Open Telefonica testing at Jarama 2001-03-02

Madrid, 2nd March.- It didn¹t stop raining for mostly the whole weekend, and that prevented us from enjoying quite a good show on the track. The Open Telefonica Nissan 2001 season has started with this two-day collective testing at Jarama. The...

Madrid, 2nd March.- It didn¹t stop raining for mostly the whole weekend, and that prevented us from enjoying quite a good show on the track. The Open Telefonica Nissan 2001 season has started with this two-day collective testing at Jarama.

The drivers line-up was fantastic (22 drivers from 8 countries) and two young men dominated: Tomas Scheckter (Vergani Racing) from South Africa and Portuguese Manuel Giao (Scuderia Famá). Best lap time for Jody Scheckter¹s son -and for both testing days- was 1.40.276. Giao lapped in 1.41.004. Franchman Frank Montagny (Epsilon by Graff) made his debut on a Coloni Nissan CN1/C. Former F3000 driver showed what he is capable to do in the Open 2001 (third best result yesterday) even though he did not lap this afternoon when rain stopped for a while and most drivers did to improve their results.

Today it was Spaniard Rafael Sarandeses (Adrián Campos Motorsport, 1.41.118) who climbed to third place in the overall. Sarandeses, engaged in triple-champion team with Gené, Alonso and Garcia (Adrián Campos Motorsport), was also the recordman in laps at Jarama (103). Open Telefonica teams and drivers will come back to activity next 22nd and 23rd March at Valencia for another collective testing.

Offs have been a frequent feature today. Most drivers have spun off, some of them more than once. Fangio corner at the end of the straight and Bugatti (hard breaking corner) have taken Alho, Ordóñez, Dellus, Acebal, Iglesias or Zadotti out of the track because of acquaplanning.

Nevertheless, this season premiere has been a record of participating drivers, 21 men and 1 woman from 8 countries. Spain was on top with 6 drivers, but France and Portugal were real close (4 drivers each). The starting grid for the first event (Jarama, 1st April) will be crowded up once again.

The new sidepods arrived this week from Italy. They have been designed to improve the single seater aerodynamics, and drivers had the oportunity to test them today for the first time.

<pre> SCRATCH RESULTS (Thursday & Friday) 1. Tomas Scheckter RSA Vergani Racing 1.40.276 2. Manuel Giao POR Scuderia Famá 1.41.004 3. Rafael Sarandeses ESP A. Campos Mot. 1.41.118 4. Andrea Belicchi ITA Door¹s Engineering 1.42.081 5. Borja García ESP A. Campos Mot. 1.42.428 6. Paulo Alho POR Scuderia Famá 1.42.591 7. Matteo Bobbi ITA A. Campos Mot. 1.42.717 8. Ricardo Megre POR Repsol Meycom 1.42.774 9. Filippo Zadotti ITA Door¹s Engineering 1.42.848 10. Mariano Acebal ARG GD Racing 1.43.961 11. Geoffrey Dellus FRA Epsilon by Graff 1.44.412 12. Santiago Porteiro ESP Vergani Racing 1.44.699 13. Angel Burgueño ESP Repsol Meycom 1.44.797 14. Grégoire de Galzain FRA Epsilon by Graff 1.45.261 15. Jordi Nogués ESP GTEC 1.46.804 16. Frank Montagny FRA Epsilon by Graff 1.47.077 17. Philippe Benoliel FRA GTEC 1.47.275 18. Leandro Iglesias ARG GD Racing 1.49.665 19. Rui Aguas POR Venturini Racing 1.52.745 20. Víctor Ordóñez ESP Repsol Meycom 1.53.631 21. Milka Duno VEN Vergani Racing 1.55.094 22. Sam Hancock GBR Formax Racing 1.57.185

Preseason will finish next 22-23 March at Valencia with the second and last official collective testing prior to the Open Telefonica 2001 first event at Jarama (April,1).

- RPM COMUNICACIÓN

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Milka Duno , Tomas Scheckter , Matteo Bobbi , Manuel Giao , Sam Hancock , Borja Garcia , Adrian Campos , Rui Aguas , Angel Burgueño , Andrea Belicchi , Filippo Zadotti