Scheckter quickest at Albacete

Circuito de Albacete, May 11th.- Tomas Scheckter (Vergani Racing), former Jaguar Test Driver in Formula One, has been the fastest driver in both of the free test sessions celebrated this morging in the technical Circuit of Albacete. Though the ...

Circuito de Albacete, May 11th.- Tomas Scheckter (Vergani Racing), former Jaguar Test Driver in Formula One, has been the fastest driver in both of the free test sessions celebrated this morging in the technical Circuit of Albacete. Though the Southafrican could not complete a single lap below 1.21., so the record still in Burgueño’s hands (1.19.347)(*)

Three top drivers were setting the path during the first session; Montagny (Epsilon by Graff), Belicchi (SITEC Motorsport) and the F1 Test Driver Jonnathan Cochet (Venturini Racing) were lapping very similar times, following Scheckter. 14 drivers were within the same second (1.22.) under warm and sunny weather conditions. Cochet was very surprised, as this was his first contact with the Albacete track: “There was a lot of dust everywhere and a lot of bumps that made very dificult the set up of the car.”

The Repsol-YPF driver Ricardo Megre had a problem with the clutch and he almost crashed at 250 km. per hour: “Gosh....I had to turn off the engine, finally nothing happened.”

Carlos Martín (G-TEC) make today his debut with the Coloni Nissan CN1/C finding the Circuit as “one of the best of Spain because it is very technical.” The 17 Canary teenager sees the Open Telefónica as the best serie to reach Formula One: “I came to learn every day, step by step.”

The second round was very similar, marked by the incidents of Milka Duno (Vergani Racing) and Geoffrey Dellus (Epsilon by Graff). Team mate Franck Montagny had also his first ride in Albacete finding a lot of confidence in the car and enjoying the variety of the design of the track, while Manuel Giao (Scuderia Famá) was very disappointed finding himself relegated to the tenth position with a gap of 0.9 with Scheckter.

The impressive 20 year-old Vergani Racing driver asked for caution, regarding de races on Sunday: “The journey has been great and it looks we have find the right set-up.The treck was really dirty during all both sessions, tough it improved a little bit at the end of the day, the times tomorrow are the importants for the grid position.”

Big momento expected for both Sunday Races (12.05 p.m. and 14:.05 p.m., local time). Andrea Belicchi won on of the races last year, Giao was also a winner in 98 and Burgueño holds the official speed record of the Circuit, from all categories (1.20.942/157,40 km/h).

(*)1999, during Qualifying.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Milka Duno , Tomas Scheckter , Franck Montagny , Manuel Giao , Andrea Belicchi