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3 de junio de 2011


Sí, Andy Soucek, tras un 2010 en los que ejerció de 3er piloto de la escudería Virgin Racing, y de la que salió por falta de oportunidades a la hora de probar el coche, ha encontrado por fin una ocupación distinta a la de comentarista: ha fichado por la SuperLeague.Sí, tras un año que se preveía de transición al no fructificar su fichaje por Hispania (el proyecto inicial con Toyota, con Pedro de la Rosa como compañero)...se ha podido solucionar de alguna manera al encontrar un proyecto en los circuitos que le interese: piloto del equipo Galatasaray de la citada categoría.

Hoy además, se han disputado las tandas libres de la primera cita, y no ha podido empezar de mejor manera, liderando la tabla de tiempos.Esperemos que sea un resultado precursor de los que lleguen en el futuro y podamos entender que el alejamiento de Andy de la F1 sea sólo una cuestión temporal.De momento os dejo los resultados y las declaraciones de los 3 primeros:

1Netherlands - PSV EindhovenYelmer Buurman1:25.56415/5
2Belgium - RSC AnderlechtNeel Jani1:25.966 0.402 19/5
3EnglandCraig Dolby1:26.170 0.606 15/10
4NetherlandsRobert Doornbos1:26.336 0.772 13/8
5LuxembourgFrédéric Vervisch1:26.572 1.008 15/10
6AustraliaJohn Martin1:26.648 1.084 15/12
7France - Girondins de BordeauxTristan Gommendy1:26.699 1.135 12/11
8Czech Republic - AC Sparta PrahaFilip Salaquarda1:27.333 1.769 16/9
9BrazilAntonio Pizzonia1:27.571 2.007 14/11
10New ZealandEarl Bamber1:27.683 2.119 11/11
11Turkey - Galatasaray SKAndy Soucek1:27.705 2.141 12/12
12Spain - Atlético de MadridMaría de Villota1:29.503 3.939 17/9
13ChinaHo-Pin Tung1:29.734 4.170 9/5

Free Practice 2
1Turkey - Galatasaray SKAndy Soucek1:25.47112/11
2NetherlandsRobert Doornbos1:25.5920.12121/17
3Netherlands - PSV EindhovenYelmer Buurman1:25.6920.22117/16
4AustraliaJohn Martin1:26.8231.35217/15
5EnglandCraig Dolby1:26.9791.50816/10
6LuxembourgFrédéric Vervisch1:27.1631.69217/6
7France - Girondins de BordeauxTristan Gommendy1:27.5502.07913/4
8Belgium - RSC AnderlechtNeel Jani1:27.5512.08016/15
9New ZealandEarl Bamber1:27.9932.52216/9
10Czech Republic - AC Sparta PrahaFilip Salaquarda1:28.1412.67019/18
11BrazilAntonio Pizzonia1:28.4823.01111/9
12ChinaHo-Pin Tung1:29.2593.78814/11
13Spain - Atlético de MadridMaría de Villota1:30.9605.48913/3

Andy Soucek celebrated his recent announcement as driver of the Turkey – Galatasaray car by topping the timesheets in Friday’s second Free Practice session at the 2011 Superleague Formula Nations Cup season-opener at Assen.The 25-year-old Spaniard, a front runner in the series last season, was only 11th quickest in the first session, but lowered his morning’s best time by 2.3 seconds in the afternoon – a 1:25.471 proving to be the benchmark time.

Robert Doornbos (Netherlands) continued his strong start to his home event with the second best lap, just one tenth slower than Soucek, while Yelmer Buurman (Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven) completed the top three having topped the morning’s times.

John Martin (Australia) was fourth ahead of Alan Docking Racing team-mate Craig Dolby (England), although, on old tyres, both were more than one second adrift of the quickest trio.

Frédéric Vervisch (Luxembourg), Tristan Gommendy (France – Girondins de Bordeaux), Neel Jani (Belgium – RSC Anderlecht), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Filip Salaquarda (Czech Republic – Sparta Prague) completed the top ten, although none were able to improve their best times from FP1.

Ho-Pin Tung (China) was able to lower his previous best effort, but was still only 12th behind Antonio Pizzonia (Brazil) and ahead of Maria de Villota (Spain – Atletico Madrid). Duncan Tappy (Japan) again didn’t take part in the session as his team prepares his car for qualifying on Saturday.

Andy Soucek (Turkey – Galatasaray): “That was a good session, definitely a lot better than the first one! It was difficult in FP1 because the car hasn’t run since November, but we worked hard afterwards, analysed all the data and put some new tyres on for one lap to see how the car would behave tomorrow. The Netherlands car did the same and we’re one tenth quicker so I’m hoping for a good performance in qualifying. A big thank you to the team who worked until 6:30am to get the car ready and only slept for one hour! Hopefully they can finish early today and get some sleep!”

Robert Doornbos (Netherlands): “First I’d like to thank the organisers for inviting me back into the series. This is my home race and I have been looking forward to it because Assen is a great venue. It’s a long time since I have driven a proper race car so it’s good to be on the pace straight away. Also a thank you to Anthony Reid, the team and my sponsors and we’re now looking forward to a good performance on Sunday.”

John Martin (Australia): “So far, so good. Having not raced since Navarra last year, the first session was about getting ready and working on everything. The car seems quick on old tyres so it’s looking really good for the race. We didn’t use new tyres today because we were focussing on race set-up. My best lap was the penultimate one so that is a positive sign for Sunday. We’ll see how qualifying goes tomorrow now.”

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