Fabio Leimer rules Estoril timesheets

04.04.2008: Fabio Leimer rules Estoril timesheets

Formula Master's official two-day test concluded in Estoril today with Fabio Leimer once again claiming the fastest time of the day.

Cooler morning temperatures (16°c) allowed lap times to drop by almost half a second compared to yesterday, enabling the Jenzer Motorsport driver to set the quickest lap with a time of 1:31.843.

Japan's Yuhi Sekiguchi showed his speed by setting the second fastest time of the morning (1:31.903) although the Euronova Racing driver explained that a quick lap time was not on the team's agenda for this test.

"We focused on setting the car up for races rather than pure speed," said Sekiguchi. "It's nice to set a fast time like this morning but we chose to spend more time working on the car using old tyres, which reflected on our lap times yesterday. It's still good to know that we have the pace though."

Iris Project's Michael Ammermueller followed in third place with a best time of 1:32.042.

With afternoon weather conditions rising to 30°c, lap times increased although Switzerland's Leimer still set the fastest time with a lap of 1:32.597. Trident Racing's Kasper Andersen's best lap of 1:32.805 earned him second place whilst Daniel Mancinelli took third place for Alan Racing (1:32.891).

Cram Competition team-mates Arturo Llobell and Pablo Sanchez Lopez showed a strong combined performance once more with both drivers posting top-ten times throughout the day.

Formula Master's official testing continues later this month at Magny-Cours, France (22-23 April 2008), followed by Valencia, Spain, in May.

Formula Master - Estoril official testing Day Two: morning - top eight

1. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:31.843

2. Yuhi Sekiguchi (JAP), Euronova Racing, 1:31.903

3. Michael Ammermueller (GER), Iris Project, 1:32.042

4. Chris van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport, 1:32.096

5. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:32.139

6. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:32.152

7. Josef Kral (CZH), Team JVA, 1:32.529

8. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famá, 1:32.543

Formula Master - Estoril official testing Day Two: afternoon - top eight

1. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.597

2. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:32.805

3. Daniel Mancinelli (ITA), Alan Racing, 1:32.891

4. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famá, 1:33.023

5. Filip Salaquarda (CZH), ISR, 1:33.072

6. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), J.D. Motorsport, 1:33.181

7. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:33.258

8. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:33.324

Formula Master - Estoril official testing Day Two: overall

1. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:31.843

2. Yuhi Sekiguchi (JAP), Euronova Racing, 1:31.903

3. Michael Ammermueller (GER), Iris Project, 1:32.042

4. Chris van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport, 1:32.096

5. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:32.139

6. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:32.152

7. Josef Kral (CZH), Team JVA, 1:32.529

8. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famá, 1:32.543

9. Carlos Iaconelli (BRA), Pro Motorsport, 1:32.546

10. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:32.623

11. Tim Sandtler (GER), ISR, 1:32.736

12. Michael Meadows (GBR), Euronova Racing, 1:32.798

13. Alberto Costa (ITA), Cram Competition, 1:32.868

14. Daniel Mancinelli (ITA), Alan Racing, 1:33.199

15. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (BUL), J.D. Motorsport, 1:32.963

16. Fabrizio Crestani (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:33.003

17. Filip Salaquarda (CZH), ISR, 1:33.038

18. Dominik Schraml (GER), Alan Racing, 1:33.099

19. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), J.D. Motorsport, 1:33.121

20. Federico Rossi (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:33.415

21. Frankie Provenzano (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:33.738

22. Michele Caliendo (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:33.842

23. Matei Mihaescu (ROM), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:34.787

For today's full morning/afternoon results, please visit www.formulamaster.net  


Formula Master's inaugural season in 2007 delivered some of the year's best racing with the Series' concept of offering young, aspiring drivers the chance to establish themselves on an international stage proving a great success already.

2007 statistics

FIA WTCC partner series
Eight events - 16 races
Eight European destinations
40 drivers - 19 countries represented
30 cars on average for each event
18 million TV viewers on Eurosport
16 hours LIVE coverage on Eurosport
367,000 attending spectators
Inaugural race at Valencia, Spain on 19 May 2007
Inaugural Champion Jérôme D'Ambrosio (BEL), Cram Competition
Inaugural race winner Salvatore Gatto (ITA), Alan Racing
Youngest race winner Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Alan Racing
Eight different race winners
Six different pole setters
16 different drivers have led a race
15 different drivers have stepped onto the Formula Master podium
30 drivers in the points

N.Technology's Formula Master race car features a Magneti Marelli hydraulic gearbox control system with gearbox and clutch wheel paddle control. With advanced aerodynamics, it weighs just 550kg including the driver and runs on control tyres by Yokohama.

The first race car in the world to secure 2008 FIA F3 homologation, the Formula Master single-seater has generated excitement from all sectors thanks to its dynamic styling, light-weight body and powerful Honda K20A engine.

- RSM - also photo

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04.04.2008 / MaP

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