Arden celebrates first teams' title

Arden International is celebrating its first Formula 3000 International teams' title after a Coloni Motorsport protest against the outfit was thrown out today (Friday)

Arden celebrates first teams' title

Bjorn Wirdheim has kept his maiden F3000 win at Monza, while Tomas Enge has moved up to second place in the season finale, following Coloni's successful protest of Petrobras Junior's Antonio Pizzonia (see link below).

But it has been a mixed week for Arden. On Tuesday Enge was stripped of the F3000 drivers' title by the FIA World Council for failing a drugs test. He was given a suspended 12 month ban from the sport.

Team boss Christian Horner said: "Obviously the result of Tomas' FIA hearing on Tuesday was enormously disappointing for both Tomas and the team. However, I am delighted with the confirmation of the teams' championship which is the result of a great deal of hard work.

"Tomas in particular has been outstanding this season and has clearly demonstrated that he was consistently the quickest and most competitive driver this year.

"The FIA have been extremely fair and have allowed Tomas' career to continue as he certainly deserves the opportunity to get back into Formula 1."

Super Nova and Sebastien Bourdais inherited the drivers' title from Enge. It marks a record fourth for the team.

Bourdais said: "I was already pretty happy with the result that we had this year, it was just a mistake from Enge that gave us the championship.

"I would have preferred to have won it through a sporting issue, but the championship title is always very important and I will accept it happily and take the benefits from it."

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