Champions only, please! As reward for their recent achievements in the National Formula Renault Championships, fifteen young drivers from all around the world will have the opportunity to test with the World Series teams at the Paul Ricard HTTT...
Champions only, please!
As reward for their recent achievements in the National Formula Renault Championships, fifteen young drivers from all around the world will have the opportunity to test with the World Series teams at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit, on December 6-7, the next step in the World Series winter test programme.
Renault Sport is giving some of the youngest aces from its first-level single-seater category a very special present. The Sporting committee organized the drawing of lots among the World Series teams to allocate drivers to teams. As a result, fifteen drivers representing fifteen National Formula Renault Championships will have their first drive in a Formula Renault 3.5 car. The teams are really looking forward to this chance, some having already declared that their test will exceed the standard 20-lap format.
It will be a busy day for at least eight champions, including Jan Heylen, the former FIA F3000 driver and winner of the 2005 Eurocup Megane Trophy. Jan will test with Carlin Motorsport and is very keen to get behind the wheel of a single-seater car again!
The winning team in 2005, Epsilon Euskadi, will test Filipe Albunquerque, 3rd in the German Formula Renault Championship. The Red Bull-backed driver finished in the top 5 in his first Eurocup Formula Renault season.
Pons Racing will have the 4th quickest guy in the Eurocup in their ranks, Carlo Van Dam. We saw Van Dam's progress with KTR and now we will see how he manages with the Spanish outfit.
Draco Multiracing USA will give a chance to Michael Ammermuller. The 21-year old German ace finished second in the Eurocup Formula Renault overall standings, and has already taken part in one World Series test this winter, in Valencia, where he showed great potential.
The winner of the German Formula Renault Championship was Finnish driver Pekka Saarinen. The Belgian outfit, KTR, has agreed to test this promising young driver for more than 20 laps. It will be interesting to see what develops from this first contact!
Eurointernational will continue to test the Formula Renault 2.0 Chinese Champion, Hanss Lin, and Dams will do the same with Frenchman Yann Clairay. Cram Competition will also keep on with British driver Ben Hanley, second in the Italian Formula Renault Championship. Hanley replaces Kamui Kobayashi, the reigning Italian Champion and winner of the 2005 Eurocup Formula Renault Championship.
Laursen Jesper Wulff, the FR2.0 Nordic Series Champion, will test with Victory Engineering and the Swiss FR2.0 Champion, Ralph Meichtry, will be behind the wheel of a GD Racing car. Meichtry has his eye on the Eurocup Megane Trophy!
Last but not least, the other drivers taking part in this test are FR2.0 UK Champion Oliver Jarvis (Intervetten.com), French FR 2.0 runner-up Laurent Groppi (RC Motorsport) and one of the leading contenders for the Brazilian FR2.0 title, Nelson Merlo, in a Saulnier Racing car. Pierre Sevrin (1st in the Belgian FR 1.6 Championship) will test for Jenzer Motorsport.
Comtec Team UK will test with the winner of the Dutch Formula Renault 2.0. Championship, Rengen Van Zande.