The Draco Junior Team completed its first full test of the 2004 Superfund Euro 3000 season at Vairano yesterday [18 February], with new drivers Nicky Pastorelli and Fausto Ippoliti both in action.

Young Dutch driver Pastorelli demonstrated his desire to begin work immediately, as he prepares to launch a definitive title assault after several seasons in the series.

"Finally, we are on track!" he commented, "I was getting tired of waiting! My first taste of being a Draco driver has been excellent. Vairano is a track suitable for technical testing, and I think we made a good job today.

"At the beginning, the track was dirty, but we worked well. We personalised the car and, now, we are ready to test on real racing circuits. However, it's important to work here in order to experiment with the cars. I am working very well with my engineer, Andrea, and the two mechanics. I'm really satisfied."

Rookie team-mate Ippoliti also threw himself into his work with the engineers and mechanics.

"What more can I say? Nicky took the words out of my mouth!" he enthused, "We work well together.

"Today, we were testing two seats to choose the best for me, and, along with my engineer Giorgio, we worked hard with my car. I really could see the Draco method and its team spirit. I have seen union and collaboration, and I feel good with the staff."

At the end of the day, team boss Adriano Morini spoke about the coming season, in which Draco defends the title won by Augusto Farfus in 2003.

"We have interesting news about the championship as, on 12 February, we were in Monaco for a meeting with Superfund," he revealed, "Soon, we'll know which TV station will broadcast the races. Moreover, if all the team's agree, it will be possible to offer a hospitality service, with a VIP area, at each race. The calendar is set, although we now know that we can't race in Bahrain because the circuit isn't ready.

"About my drivers, I don't speak yet - we'll see [what happens] in the first common test," he concluded.


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