Round 5 Italian F3000 Championship Vallelunga ( 30km from Rome ) In the 5th round of the Italian F3000 Championship I finally managed to finish the race. Well I really had no reason not to finish. No one hit me nor did the car breakdown....
Round 5 Italian F3000 Championship Vallelunga ( 30km from Rome )
In the 5th round of the Italian F3000 Championship I finally managed to finish the race. Well I really had no reason not to finish. No one hit me nor did the car breakdown. After what started off as a promising looking weekend it changed with the car's handling.
Saturday practice looked good as I was amongst the front runners. The setup was reasonable and in qualifying we were a little caught out by the extremely hot weather. In qualifying I dropped to position 12 where I would start the race from.
Sunday morning warm up my engineer decided to test a totally new race set up. Again we went slower and for the race I was left with my team mates setup on which I have never driven.
From position 12 was always going to be difficult and the team reassured me that if I finish I'll be in the points. As it turned out I got off the line cleanly and heading into the 1st corner I managed to pass 3 cars.
During the race I passed Warren Hughes ( championship leader ) to move into position 8 and thats where I stayed for the rest of the race. The cars handling was very tricky to say the least, with large amounts of oversteer making it difficult to lower lap times. The front runners were in sight in a battle of their own but unfortunately I was unable to close the gap on them.
I was driving the car to its limit but not near my own limit. No one failed to finish that was infront of me, as the team told me they would so I finished in position 8, two spots ahead of my new team mate, Michele Spoldi.
It was good to see the chequered flag being waved at the end.
Now that the team have sorted out their reliability issues they have set about to finding the pre season and early season form that we had to get us on the podium in the 3 remaining races this season.
We will soon find out as the next race is at Donnington, United Kingdom on the 6th August.