F3 » 1 January 1901
Ebbesvik dominates Valencia support race.
Two of Team West-Tec's Spanish F3 Championship chargers made sure those present at the inaugural European Grand Prix in Valencia sat up and took notice after producing noteworthy performances on the supporting bill.
Thor-Christian Ebbesvik produced a devastating performance on the streets around the city's Americas Cup port as he dominated the weekend's single F3 race, while Britain's Jonathan Legris again showed his latent talent at the wheel of an eight-year old car before being taken out of a potential podium finish.
Ebbesvik was on top form from the start, running quickly on used tyres in free practice when everybody quicker was using fresher rubber, and then translating his pace to new tyres in qualifying, setting pole position. Although he blotted his copybook somewhat by crashing while on course for an even faster lap, the Norwegian's earlier time was more than good enough for him to finish the session as fastest ever F3 driver around the track.
Determined to preserve his advantage, he made an excellent start in Sunday's race, drove carefully when the track was slightly damp, and never looking like losing the lead, despite some desperate driving behind him.
The safety car made an appearance at the end of the first lap, while debris from a collision was cleared up, but Ebbesvik made an equally good getaway at the restart to maintain his lead. Chased by the impressive Nelson Panciatici, the Norwegian maintained a gap of over a second while always looking in control of the race and taking no unnecessary risks.
Panciatici closed in towards the end, but Ebbesvik had already begun to ease down to make sure he didn't throw victory - his first outright in Spanish F3 - away after 14 laps of total concentration.
"Fantastic!" he enthused, "I must offer great thanks to my crew - Paul, Brian and Steve did a great job to rebuild the car overnight and give me just as good a car on Sunday as I had on Saturday. What a great place and time to win!"
Christian was stunning," team principal John Miller confirmed, "I am really delighted he took this win for us. With his attitude, skill and determination, he certainly deserved his success and I am sure he is going to go far in this sport."
Ebbesvik was not alone in enjoying the series' second visit to the Valencia circuit, with all of the West-Tec drivers proving very fast over the weekend, ensuring that the Teams' Trophy headed home to the UK.
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