AP V6: Asia launces Formula V6 series

Motorsport Asia Limited announces the launch of Formula V6 Asia by Renault Motorsport Asia Limited announced on February, Thursday 16 in Hong Kong the launch of Formula V6 Asia by Renault, a brand new series set to increase the odds for Asian ...

Motorsport Asia Limited announces the launch of Formula V6 Asia by Renault

Motorsport Asia Limited announced on February, Thursday 16 in Hong Kong the launch of Formula V6 Asia by Renault, a brand new series set to increase the odds for Asian drivers of reaching Formula One.

For the first time, drivers based in South East Asia will be able to progress from karting through the ranks of junior single-seater categories and up to a programme specifically designed to groom them for the pinnacle of international motorsport, Formula One.

Speaking at the launch, where the Formula V6 Asia by Renault car was unveiled for the first time in Asia, Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia's CEO David Sonenscher said he believed that both the concept behind the series, and the timing of its introduction, were good news for the sport: "Until now, drivers reaching that crucial point in their careers where they have successfully mastered junior single-seater racing and are ready to take the next step have had to move to Europe to do so. Formula V6 Asia by Renault will give these drivers a chance to develop in the very highest category of single-seater racing below Formula One without leaving the region. It puts a whole new face on the sport here in Asia, will give a far greater number of our drivers a realistic shot at Formula One, and I am sure that will encourage a lot more youngsters to consider motorsport as a career."

Jean-Paul Mari, Renault Sport Technologies' Motorsport and Communications Director, said: "I am convinced that this is a genuine opportunity to develop motorsport in this part of the world and to create a real driver development programme leading to Formula One. The Asian market now needs a top-of-the-range single-seater category to meet the expectations of drivers moving across from Formula BMW, Formula Renault and Formula 3. The car has all the necessary features: carbon fibre structure and HANS, left-foot braking, carbon brakes and steering wheel-mounted sequential gearshift."

The car is powered by a 370bhp, 3.5-litre 24-valve V6 engine and is equipped with a "ship-to-shore" radio, an electronic-display steering wheel and a data acquisition system. All cars will use Michelin Radial tyres.

The provisional calendar for the inaugural Formula V6 Asia by Renault season will be comprised of 12 rounds at six venues, beginning at Malaysia's state-of-the-art Sepang International Circuit on April 15-16. From there, the series will form part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) weekend at South Korean's new race facility at Ansan on May 13-14, before returning to Sepang for a further two rounds on June 24-25. The second of the three AFOS events that the series will be held alongside is due to take place at Indonesia's Sentul Circuit on July 22-23, followed by two rounds at Zhuhai International Circuit on August 12-13. The final two rounds will be held as part of the AFOS weekend at a second new race track in Taichung, Taiwan on October 21-22.

The fleet of cars, which will race in Asia, took part in the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 championship for two seasons. The fusion of this championship with the World Series by Nissan in 2005 presented the opportunity to create Asia's most senior single-seater series ever. Renault Sport Technologies has completely renovated all the cars. The engines, gearboxes, shock absorbers and chassis have all been reconditioned to the highest standards.

Motorsport Asia, the company behind the successful AFOS racing weekends, which include the Asian Touring Car Championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Formula BMW Asia, is the region's leading motorsport outfit.

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