Nevers, 14 July.- In France's National Day, three French drivers -Jean Christophe Ravier (Epsilon by Graff), JerÃ´me Dalla Lana (Epsilon by Graff) and Patrice Gay (AdriÃ¡n Campos Motorsport)- have clocked three-best lap times in the first ...
Nevers, 14 July.- In France's National Day, three French drivers -Jean Christophe Ravier (Epsilon by Graff), Jerôme Dalla Lana (Epsilon by Graff) and Patrice Gay (Adrián Campos Motorsport)- have clocked three-best lap times in the first qualifying session of the fifth round of the Open Telefonica, this weekend at Magny Cours circuit. This session, on wet track and continuous drizzle, set grid positions for the first race (tomorrow at 14.30 hours local time).
Nevertheless, attention has been this time also out of the track. The FIA Court of Appeal has considered the appeal of team Vergani Racing España against double exclusion at Catalunya (second round of series) of Italian driver Giuseppe Burlotti. The FIA has invalidated decisions of both the Stewards and the Spanish Court of Appeal. Burlotti was excluded, after complaint presented by team Venturini Racing, of both races in April -he got two wins- following illegal modifications operated in the single seater. The decisions of the FIA Court of Appeal are final, and it has been motivated by the lack of an evidence to show the punished fact. As a result, Giuseppe Burlotti gets 40 points back and climbs on top of the series standings (115 points), six ahead of Spaniard Antonio Garcia (109),
In today's qualifying practice, Burlotti made 10th (fifth row on the grid tomorrow). Garcia finished 4th (second row). <pre> Results first qualifying practice 1. Jean C. Ravier (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) 1.54.507 at 133,616 km/h POLE RACE #1 2. Jerome Dalla Lana (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) gap 0.041 seg. 3. Patrice Gay (FRA, Adrian Campos Motorsport) gap 0.324 seg. 4. Antonio García (ESP, Adrian Campos Motorsport) gap 1.121 seg. 5. Rui Aguas (POR, Venturini Racing) gap 1.203 seg. </pre> Tomorrow the first race of this French round (16 laps) to be starting at 14.30 hours local time.
GIUSEPPE BURLOTTI (Vergani Racing España): "For me it is better to be first with the pressure on, than an angry second-seeded. Yesterday everything went smooth, but we have failed today with the car, so we will have to work hard to know the reasons".
ANTONIO GARCíA (Adrian Campos Motorsport): "I believe that the FIA decision is not fair and it goes against all teams in the Open. Now I am six points behind, but I am confident to recuperate the leadership tomorrow. Today I have been faster than Burlotti, even though rain and wet track do not fit me and we had no the chance to a prior test on wet."
JEAN CHRISTOPHE RAVIER: "The single seater went perfect today. Here we French drivers have more chances than the rest, and even more if the track is wet".