1 September 2001- Franck Montagny (23) has made it all. He has signed two fantastic victories, beating the old mark from Fernando Alonso (6) by achieving 7 in the same season, and he has established a new lap record of the Series in the Circuit...
1 September 2001- Franck Montagny (23) has made it all. He has signed two fantastic victories, beating the old mark from Fernando Alonso (6) by achieving 7 in the same season, and he has established a new lap record of the Series in the Circuit of Nevers Magny Cours: 1.30.171 (167.587 km/h). And it has to be in France!. Franck and the Epsilon by Graff team were delighted and they are now keen to conquer the Series: "I believe that with 7 victories in my pocket I'm ready to fight for the final step: to win the Open Telefonica 2001." Andrea Belicchi (SITEC) still fourth in the overall, after being classified in sixth and fourth position.
On the other hand, the South African Tomas Scheckter (21), and Team Vergani felt like in hell. Tomas was only fourth and second. Not enough. "We have lost all chances to win!" said Team Principal Francesco Marzi after Second Race. The gap between Montagny and Scheckter is only 8 points! Tommy was nowhere to be seen in the paddock.
The first Race was led by Montagny most of the time, although Burgueño (Repsol-YPF Meycom), who finished second, did a very good start. "Just couldn't stand the rythm of Montagny, and finally he overtook me." In the third place we saw a surprising Sarandeses, the young Spaniard driving for the Adrian Campos Team, after overtaking the Portuguese Manuel Giao (Fama), who finished in fourth position.
The PSN driver, Nicolas Filiberti, was not able to complete one lap due to the brake of the drive shaft of his Coloni/Nissan. Instead, Leandro Iglesias, a totally newcomer this Year, was finally placed in 9th position.
It wasn't the best Day for Venturini Racing. Jordi Nogues, a Spaniard, could not even take part in the races as he broke the rear right suspension while he was completing the formation lap. Neverthelessm, another newcomer, Abel Fajas, finished in 13th position. His best result so far.
The second Race was to be another victory for Montagny. But in the very first lap, the 19 year old Borja Garcia, the youngest driver in the Campos Team, profited the fight between Montagny and Scheckter, and stole the lead position for 9 laps: "Franck and Tomas were fighting and I just profited that situation. This is the perfcet way to thank Adrian Campos for being so confident with myself."
The most remarkable incident was the one involving Paulo Alho (Fama ) and Santiago Porteiro (Vergani Racing). Porteiro damage Ahlo's Coloni/Nissan seriously at the arrival of Adelaide,. Both drivers were suddenly out of the Race, but safe.
Manuel Giao was penalized with one minute, because of the lack of one of the tyre security clips was missing after his Pit Stop (Art. 21.16, Sporting Regulation). He went down in the Classification to the ninth position. Gregoire de Galzain (Epsilom by Graff) did a perfect Pit, overtaking Nicolas Filiberti (GD Racing), who was doing his Pit as well. But the best thing was to be seen: the four guys in the lead decide to enter at the same time!!!
Geoffrey Dellus , the other French driver, was very unlucky. 8th in the first race, he did a spin and DNF. But Team Epsilon hopes to see him very soon in the podium, as he is really showing a very good progression.
RESULTADOS/RESULTS Race 1: 1.Franck Montagny (Epsilon by Graff). 2. Angel Burgueño (RepsolYPF Meycom), a 3.328, 3. Rafael Sarandeses (Adrian Campos Motorsport), a 11.246, 4. Manuel Giao (Fama Motorsport), a 15.244, 5. Tomas Scheckter (Vergani Racing), a 19.480
Not Finish: Filiberti (Drive Shaft)
Race 2: 1. Franck Montagny (Adrian Campos Motorsport). 2. Tomas Scheckter (Vergani Racing), a 1.953, 3. Borja Garcia (Adrian Campos Motorsport), a 12.356, 4. Andrea Belicchi (SITEC Motorsport), a 13.241, 5. Rafael Sarandeses (Adrian Campos Motorsport), a 21.168.
Not Finish: Geoffrey Dellus (Spin), Matteo Bobbi (Abandon), Angel Burgueño (Clutch), Santiago Porteiro (Incident), Paulo Ahlo (Incident).
CLASIFICACION/OVERALL STANDINGS 1. Franck Montagny, 176 p., Tomas Scheckter, 168 p., 3. Andrea Belicchi, 140 p., 4. Rafael Sarandeses, 110 p. 5. Angel Burgueño, 80 p.