DELIGHTED AFANASIEV THANKS FORMULA MASTER FOR DTM TEST
Formula Master's Sergey Afanasiev took to the track in DTM team FutureCom-TME's Audi A4 today at the Circuito de Almeria, Spain, for his prize test as the Series' Best Team-mate for 2008.
The Moscow-born Russian tested around the Spanish track with Dr Colin Kolles' team, which ran drivers Christijan Albers and Katherine Legge during their 2008 DTM season.
Having never test a touring car before, Afanasiev adapted easily to the V8-engined Audi A4 DTM, despite the differing environment from his usual Formula Master single-seater.
"Today was a great experience, I really enjoyed driving such a different car," said the young driver. "Getting the opportunity to test something as powerful as a DTM car isn't common so I must thank Formula Master for that. It's an important step in my career, as well as being really great fun!
"The feel of the car was quite similar to a formula car; the main difference is in the overall weight, which means you have to approach and go through corners in a different way. Acceleration is quite similar thanks to the powerful engine, so the main other difference for me was the temperature; it gets really hot in the cockpit!"
FutureCom-TME Technical Director Boris Bermes was equally enthusiastic on Afanasiev's first attempt behind the wheel of the Audi A4: "It was very nice to work with Sergey. He improved throughout the test but adapted immediately to the way of driving required by this kind of car.
"Overall, he showed good potential and I can genuinely say that he proved Formula Master drivers are well equipped to test as powerful a car as the Audi A4 DTM!"