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Weekend Hard Chargers

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm hard charger

F3 Euro Series

Stefano Coletti was back to form this weekend in the Formula 3 Euro Series after suffering a slight fracture of the sternum in late August during a GP2 race at Spa.  Yesterday’s result marked Coletti’s best finish since August 15th, 2009— where he finished 9th at the Nürburgring.

Christopher Zanella earned the drive of the weekend in Round-20 of the Formula 3 Euro Series by improving 17 positions.  Zanella won the 2008 Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 championship before moving into the F3 Euro Series in 2009.  His best finish of the year came on Sunday at Hockenheim.  His previous best was 5th, which occurred at Brands Hatch on September 5th, 2009.

World Series by Renault

Sten Pentus continues to impress.  The 27-year-old  Estonian driver earned another ‘hard charger’ award this weekend after improving 13 positions in Round 17 of the World Series by Renault.  I haven’t documented every result this year, but I have Pentus down for three previous ‘hard charger’ awards:  Silverstone (improved 8 positions), Spa (improved 9 positions), and Catalunya (improved 17 positions).

Heading into the weekend I published a brief roster update which included the news of Esteban Guerrieri returning to the FR 3.5 category with RC Motorsport.  At the time, I wrote:

During his 2008 campaign, he finished 8th in the overall championship with 1 win and 2 podiums despite missing 3 events.  This year he has been competing in Superleague Formula  and the TC2000 Argentina championship.  I expect Guerrieri to do pretty well this weekend.

Let’s just say the 24-year-old didn’t disappoint.  He put in a great drive on Saturday, moving from 15th on the grid to finish 5th in the race.  He followed that up with another solid top-five finish on Sunday driving from 9th to 4th.


One Comment

  1. Andreas on October 26, 2009 3:27 pm

    The last F3 Euroseries round was amazing by the way. Wet – drying, rain tires vs slicks, some good passing and some pure chaos. Formula 3 rarely disappoints. :)

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