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1st May
2003
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from ATP Insider
1 May 2003
->> – BURNING RUBBER: the CAM Open Comunidad in Valencia, top seed JUAN CARLOS FERRERO joined Spanish golfing star SERGIO GARCIA at the Circuito Ricardo Tornos, Valencia’s famous racing track which played host to the World Superbike Championship in March 2003.
The Valencian sports stars met at the circuit – which is located in Cheste about 20 kilometres from Valencia Capital – to race official cars of the tournament up to speeds of 190 kph on the twisty circuit. Joining them were MARKUS HIPFL, SARGIS SARGSIAN and wild card GUILLERMO GARCIA-LOPEZ, along with tournament director MIGUEL MAESO and Ferrero’s coach ANTONIO MARTINEZ.
“One of my greatest passions apart from tennis is speed,” said Ferrero. “Normally, I can’t find the time to get to a race track. It was a great experience to go out there and test the cars and the circuit. Pushing myself and driving at extreme speeds actually relaxes me on a tennis court.” Garcia, currently at No. 11 in golf’s official world rankings, said: “I love racing cars and I am a big tennis fan. Combining the two things today was something special.” Hipfl added: “You don’t realise when you are in the official cars travelling to and from the club, but they are very fast. There were a lot of bends on the circuit, but we still managed to reach 180-190 kmh on the short straights. We were really pushing the cars to the limit.” After burning rubber on the track, they entered the circuit’s clubhouse to sample the famous Valencian dish, seafood Paella.

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