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International F3000 1997

Ricardo Zonta, Super Nova - '97 champion

The 1997 season saw victory for future F1 driver Ricardo Zonta, the Brazilian fulfilling his 1996 potential with Super Nova. Runner-up was future CART champion Juan-Pablo Montoya with RSM Marko. In his first season out of British F3, the Colombian was often the fastest driver, but ultimately lost the title by just 1.5 points. Jason Watt made an impressive International F3000 debut with Den Blå Avis, the second string team of Super Nova boss David Sears, finishing third overall with one win. Jamie Davies was fourth overall for DAMS, winning at Enna, but was unable to maintain his early season championship challenge. Max Wilson made an impressive debut, while Tom Kristensen and Soheil Ayari both won a race.

 

Entry list, qualifying (Q) and race (R) results 1997:

No.

Team/Chassis/Engine

Driver

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

1

RSM Marko

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Craig Lowndes (AUS)

Q

6

14

18

23

16

10

10

20

10

13

R

14

R

R

25R

4

R

R

R

21

9

2

RSM Marko

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Juan-Pablo Montoya (COL)

Q

2

1

1

4

6

15

1

4

2

4

R

R

1

R

4

11

5

1

R

3

1

3

Super Nova Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Ricardo Zonta (BR)

Q

1

9

5

1

2

2

2

5

1

1

R

dq1

R

R

1

2

1

2

5

1

R

4

Super Nova Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Laurent Redon (F)

Q

10

3

12

7

11

9

5

9

6

16

R

R

4

R

21R

6

19R

3

14

5

11

5

Team Astromega

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Boris Derichebourg (F)

Q

20

25

19

6

17

27

22

6

11

15

R

12

15

8

R

9

nq

13

3

22

R

6

Team Astromega

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Soheil Ayari (F)

Q

4

6

10

8

14

8

6

3

7

8

R

R

6

1

19

R

R

10

R

6

R

7

Draco Engineering

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Cyrille Sauvage (F)

Q

13

5

3

15

3

13

7

24

9

5

R

7

5

R

23R

8

R

R

R

9

dq2

8

Draco Engineering

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Pedro Couceiro (P)

Q

22

7

22

14

12

24

13

16

17

19

R

2

R

R

15

ns

R

11

7

R

R

9

Apomatox

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Fabrizio Gollin (F)

Q

18

10

8

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

21

NE

R

R

R

R

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

13

NE

9

Apomatox

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Emanuel Clerico (F)

Q

NE

NE

NE

25

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

R

NE

NE

NE

12

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

10

Apomatox

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Jean-Philippe Belloc (F)

Q

19

22

21

24

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

R

9

R

R

20

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

11

Edenbridge Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Werner Lupberger (ZA)

Q

26

28

30

19

22

23

15

10

14

14

R

11

nq

nq

18

R

14

R

13

11

4

12

Edenbridge Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Max Wilson (BR)

Q

8

12

23

5

4

3

14

8

3

9

R

R

7

R

5

3

2

8

2

4

10R

14

Pacific Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Oliver Tichy (A)

Q

7

8

6

17

9

17

16

21

NE

-

R

8

8

2

9

R

7

5

R

NE

-

15

Pacific Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Marc Gene (E)

Q

16

21

NE

-

-

-

NE

NE

NE

-

R

13

ns

NE

-

-

-

NE

NE

NE

-

16

DAMS

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Gregoire de Galzain (F)

Q

29

32

32

26

24

20

23

23

dq

17

R

nq

nq

nq

17

R

9

15

R

dq

8

17

DAMS

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Jamie Davies (GB)

Q

23

4

2

13

1

6

24

15

dq

3

R

3

3

R

8

1

3

9

8

dq

R

18

Durango Formula

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Stephen Watson (ZA)

Q

21

24

20

18

20

18

21

7

18

22

R

15

nq

6

16

7

12

R

6

15

R

19

Durango Formula

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Gareth Rees (GB)

Q

15

13

11

9

21

19

18

11

5

11

R

R

R

R

22R

16

11

R

R

7

3

20

Auto Sport Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Gaston Mazzacane (RA)

Q

9

23

25

20

18

12

11

19

12

18

R

10

nq

R

10

15

10

17

11

10

R

21

Auto Sport Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Tom Kristensen (DK)

Q

12

2

4

2

10

1

3

1

dq

2

R

1

2

R

3

R

R

6

R

dq

R

22

Nordic Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Thomas Biagi (I)

Q

28

26

31

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

R

nq

nq

nq

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

22

Nordic Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Marc Gene (E)

Q

-

-

NE

31

15

11

NE

NE

NE

20

R

-

-

NE

nq

10

8

NE

NE

NE

R

22

Nordic Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Mario Waltner (A)

Q

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

29

28

NE

NE

R

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

nq

nq

NE

NE

22

Nordic Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Gianluca Paglicci (I)

Q

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

25

NE

R

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

20

NE

23

Nordic Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Rui Aguas (P)

Q

5

11

16

12

7

4

8

17

13

10

R

R

9

5

7

R

dq

4

9

12

5

24

Bob Salisbury Engineering

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Oliver Gavin (GB)

Q

30

27

33

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

R

nq

nq

nq

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

24

Bob Salisbury Engineering

Lola T96/50-Zytek

James Taylor (GB)

Q

NE

NE

NE

34

29

31

NE

26

27

30

R

NE

NE

NE

nq

nq

nq

NE

nq

nq

nq

25

Bob Salisbury Engineering

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Thomas Schie (N)

Q

33

19

26

28

28

22

27

13

23

25

R

nq

14

nq

nq

nq

15

nq

10

18

R

26

Den Blå Avis

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Jason Watt (DK)

Q

3

17

14

3

8

5

9

2

4

6

R

4

12

ns

2

R

4

R

1

2

R

27

DC Cook Motorsport

Lola T96/50-Zytek

David Cook (GB)

Q

14

31

24

30

27

30

26

22

16

26

R

R

nq

7

nq

R

nq

14

R

R

7

28

DC Cook Motorsport

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Patrick Lemarie (F)

Q

-

-

-

-

-

-

NE

NE

19

27

R

-

-

-

-

-

-

NE

NE

14

nq

29

Coloni Motorsport

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Markus Friesacher (A)

Q

27

30

28

29

26

28

28

14

26

28

R

nq

nq

nq

nq

17

nq

nq

R

19

nq

30

Coloni Motorsport

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Emiliano Spataro (RA)

Q

32

29

27

21

25

25

20

12

15

NE

R

nq

nq

nq

11

13

16

12

R

R

NE

30

Coloni Motorsport

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Oliver Tichy (A)

Q

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

NE

7

R

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

NE

2

31

Ravarotto Racing Team

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Anthony Beltoise (F)

Q

17

16

15

22

23

21

17

NE

NE

NE

R

R

R

9

14

12

13

R

NE

NE

NE

32

Ravarotto Racing Team

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Patrick Lemarie (F)

Q

25

18

17

11

NE

16

NE

NE

-

-

R

6

13

4

13

NE

R

NE

NE

-

-

33

GP Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Thomas Biagi (I)

Q

-

-

-

27

19

14

19

25

20

23

R

-

-

-

nq

14

18

R

R

16

12

34

Elide Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Miguel de Castro (E)

Q

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

29

R

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

nq

35

Arden International

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Christian Horner (GB)

Q

24

33

29

33

30

29

25

27

22

24

R

16R

nq

nq

nq

nq

nq

16

nq

17

6

36

KTR (Keerbergs Trans. Rac.)

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Kurt Mollekens (B)

Q

dq

15

7

32

13

26

12

18

24

21

R

dq

10

R

nq

5

6

R

R

R

13R

37

Redman & Bright

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Gonzalo Rodriguez (UR)

Q

31

NE

13

10

5

7

4

NE

8

12

R

nq

NE

R

6

R

17

7

NE

8

R

38

DKS Racing

Lola T96/50-Zytek

Dino Morelli (GB)

Q

11

20

9

16

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

R

5

11

3

24R

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

Key: R=retired, ns=did not start, NE=did not enter, dqx=disqualified from position x.

Notes: Round 1: Mollekens excluded for failing to attend driver briefing. Zonta subsequently disqualified from 1st when illegal parts were found on car. Round 3: Watt withdrawn after 8.5g impact crash in qualifying. Round 4: Race stopped, half points awarded, after accident left Dino Morelli with serious leg injuries. Round 9: Davies, de Galzain and Kristensen disqualified for missing driver briefing. Round 10: Sauvage disqualified when team members touched car in parc ferme.

Other entries that did not race:

Here are a number of drivers/teams/cars that appeared on either the FIA or organiser's entry lists, but did not actually race.

No.

Team/Chassis/Engine

Driver

Notes

33

HMS Hoffman Lola T96/50-Zytek

Gianluca Paglicci (I)

Entry bought by DKS.

34

HMS Hoffman Lola T96/50-Zytek

Emanuel Clerico (F)

Entry bought by DKS.

38

Ecurie Lauger Lola T96/50-Zytek

Dino Morelli (GB)

Morelli entered with DKS.

Other teams rumoured to enter pre-season included: Benetton Junior (Draco) with Jarno Trulli & Ricardo Zonta, Bertram Schafer Racing with Nick Heidfeld and Fred Goddard Racing with David Cook.

 

1997 International F3000 Points Standings:

Pos

Driver

Team(s)

Points

1

Ricardo Zonta (BR)

Super Nova

39

2

Juan-Pablo Montoya (COL)

RSM Marko

37.5

3

Jason Watt (DK)

Den Blå Avis

25

4

Jamie Davies (GB)

DAMS

22

5

Max Wilson (BR)

Edenbridge

20

6

Tom Kristensen (DK)

Auto Sport Racing

19

7

Oliver Tichy (A)

Pacific / Coloni

14

8

Soheil Ayari (F)

Astromega

12

9

Laurent Redon (F)

Super Nova

10

10

Rui Aguas (P)

Nordic

7

11

Pedro Couceiro (P)

Draco

6

=

Dino Morelli (GB)

DKS Racing

6

13

Cyrille Sauvage (F)

Draco

5

14

Gareth Rees (GB)

Durango

4

=

Boris Derichebourg (F)

Astromega

4

=

Patrick Lemarie (F)

Ravarotto / DC Cook

4

17

Werner Lupberger (ZA)

Edenbridge

3

=

Craig Lowndes (AUS)

RSM Marko

3

=

Kurt Mollekens (B)

KTR

3

20

Stephen Watson (ZA)

Durango

2

21

Christian Horner (GB)

Arden

1

22

Gonzalo Rodriguez (UR)

Redman & Bright

0.5

Points system 10-6-4-3-2-1.

 

1997 International F3000 Calendar:

Round

Circuit

Date

Winner

Team

1

Silverstone (GB)

11th May

Tom Kristensen (DK)

Auto Sport Racing

2

Pau (F)

19th May

Juan-Pablo Montoya (COL)

RSM Marko

3

Helsinki (SF)

25th May

Soheil Ayari (F)

Astromega

4

Nurburgring (D)

29th June

Ricardo Zonta (BR)

Super Nova

5

Enna-Pergusa (I)

20th July

Jamie Davies (GB)

DAMS

6

Hockenheim (D)

26th July

Ricardo Zonta (BR)

Super Nova

7

A-1 Ring (A)

3rd August

Juan-Pablo Montoya (COL)

RSM Marko

8

Spa-Francorchamps (B)

23rd August

Jason Watt (DK)

Den Bla Avis

9

Mugello (I)

28th Sept

Ricardo Zonta (BR)

Super Nova

10

Jerez (E)

October

Juan-Pablo Montoya (COL)

RSM Marko

 

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