Esp: West-Tec reigns at Jerez
1 January 1901
The penultimate round of the Spanish F3 Championship proved to be a weekend to remember for Team West-Tec as Jerez yielded up two wins, a second and a third from its double-header.
Norwegian Thor-Christian Ebbesvik scored a clear victory from pole position on Sunday, which followed up Jonathan Legris' stunning Class B win, and third place outright, in Saturday's earlier. Rising Chinese star Ma Qing Hua, meanwhile, also impressed as he visited the podium with second place on Sunday.
Qualifying in the damp, the team was initially very well-placed with Ebbesvik and Legris one-two for much of the session but, as the track dried, both were delayed by backmarkers on their crucial last laps, which reduced an all West-Tec front row to a still creditable fifth and sixth.
Legris made light work of the setback, getting a great start to jump to third, while Ebbesvik retained sixth off the line before quickly moving up to fifth. Legris wasn't done either, and was darting this way and that in an effort to pass Adrian Campos Jr, but it was to no avail as the young Spaniard defended strongly. Nonetheless, third overall was still a stunning result for Legris, as he stood atop the Copa de Espana Class B podium despite still being at the wheel of an eight-year old car.
"Race one was mega, and I love the Jerez track," Legris commented, "It was about time I won again and this was a great place to do it."
Jonathan was so impressive yet again," team principal Gavin Wills confirmed, "To finish third outright in the old F300 really was stunning, and to win the Copa class and annihilate all of the F306s was also pretty amazing."
Ebbesvik eventually finished sixth, with Ma taking ninth from twelfth on the grid, and the reversed grid gave Ebbesvik pole for Sunday's race, and the Norwegian took full advantage, making an immaculate start to lead from lights to flag, as he delivered a controlled drive to record his second outright victory.
"This was an excellent weekend," he commented, "We have worked very hard with the 2008 car and made some great steps forward. For race two, we could have gone quicker but I drove just as fast as I needed to."
The West-Tec team were a little disappointed, however, as it felt that it could have recorded a rare 1-2 finish had it not been for a fast-starting Legris being eliminated in a clash with the equally rapid Campos Jr as both tried to pass Will Bratt, the other Briton then able to come home second overall. Ma Qing Hua ran in a competitive eighth position early on, before moving up to seventh and successfully holding off championship leader Nelson Panciatici as he claimed second place in the Copa class.