Nurgurgring Collective Testing 2006-04-06

WORLD SERIES ON ICE! All fifteen World Series Formula Renault 3.5 teams gathered at the German venue to take part in the final pre-season collective test before the championship starts on April 29-30 in Zolder (Belgium). Spring was nowhere to be...

WORLD SERIES ON ICE!

All fifteen World Series Formula Renault 3.5 teams gathered at the German venue to take part in the final pre-season collective test before the championship starts on April 29-30 in Zolder (Belgium). Spring was nowhere to be seen here, however, as the teams had to cancel two hours of testing today due to the poor track conditions!

This has nonetheless been a great test, with seven different teams featured in the top seven positions!

This morning, the cars could only complete a few laps before the session had to be stopped due to the poor track conditions (ice!) and the low temperatures. Testing restarted at 11am for one long uninterrupted session.

Times improved very little at the restart. Former top Eurocup Formula Renault driver, Ben Hanley (Cram Competition), was the quickest of the 29 drivers today. The gap between Hanley and Montanari (Prema Power Team) was however only 0.039 seconds. These two drivers were alone in lapping below the 1'43" mark. But once again, there was ample evidence of just how evenly matched the WSR field is, with twelve drivers separated by less than a second.

Sean McIntosh (KTR), Michael Aleshin (Carlin Motorsport) James Rossiter (Pons Racing), Eric Salignon (Interwetten.com) and GP2-convert Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport) were also very consistent in their lap times.

On day one, the Canadian Sean McIntosh (KTR) topped the time sheets followed by Davide Valsecchi (Epsilon Euskadi). The Villadelprat-managed team, winner of the 2005 edition with the Polish ace Robert Kubica, is set for another challenging year in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5!

Again, Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com) was the one to watch, as he finished this first day of testing on P3. The F3 Champ was quicker than Ben Hanley (Cram Competition), Eric Salignon, Alx Danielsson and Colin Fleming.

It was quite a good start for the new British outfit in the World Series, Comtec Racing UK, the quickest team in the morning session. Alx Danielsson set the fastest time, but McIntosh was only 0.123 seconds behind him! Steve Kane, winner of the 2001 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year, has joined the World Series' reigning team champions, Epsilon Euskadi. He finished third in the morning session.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Colin Fleming , Eric Salignon , James Rossiter , Sean McIntosh , Robert Kubica , Davide Valsecchi , Andy Soucek , Ben Hanley
Teams Carlin