No. 3: Qualifying Round 5/6
25 June 2005
Estoril/POR (4,360 km)
Release Racing Engineering
Risatti takes pole position in Estoril!
pole position and 2nd place on the grid obtained by Ricardo
Risatti together with the good qualifying results of his teammates
confirm the dominance of Racing Engineering in the Spanish Formula
Based on the two Saturday qualifying sessions and Racing Engineerings
outstanding performance at the Portuguese track in the past,
the teams expectations for Sundays races are high
and victory should be within reach.
Until now Racing Engineerings Argentine driver Ricardo
Risatti had frequently been fighting for top positions on the
starting grid, but never in such a dominating way as he has
demonstrated at the Estoril Circuit. During the 1st qualifying
session, only a problem with the clutch and bad luck kept Caito
from taking pole position, which was halfway through and he
lost only a few seconds before the end of the session.
These minor technical problems on Caitos car were fixed
before the 2nd qualifying session and he underlined his morning
results by being in 1st position throughout the whole session.
He has been the strongest and most consistent driver so far
during this weekend.
Javier Villa, leader of the Championship, wasnt as lucky.
Problems with the set up of his car, which could be partially
solved from one session to the other, didnt allow the
young Spaniard to fight for the 1st row on the grid. He will
start Sundays races from 6th and 3rd position, positions.
This will make it harder for him to obtain his goal of making
it to the top of the podium, but nevertheless supply him with
the charge to fight for victory.
Filipe Albuquerque was the big surprise during the two qualifying
sessions after already marking the fastest time in Fridays
free practice. The Portuguese Racing Engineering driver, celebrating
his debut in single seater racing this season, showed continuous
improvement in his performance
since the beginning of the season. In both qualifying sessions
of Filipes home race, the Portuguese driver convinced
by a solid performance and will start Sundays races from
the promising 5th and 4th position.
In the B Category Marcos Martinez Ucha recorded the 7th fastest
time during the 1st qualifying, which he was to improve during
the second qualifying, where he finished in 5th position.
After the two qualifying sessions Ricardo Caito
Risatti commented, During the 1st session I had a problem
with the clutch which caused me to lose pole position. Its
a pity, since
I know that without this problem I would have started Sundays
first race from pole position. However, I was able to keep 2nd
position on the grid. During the 2nd qualifying
session, everything went really well and I was able to make
my 1st pole position in this Championship. I actually think
I could have improved my time some more since during my
fastest lap I had to overtake two other cars, but in the end
it was sufficient. I am very confident for tomorrow as my engineer
and my mechanics have prepared me an spectacular car.
Alfonso de Orleans stated, After being able to help Javier
obtain his 1st pole position in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship
we are very happy that we could also support
Ricardo in taking his 1st pole in this championship. I think
all our boys have done a really good job today. Now we have
to see how their good positions on the grid will develop in
tomorrows race, but I am confident.
1. Andy Soucek R. Llusia Racing 135.395
2. Ricardo Risatti Racing Engineering 135.721
3. Jose M. Perez Aicart GTA Motor Competicion 135.791
4. Alvaro Barba Campos Racing 135.843
5. Filipe Albuquerque Racing Engineering 135.898
6. Javier Villa Racing Engineering 135.935
7. Roldan Rodriguez Campos Racing 136.044
8. Manuel Saez Merino ECA Racing 136.293
9. Dani Martin ECA Racing 136.547
10.Manel Cerqueda GTA Motor Competicion 136.595
17.Marcos Martinez Racing Engineering 137.433
1. Ricardo Risatti Racing Engineering 135.362
2. Jose M. Perez Aicart GTA Motor Competicion 135.382
3. Javier Villa Racing Engineering 135.491
4. Filipe Albuquerque Racing Engineering 135.504
5.Alvaro Barba Campos Racing 135.612
6. Andy Soucek R. Llusia Racing 135.773
7. Dani Martin ECA Racing 135.959
8. Roldan Rodriguez Campos Racing 135.994
9. Marco Barba Campos Racing 136.246
10.Manuel Saez Merino ECA Racing 136.302
13.Marcos Martinez Racing Engineering 136.876