A satisfying test in F3000 for St-Jacques.
Twenty-three year old race car driver Bruno St-Jacques from Boucherville, Quebec today had his first test in a Formula 3000 single seater in Misano, Italy. The former Canadian Formula Ford racer who has also competed in the Formula Atlantic and Grand-Am prototype series completed 125 miles of the Italian circuit at the wheel of one of Team Coloni's Zytek-powered Lolas.
The International Formula 3000 Championship is the series just below Formula 1. Very similar to their bigger Grand Prix sister cars, the F3000 racers are powered by normally aspirated Zytek V-8 engines and shod on Avon slick tires. Many current Formula 1 stars have competed in F3000 in the past, including Juan Pablo Montoya, Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard and Olivier Panis.
St-Jacques has been invited by Team Coloni to participate in the official FIA test session held in Misano today. The test went very well and St-Jacques is extremely happy with his performance. "The F3000 car is a lot faster than a Formula Atlantic racer," St-Jacques said in Italy. "The engine is quite powerful and has massive torque to exit the corners. I had not driven the Misano race track before but it hasn't bothered me at all. This track is an excellent circuit to discover the handling of such a car. I took it easy at first and then started to drive harder before the team fitted a set of new tires on the car late in the morning to check my lap times in real race conditions. I did not disappoint them. Enzo and Paolo Coloni are extremely happy with my progression and with my lap times despite the fact this was my first test in a F3000 car and I only covered 125 miles. I could not be happier with this first test. I have to thank Team Player's and the Guzzo Cinemas for having helped me to attend this test in Europe. It's been a great day for me," said St-Jacques.
St-Jacques' best lap time was a 1 minute 22.4 seconds, about two seconds slower than the day's fastest times. "Coloni would like to see me in the car one more time but this is linked to the amount of money I can bring to the team," St-Jacques explained. "A season of F3000 costs a lot of money but it's in the same range as a full season in the Formula Atlantic Championship. I think it would be very interesting to have a good program to race in F3000 in Europe with the chance of having a test in a Formula 1 car at the end of the year."
St-Jacques will be back in Quebec Sunday November 3rd. He will immediately meet his business partners to find the sponsorship money needed to compete in the F3000 Championship next season.