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Facu RegaliaAfter setting the pole position time early in the morning at Nürburgring, the Argentine driver was unbeatable in race. He made a good start, pulled away and, despite a safety car period, won with a gap of more than seven seconds ahead of Ellinas. Now he´s second in the overall standings behind Cyprus´ Ellinas.

Facu Regalia has had a dominant Saturday at Núrburgring, grabbing the pole position and then taking his maiden win in the ultra-competitive GP3 series. Good sensations from free practice on Friday were confirmed in today´s qualifying session and the Argentine and his team – ART Grand Prix- didn´t want to miss this chance.

Regalia made a very good start, and he soon pulled away from Tio Ellinas, who was his strongest rival in qualifying. After just one lap, Regalia was two seconds ahead of Ellinas. Unfortunately the safety car was deployed and Regalia lost his comfortable lead on lap four. Despite this adverse fact Regalia kept in calm. When the safety hear headed to pit-lance, Regalia exhibited his strong race pace and, posting several fastest laps, he took a solid lead, finishing after fifteen laps first and over seven seconds ahead of Ellinas. After today´s race, and points scored after setting pole position and fastest lap, Regalia improves to 2nd place overall behind Ellinas.

“I feel really happy, because this victory is incredible. My car was perfect the entire race. The start, maybe one of my main concerns, was also perfect. I pushed as hard as possible from lap one and, despite the safety car period, kept in the lead until the end. To set both pole position and fastest lap was important for the championship too. We were eying the win since Valencia and we could put all together today”, Regalia said. The win was for “my parents, my manager Adrián Campos and everyone who is working with me. The prize for their effort is this win. Of course this triumph is for Argentina as well, my country, and the fans supporting me. It was incredible to be on top of the podium and the Argentinean anthem at the circuit”.

Tomorrow Regalia is going to start 8th on the grid and he focus on continuing with good results. Ellinas will start 7th.

Facu RegaliaGood start for the Argentine driver with his ART Grand Prix car, first for a while during the afternoon. Finally second fastest time half a tenth off-pace.

Facu Regalia had a great Wednesday at Silverstone, the English track where the GP3 pre-season tests come to an end. At the wheel of his Dallara GP3/13 lined-up by ART Grand Prix Argentina´s driver was second fastest in the cumulative ranking during a very cold day. In fact low temperature kept him in box in the morning and he didn´t complete a single lap. Then in the afternoon, with slightly warmer weather, Regalia was one of the fastest drivers on track since the beginning. With thirty minutes to go he was in P1, but then another driver, using an extra set of tires, managed to beat his time by half a tenth.

“It was a positive day. In the first practice session the team and I decided not to take part due to cold temperatures, but we proved it wasn´t a problem in the afternoon”, the driver managed by Adrián Campos said. “We made good improvements because the car had an increasing performance over the course of the afternoon, but anyway I´m convinced that both the car and I have room to be even faster. Thursday it´s going to be another important day to work with my engineer and finish the pre-season in style”, he concluded.

There are other two test sessions today.

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Facu RegaliaAfter the previous collective tests at Estoril and Barcelona, Argentina´s driver approaches his last chance to drive his ART Grand Prix car before the season start. Regalia used the simulator at his team´s headquarters last week in order to prepare properly the test.

Facu Regalia is back to racing at Silverstone, where is held the third and last GP3 collective test of the pre-season on Wednesday and Thursday. The Argentine driver, after five very positive days in February and March, at Estoril and Montmeló tracks respectively, has ended up regularly among top-5 fastest drivers in dry and wet conditions. Silverstone test will have a key role because of it´s going to be the last chance before the season opener.

“I really look forward to testing once again. It will be a very important opportunity, and I was in France to prepare it properly with my team. It will be important to exploit each single lap at Silverstone”, Regalia explained, adding that “despite holidays I´ve kept training in the gym and driving the go-kart to keep in good shape”. His goals for this week are quite clear, “finishing as close as possible to P1. I´ve been into top-5 places almost ever, and my intention is to keep it on there. My engineer and I will keep working on the car set-up and then to complete some race simulations and starts, this last one something to improve always. Let´s see how the weather is, because rain was a problem in previous tests”.

The 2013 season will have its first meeting at Circuit de Catalunya, next 10-12 May.

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Facu RegaliaAfter a rainy morning, when drivers couldn´t test as much as possible, the Argentine pilot was 6th fastest with his ART Grand Prix car in the afternoon.

Facu Regalia finished his first test day at Circuit de Catalunya yesterday, the track hosting the second collective test for GP3. The Argentine driver managed by former Formula 1 driver Adrián Campos completed forty-one laps in Barcelona. 10th in the morning session with a lap of 1:35.845, the new ART Grand Prix driver emerged as one of the fastest ones in the afternoon. First for a while, finally he finished 6th setting a time of 1:34.943, three tenths slower than the driver in P1.

“It was a good day, because we have had a good pace, just like at Estoril. In the morning we couldn´t complete as many laps as wanted but then, in the afternoon, we were able to test different set-up solutions. With our first set of tires I posted P1 time”, Regalia explained, adding that “then with the second set we made a few changes to solve a minor oversteer problem. We improved our previous time, but not enough to keep P1. Anyway I feel happy with results here. We´re working very well because, always in good positions in the rankings. Tomorrow we´ll keep working in the same way, and aiming for finishing in front”.

Instead of three test days like Estoril, Barcelona has scheduled just two finishing today.

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Facu RegaliaThe Argentine driver starts tomorrow a new two-day test at Circuit de Catalunya, after debuting at the wheel of new GP3 car in Portugal last month. On the Spanish soil, where the season kicks off in May, Regalia will focus on the car settings and adaptation.

Facu Regalia continues working this week in Spain to prepare his 2013 season ahead, a year where he´s going to face another challenge in his career, the competitive GP3 driving for ART Grand Prix a new GP3/13 Dallara built car. After making his debut with his new car at Estoril (Portugal), Regalia is already in Barcelona for other two collective GP3 tests. Conclusions were rather positive in Portugal and, for this testing, his main goal is to get used to the GP3 car and developing his already good rapport with engineer.

“I´m looking forward to this test, being back in the car. I liked it at Estoril track, almost ever among fastest drivers. I´ve been training both physically and mentally during last weeks and no less important in go-karts to arrive in Barcelona in good shape”, Regalia explained. “The season is set to start here in May, so our settings have to be good enough for facing this debut in a good way. Montmeló is a great venue and I like it. In addition my racing memories are really good, mainly after my double win in the F3 Open last year”, the Argentine driver explained.

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Facu RegaliaThe Argentine driver is going to test with two of the most successful teams contesting in the series, iSport and Racing Engineering, during the test sessions celebrated at Circuit de Catalunya later this month. It´s another step forward for the Argentina´s driver, whose motorsport career is managed by Adrián Campos, and after taking part in Auto GP and European F3 Open in 2012.

Facu Regalia is approaching another challenge during his motorsport career, because he will make his debut at the wheel of a Dallara GP2/11-Renault, the car used in the GP2 series and the previous step for every driver before F1. The 20 years-old driver will test with two successful teams such as iSport and Racing Engineering. After his good results over the course of 2012 season, both teams have a keen interest in Regalia to test their cars. The Argentine pilot will test with iSport, the team led by Paul Jackson and winner with Timo Glock in 2007, on Tuesday and with Racing Engineering, another former winner team with Giorgio Pantano, on Wednesday.

Pechito López was the last Argentina´s driver participating a full season in the GP2 and this is the goal for Facu Regalia in 2013. Drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Pastor Maldonado, Romain Grosjean, Timo Glock, Sergio Pérez, Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna, Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov or Lucas di Grassi.

“After this hard year for us, competing in two different championships, Auto GP and European F3 Open, our victory in Hungary in Formula 3 and other podium finishes at Brands Hatch, Paul Ricard or
Nürburgring proved my skills as a racing driver. I clinched podium finishes in Auto GP too at Cheste and Hungaroring rounds. Now I´ve a nice opportunity to test a GP2 car, and I can´t explain how happy I am and my motivation right now. I want to show my progress as a driver during the recent years”, Regalia explained after his confirmation for the test days. Last but not at least, “I am grateful to have this chance and there are many people helping me: my family, Adrián Campos and friends and fans both in Argentina and Europe. I know how difficult GP2 is, it´s the highest level behind F1, and there are plenty of drivers with experience taking part. Anyway my target is to give my best and prove my skills. Concerning iSport and Racing Engineering, I know they are winners and their racing backgrounds show it. GP2 is my goal for next year, and this test is our first step to take”.

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Facundo RegaliaArgentina´s driver, after clinching his first victory in the series at Hungaroring, is going to Monza next weekend, where his goal is to repeat similar performance at the wheel of his Dallara F312 fielded by Campos Racing.

Facu Regalia will take part at the penultimate round of the European F3 Open in 2012, a meeting scheduled at Monza next weekend. The Argentine driver is back to the seat of his Dallara F312 lined up by Campos Racing after winning his first race in Formula 3 earlier this month during the meeting in Hungary. His resounding victory there is boosting his morale for next round and he is looking forward to fight for pole positions and podiums once again and in this way to improve his 5th place in the overall classification.

“We´re approaching next round really motivated, both Campos Racing and me. Finally we managed to claim that win what a wish long time ago, and we weren´t able to get it until then. In Hungary everything perfectly worked and there are four races left, and we will try our best to repeat in the remaining events starting at Monza. This venue is a really quick one, demanding low drag and downforce levels, and I´ve been competitive there since my debut in motorsport”, Regalia explained. He added that “maybe Monza is an easier track to overtake other cars. So your starting grid position isn´t as important as Hungaroring for instance. But we are focused on completing two good qualifying sessions and then to fight for two strong results in both races. Our win at Hungaroring proved as well that our work is being quite good and help us to continue working in the same direction. On Friday we want to check how fast RP Motorsport drivers are, because they have been pretty competitive at tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps or Paul Ricard. Anyway we are ready to face the challenge”.

There are three free practice sessions scheduled on Friday at 09.00, 11.30 and 14.55 respectively. Q1 is taking place at 10.25 on Saturday with race one starting the same day at 17.10. Finally, on Sunday, Q2 starts at 09.00 and race two is set to begin at 12.45. Both races, showed live on www.f3open.tv, consist of 16 laps.

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Facu RegaliaAfter his pole position during today´s qualifying session, the Argentine Campos Racing driver won on Sunday leading from the lights to the flag. After setting the fastest lap, he built a gap of seven seconds with his rivals at the end.

Facu Regalia clinched today his first victory ever in Formula 3 racing and the Argentine anthem was played during second race of Hungarian meeting for the European F3 Open. Regalia, with his Dallara F312 fielded by Campos Racing, was the fastest during Sunday´s qualifying session celebrated early in the morning. Today, avoiding any kind of clash coming from another driver, he didn´t give option to the rest of the field and, lap by lap, he built a gap impossible to be decreased by Sam Dejonghe or Gianmarco Raimondo, his closest opponents in race two.

“It was incredible. I can´t explain so many emotions coming to me right now. My start was good, and I knew that being leader my race pace was pretty good, and very fast in comparison with others. My car was perfect, and I appreciate that really incredible effort from Campos Racing, with an outstanding work since Thursday. My engineer played another key role, and we work perfectly together at Hungaroring. Incredible, I can´t describe that emotion after winning”, Regalia explained. In addition he said that “now come back old memories, for example that race at Mugello last year but, now it´s past. We need to enjoy today. This victory is for my family and friends, Campos Racing, fans supporting me and Argentina. It is going to be a morale booster. The title is impossible but now we´re eying for new wins during the remaining races”.

Next meeting for Regalia is scheduled at Monza, the penultimate meeting of 2012 season, on September 29th- 30th.

Facundo RegaliaThe Argentine driver, who was the fastest driver on track during yesterday´s test sessions at Hungaroring, repeated his performance today at the wheel of his Campos Racing´s Dallara F312. With a best lap of 1:41.132 was absolutely unbeatable for his rivals.

Facu Regalia continued today his good sensations already exhibited yesterday at Hungaroring, where this weekend is hosted the 6th round of 2012 season for the European F3 Open. Regalia had a strong start in the morning and was able to set a best time of 1:41.132 putting him on top of the classification. That time remained as the fastest one all day long and his opponents couldn´t improve it neither FP2 nor FP3. On his side, Regalia was third in second free practice session and second in the third one.

“Our day was good, 1st in the morning and then 3rd in the afternoon beaten by a mere gap of three thousandths. We kept our good performance from yesterday and I feel happy with my car, because it’s being quite good. My engineer and I are working in a very good way, and of course everyone at Campos Racing too, and the results prove it”, Regalia explained. Argentina´s driver also said that “Raimondo, Dejonghe, Grenhagen and Schirò are really strong here, but it isn´t a surprise because they are my main rivals all the season. We will try to improve our car for Q1 and obviously the pole position is a target on our mind. It is very important to qualify well here because passing other cars it´s never an easy issue here. I´m really motivated for fighting for important objectives this weekend”.

The first qualifying session is scheduled at 10.35 (CET), with race one starting at 16.45 (CET) and consisting of seventeen laps. The race will be broadcasted live on www.f3open.tv.

Facundo RegaliaAfter the summer break, the Argentine pilot driving for Campos Racing is approaching his antepenultimate meeting of the season in the European F3 Open, which is held in Hungary. Earlier this year in the Auto GP series Regalia clinched a podium finish there.

Facu Regalia will take part in a new meeting of the European F3 Open next weekend, after the summer break in August. Regalia is back driving his Dallara F312 lined up by Campos Racing – the team led by former Formula 1 driver Adrián Campos- in the European F3 Open. Regalia, who is lying 5 in the championship after his podiums achieved at Nürburgring, Brands Hatch and Paul Ricard, is aiming for top places at Hungaroring, the antepenultimate meeting in the series.

“In Hungary we are starting the end of the season in the F3 Open, because there are three rounds left”, Regalia explained, adding that “this layout is a favourite one for me, because I like it. It´s worth mentioning that during the Auto GP event held there in May I finished on podium. That result is a boost for me. Front places shouldn´t be out of reach for us. In addition, we have a test day on Thursday, so my engineer Juan and I will start to work on the car quite early. A good set-up is almost mandatory, because both qualifying sessions will have a key factor, taking into account how difficult to overtake other cars is at Hungaroring. I hope to avoid any kind of problems and give our best”.

As Regalia explained, there is a test day scheduled on Thursday, consisting of two private sessions at 10.10 and 13.30. Free practice sessions will be on Friday, with Q1 and race 1 on Saturday at 10.35 and 16.45 respectively. Finally, on Sunday, Q2 and race 2 are scheduled at 9.00 and 12.00. Both races consisting of 17 laps and they will be broadcasted live on www.f3open.tv.

Follow everything concerning Facu´s career in motorsport, please check his profiles on Facebook and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Facu-Regalia-2010/286971396026 and @facuregalia.