Milka Duno returns to Europe
Milka Duno, from Venezuela, finished two positive days of rehearsals with the Vergani Racing Team of Formula Nissan, in tests done last tuesday and wednesday in the italian circuit Maggione.
Natural of Caracas, Milka returns to work on the single-seater with a 2000cc engine, and inmediately got in rhythm, setting supperb timings even in the cold conditiones of the circuit, in the north of the Italian peninsula. Milka set the quickest lap in 1'07'3, almost a second and a half faster than her best lap during the previous season. To make her progress more evident, it is enough to compare her timing with the one set last year by the italian Giussepe Burlotti, 2 tenths higher than Milka's.
"We are delighted with her evolution" commented Francesco Marzi, one of the owners of the Vergani Team. "Milka has done a superb job, confirming her adaptation to the Coloni-Nissan. At the end of last year she was already surprising us with her job, but now she has ratified she has every intention of being one of the main protagonists in the 2000 class, where we will aim for the top from the first date".
Practices will continue this weekend in the spanish circuit of Albacete and from there Milka will fly to the States, where she will fill a tight schedule with the media in the Florida area and inmediately will climb onto the poweful Panoz-Mugen of the prototypes LMP900 category for the American Le Mans series, aiming for the absolute debut at the 12 hours of Sebring next 16th of March.
Record prizes in Formula Nissan 2002
RPM Racing, organisers of the Telefonica Series by Nissan, made official the ammounts to give away during the present season: 1,583,000 euros (about one million four hundred thousand dollars) among the three categories of this proyect set as steps into the professionalisation of single-seaters competition: the new FIA Dallara Nissan V6 series, FIA Formula Nissan 2000 series, and the Spanish Formula Junior championship.
The reigning category in the project, the FIA Dallara Nissan V6, assisted by a Nissan 415CV engine, will share 1,194,000 euros among the ten participating teams: GD Racing (IT), Vergani Racing (IT), Adrián Campos Motorsport (S), Epsilon by Graff (F), Racing Engineering (S), Meycom (S), Venturini Racing (S), RC Motorsport (IT), KTR (B) y Gabord Competición (S). Also, the winner of the category will have a Formula One test guaranteed with the KL Minardi Asiatech team at the end of the season.
The intermediate category, Formula Nissan 2000, armed with a Nissan 230 CV engine, and where Milka Duno will participate, will give away a total of 270,000 euros among the three top positions. The winner will get 180,000 euros and a test in the winning team of the Dallara Nissan V6. The second will get 60,000 euros and a test in the second team in the new category. The third will get 30,000 euros and a test with the third team.
In the Spanish Formula Junior Championship (machines with 1500cc engines) will get up to 120,000 euros. The winner will get 60,000 euroes and will get a test with the winning team of the Formula Nissan 2000. The second will get 36,000 euros and will get a test with the second team of the second category. Finally, the third placement will get 24,000 euros and a test with the third team of the Formula Nissan.
The Telefonica Series by Nissan will start next 12th of May in the Valencian Community Circuit Ricardo Tormo. A spectacle created in Spain, without precedent in the world, and aiming to turn Spanish soil in the biggest international platform for single seaters competition.
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