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Prema Powerteam and Paolo Maria Nocera have on a common agreement decided to interrupt their relationship that had started with the BP Ultimate Masters of Formula 3.

This choice was mainly made due to the fact that Hockenheim was for Paolo an unknown track and because there is no pre event test it would not have been possible to face this weekend in the best conditions.

Angelo Rosin, Team Principal of the Team: “We would like to thank Paolo Maria for all his hard work. We believe that this young Italian driver has a good potential he has to develop during free practice sessions before facing a championship as difficult as the F3 ES.”

Last weekend on the circuit of Nurburgring was held the sixth meeting of the Formula 3 Euro Series. During this event all the Team wanted to acknowledge the progress done in this period.

Unfortunately two contacts in the first stage of Race 1 excluded two of our drivers, Spaniard Alejandro Nunez and Italian Paolo Nocera, compromising a good starting position in Sunday’s race.

Our other driver Irish Ronayne O’Mahony is in continuous progress and race after race continues to perfection his chronometric results.

The weekend started on Thursday with two free practice sessions called “Pre-Event Test” where teams and drivers had the occasion to optimize the set up for the difficult circuit of Nurburgring. The balance was positive considering the amount of tests performed by our drivers. Our best driver was Alejandro Nunez who positioned in 14th place followed in 15th by Paolo Nocera and in 20th by Ronayne O’Mahony.

The following day was held a one hour free practice session followed by the qualifying session in late afternoon which determined the starting order of race 1. Our best driver was Alejandro Nunez who obtained the twelfth time followed by rookie Paolo Nocera who was classified in fourteenth position. Eighteenth time for Ronayne O’Mahony.

Race 1 finished early for two of our drivers who after a good start were almost in the Top 10 positions due to a contact with opponents in the early stages of the race. Alejandro, after a front nose change re-entered in the race nevertheless distanced from the group while Nocera was forced to retire with the front suspension damaged. Fourteenth position for Ronayne O’Mahony who certainly did a good race.

On Sunday was held the second race which was certainly very interesting for the crowd present in the grand stands. All three drivers gained important positions after starting with dry conditions and a vigilant first part of the race. O’Mahony was ninth, Nunez was twelfth and Nocera was fifteenth. An unexpected rain was the main key of the race. The asphalt was slippery and didn’t forgive the errors of many drivers and the presence of the safety car permitted Nocera to re-enter in the box in order to substitute the tyres as two other opponents did. Nunez and O’Mahony remained on track with the slick tyres but the conditions were really difficult. For Nunez a contact with an other driver and for O’Mahony a spin were the motives of an early race finish. On the other hand Nocera finished in twelfth position, not using at maximum, due to inexperience, the most favourable conditions.

Angelo Rosin, Team Principal of the team: “The debut of Paolo Nocera in this difficult category was very positive. The young Italian committed a few errors due to his inexperience and didn’t manage to obtain what he has the potential for. Unfortunate was Alejandro Nunez who compromised a result in race 1. Finally Ronayne O’Mahony’s performance was positive and race after race he continues to improve. Now we have to prepare at best for the next meeting scheduled for the first weekend of September on the Dutch circuit of Zandvoort.

As every year the main Teams and drivers registered in various Formula 3 National championships took part in the meeting organized at the Dutch circuit of Zandvoort, for the first international event of the category, the Formula 3 Masters, this year sponsored by BP Ultimate.

Prema went on track with the Spaniard Alejandro Nunez, Irish Ronayne O’Mahony and Italian Paolo Nocera.

The weekend was organized during two days. On Saturday the drivers were involved in two free practice sessions and in two qualifying sessions that determined the starting grid of the race that was held on Sunday.

During the free practice sessions our drivers obtained good chronometric results that demonstrate the good work done. Unfortunately, the qualifying results didn’t confirm what was obtained during the free practice and our drivers concluded respectively in tenth position of his group for Nunez, and fourteenth and fifteenth of their group for O’Mahony and Nocera. For these both drivers the result was compromised by an incident in the important final stage of the qualifying session.

The positions in qualifying compromised a possible race result. The circuit of Zandvoort is certainly not easy for overtaking. Concerning the race result, Nunez finished seventeenth, O’Mahony twenty-fourth and Nocera thirtieth.

Paolo’s debut inside the Team was good and the race was highly competitive. Some mistakes compromised a possible better result.

Now the Team will prepare for the next race of the Formula 3 Euro Series 2006 Championship scheduled on the circuit of Nurburgring in two weeks time.