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 MEXICAN F3000 - 1997

In its second and final year, the Mexican Formula 3000 Championship expanded to be held over nine rounds with twelve initially proposed. The title was won by Jimmy Morales for the Garza Racing run Marlboro World Championship Team, with Derek Higgins the runner up for a second year.

The following results were supplied and prepared by Stephen Herbert. All cars Lola T96/70-Chrysler V6.

 

Entry list and Calendar:

Entry list 1997

No.

Driver

Entrant

Team

Rounds

1

Jaime Cordero (MEX)

Garza Racing

Marlboro World Championship Team

1-9

2

Jimmy Morales (MEX)

Garza Racing

Marlboro World Championship Team

1-9

3

Eduardo Goeters (MEX)

Goeters Racing Team

Goeters Racing Team

1-9

4

Jorge Goeters (MEX)

Goeters Racing Team

Goeters Racing Team

1-9

7

Derek Higgins (IRL)

Team GO

Quaker State Racing

1-9

8

Rafael Martinez (MEX)

Team GO

Quaker State Racing

1

8

Enrique Contreras (MEX)

Team GO

Quaker State Racing

2-4

8

Guillermo Oliveras (MEX)

Team GO

Quaker State Racing

5-7

9

Freddy Tame Jr (MEX)

Freddy Tame

Cacasa Racing

1-9

10

Carlos Peralta (MEX)

Sentra Racing Team

Sentra Racing Team

1-3, 5, 7-8

10

Ruben Garcia (MEX)

Sentra Racing Team

Sentra Racing Team

6

11

Enrique Contreras (MEX)

Team GO

Quaker State Racing

5

16

Rod MacLeod (GB)

Team GP

Canel's Sporting Team

1-4

16

Marcelo Belden (MEX)

Team GP

Canel's Sporting Team

7-9

17

Fernando Plata (MEX)

Team GP

Canel's Sporting Team

1-4, 7-9

18

Gerardo Martinez (MEX)

Escuderia Martiga

Escuderia Martiga

1

18

David Martinez (MEX)

Escuderia Martiga

Escuderia Martiga

7-9

19

David Martinez (MEX)

Escuderia Martiga

Escuderia Martiga

1, 4

20

Michel Goeters (MEX)

Goeters Racing Team

Goeters Racing Team

6-8

21

Patrick Goeters (MEX)

Goeters Racing Team

Goeters Racing Team

1, 5-9

22

Carlos Contreras (MEX)

?

?

4

26

Mario Dominguez (MEX)

Herdez Competition

Herdez Competition

1-9

27

Freddy van Beuren (MEX)

Herdez Competition

Herdez Competition

1-9

28

Ruben Garcia (MEX)

Herdez Competition

Herdez Competition

9

97

Ruben Garcia (MEX)

?

?

2

97

Carlos Contreras (MEX)

?

?

3

 

Calendar 1997

Rnd

Circuit

Date

1

Monterrey

9 March 1997

2

San Luis Potosi

6 April 1997

3

Zacatecas

27 April 1997

4

Saltillo

18 May 1997

5

Mexico City

15 June 1997

6

Pachuca

13 July 1997

7

San Luis Potosi

7 September 1997

8

Mexico City

21 September 1997

9

Guadalajara

12 October 1997

Note - 12 rounds originally proposed, including:

Rnd

Circuit

Date

7

Chihuahua

3 August 1997

8

Guadalajara

24 August 1997

9

La Laguna

7 September 1997

10

Queretaro

5 October 1997

11

San Luis Potosi

26 October 1997

12

Mexico City

16 November 1997

 

Race results: (and reports where available)

 

Round 1: Monterrey (MEX), 9 March 1997

Jimmy Morales won round one of the Mexican F3000 Championship, at Monterrey. At the start, reigning champion Jaime Cordero went off after a clash with Patrick Goeters. Goeters' car hit the wall and a wishbone went through his leg. Later, Patrick's condition was reported as stable.

Then clutch problems for Rafael Martinez and Freddy van Beuren Jr wrecked the second and third start, before finally the race began and Morales took advantage of his clean side of the grid to grab the lead. Polesitter Mario Dominguez challenged and took the lead on lap five. Unfortunately an overheating engine slowed his pace and finally, Dominguez came home second, 9.264s behind Morales. Dominguez also set a new lap record in the process. Derek Higgins was third, complaining of a lack of power.

(Report taken from Autosport)

Round 1: Monterrey, 9 March 1997 - 25 laps - 46.625miles

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

25 laps

30m 19.051s

2

1m 07.293s

2

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

25 laps

30m 28.315s

1

1m 07.119s

3

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

25 laps

30m 33.483s

5

1m 08.206s

4

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

25 laps

30m 39.287s

7

1m 08.592s

5

16

Rod MacLeod

Team GP

25 laps

30m 43.824s

13

1m 09.586s

6

18

Gerardo Martinez

Escuderia Martiga

25 laps

30m 44.214s

8

1m 08.797s

7

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

25 laps

30m 53.937s

10

1m 09.102s

8

19

David Martinez

Escuderia Martiga

25 laps

31m 00.058s

9

1m 08.840s

9

8

Rafael Martinez

Team GO

25 laps

31m 04.437s

11

1m 09.335s

10

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

25 laps

31m 10.468s

12

1m 09.570s

11

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

21 laps

running

3

1m 07.822s

12

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

6 laps

engine

4

1m 08.177s

13

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

0 laps

accident

6

1m 08.378s

14

21

Patrick Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

0 laps

accident

14

1m 10.489s

15

10

Carlos Peralta

Sentra Racing Team

0 laps

engine

15

no time

Fastest lap: Dominguez, 1m07.958s

 

Round 2: San Luis Potosi (MEX), 6 April 1997

Derek Higgins

Derek Higgins (right) led from flag to flag to win the second round of the Mexican Formula 3000 Championship for the Quaker State team at San Luis Potosi. Third in the first round, the British driver did well to qualify on the front row after missing the first session with gearbox problems.

And he was able to lead away when pole-sitter Mario Dominguez encountered a throttle problem. Rod MacLeod was caught out by the Mexican's slow getaway and clipped his car. With a broken driveshaft, the Scot went no further. Dominguez's Herdez-Mexlub team worked hard to repair his car and he was able to continue, albeit seven laps down. Once out again, he flew, setting fastest lap for the second race in a row.

With this trouble happening in his wake, Higgins was able to open out a large gap on the first lap and was safe to dictate the pace, finishing 12.2s ahead of 1989 British Class B Formula 3 champion Fernando Plata.

Jimmy Morales, winner of the opening round, tussled with Plata but had to make do with third place and a share of the championship lead, with Freddy van Beuren Jr finishing right on his heels.

Goeters brothers Eduardo and Jorge rounded out the top six, with third brother Patrick watching from the sidelines following his accident in the opening round that left a wishbone piercing his legs. He hopes to race again in June.

(Report by Rosa Elena Torres taken from Autosport)

Round 2: San Luis Potosi, 6 April 1997 - 35 laps - 50.68 miles

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

35 laps

42m 52.554s

2

1m 10.00s

2

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

35 laps

43m 04.751s

4

1m 10.35s

3

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

35 laps

43m 05.962s

5

1m 10.56s

4

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

35 laps

43m 06.204s

6

1m 10.88s

5

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

35 laps

43m 30.372s

8

1m 10.90s

6

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

35 laps

43m 32.816s

10

1m 11.22s

7

8

Enrique Contreras

Team GO

35 laps

43m 34.595s

12

1m 13.13s

8

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

35 laps

43m 49.021s

11

1m 11.41s

9

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

34 laps

running

7

1m 10.89s

10

10

Carlos Peralta

Sentra Racing Team

34 laps

running

13

1m 18.73s

11

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

28 laps

running

1

1m 09.78s

12

97

Ruben Garcia

?

24 laps

alternator

9

1m 11.08s

13

16

Rod MacLeod

Team GP

0 laps

accident

3

1m 10.15s

Fastest lap: Dominguez, 1m10.22s, 74.24mph.

 

Round 3: Zacatecas (MEX), 27 April 1997

Mexican driver Jimmy Morales extended his lead in Mexico's Formula 3000 Championship by dominating the third round of the series at Zacatecas to take his second win. Starting from pole, he outdragged chief rival Derek Higgins on the run to the first corner and set a rapid early pace, lapping below even his record pole time.

Higgins was relieved to be able to run cleanly to second place, as he'd crashed heavily in testing on the Friday. The British driver finished 3.8 seconds adrift, but easily clear of Mario Dominguez who, like Higgins, was complaining of a down-on-power engine.

Fernando Plata - British Class B F3 Champion in 1989 - was fourth, but he was later disqualified for having his rev limiter set 150rpm too high, handing the position to Indy Lights refugee Enrique Contreras.

(Report by Rosa Elena Torres taken from Autosport)

Round 3: Zacatecas, 27 April 1997 - 40 (or 45?) laps - 50.72 miles

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

40 laps

35m 26.349s

1

52.41s

2

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

40 laps

35m 30.143s

2

52.67s

3

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

40 laps

35m 38.493s

3

52.89s

4

8

Enrique Contreras

Team GO

40 laps

35m 53.524s

5

53.09s

5

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

40 laps

35m 54.486s

6

53.23s

6

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

40 laps

35m 56.831s

11

54.55s

7

16

Rod MacLeod

Team GP

40 laps

36m 06.131s

4

53.01s

8

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

40 laps

36m 11.416s

10

54.25s

9

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

39 laps

running

9

54.01s

10

10

Carlos Peralta

Sentra Racing Team

37 laps

running

13

55.43s

11

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

3 laps

accident

8

53.71s

12

97

Carlos Contreras

?

0 laps

suspension

12

54.63s

DQ*

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

40 laps

disqualified

7

53.47s

*Fernando Plata finished 4th on the road but was disqualified as his rev-limiter was set too high.

Fastest lap: Morales, 52.36s, 87.49mph.

Round 4: Saltillo, 18 May 1997 - 40 laps

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

40 laps

41m 40.990s

2

0m 56.76s

2

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

40 laps

41m 41.948s

3

0m 57.01s

3

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

40 laps

41m 45.490s

4

0m 57.11s

4

8

Enrique Contreras

Team GO

40 laps

41m 52.395s

5

0m 57.35s

5

19

David Martinez

Escuderia Martiga

40 laps

41m 52.710s

10

0m 58.26s

6

16

Rod MacLeod

Team GP

40 laps

42m 21.947s

6

0m 57.67s

7

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

39 laps

running

9

0m 57.99s

8

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

39 laps

running

11

0m 58.38s

9

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

36 laps

running

8

0m 57.83s

10

22

Carlos Contreras

?

35 laps

running

12

0m 59.06s

11

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

34 laps

electrics

13

1m 01.21s

12

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

21 laps

fire

1

0m 56.58s

13

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

13 laps

engine

7

0m 57.82s

Round 5: Mexico City, 15 June 1997 - 30 laps

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

30 laps

41m 30.534s

1

1m 15.477s

2

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

30 laps

41m 31.931s

2

1m 16.303s

3

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

30 laps

41m 39.034s

3

1m 16.498s

4

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

30 laps

41m 39.529s

4

1m 16.788s

5

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

30 laps

41m 41.601s

9

1m 17.692s

6

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

30 laps

41m 42.330s

5

1m 16.963s

7

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

30 laps

41m 44.880s

7

1m 17.568s

8

21

Patrick Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

30 laps

41m 45.773s

8

1m 17.669s

9

11

Enrique Contreras

Team GO

30 laps

41m 47.211s

6

1m 17.271s

10

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

30 laps

41m 54.450s

10

1m 18.718s

11

8

Guillermo Oliveras

Team GO

29 laps

running

11

1m 18.953s

12

10

Carlos Peralta

Sentra Racing Team

5 laps

engine

12

1m 25.212s

Round 6: Pachuca, 13 July 1997 - 45 laps

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

45 laps

34m 39.889s

1

44.890s

2

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

45 laps

34m 40.143s

2

45.083s

3

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

45 laps

34m 55.651s

5

45.390s

4

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

45 laps

34m 56.214s

6

45.560s

5

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

45 laps

34m 56.974s

7

45.898s

6

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

45 laps

34m 57.290s

3

45.182s

7

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

45 laps

35m 14.315s

4

45.383s

8

21

Patrick Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

45 laps

35m 15.057s

8

46.153s

9

20

Michel Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

44 laps

running

9

46.495s

10

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

35 laps

engine

10

46.932s

DNS

8

Guillermo Oliveras

Team GO

0 laps

did not start

11

47.475s

DNS

10

Ruben Garcia

Sentra Racing Team

0 laps

did not start

12

no time

Round 7: San Luis Potosi, 7 September 1997 - 34 laps

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

34 laps

40m 22.216s

6

1m 10.101s

2

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

34 laps

40m 27.116s

5

1m 10.062s

3

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

34 laps

40m 53.464s

10

1m 10.859s

4

18

David Martinez

Escuderia Martiga

34 laps

40m 54.391s

12

1m 11.316s

5

21

Patrick Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

34 laps

41m 10.087s

9

1m 10.806s

6

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

34 laps

41m 17.650s

8

1m 10.730s

7

20

Michel Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

34 laps

41m 17.746s

11

1m 10.893s

8

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

34 laps

41m 23.839s

13

1m 12.059s

9

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

33 laps

running

4

1m 09.810s

10

8

Guillermo Oliveras

Team GO

32 laps

running

14

1m 15.131s

11

16

Marcelo Belden

Team GP

30 laps

running

7

1m 10.627s

12

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

25 laps

engine

2

1m 09.415s

13

10

Carlos Peralta

Sentra Racing Team

5 laps

engine

15

1m 15.988s

DQ*

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

34 laps

disqualified

1

1m 08.964s

DQ*

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

34 laps

disqualified

3

1m 09.721s

*Derek Higgins & Jorge Goeters finished 1st and 2nd respectively but were disqualified for engine irregularities.

Round 8: Mexico City, 21 September 1997 - 30 laps

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

30 laps

38m 26.819s

1

1m 15.621s

2

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

30 laps

38m 36.579s

2

1m 15.895s

3

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

30 laps

38m 51.097s

3

1m 16.139s

4

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

30 laps

38m 52.305s

5

1m 16.770s

5

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

30 laps

39m 00.265s

4

1m 16.391s

6

16

Marcelo Belden

Team GP

30 laps

39m 34.013s

9

1m 17.847s

7

18

David Martinez

Escuderia Martiga

30 laps

39m 34.809s

12

1m 18.712s

8

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

29 laps

running

11

1m 18.619s

9

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

29 laps

running

10

1m 17.904s

10

20

Michel Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

28 laps

running

6

1m 16.797s

11

21

Patrick Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

28 laps

running

7

1m 17.270s

12

10

Carlos Peralta

Sentra Racing Team

3 laps

engine

14

1m 43.178s

13

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

2 laps

engine

13

1m 19.224s

DQ*

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

30 laps

disqualified

8

1m 17.506s

*Mario Dominguez finished first on the road but was disqualified for engine irregularities.

Round 9: Guadalajara, 12 October 1997 - 70 laps

Pos

No.

Driver

Entrant

Laps

Status

Start

Qual Time

1

26

Mario Dominguez

Herdez Competition

70 laps

42m 46.898s

3

33.296s

2

7

Derek Higgins

Team GO

70 laps

42m 51.614s

5

33.501s

3

4

Jorge Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

70 laps

43m 00.129s

2

33.282s

4

2

Jimmy Morales

Garza Racing

70 laps

43m 10.611s

4

33.343s

5

1

Jaime Cordero

Garza Racing

69 laps

running

9

33.769s

6

18

David Martinez

Escuderia Martiga

69 laps

running

7

33.561s

7

3

Eduardo Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

69 laps

running

10

33.778s

8

16

Marcelo Belden

Team GP

68 laps

running

6

33.552s

9

17

Fernando Plata

Team GP

68 laps

running

1

33.094s

10

9

Freddy Tame Jr

Freddy Tame

67 laps

running

12

34.322s

11

28

Ruben Garcia

Herdez Competition

65 laps

running

13

34.459s

12

27

Freddy van Beuren

Herdez Competition

64 laps

running

8

33.766s

13

21

Patrick Goeters

Goeters Racing Team

64 laps

running

11

34.073s

 

Championship results 1997:

Final standings 1997

Pos.

Driver

Points

1

Jimmy Morales

762

2

Derek Higgins

655

3

Mario Dominguez

502

4

Jorge Goeters

448

5

Freddy van Beuren

386

6

Jaime Cordero

380

7

Freddy Tame Jr

314

8

Eduardo Goeters

275

9

Fernando Plata

249

10

David Martinez

226

11

Enrique Contreras

187

12

Patrick Goeters

181

13

Rod MacLeod

133

14

Marcelo Belden

112

15

Michel Goeters

108

16

Carlos Peralta

66

17

Guillermo Oliveras

64

18

Ruben Garcia

60

19

Gerardo Martinez

44

20

Rafael Martinez

35

21

Carlos Contreras

33

 

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