CHAMPCAR/CART: Guillaume Moreau looks to future

Frenchman Guillaume Moreau probably took part in his very last F3 race at Hockenheim. Two days after a well-earned 4th place in Germany, the French driver returned to the High Tech Test Track his second GP2 test session, this time with Spanish...

Frenchman Guillaume Moreau probably took part in his very last F3 race at Hockenheim. Two days after a well-earned 4th place in Germany, the French driver returned to the High Tech Test Track his second GP2 test session, this time with Spanish squad Racing Engineering. Guillaume has also secured a test deal with Champ Car World Series' team Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. It will take place at Houston, Texas, where he is to drive the car on November 28th and 30th.

Around the World with Guillaume Moreau

After his first GP2 test with ART Grand Prix, and a F3 Euro Series podium finish at Le Mans, Guillaume probably ran his very last F3 race at Hockenheim. Two days after an action-packed meeting rewarded by a well- earned 4th place, the French driver returned to the High Tech Test Track for another GP2 test session, this time with Spanish squad Racing Engineering. And Texas is his next destination!

F3 Euro Series at Hockenheim

The final rounds of the F3 Euro Series took place at the famous German venue. "I had my best qualifying of the season" said the Frenchman, who was able to defend his 6th place in a tense opening lap. "I chased Kohei Hirate for 4th place. When I could finally get ahead of him, Sebastian Vettel had pulled away. But I just took me two laps to close. I was really fast, especially in sector 2, with a car set up with minimum downforce. Logically it was harder in the Stadium sector. I tried to make a couple of moves and we nearly touched. After the race, we friendly talked of all the battles we had with Sebastian during these two years. "You got your podium finish at Le Mans, I had mine here at home" he said. I set the third fastest time in this race, which proves the team's improvement."

Unfortunately, The Signature driver missed his start on Sunday and dropped back in midfield with those who had nothing to lose. His race came to an end after Michael Herck hit the back of his Dallara, breaking a half shaft. "It's a shame to finish that way, but all in all I am satisfied with my second year in F3. We struggled in mid-season but worked hard to eventually come back in the pace in closing rounds. My car was just great at Hockenheim." Guillaume is 9th on the drivers' table, only 6 points behind fifth-placed Antinucci, and leading the Signature quartet.

GP2 Series tests at Paul Ricard

After testing with ART Grand Prix at the beginning of October, Guillaume was invited by Racing Engineering to take part in another official GP2 post- season test day, at HTTT. The Spanish squad entered Adam Carroll and Javier Villa in this year's series. "We first met at Magny-Cours during the French GP event. They saw what I achieved with ART and decided to contact me." It was Guillaume's first opportunity to work with a foreign team, and to communicate in English with a British engineer. "During the morning session, I have had to get rid of these F3 habits, and I was too hot on the throttle pedal. It was probably spectacular but not effective. I soon got back into it, we worked on the set-up and at the beginning of the afternoon I was "P1" in spite of quite a heavy traffic." Guillaume was still third before the 24-car field turned to new tyres for the traditional "qualifying" laps at the end of the day. "I had to sit for 45 minutes in the car. Once the wind and the traffic had weakened, I ran out of the pits for a three-lap sprint. But it took me two laps to warm up the tyres, so I could only complete one flyer: 1'14''687. I needed another one! I talked to the engineer and he agreed to let me go again. It was too late for the tyres, but I set 1'14''8 or so in each of the seven laps I could still complete. I am not happy with the overall performance, because even if I am a Rookie in the category, I would have liked to be higher than 13th on the timesheet. But the team was satisfied with my consistency throughout the day, in a demanding car which requires being really fit. The dialogue with my engineer was also profitable, so I think this test session was very positive."

Paris Texas.

F3 in Germany, then GP2 in France, now let's go to America! Guillaume has secured a test deal with Champ Car World Series' team Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. The Indy-based squad's drivers Charles Zwolsman et Andrew Ranger both finished in the Top 10 at Surfers Paradise two weeks ago. "I will leave Paris on November 23rd, to join the team at Indianapolis and make my seat. Then I will fly to Houston, Texas, to drive the car on the 28th and 30th."

-credit: www.guillaumemoreau.com

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Series F3 Europe , GP2 , IndyCar
Drivers Adam Carroll , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Sebastian Vettel , Michael Herck , Guillaume Moreau , Kohei Hirate
Teams ART Grand Prix , Racing Engineering