Valencia: Friday practice report

Rafael Sarandeses, the quickest in Valencia. The Spaniard driver set the fastest lap in the Free Practice in a session marked by the Red Flags Valencia, May 10 2002 - The 7UP GD Racing driver, Rafa Sarandeses, has been the fastest driver in...

Rafael Sarandeses, the quickest in Valencia.

The Spaniard driver set the fastest lap in the Free Practice in a session marked by the Red Flags

Valencia, May 10 2002 - The 7UP GD Racing driver, Rafa Sarandeses, has been the fastest driver in the World Series category, wich has commenced today celebrating its two first Free Practice sessions at the Valencian venue. Sarandeses, on new tyres, profited several interruptions happened during the second practice session. Ricardo Zonta (Gabord Competicion) and Ander Vilariño (Epsilon by Graff) set the second and third fastest times.

"The track was very dirty due to the heavy rain falled these days", said the Brazilian F1 driver, who prefer not to use new tyres today. "We still working in the set-up, but all looks really good in this Series".

The Telefonica World Series by Nissan will gather almost 60 drivers from 15 different countries in a very ambitious program: three different categories, a unique concept which is presented with the World Series (415 HP), the Formula Nissan 2000 (230 Hp) and the Spanish Formula Junior Championship (114 hp).

Several drivers exited with their Dallara Nissan cars and the second session was stopped a few times. Polo Villaamil, Roberto Gonzalez, Tuka Rocha, and even the same Sarandeses did have an incident, without damaging their cars. Also Damien Faulker, who came on la last minute call to replace the expected Kristian Kolby in the Zele Motorsport squad. Sarandeses has been the fastest driver lapping 1.24.437. Zonta was only two tenths behind and Vilariño almost three tenths. Zonta and Vilariño's car are both sponsored by two Spanish football clubs, Barcelona F.C. and Real Sociedad.

The 4th fastest time in Free Practice was set by the former Open Telefonica by Nissan Champ, Franck Montagny (Racing Engineering). Angel Burgueño (Repsol Meycom) topped the list of the top 5 positions.

In the Formula Nissan 2000 category, the Italian Matteo Bobbi commanded the list of timed laps with an excellent performance. The Vergani Racing driver lapped 1.29.828, in front of the local drivers Santiago Porteiro (Repsol Meycom) and Borja Garcia (Escuela Lois Circuit). The debut of Mathias Lauda and Gelete Nieto, both competing in the Epsilon By Graff Team, was quite successful, they finished in 8th and 9th position respectively.

The young karting drivers are also making their debut in the first step of this amazing Series, the Spanish Formula Junior 1600 Championship. Marc Carol is currently leading the Free Practice.

Tomorrow, the Telefonica World Series by Nissan will celebrate all the Qualifying sessions. <pre> World Series Free Practice (Scratch)

1. Rafael Sarandeses      SPA   7Up GD Racing            1:24.437
2. Ricardo Zonta          BRA   Gabord Competicioln      1:24.619  at 0.182
3. Ander Vilariño         SPA   Epsilon by Graff         1:24.733 at 0.296
4. Franck Montagny        FRA   Racing Engineering       1:24.835 at 0.398
5. Ángel Burgueño         SPA   Repsol Meycom            1:25.140 at 0.703
6. Bas Leinders           BEL   KTR                      1:25.263 at 0.826
7. Jean Christophe Ravier FRA   Epsilon by Graff         1:25.554 at 1.117
8. Justin Wilson          GBR   Racing Engineering       1:25.641 at 1.204
9. Narain Karthikeyan     IND   Tata RC Motorsport       1:25.971 at 1.534
10. Antonio Garcia        SPA   Adrian Campos Motorsport 1:25.972 at 1.535

- www.telefonicaworldseries.com

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Series Other open wheel , Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Ricardo Zonta , Justin Wilson , Antonio Garcia , Franck Montagny , Narain Karthikeyan , Matteo Bobbi , Roberto Gonzalez , Bas Leinders , Mathias Lauda , Borja Garcia , Adrian Campos , Kristian Kolby , Ander Vilarino
Teams Racing Engineering