Alan van der Merwe on the pace in Nissan test at Valencia.
Alan van der Merwe, winner of the F3 British Championship made his debut in a World Series Nissan car with team Carlin Motorsport at Valencia in Spain last Tuesday (7th October). The South African rising star finished the day in 5th, one-tenth of a second behind Indian-ace and regular Carlin driver, Narain Karthikeyan.
Van der Merwe had no problem adapting to the Nissan Dallara but the additional grip on new tyres was greater than he had been expecting and he admitted that had he realised the level then he would have gone even faster on his flying laps.
"Yes, I loved my first drive in the Dallara Nissan World Series car. It was fantastically fast and amazing grip. It didn't take me too long to adapt to this new single-seater. I did a very productive test day with my team Carlin Motorsport and I hope that I will participate next year in the World Series by Nissan".