F3000 DEBUT AT MONDELLO PARK
It was Kockney Koi Yamitsu's day as the team took a first and fourth place with South
African Earl Goddard driving a superb race in wet and difficult
conditions to register his first NDS EuroBOSS victory of the season. The
22 year old, in a Benetton Ford HB V8, finished 27.6 seconds ahead of
second placed Klaas Zwart driving an Ascari Judd V8. Zwart now leads the
Series points standings with an impressive tally of three second places
from three races. Local man Noel McIntyre, from Mullingar, made sure his
knowledge of the circuit paid-off as he took an impressive third place
over Phil Armour, Goddard's team mate-- the battle continued
right through to the last corner of the race.
On the first lap Phil Andrews, the winner of the previous two rounds,
driving his V10 Ascari Judd, spun at Dunlop corner leaving the way open
for Earl Goddard to challenge race leader Klaas Zwart. And challenge he
did, closing on Zwart with a series of impressively quick laps,
eventually passing the Dutchman as he spun on lap 4.
Zwart had started the race from pole position after an impressive
performance in heavy rain. The qualifying session was interrupted by
three red flags and it was no surprise when a red flag halted the race as
Matthew Mortlocks's Footwork Judd beached on the curb at turn three
following a spin. From the restart Goddard immediately demonstrated his
intention, racing into an unassailable lead and took control of the race,
driving into the distance with an assuredness that underlines his
Whilst the challenge for the lead was effectively over, an
exciting contest for the runners-up positions ensued. A hallmark of
EuroBOSS races is the excitement, as the battles are not exclusively
confined to the leading cars. Lap-by-lap Karl Heinz Becker driving a
Minardi Cosworth V8 and Martin Kendrick driving a Reynard Judd V8 battled
for 8th place, Kendrick eventually taking the line ahead of the German
former sportscar star to clinch the extra point.
In the NDS EuroBOSS Masters Colin Stone, driving a RAM Hart, had an
emphatic victory moving ahead of Anthony Hansford in the Championship
standings after Hansford spun his Eurobrun Judd on the pit straight
forcing him to retire.
16 year old Scott Mansell, the Series' youngest ever competitor,
made his official debut in his 1991 F3000 Reynard Mugen, formerly piloted
by Christian Fittipaldi, and proved that he is both talented and
courageous. Starting from an impressive 11th position on the grid having
qualified ahead of some of the more powerful F1 cars, he made his way up
the field to 6th position before being forced to retire after suffering
damage in a racing incident.
Goddard's win has ensured that the battle for the Championship is
wide open, all eyes will be on the next round at Most, Czech Republic, on
Earl Goddard, Driver, Kockney Koi Yamitsu:
"I needed a good finish today and knew that in these conditions I
must concentrate on a good start, then use the long race distance to
assess the situation and react accordingly. I wasn't sure if my
lack of experience on this circuit would benefit Klaas [Zwart] and Phil
[Andrews], but when Phil went out of the race and I began to push on
Klaas I knew that I had a winning chance. The car was competitive and
running well and when Klaas made a mistake I took advantage. When the
re-start put us alongside each other on the grid, I decided to change
strategy and push hard to see if I could shake him off. I seemed to find
more grip around the circuit and used this to extend the advantage.
"At the start of the weekend the car had a few niggles but the team
worked very hard to sort these out. By qualifying the car was fine and I
knew it was up to me. Securing Championship points was important today,
the win is the ultimate and reward for the fantastic effort of everyone
at Kockney Koi Yamitsu."
Noel McIntyre, Driver, Westmeath Motor Group:
"Today I had the luck of the Irish. I made a bad start and found
myself losing two places but as the race progressed I realised that I had
the power to close on the Benetton ahead. I used my years of experience
at Mondello to my advantage, firstly to close in and then overtake.
Despite the weather it has been a great weekend and I am really pleased
to be on the podium."