Euro F3000 series stand-out Jonny Reid has been rewarded for his efforts this season with the offer of testing opportunities at both the championship-winning team and others from the FIA series.

With the race season now over, the Kiwi will turn his attention to testing for Euro 3000 champions Draco Racing on Friday [5 November], before linking up with former FIA F3000 title-winners Super Nova at Jerez six days later. Draco has intimated that it will return to the international fold next season, with an entry in the F3000 replacement GP2 category, while Super Nova expects to bounce back from a trying season with a two-car effort in the same F1 support series.

Reid will not limit himself to GP2 next season, however, and is also keeping his options open in the recently-launched Formula Superfund series, which replaces the Euro F3000 category in 2005. The New Zealander has already sampled the all-new car, which comes complete with a four-litre Judd engine, during straight-line testing in England, and reckons the 600-horsepower machine is 'quite a beast'.

After posting podium results in recent rounds, Reid rounded out his first season of racing in Europe with a mixed final weekend in Euro 3000 at the Nurburgring. In a double-header meeting that replaced the proposed street festival in Cagliari, the John Village Automotive driver finished a gritty second to Norbert Siedler in race one, before settling for fifth in the last race of the season.

"Race one was awesome, I really enjoyed it," he said, "I definitely had the quicker car but, at the start, there was no dry line to pass Norbert and, throughout the race, he did a good job of leaving me no space to get through. It was tough in the latter part of the race with Nicky Pastorelli permanently in my rear view mirrors, but I kept my position."

The second event didn't go to plan for the Kiwi, as Siedler clashed with Luca Filippi at the first corner and then clipped the JVA car, knocking its front wing and necessitating a pit-stop for a replacement. Reid was able to return to the race after the safety car period allowed him to pit, repair his damage, and remain on the lead lap, carving his way through the field to take fifth place after a spirited comeback. The result, his sixth straight points finish, was good enough to seal fourth place in the championship.


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