2000: Venezuelan Maldonado European races preview

The South American driver begins in Czech Rep. the Masters of F.Renault Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado to the European assault Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado will participate in the first race of the European Championship of Formula Renault,...

The South American driver begins in Czech Rep. the Masters of F.Renault
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado to the European assault

Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado will participate in the first race of the European Championship of Formula Renault, now known with the name of Masters. This round will take part at the circuit of Brno, Czech Republic, next May, 25.

Maldonado, 18, Italian F.Renault Winter Series Rookie Champion will look for to prevail the continental contest where they will meet more than half hundred pilots of the five continents. They will be 4 independent commitments (7 races) between the months of May and October that Maldonado will share with the commitments in Italian territory.

The appointment of Brno will follow the August 3 at double round in the cathedral of the world-wide motorcycle, Assen, in Holland (although a change to the layout of Zandvoort is possible), followed the September 11 in Oschersleben, Germany. The October 26 will culminate the match at Donington Park, England, where the great world-wide end to all the continental championships will be registered.

"Although some changes have become of dates and tracks in the last weeks - Maldonado commented - definitively we will take the European in Brno. The Cram Competition Team is going to participate with Guerrieri and with me and we will be moderate the best pilots of the national championships of Germany, France, Italy and England. We go with the same desire and optimism of the Italian championship, where in our last presentation we were not so lucky because a semiaxis was broken before the started one that it prevented us to take the exit along with the squad. The mechanics hardly made an enormous work when changing it in 4 minutes but the worse thing was than the pits marshal did not let to me leave while the cars were turning with grazes to car and for that reason we lost two returns; a pity because we were for raising podium. The Masters of F.Renault will be 7 races in four countries and we have all the intention to fight by the crown".

The new format of the Masters de Formula Renault that uses the motors of four cylinders and 2000cc, consists of awarding to the three first of each race with a test in a car of the superior category Renault V6 of 3000cc. At the end of the season, quickest of the twelve better participants will gain fitted free of costs to participate in the European championship of V6 2004.

The young Maldonado that just fulfills his first participation in professional motoring (until last year he was official driver of Tony Kart Team for the Italian and European Series), has been like one of quickest of the Italian F.Renault Series where it occupies the fourth position between thirty participants. In the last season also his countryman Ernesto Jose Viso took part with British team Manor Motorsports in two rounds of the European Championship of F.Renault celebrated at Imola (Italy) and Spafrancorchamps (Belgium).

Pastor Maldonado will be hardly the second Venezuelan motorist in competing in the circuit of Brno after the victorious presentations of Johnny Cecotto in the German DTM of aims eighty of the ninety. In the Czech test also they will be in action the cars of the superior class with V6 engines.

CALENDAR MASTERS OF FORMULA RENAULT
May 25 Brno (Czech Republic)
August 3 Assen or Zandvoort (Holland)
September 11 Oschersleben (Germany)
October 26, Donington Park (England)

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Pastor Maldonado