.684 / 1.039
9. Roberto González MEX 7UP GD Racing 1:40.803 / 1.158
10. Polo Villaamil SPA Adrian Campos Motor. 1:41.154 / 1.509

Champioship standings WORLD SERIES 1. R. Zonta, 108 puntos; 2. B. Leinders, 79; 3. F. Montagny, 70; 4. J.C.Ravier, 41; 5. N.Filiberti, 25; 6. J. Wilson, 24; 7. P. Sundberg, 21; 8. R. Sarandeses, 15.

FORMULA NISSAN 2000 1. M. Bobbi, 83 points; 2. J.M. Pérez-Aicart, 80; 3. S.Porteiro, 70; 4. C. Míguez, 54; 5. B. García, 50; 6. J.A. del Pino, 44.

SPANISH FORMULA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 1600 1. A. Vallés, 121 points; 2. R. Rodríguez, 61; 3. L. Orecchioni, 53; 4. V. Jaguen, 50; 5. A. Barba, 46; 6. M. Carol, 28.

Only the first 10 drivers get points: 20 points for the winner, 15 points for the second driver, 12 points for the 3rd classified, 10 for the 4th driver, 8 points for the 5th, 6 points for the 6th top driver, 4 points for the 7th, 3 points for the 8th, 2 points for the 9th, and 1 point for the 10th driver. The fastest lap gives two more points to the quickest driver.

-www.telefonicaworldseries.com

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Series Other open wheel , Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Ricardo Zonta , Justin Wilson , Antonio Garcia , Franck Montagny , Narain Karthikeyan , Matteo Bobbi , Roberto Gonzalez , Bas Leinders , Mathias Lauda , Borja Garcia , Adrian Campos , Andrea Belicchi
Teams Racing Engineering