Paul Ricard test notes 2005-04-19

Over 8,000km today at the Paul Ricard HTTT completed by the World Series by Renault teams After the F1 World Championship Teams who were preparing the Imola and Barcelona F1 Grands Prix at the Paul Ricard HTTT last week, it was the turn of...

Over 8,000km today at the Paul Ricard HTTT completed by the World Series by Renault teams

After the F1 World Championship Teams who were preparing the Imola and Barcelona F1 Grands Prix at the Paul Ricard HTTT last week, it was the turn of the World Series by Renault teams to prepare their next races on the south of France test track.

For the very first time, the complete list of the entered drivers of the World Series by Renault was gathered to start today a two-day test session, the last one before their very first race to be held at Zolder in Belgium on May 1st.

Up to now, the only World Series by Renault car, which had been able to test at the Paul Ricard HTTT, was the development FR 3.5 car. The teams entered in the new series had had the chance to discover this track only with the old Dallara Nissan Chassis last February. Having discovered the track then, they were today able for the first time here, to work on the new Dallara Renault chassis and the set ups for the coming races.

The 26 drivers present today, were able to complete over 8 000 kilometre during the 7 hours of the track opening. Even though the number of cars on the track is quite important, only 20 minutes of the day were necessary for the rescue teams to intervene on cars on the track (being just engine stopped or incident without any damages). As it was the case during the F1 testing, the rescue team interventions are always quick and efficient at the Paul Ricard HTTT thank to the new safety and security system developed on this track. It demonstrates, if this is still to be demonstrated, that this system is really ideal for team testing, as the teams gain a very precious time for their work on their car and to validate the set-ups.

Will Power of team Carlin Motorsport set the absolute best lap time today setting 1'14''909 almost 2 second faster than Roberto Kubica (Epsilon) driving the 'old' Dallara Nissan chassis last February on this same track solution who drove in 1'16'795.

The test session will continue tomorrow with the same teams and drivers.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Will Power
Teams Carlin