3 Euro Series 2005 - R2 Pau - Race Round-Up
After a two-week break, on the city circuit of Pau, at the
foot of the Pyrenees, the 65th Pau Grand Prix took place.
It was valid as second round for the Formula 3 Euro Series
2005 Championship. Prema was always competitive with its three
drivers from the beginning of the free tests. Unfortunately
the breakage of the front-wheel suspensions, due to a contact
with the city circuit pavement, affected important results
that were within reach. In the free tests Franck Perera was
soon among the protagonists and obtained the third and fifth
overall chronometric results in the two sessions, respectively.
Marco and Greg also felt self-confident with the city walls
and Marco marked the sixth and twelfth times while Greg had
the ninth and fourteenth. In the qualifying sessions, on account
of the characteristics of the circuit, the drivers were divided
into two groups. In group A, Marco Bonanomi was soon in the
lead but went out of track ten minutes before the end of the
session. In the second qualifying he again was off track and
damaged the vehicle. Anyway, he finished in eighth and seventh
position, respectively. In group B, Franck Perera, soon among
the protagonists, obtained the third position in the first
session and the second in the second, demonstrating his -
and the team's - competitiveness. It was a positive race for
Greg, who finished the qualifying sessions with the eighth
and seventh overall times, complaining because he was not
able to complete his best lap. Race 1: A good start for Frenchman
Perera who soon was in the second position. Unluckily he broke
the suspension and was forced to retire. Marco, after a good
start from the fourteenth position, in the first lap was eighth
but had to retire due to a contact with the wall. Greg Franchi,
unfortunately moved before the red light turned off and was
penalised with a drive-through. This certainly affected a
possible arrival in the scoring zone. In Race 2 there were
not particular surprises. Franck Perera finished sixth, Marco
tenth and Greg had to retired as he broke the suspension.
Angelo Rosin, Prema Team Principal: "It was an
unfortunate weekend. We were not able to demonstrate our potentialities.
In Spa we must absolute regain the positions which suit our
Marco Bonanomi: "Unlucky weekend. The vehicles were
good and there were the potentialities to succeed but unfortunately
the break of the front suspension influenced the final result."
Greg Franchi: "After the disappointing round of Hockenheim,
here I was competitive. Unluckily, due to my mistake in Race1,
where I moved before, and the break of the suspension in Race
2 did not allow me to finish the race."
Franck Perera: "The weekend had started quite
well. The qualifying sessions were positive. Finally I made
the third and second fastest absolute times. Race 1 was going
fine till the break of the front suspension forced me to retire.
Nothing particular in race 2. Now we must react and get ready
for Spa where it will be necessary to show our real potentiality."