15 year young Adrien Herberts of Vancouver made his first debut with his 2005 team, Atlantic Racing Team of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It had been decided to test at two tracks Adrien had been before so that the acclimatisation in regards to the new ...
15 year young Adrien Herberts of Vancouver made his first debut with his 2005 team, Atlantic Racing Team of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It had been decided to test at two tracks Adrien had been before so that the acclimatisation in regards to the new team, their members, working styles and the new FB2 Formula BMW would be fast and easy. Buttonwillow in California was selected as the first of two days and then Willow Springs, also in California. Day One went without any problems, Adrien addressed his desire for speed virtually instantanious and put all previous times into the "have done it" files! Slight miscalculations left him playing with the ground hogs twice but without any damage to his new car. The second day was set aside for the engineer Lucas Strackerjan and Adrien to try different set up configurations and applying the feed back towards the car's settings. Lucas was astonished about Adrien's level of technical knowledge and the detailed feed backs he constantly gave. The rest of the day was spent to go over radio and other team procedures.
Day three was a day of rest, or so the team thought. Adrien's desire to drive was so convincing that the team pulled out the Formula Renault FR2000 and instructed Adrien to get familiarized with a little bit more horse power. And again - Adrien put on lap times right away and the other participants on this open track day, regardless of equipment, eagerly made room for him to pass with great speed differences.
Then off to Willow Springs in the Desert of California, close to Edwards Air Force Base. Willow Springs is one of the fastest tracks around the West Coast - selected for that reason! Adrien's coach, Danny Kok, arrived that day and the testing took on a more formal approach. Team work, high speed turns, F1 style starting, lots of data and set up information, tire evaluations and other important issues filled the next two days. And again, Adrien was right on top of things, enjoyed the car, even little sprinkles of rain showers and one major 360 did neither stop the tests or his desire to be faster and consistently improving his section times.