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Best lap time for series leader ahead of Burgueno and Frenchman Ravier Burlotti, second in the overall, only makes ninth Barcelona, 28 September.- Antonio Garcia (Adrian Campos Motorsport) clocked the best lap time today at Monza in the...

Best lap time for series leader ahead of Burgueno and Frenchman Ravier Burlotti, second in the overall, only makes ninth

Barcelona, 28 September.- Antonio Garcia (Adrian Campos Motorsport) clocked the best lap time today at Monza in the collective testing sessions prior to the penultimate round of the series, scheduled for Sunday at the Italian circuit. Garcia lapped more than half a second faster than Spaniard Burgueno (Ergoline EC Motorsport, 1.45.637). Frenchman Jean-Christophe Ravier (Epsilon by Graff), best in the morning session finished third: 1.45.791.

All drivers counting for the championship finished on top positions, with the exception of runner-up in the overall standings, Italian Giuseppe Burlotti (Vergani Racing España). Burlotti needed more than one second and a half than Garcia did (1.46.700). The Spaniard said this is not to be decisive: "I do not care about other drivers' problems or particular situations, but tomorrow everything may change and so on Saturday in the qualifiers. I am happy with my results, and that's all I can say", afirmed Garcia.

Last season Burgueno and Italian driver Andrea Belicchi took the wins at Monza. Burgueno clocked today second best: "Everything was perfect except my spin out with the last hour still to go. At that moment temperature at the circuit is ideal to shorten lap times, and unfortunately I couldn't. But Garcia is really strong, anyway", said the Spaniard.

The new corner at Monza

Neither Garcia nor Burgueno were enthusiastic regarding the track changes at Monza. "It is really difficult to find a good reference to start braking", said Garcia. "And if you miss it you are out of the track in less than a second". On the other hand, Burgueno believes that "it is too slow. We arrive at 260 km/h and the curve-passing is less than 40 km/h. It is even nasty for us".

Ni Garcia ni Burgueño se han mostrado muy entusiasmados con las reformas realizadas en la primera curva del circuito. "Es muy dificil encontrar una referencia", ha dicho Garcia. "i te vas un metro mas alla en el inicio de la frenada, estas fuera de la pista" Burgueño , por su parte, piensa que "es demasiado lenta. Pasamos de 260 km/h a practicamente 40 km/h. Los coches sufren mas que antes y llega a ser hasta desagradable para el piloto".

Collective practices are scheduled for Friday. Qualifiers will take place on Saturday at 10.00 hours (grid race 1, 14 laps) and 14.00 hours (grid race 2, 21 laps with pit stop).

SERIES STANDINGS: 1. Antonio Garcia (ESP), 167 points; 2. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA), 140 p.; 3. Rui Aguas (POR), 119 p.; 4. Angel Burgueño (ESP), 105 p.; 5. Patrice Gay (FRA), 95 p.; 6. Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA), 76 p.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Jean-Christophe Ravier , Adrian Campos , Rui Aguas , Angel Burgueño , Andrea Belicchi , Patrice Gay