SUCCESSFUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS DOMINICK MUERMANS IN GP2 AND CHAMPCAR ATLANTICS!
PAUL RICARD, NOVEMBER 02 2006 -- After Dominick Muermans ended his maiden German Formula 3 season on a high at Oschersleben last month, the 22 year old Dutchman has been a busy bloke ever since. A successful ChampCar Atlantic test last week was followed up by a GP2 test for Durango this week at Paul Ricard. After two days of intensive testing at the Mediterranean High Tech Test Track, Muermans was even handed a second free test by his satisfied team manager Luca Zerbini!
In order to gain more experience in high-lever race series, Muermans recently started a busy test programme in which he intends to make a lot of mileage in the ChampCar Atlantic Series, the GP2 Series and the World Series by Renault this winter.
After finishing his first Formula 3 season with Van Amersfoort Racing on a high by scoring points in both races at Oschersleben, Muermans travelled to Georgia (USA) to get acquainted with the ChampCar Atlantic Series. In three days of testing, Muermans had not only improved his performance continuously and made a great contribution to the team's development work, but above all he outpaced his team mate by over half a second!
Last Tuesday and Wednesday the Italian outfit of Durango gave Muermans the opportunity to make his debut in a GP2 car at the Paul Ricard track. After Muermans had started his two-day test by accommodating himself to the team, the machinery and the circuit, he again raised his game on the second day in order to finish the test on a competitive note. His best lap time of 1:15.420 handed him P18 when he ended his test halfway the afternoon. Only because all other drivers were able to improve their lap times until the flag dropped at six o 'clock PM, Muermans found himself on P22 at the end of the day. But facing the fact that merely experienced GP2 drivers accompanied him during this test, Muermans could fly home feeling more than satisfied.
DOMINICK MUERMANS: "This was a great experience. In my last F3 test I started with left-foot braking as I would need these skills in both ChampCar Atlantic and GP2 cars. In both tests I could easily familiarize myself with the cars, the teams and the technique. Especially the GP2 is a big step forward compared to F3 as one has 600 horsepower behind his back and no traction control to rely on! But I've learned an awful lot these days and improved myself well. Therefore I can say I'm feeling more than satisfied. It's great that also the teams feel the same way as I've been invited for new tests the next few weeks!"