Monaco: Ultimate Motorsport preview

Ultimate Ready for Monaco Challenge Ultimate Motorsport head to Monaco for the next round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Miguel Molina and Greg Mansell will race in Round 5 of the 2009 Championship on the world famous street circuit under ...

Ultimate Ready for Monaco Challenge

Ultimate Motorsport head to Monaco for the next round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Miguel Molina and Greg Mansell will race in Round 5 of the 2009 Championship on the world famous street circuit under the gaze of the Formula One Team Principles on Sunday 24 May.

After two podium finishes in Belgium, Miguel Molina is currently 4th overall in the Drivers Championship. The Spanish driver raced at Monaco in 2007 and in 2008 and knows that this experience will be helpful in his bid for a podium finish. This will be Greg Mansell's debut race in the Principality, but he has plenty of street racing experience from previous seasons. He participated in the British F3 races in Bucharest in 2007 and last year in the United States in Formula Atlantic.

Ultimate finished 12th and 17th in Monaco in their debut season last year but the weekend furnished the team with some very valuable race data that will be put to good use in 2009.

"We're really looking forward to the race in Monaco," said Team Manager Colin Morgan. "Racing on a street circuit is tough, but it is going to be the same for all the teams. Miguel took two podium finishes in Belgium and Greg once again showed that he can race wheel-to-wheel with any other driver in the championship, so we're in good shape for this race. Qualifying is going to be crucial and if we get it right I'm confident we have the race pace to have another good weekend in front of the Formula One teams and spectators."

Greg Mansell: "Monaco has so much history and is a circuit that everyone wants to do well at. I think my previous experience in British F3 and in America will help to a point but Monaco is completely different; a street track in the US is completely different to one in Europe. It's going to be tough for everyone; there is limited track time, so it will be a case of keeping it out of the walls and try and learn the circuit as quickly as you can."

Miguel Molina: "Monaco is going to be hard because we only run one free practice session before qualifying. However this will be my third time in Monaco so hopefully that will provide a little bit of an advantage. I think this race will be really good and after two podiums at Spa, I'm really looking forward to the weekend."

Round 5 of the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series take place on Sunday 24 May at 11:14 (local time) with qualifying on Saturday 23 May in two groups starting at 09:00.

-credit: ultimate

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Greg Mansell , Miguel Molina