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CAR RACING ­ OPEN TELEFONICA NISSAN (Round 7: Monza) Barcelona, 21 September.- The fastest circuit in the season calendar will start the 'decision process' about who will be the driver to follow Marc Gene and Fernando Alonso in the Open ...

CAR RACING ­ OPEN TELEFONICA NISSAN (Round 7: Monza)

Barcelona, 21 September.- The fastest circuit in the season calendar will start the 'decision process' about who will be the driver to follow Marc Gene and Fernando Alonso in the Open Telefonica Nissan palmarès. At the Italian venue top-speeds above 265 km/h are expected. Curve-passing will be critical, especially at the beginning of the races as seen recently in the F1 Italian Grand Prix. Nineteen drivers expected to be on the grid. Spaniard Jordi Nogues (3rd in Catalunya this season) is back. He missed Donington due to budget trouble-. Italian driver Francesca Pardini (19 years old) will undergo her Open première.

Spaniard Antonio Garcia (Adrian Campos Motorsport) is the series leader since the fifth round at Magny-Cours last July. At Donington Park (06 August) the Spaniard broadened his advantage even though he won neither of the races. Nevertheless, Burlotti's poor results in Great Britain confirmed Garcia on top of the overall standings.

However, drivers behind them say nothing is decided yet. Also Portuguese Rui Aguas (Venturini Racing) and Spaniard Angel Burgueño (Ergoline EC Motorsport) still rely on their options, even though they realize that they depend on third parties' results. "Please have my 3-million pesetas cheque ready" said Aguas "because I am going to win both races at Monza".

No time for relax for Antonio Garcia. Last season the Spaniard could only finish 5th in the first race and tumbled over in the second.

Record chance for Burgueño
The Spaniard, engaged in the Italian team Ergoline EC Motorsport, can get his third consecutive victory if he wins the first race (he did so last year). Up to now, only Marc Gene has achieved this figure. That happened in 1998, when the Minardi F1 driver got 6 wins in a row on the road for his championship title. This season 6 different drives have won Open Telefonica races.

The racing program at Monza will be completed by the Citroën Saxo Italy, the MG Trophy, the Mazda Cup and the Junior Formula.

Second girl driver in the Open history: Francesca Pardini
The 19-year old driver will race at Monza and she is very likely to be as well at Valencia (5 November), in the season final event. Francesca Pardini participated in the Italian Formula Campus in 1997 and 1998. Last season she became the first girl in achieving a podium in the Megane Cup. In 2000 she races the Italian Prototype championship (one win, three second-places and a third place, one event to go).She has also been present in four events of the Clio Euro Trophy 2000.

Francesca Pardini, driving instructor in the ³Henry Morrough² racing school, is the second girl entering the Open Nissan. Spaniard Balba Gonzalez-Camino participated in the Open 1999.

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The OPEN NISSAN 1999 at MONZA

Pole positions: Fernando Alonso 1.43.648 Manuel Giao 1.43.412

Race 1 1. Angel BURGUEÑO ESP (Nokia-EC Motorsport) 2. Laurent DELAHAYE FRA (Ericsson GTEC) 3. Manuel GIAO POR (Vitamina R - Fama) Fastest lap: Manuel Giao 1.43.405 (average speed 200,880 km/h)

Race 2 1. Andrea BELICCHI ITA (Auto In Motorsport) 2. Davide CAMPANA ITA (Venturini Racing) 3. Giuseppe BURLOTTI ITA (Auto In Motorsport) Fastest lap: Davide Campana 1.43.896 (average speed 199,931 km/h)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Manuel Giao , Adrian Campos , Angel Burgueño
Teams Citroën World Rally Team