SG Formula enters the Formula Renault 3.5 Series Race team SG Formula, which already participates in three different championships in two categories, is about to enter the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. This move is the result of a partnership ...
SG Formula enters the Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Race team SG Formula, which already participates in three different championships in two categories, is about to enter the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. This move is the result of a partnership started at the end of 2007 with tour operator KMP, which sponsors young Russian driver Anton Nebylitskiy. The team will make its debut during the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix meeting, in which Frenchman Jules Bianchi will join Anton for the race.
As the cars and equipment acquired from Belgian team KTR were on their way to La Rochelle, team-manager Stephane Guerin spoke to us about the rationale behind the move. "Our entry on the Formula Renault 3.5 Series scene is borne out of the close ties we have forged with the KMP Group, who are partnering with us on this venture. Formula Renault 2.0 remains at the core of what we do, and Formula 3 Euro Series racing is the tops both in sporting and engineering terms, but being able to offer 3.5 drives to our trainee drivers will definitely be a big plus for us. The category has a respectable following. The races take place on today's finest venues during World Series by Renault meetings, which are renowned for the quality of their organisation. 3.5 cars are very powerful - from the technical standpoint they are more like GP2 Series cars. We have been working with Anton Nebylitskiy since the close of the 2007 season and I'm delighted that we are continuing. The idea is to recruit drivers to race alongside him who are both quick and experienced, because Anton is still a rookie and needs a point of reference. For Monaco it will be Jules Bianchi. He joined us two years ago and rounded off his debut season by donning the French Champion's crown in FR2.0. The FR3.5 season is already under way, so we are not expecting any miracles on the results front. Our aim is to gain experience in the category and be ready for 2010. We are in this for the long haul."
KMP management also spoke to us to explain their approach. "We've been sponsoring Anton Nebylitskiy since he first started motor racing four years ago," said Vladimir Kantorovich. "We began working with the SG Formula team in Formula Renault 2.0 racing. We have an excellent relationship with them at all levels, from mechanics to directors. This is a very professional outfit. I believe that driving for SG Formula Anton can hope to make good progress in FR3.5. Qualifying for a Superpole should be within his reach this season, and in 2010 he must be aiming for the podium. As for the World Series by Renault, well it certainly draws in the crowds, which brings it close to our core business!" Dimitri Sagpir was equally enthusiastic. "Our involvement in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series is excellent news for Russian motor sport in general. I believe we are the first to take such a step. Motor racing is not yet big in our country; we lack major events and top level players. However, we have some promising young drivers coming through, especially in karting, so it's good to be able to offer the best of them the chance of greater things, thanks to SG Formula. Hopefully, one of them will become a champion. We are going into this project with high ambitions!"