21 Open Telefonica drivers to test at Valencian circuit tomorrow and Friday Confirmed: Tomas Scheckter enters the series with Vergani Racing First event of series next 1st April at Jarama. Marc Gene, Fernando Alonso and Antonio Garcia are the ...
21 Open Telefonica drivers to test at Valencian circuit tomorrow and Friday Confirmed: Tomas Scheckter enters the series with Vergani Racing First event of series next 1st April at Jarama. Marc Gene, Fernando Alonso and Antonio Garcia are the former Open champions: who will be the next?
21st March.- Open Telefonica 2001 pre-season comes to its end with the last collective testing sessions scheduled for tomorrow and on Friday. Twenty-one drivers have already entered the 2001 series -some newcomers are still likely to sign in- and they will test at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo. The series first event will take place at Jarama (Madrid) next 1st of April. Testing schedule at Valencia will be the same for both days: morning session from 10.15 to 13.15 hours and afternoon session from 15.00 to 17.30 hours.
Drivers from seven countries: Tomas Scheckter is the attraction
Seven nationalities will be represented this season in the Open Telefonica: Italy, Venezuela, South Africa, Argentina, France, Portugal and Spain. There will be racing six Spanish drivers (majority), but followed close by the Frenchmen (5) and those from Portugal and Italy (3 drivers each). For the first time in the Open history a driver from Venezuela will line up in the grid. Woman-driver Milka Duno from Caracas will follow the path set up by Balba Gonzalez-Camino (1999) and Francesca Pardini (2000).
Nevertheless, it will be a young man from South Africa, Tomas Scheckter, who is named to be a main actor this season. Son of former F1 world champion with Ferrari Jody Scheckter and test driver for Jaguar F1 in 2001, Tomas is back to the Open Nissan this season. Scheckter raced in the final event in 1999 (Valencia). He took one win a a second (behind Fernando Alonso) after signing both pole positions in qualifying
Five triple teams this season
Tomas Scheckter, Manuel Giao (runner-up in 1999), Rafael Sarandeses (team leader for triple champion team Adrian Campos Motorsport), Franck Montagny (French F3 runner-up in 1998) and Ángel Burgueño are among the favourites for victory in the Open Telefonica Nissan 2001.
Nine newcomers will line-up this season. Some of them -Franck Montagny, for instance- have good chances to win. Moreover, five teams have increased and will host three drivers in 2001: Adrian Campos Motorsport (Sarandeses, Bobbi and Garcia), Vergani Racing (Scheckter, Porteiro and Duno), Epsilon by Graff (Montagny, de Galzain and Dellus), Repsol Meycom (Ordoñez, Megre and Burgueño) and G-tec (Nogues, Benoliel and Garnier).