sets a track lap record
did not take very long for the Formula Renault 3.5 cars to break
the all-time Zolder track lap record. A few minutes before the end
of the second session, the Polish driver Robert Kubica (Espilon
Euskadi) became the only driver to go faster than the 119
mark, recording a time of 118863.
With two sessions of an hour and fifty minutes each, the teams had
plenty of time to work on their set-ups. However, this very technical
Belgian circuit proved the undoing of more than one of the drivers
here today. The sessions were brought to a halt several times by
a series of red flags.
This morning, the Spanish driver Felix Porteiro (Epsilon Euskadi)
came off the worse for wear in a pretty violent collision. The gearbox
was damaged and Michel Lecomte's team will have to work flat out
to repair the car in time for tomorrow.
the Draco Multiracing USA drivers put in the two best times of the
first session, with Markus Winkelhock ahead of Christian Montanari.
the times only started to come down really rapidly in the afternoon
session. Jaap Van Lagen and Tristan Gommendy, the two drivers from
the Belgian KTR team, stayed at the top of the timing screens for
a long period. But with just half an hour of the session left, Adrian
Valles (Pons Racing) and then Enrico Toccacelo (Victory Engineering)
put paid to the Belgian team's early domination.
drivers just pushed the limit too hard. In doing so, Pastor Maldonado
(Dams), Colin Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) and Giorgio Mondini (Eurointernational)
all ended up damaging their cars. In the periods of respite between
the red flags shown for these incidents, Tristan Gommendy and Robert
Kubica took it in turns to put in fastest times.
just a few minutes before the chequered flag was shown, Edo Eli,
from the RC Motorsport team, was hit by Tristan Gommendy's car in
a pit lane collision. He had to be taken to hospital suffering from
a leg injury. Everyone in the World Series by Renault paddock would
like to take this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery.