The Spaniard wins both races ahead of Antonio Garcia, who increases his series lead Burgueno, who climbs to fourth place, is the driver with more wins in the Open, ahead of GenÃ©, Alonso and Garcia Donington Park, August 6.- Spaniard Angel ...
The Spaniard wins both races ahead of Antonio Garcia, who increases his series lead Burgueno, who climbs to fourth place, is the driver with more wins in the Open, ahead of Gené, Alonso and Garcia
Donington Park, August 6.- Spaniard Angel Burgueño (Ergoline EC Motorsport) won both races today at Donington Park with 23,000 crowd attendance. Antonio Garcia got two second places and takes more advantage in the series lead, because Italian Giuseppe Burlotti just finishes 4th and 10th. It has been a fantastic weekend for Burgueño, because yesterday he got both pole-positions in the qualifying practices. Today, full success for the Spaniard: both fast laps to add to both wins. Up to now, Burgueño has won seven races in the Open history. Gené, Alonso and Garcia have won six. But F1 driver and F3000 FIA driver participated in only one Open season. Burgueño is in his third consecutive participation. For statistics fans: history says that double winner at Donington... wins the series. That happened in 1998 (Marc Gené) and in 1999 (Fernando Alonso)...
Two exact race starts Burgueño had to face to exact race starts. Garcia took first position right after the green light, but Burgueño managed to recover the lead before the first lap was completed. In the first race there was no adversary for Burgueño. He kept a very good race pace, and no-one was able to follow him. Garcia had no trouble either in keeping second position, nor Belicchi in third. The fight was focused on Aguas and Burlotti's battle for fourth place. Both drivers overtook each other two times, but the Italian got it at the end, and won ten points which enable him to keep path of Garcia in the series overall standings.
Being impossible to reach Burgueño on the track, the second race was to decide in the pit stop procedure. Ergoline EC Motorsport -Burgueño's team- made a superb job and the Spaniard kept first position in race. Garcia tried to put some pressure on him during three laps (gap being shortened), but Burgueno lapped really fast again and positions did not vary till the end. Problems for Burlotti after the pit stop. He was overtaken by Aguas on lap 21 and then fell from 6th to 10th because of set up problems raising after the pit stop. Burlotti got only one point in this race, so Garcia's advantage in series lead has become bigger. Good performance by Portuguese Rui Aguas. He climbed from 9th position in the starting grid to the 5th when the chequered flag.
<pre> Results Race 1 (16 laps) 1. Angel Burgueño (ESP, Ergoline EC Motorsport) 24:03.755 a 162,7 km/h 2. Antonio García (ESP, Adrián Campos Motorsport) a 4.589 3. Andrea Belicchi (ITA, Doors Engineering) a 8.503 4. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) a 10.681 5. Rui Aguas (POR, Venturini Racing) a 11.626 Fastest lap: Angel Burgueño 1.29.013 a 162,704 km/h Did not finish: Sandro Gavazzoni (touch with de Galzain, lap 1), Paulo Alho (spin out, lap 2), Cristian Mackenna (spin out, lap 9) Race leaders: Angel Burgueño (laps 1 to 16)
Results Race 2 (25 laps & pit stop) 1. Angel Burgueño (ESP, Ergoline EC Motorsport) 37:39.101 a 163,605 km/h 2. Antonio García (ESP, Adrián Campos Motorsport) a 3.968 3. Laurent Delahaye (FRA, Ericsson Challenge by GTEC) a 12.075 4. Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) a 18.163 5. Rui Aguas (POR, Venturini Racing) a 21.083 Fastest lap: Angel Burgueño, 1.28.523 a 163,605 km/h Did not finish: Sandro Gavazzoni (mechanical problem, lap 1), Cristian Mackenna (spin out, lap 3) Race leaders: Angel Burgueño (laps 1 to 13), Jean Christophe Ravier (14 to 16), Angel Burgueño (17 to 25)
Summer break now for the Open Telefonica. Next meeting at Monza (Italy) on October, 1 prior to the series final round in Valencia (November, 5)
SERIES STANDINGS: 1. Antonio García, 167 points; 2. Giuseppe Burlotti, 140 p.; 3. Rui Aguas, 119 p.; 4. Angel Burgueño, 105 p.; 5. Patrice Gay, 95 p.; 6. Jean Christophe Ravier, 76 p.; 7. Andrea Belicchi, 58 p.
ANGEL BURGUEÑO: "I am ecstatic today. I needed this wins after the disappointment at Jarama, where I lost one race after times being added. I still have things to say in the series and... I am firmly convinced to improve my runner-up position of 1998. But it will be not easy. I must work hard in the starts. They are my weakness. I failed today and that could have prevented me from getting the two wins".
ANTONIO GARCíA: "We have changed the whole setup today, following our problems yesterday in qualifying. Burgueño was really fast today, so I decided to bet on a very early pit stop. Back on the track I was in the group on tail of race and that made things more difficult. I am happy if I look at the series standings, but not at all for my performance today. I will give no more chances to adversaries. I want to be the champion before the last round of series takes place at Valencia".
GIUSEPPE BURLOTTI: "I am really disappointed today. In the second race, after the pit stop, all car setup has vanished. There are a lot of points to fight for, but today I only got 11... and that is not good".
LAURENT DELAHAYE: "This third place has the flavour of a victory for me in such a difficult season for us and after the problems we had at Magny-Cours. Lap times today say the team is ready to fight for a race victory, and I hope it will arrive before the end of the season".