It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Super Nova drivers in Saturday's F3000 race with championship leader Sebastien Bourdais having a bad day to contrast with a fine performance from team-mate Tiago Monteiro.

With Sebastien Bourdais starting in fourth place on the grid was looking to make it past Enge in second to prevent him from taking the lead in the championship in the 33 lap race at Hockenheim while team-mate Tiago Monteiro was looking for his first points finish of the season.

Bourdais did not have a great start and then had some off track excursions before being hit on lap three. The car became difficult to drive and he came into the pits and retired at the end of the lap. Fortunately for Sebastien, Enge didn't finish the race either today after an incident with Ricardo Sperafico. Tiago Monteiro drove a fantastic race, getting a good start but then losing some places to finish back in ninth by the end of the first lap. When he was lying in eighth position he passed Muller and was looking to get into the points. He moved up to sixth when Ricardo Sperafico was given a stop-go penalty and then inherited anot her position when Pizzonia retired on the last few laps to collect his first two points of the year.

Giorgio Pantano took his second win of the season today followed by Wirdheim and Rodrigo Sperafico.

"My start was not really good," explained Bourdais after the race. "The problem with the tarmac on the outside is that everyone on the inside kept on full throttle and then suddenly on the next straight line I saw three or four cars in front of me. Then two or three more cars passed me at the first corner and it was a big mess. I was on the outside of the track for the next corner and then on the next long straight line everyone overtook me. When I arrived at the hairpin I saw two or three more cars spinning in front of me, so I arrived slowly but someone hit the side of my car. After this it was really difficult to drive and the downforce was gone, I was sliding everywhere and I had no chance to continue."

Tiago Monteiro saw very different fortunes in his race: "I had a good start, it was a lot better than at Magny Cours and I was up to sixth but then lost a few places at the second turn. Then at the hairpin I braked really late and I had to run wide and lost a some places again, so when I saw I was ninth on the pit board I was a bit annoyed. The car felt really good, it was oversteering most of the time, but I could deal with it okay. We were using less wing than lots of the other cars so they were quicker in the straights but sliding in the corners and this made me feel more confident as I could see they were struggling. I overtook Muller and I was lying in seventh place but I had to push like crazy to catch up with Mario and pressure him. When I realised I was fifth I still wanted more so I kept trying but I was really, really happy when I passed the chequered flag, it felt like I had won a Formula Three race like last year."

Team Manager David Sears reflected on his drivers' performances: "Sebastien Bourdais normally makes a fantastic start but today was certainly the worse one of the season so far. Sebastien dropped back several places and then got hit by another car leading to retirement and no points. However luckily for him Tomas Enge turned in on Ricardo Sperafico whilst disputing fourth place which lead to instant retirement.

Giorgio Pantano won the race and now has 34 points with Tomas Enge on 41. Sebastien still leads the championship by five points.

Tiago Monteiro scored his first points of the year with an excellent fifth place. Tiago has worked really well with the team all weekend with no distractions and hopefully this will continue for the last three races of the year. If Tiago can collect some more points we will have met the team targets for his first season and it will also help Super Nova in the Teams Championship."



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