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July 06, 2011
Renault 3.5: Panciatici Ends Hungary Weekend on a Positive Note
 

Nelson Panciatici added another top-10 to his 2011 resume at the Hungaroring (Photo: Renault)
Nelson Panciatici added another top-10 to his 2011 resume at the Hungaroring
(Photo: Renault)

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (July 5, 2011) - The KMP team turned up at the Hungaroring track with high hopes. They had brought in, alongside Nelson Panciatici, the 2010 title champion of the discipline, Mikhail Aleshin.

This star value gave the whole team a boost. In every instance Panciatici did himself proud by the side of his new co-driver as he was essentially the fastest of the two over the weekend. It will be one of the positive aspects of this Hungarian meeting!

Qualifying ninth in the first race, Panciatici was determined to push through to the top. A storm then came along to change the parameters just one hour before the start. All the drivers, however, opted to drive on slick tyres. Blocked, he had to break early in the first corner and found himself boxed in, in 11th place, before crossing the line seventh in what was a strong and intelligent race.

For the second qualifiers, Panciatici’s momentum was lost at first when he got a yellow flag. He then didn’t do well in the first sector of his only fast lap, which put him back in 11th place on the grid. Finding his pace right from the start of the race, Panciatici could still hope to leave Hungaroring with a few more points to his name in the championship but a pit stop problem sent him to the bottom of the ranking.

“I’m disappointed with my weekend because we still haven’t had a win and yet we didn’t need much to be in the lead,” said Panciatici. “On top of that, I didn’t manage my fast lap well in the second qualifiers. It’s a shame because the car was driving well in the race and my pace should have put me in the front runners. We have to keep working at it and stay calm and confident because the team has the capacity to succeed. With Adrien, my engineer, we do everything we can to make it happen. I still believe in our chances for a podium and more if all goes well!”

“I think we really missed out on a successful result,” added Bruno Besson, the KMP Team Manager. “Nelson could have been in the top 5 on Saturday but if we’re not at 102 percent this year we can soon find ourselves at the back, like Ricardo and Ramos this weekend. Sunday, we missed our target because the car wasn’t perfectly balanced. Aleshin assures me that the car has good balance but everything has to be spot on, especially on a track like Budapest where the gaps are tight.”

Panciatici, currently eighth in the provisional general ranking of the World Series by Renault, trusts his KMP team totally to help him up the hierarchy in the very next race at Silverstone on August 20-21.

For more information on Nelson Panciatici, please visit http://www.nelsonpancia.com
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