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Frederic VervischOctober 28th, 2007 – On the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the ultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 took place this weekend. Frédéric Vervisch again defend the colours of the Italian team GD Racing.

After only two short practice sessions of each 45 minutes, the drivers had to tackle qualifying on Saturday morning. While everyone knew the Catalonian circuit from testing earlier this season, Frédéric had to become acquainted with the track. Nevertheless, he was very strong during qualifying. In his group, he continuously set very fast laptimes. In the end he was seventh fastest and qualified 14th on the grid. “I’m very pleased with the outcome. In the hairpin, I lost a lot of time because I had poor traction, but anyhow I’m much faster than my teammate and we proved to be able to be up front.”

A top 10 finish seemed to be possible in race 1, but a broken damper affected his race. “We got lots of understeer”, Frédéric explained. “The car was not as good as it was during qualifying, so we were not able to be in front.” Vervisch had to content himself with the 21st position.

But in race 2 everything went a lot better. After a fantastic start and an incredible first lap, Frédéric moved up from 21st to 12th place. “Wickens was behind me all the time, but I couldn’t get rid of him. While braking for the hairpin, my tyres were dirty and I lost traction coming out of the corner. Wickens overtook me. After that, it was his teammate Aleshin who was putting pressure on me, but I was able to fend him off.” The position that Frédéric lost to Wickens was regained after the winner of race 1, Miguel Molina, got a drive-through penalty. “I’m very happy with the result. This weekend, we have learned a lot in view of next year.”

“I would like to thank everyone at GD Racing. But also my sponsors who made it possible for me to finish runner-up in the German Formula 3 Championship. Without them, we would never had such a great season.”

Christian MontanariChristian Montanari ended up his trip to Zolder by ending up in a solid 5th place, in a race that crowned team-mate Thomas Biagi as the 2007 FIA GT Champion. The #2 Maserati MC12 driver was forced to recover from an initial incident after a close call with Andrea Bertolini. Montanari shown a strong pace, getting better and better, but eventually had to settle for 4th place in standings. A bit of disappointment was balanced by a great seasonal scoreboard, ended, together with Miguel Ramos, as the sole crew able to score points in every single race. Montanari impressed with the fast adaptation to a nearly unknown racing style, matching the great value of the car and team.

“At lap 1 I had to end up in the runoff area to avoid making contact with Bertolini, and the race’s steward only allowed me to rejoin after all the GT1 and GT2 cars. At that point, we did all we could to recover quickly than possible but the incident, together with the 60 Kilos of extra weight, the incident seriously jeopardized our chances. Despite the little regret for the 4th place in standings, we have to recognize the high value of this season’s performances. We were the only drivers to score points in all races, and that helped Vitaphone Racing and Maserati to clinch the team’s and the constructor’s championships. It’s a sum of the great job made by the team, the huge technical qualities of our cars, and the great progression of our results, also thanks to Miguel’s pace. This great season allowed us to learn a lot of useful things, that’ll help in the preparations for 2008”.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese F3 driver Rodolfo Avila has completed a successful test session with the HBR Motorsport team as part of his Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix race preparation.

After some ups and downs during the International Formula Master first season Rodolfo Avila returned to the F3 cockpit last weekend in the Czech track of Brno. It was the last chance for Avila to drive the Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz before the prestigious end of the year race.

“In the first day of our testing session we used Kumho tyres but we moved to Yokohama in the second day. I felt very comfortable with the car. We made good progress, and I’ve just been getting quicker as the day goes on. It was a productive programme, and we did plenty of setup testing”, said Avila.

The Macau Formula 3 event has long been recognised as the testing ground for future racing superstars. It is the only time champions from the national F3 series’ in Europe, Britain, Germany, and Japan meet to do battle for the ultimate prize, the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup. Avila knows how difficult is the tricky Guia street circuit but he wants to honour Macau colours at his hometown race.

“Personally, I was pleased with the speed we achieved and with team motivation for the race. My team-mate Carlo Van Dam (German F3 Cup champion) has strong ambitions for this race so I think the teamwork will be profitable. We have a good package to challenge the most tough race of the season”, held the driver proudly sponsored by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

Rodolfo Avila will stay in England until the end of the month to keep his fitness training, and the #28 car will be painted with Macau flag Formula Master livery in Austria. The Macau Grand Prix will be held from 15-18 November 2007.

In front of 98.000 spectators, Anders Krohn took a dominant win in the season finale in the Dutch & Benelux Formula Ford Championship, held at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. The winning margin was a huge 5,127 seconds. ”I am absolutely thrilled about the race. After a brief Safety-Car period, I took the lead and after that never looked back. It`s only a shame we missed out on the Championship title by one single point, as we have been the dominant force in the second half of the season.” Krohn says

Qualifying went very well indeed for Anders Krohn, setting the fastest time for both races by a margin of over 0,4 seconds. With this, Krohn has captured 9 pole positions in only 15 races. ”We are always able to do a great job with qualifyings. The car works really good and I am using the new tires to its fullest. I am really happy for the pole positions, and it comes to show the great speed we have.” ends a happy Krohn.

Race 1 and the rain had fell. It was decision time in the pits on whether to go on used or new rain tires, with Anders Krohn and his team choosing the latter of the two options. This decision would prove to be the wrong one as the track dried up more than expected. As the start went, Anders was able to take the lead and by lap 2 had a gap of some 2 seconds. On lap 3 however, the problems started and Krohn rushed down the order to eventually finish 4th with destroyed tires. ”This was just one of those races which you want to forget as soon as possible. After lap 2, the car was undriveable, so I swithced from race-winning modus, to stay-on-the-track modus. I am looking forward to tomorrows race.” said Krohn directly after the race.

Race 2 was filled with sun and a fully packed stadium. Krohn got off to yet another good start to lead until the end of lap 1 when he was slipstreamed and overtaken. A few seconds later, the Safety-Car signs came out following a huge crash in the Audi-S chicane. After the restart, Krohn quickly retook the lead and started pulling out a gap, to eventually finishing 5,127 seconds in front of the second placed driver. With this, it looked like Anders had the Benelux Championship sealed, but when two drivers went off on the penultimate lap, promoting Championship leader to 5th, Krohn lost the championship by a mere point. ”This was maybe my best victory this season! Huge crowds and sponsors at the event set the stage, and then to go out and dominate in the way we did, is nothing short of fantastic! It`s only a shame about the Championship. We have been so fast for the majority of the season, but haven`t quite had the luck of the championship-winner.” were Krohn`s immidiate thoughts after the race.

Both the Dutch and Benelux Championships are now concluded, with Anders Krohn as runner-up in both Championships. It has been a great debut year in single-seaters for Anders, capturing 9 pole positions, 6 race wins and 11 podiums in 15 races. Krohn has been the dominant force the latter part of the season, winning 5 of the seasons last 6 races. ”It has been a brilliant first year in formula-cars. With all the podiums, race wins and pole positions, I couldn`t ask for too much more except for the Championship title. But I`m keeping my eyes straight for the moment as the Formula Ford Festival is coming up soon, and I want to do my best at the worlds biggest Formula Ford race.” ends Krohn

The Formula Ford Festival will be held at Brands Hatch in Great Britain on October 20-21.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese racing driver Rodolfo Avila is going to the final race of the International Formula Master (IFM) season at Monza, Italy. The Macau SAR will help Cram Competition to conquer teams title this weekend for rounds fifteen and sixteen of the championship on 6 and 7 October 2007.

The battle for top team is wide open with three outfits in close contention. Current leaders Avila’s Cram Competition are favourites with 114 points whilst J.D. Motorsport and Alan Racing are closely matched with 89 and 83 points respectively.

“I have to be realistic. This is the last race of the season and I cannot improve too much in the drivers championship standings so I’ll do my best to score valuable points for the team. Our objective is still to achieve 1st position in the Teams’ Championship, and I believe that this year it is truly possible. I know my team-mates Jêrome (D’Ambrosio) and Arturo (Llobell) are focus in the title too”, said Avila.

The Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia supported driver was one the most unlucky drivers around IFM Paddock. The two previous tests at Monza finished earlier due to technical problems but Avila keeps his confidence high for the Italian race meeting.

Avila commented: “Monza is a high-speed track. It is the fastest on the IFM calendar. There are some very fast corners and a chicane where you jump heavily over the kerbstones. Monza is not an easy track and my opponents know the track very well from past championships. Anyway my team works very well together and I am convinced we will be pretty fast since the beginning”.