FR2000 Winter Invitational Drivers Get First Taste of Formula Renault V6 Power HOMESTEAD,Florida (February 17) -- After watching in anticipation the debut rollout of the Formula Renault V6 at the hands of official Renault Sport development...
FR2000 Winter Invitational Drivers Get First Taste of Formula Renault V6 Power
HOMESTEAD,Florida (February 17) -- After watching in anticipation the debut rollout of the Formula Renault V6 at the hands of official Renault Sport development driver Emanuel Clerico this weekend, several FR2000 Winter Invitational drivers got the opportunity to experience first hand the new machine for themselves, as the powerful machine was put through its paces in testing.
Gustavo Sondermann was the first driver to take the controls, having earned the opportunity as part of the comprehensive prize package for the FR2000 Winter Invitational, and was up to speed right away despite never having driven the car before, setting lap times on the road course that threatened previously set track records.
"It was really, really good," said a smiling Sondermann. "It has a very strong engine, and there is a lot of downforce on the car. The tires are also very good, with lots of grip in the slow corners so you can carry so much speed. I am really very happy to have had this opportunity, I can't wait to get back into this car!"
Sean McIntosh and Marc-Antoine Camirand were next to take the wheel, and both emerged from the cockpit with a similar enthusiasm to Sondermann.
McIntosh, who had driven the car briefly once last season in testing in Europe, felt as though his previous test had taken place so long ago that it hadn't prepared him as well for the V6 as had the time he'd spent in the Formula Renault 2000 had.
"It was awesome!" said McIntosh "It didn't take that long to get used to it at all. It has much more grip than the 2000 car does of course, but I think the two liter is good preparation for this car--if you can be fast in the 2000, you can really do well in the V6. I just wish I could have done more laps!"
Gelles Racing pilot Camirand, who has raced previously in FF2000, Atlantics, and in the LMP675 class, as well as having tested the Panoz P900 roadster, adjusted quickly to the car and was well suited to compare the new machine to a variety of other cars.
"It was a very nice car to drive, with better power than the Atlantic, and a very smooth delivery with all the torque available all over the powerband," observed Camirand. "The carbon brakes were very, very, strong, and I know that there could be much better lap times once I get used to the braking power of the car. It was really fast, but not brutal, and I also loved the paddle shifting."
The FR2000 Winter Invitational will conclude this weekend, with the fifth and final round of the championship slated to take place this afternoon.