John Village Automotive, one of the biggest names in British single-seater motor racing, will move into the Formula Renault UK Championship for the first time in its history in 2002 with a four-car team. JVA has won in every category it has ...
John Village Automotive, one of the biggest names in British single-seater motor racing, will move into the Formula Renault UK Championship for the first time in its history in 2002 with a four-car team.
JVA has won in every category it has contested. Team boss Village was himself a title-winner in Formula Fords in the late 1970s and early 1980s. As a team manager, he has also won the `blue riband' Formula Ford Festival in 1988 and, in the 1990s, the Formula Vauxhall Junior crown and titles in European Formula 3000.
And in experienced hands Stuart King (Watford) and Ryan Sharp (Aberdeen) Village knows his team stands a chance of winning races in its debut Formula Renault season. Former world BMX stunt champion King, aged 25, emerged as a regular front-runner towards the end of 2001, while 22-year-old Sharp won last year's Scottish Formula Ford Zetec Festival. He also achieved an excellent sixth place in a one-off Formula Renault outing at Donington Park.
Joining them in JVA's line-up will be highly-rated Swedish Ford Zetec racer Stefan Soderberg (Gaule), aged 17, and 20-year-old French driver Vasilige Calasan (Paris), who showed enormous promise in the BRDC race school's single-seater championships in 2001.
John Village, boss of the Chesterfield-based team, commented: "In Stuart and Ryan, I've got two real fliers - drivers who are capable of challenging for podium results every time out. Stefan showed very strongly in Ford Zetecs last season so should pick up the pace pretty quickly. Vasilige knows he faces a steep learning curve but clearly has talent and should learn rapidly from his more experienced team-mates."
JVA, plus rival teams Manor, Motaworld, Fortec, Falcon and Status, are about to begin an intensive week-long test schedule at the Guadix, Jarama and Valencia circuits in Spain. All are there to rack up as many miles as possible ahead of Formula Renault's testing control which comes into force with the championship's first official test of the season at the Snetterton circuit, Norfolk, on 27th/28th February.
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