22 May 2004(kos)

Steven Kane on pole position!

Steven Kane, the Irish driver in the Racing Engineering outfit, impressed during the two qualifying sessions of the second round of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship taking place this weekend at the Circuit of Jarama. Steven topped the timesheets of the first qualifying sessions and will go into tomorrow’s first race from pole position with his teammate Borja Garcia starting fourth. Steven also set the rhythm of the second qualifying until shortly before the end of the thirty minutes session, when Giao marked the fastest time. Steven will start from second position.

Qualifying 1:
Both qualifying sessions could be held on a dry track although changing weather conditions were characterizing the entire day. Unimpressed by this, Steven Kane immediately marked the fastest lap times and stayed in first position until the entire field came into the pits halfway through the session to change to a new set of tyres. Once retuning to the track, Steven climbed to the top of the timesheet again marking his fastest lap time at 1’29.463, which allowed him to keep the pole position for the first race.
Borja Garcia was permanently under the top three until he had his new set of tyres mounted and will go into race one from fourth position.
Maria de Villota will start ninth lapping her fastest time at 1’30.075.

Qualifying 2:
For the second qualifying Steven Kane decided to make some changes on the set-up of his car, which at the beginning seemed to be the right ones. Again he was immediately on permanently improving his lap times until a few minutes before the end of the session, when Giao marked the fastest time. After the pole position for race one, Steven will go into the second race from position two.
During the second qualifying Borja Garcia suffered from technical problem, which kept him from fighting for a top position on the starting grid of race two. Borja will start fourteenth.
Right in front of Borja, his teammate Maria de Villota will go into the race from twelfth position.

After his first pole position in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship Steven Kane said, “I am very happy with the pole position and the second position. We made some slight changes in the car for the second qualifying, but they didn’t work out the way we wanted. Therefore getting a front row start from second position was good. For tomorrow I feel like I can win both races, if I have a good start. The car definitely has the pace to win.”

Alfonso de Orleans, president of Racing Engineering, announced, “I am very happy for Steven. Today’s results confirm his excellent form, which he showed us already in Albacete. We now have to find out what was wrong with Borja’s car as this is not his normal position on a starting grid.”



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