Open Telefonica round four Albacete

Circuito de Albacete, Spain, 18 June.- Italian drivers Andrea Belicchi and Giuseppe Burlotti got the victories in the races of the fourth Event of the Open Telefonica series, today at the Circuito de Albacete crowded with 22,000 people. Both ...

Circuito de Albacete, Spain, 18 June.- Italian drivers Andrea Belicchi and Giuseppe Burlotti got the victories in the races of the fourth Event of the Open Telefonica series, today at the Circuito de Albacete crowded with 22,000 people. Both drivers dominated yesterday’s qualifying practices and took the start from the pole. Spaniard Antonio Garcia continues as the series leader (116 points) and second is now Burlotti (75). Aguas losses second place in the overall after getting a 1-minute time penalty because of overtaking with the pace car on the track. This decision can be appealed in 48 hours time.

The first race was dominated from the beginning to the end by Andrea Belicchi. The Italian, poleman, took advantage of Nogues getting stuck on the grid with the green light on. Series leader Garcia, starting from the fourth row, was hit by Burgueno in the first corner and spun out, but managed to rejoin the race in the penultimate position. Garcia could finish in the 10th position just behind Rui Aguas. The leading positions did not vary till the end of the race. Belicchi won, Burlotti and Delahaye completed the podium.

Collective accident

Just after the green light of the second race, in the first corner, seven drivers had to retire following Burgueno´s hit to Delahaye at the rear. Gay and Belicchi were also among them and the safety car entered the track for five entire laps.

Garcia took advantage later in the lead, but lost it in the mandatory pit stop. The crics failed, and the procedure took Garcia’s team 21 seconds, more than two times the normal time. That was one of the keys of the final result. Frenchman Ravier was the last to enter the pits, and he was overtaken by Burlotti and Aguas (their pit stop already made) on the main straight when rejoining the race. Garcia was then fifth, just behind an astonishing French Open newcomer, Jerome Dalla Lana. Garcia overtook the Frenchman on last lap.

The Stewards imposed Rui Aguas a 1-minute time penalty for overtaking with the pace car on the track. The Portuguese lost therefore his second place in the race and also in the overall.

Garcia remains as series leader, with a 41-point advantage on second-seeded Giuseppe Burlotti. The next meeting of the Open Telefonica will take place on the 16th July at Nevers-Magny Cours circuit. The Open will enter its second half and will visit France for the first time. The “European Tour” will also include England (Donington Park) and Italy (Monza) before it comes back to Spain for the last event of the series (Valencia, November 5). <pre> Results Race 1 (18 laps)

1. Andrea Belicchi (ITA, Doors Engineering) 25:10.230 at 151,850 km/h 2. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) gap 3.432 sec. 3. Laurent Delahaye (FRA, Ericsson Challenge by GTEC) gap 7.657 sec. 4. Angel Burgueno (ESP, Ergoline EC Motorsport) gap 8.260 sec. 5. Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) gap 14.165 sec.

Fast lap: Antonio Garcia, 1.22.537 a 158,59 km/h. (lap 4). DNF: Rafael Sarandeses (puncture after collision, lap 3), Jordi Nogués (spin out after being hit by Dalla Lana, lap 11), Jerôme Dalla Lana (mechanical problem, lap 12), Alessandro Gavazzoni (engine failure, lap 13), Cristian Mackenna (spin out, lap 13), Matteo Bobbi (gearbox, lap 17) Race leaders: Andrea Belicchi (laps 1 to 18)

Results Race 2 (28 laps with pit stop)

1. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA, Vergani Racing España) 43:06.264 a 137,933 km/h 2. Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) gap 0.814 sec. 3. Antonio Garcia (ESP, Adrián Campos Motorsport) gap 1.752 sec. 4. Jerôme Dalla Lana (FRA, Epsilon by Graff) gap 2.906 sec. 5. Cristian Mackenna (CHI, Vergani Racing España) gap 11.057 sec.

Fast lap: Antonio Garcia, 1.22.427 a 154,566 km/h. DNF: Patrice Gay, Laurent Delahaye, Angel Burgueno, Andrea Belicchi, Sandro Gavazzoni, Grégoire de Galzain, Fernando Navarrete (collective accident, lap 1), Rafael Sarandeses (flat bottom damage, lap 6), Giovanni Anapoli (accident, lap 26), Víctor Ordóñez (structural damage after being hit by Anapoli, lap 26) Race leaders: Antonio Garcia (laps 1 to 9), Jean Christophe Ravier (laps 10 to 18), Giuseppe Burlotti (laps 19 to 28).

SERIES STANDINGS (provisional-appeals in progress): 1. Antonio Garcia (ESP), 116 points; 2. Giuseppe Burlotti (ITA), 75 p.; 3. Rui Aguas, (POR) 74 p.; 4. Patrice Gay (FRA), 64 p.; 5. Angel Burgueno (ESP), 55 p.; 6. Joel Camathias (SUI), 47 p. 7. Jean Christophe Ravier (FRA), 45 p.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Joel Camathias , Matteo Bobbi , Adrian Campos , Rui Aguas , Angel Burgueño , Andrea Belicchi , Patrice Gay