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Davide Rigon Paul Ricard test summary

Good feedback from Davide Rigon test in Paul Ricard On the French circuit of Paul Ricard, near Le Castellet, the GP2 Main Series was revived for three days (from 11 to 13) the drivers for his first of two pre-season meetings between the major ...

Good feedback from Davide Rigon test in Paul Ricard

On the French circuit of Paul Ricard, near Le Castellet, the GP2 Main Series was revived for three days (from 11 to 13) the drivers for his first of two pre-season meetings between the major protagonists in the sample Office of the Superleague Formula Davide Rigon that, having had a first taste in GP2 Asia last February 12 by taking part in the fourth event on the Losail circuit in Qatar, came down inside the new Dallara-Renault team in Milan Trident Racing.

For the pilot 22 years old it was a completely new, having tested the new car in just a day of testing on the track in Jerez last November and the French track in 2007 at the test by winning the title of F .3000

Although fever and influence Rigon has made the teeth and from the first day it was made available to the team of Maurizio Salvadori to develop single-seater for the new season, which will start officially May 10 with the first dual rendezvous Barcelona, with the new 2009 kit consists of an engine more efficient (25 CV added) "The car was completely new for me and for the team and for this the first day we tried to do different tests for yourself with the with both the single-track, without giving too much importance to the chronometric evidence.

"At the end of the turn we had completed 55 rounds of collecting numerous data that we have returned very useful in the two subsequent rounds, even if the configuration of the track has always been different. Wednesday, in fact the tests were continued on the track configuration in A2, with a distance of 4087 km comprising two straight. During the morning session we concentrated on aerodynamic testing and setup in terms of these fast circuits like Monza scheduled, while in the afternoon we went in search of the service with a configuration for the French track managing to score a good 1:09.429 ( 2nd best rooky), less than half a second to provide the best balance despite not yet perfect. Unfortunately, the last curve of my fast lap I made a slight deburring that made me lose 2 tenths. Without this mistake we could be even higher."

In the third and final day of evidence at hand, we pass 2D configuration, or short, winding track (3586 km) characterized by a double chicane on the Mistral straight and braked demanding: once again the staff of Milan decided to diversify the program between the session morning and afternoon with Rigon who offers to perform various tests again, this time in a high load to simulate the aerodynamic tracciali slow as Monaco. Only in the afternoon it goes in search of time and performance that reaches twenty step veneto when the pilot stops the stopwatch on his' 1'10'257 (3rd best rooky), 2-dec. the top ten and a 6 dec. the best time.

The results obtained from these first three days of testing are certainly hope for the continuation of the season because, although it was his debut, Rigon has managed to stay consistently at the top and a few tenths of pilots who can boast great experience in the league GP2 Main Series, on the track of Paul Ricard and the car with the new Dallara. "These first three days have shown us what can be fought this season as just a small inaccuracy in the best lap and lost several positions and end up just a hundred group." Said the manager of Davide Rigon, Giovanni Minardi "Although he was the first real test we are always been among the first rooky and this is certainly positive, even if we have to improve, as it can cut a few tenth. The next test will be true on a track where Martin has always gone very well for this I am sure we could otter of results even more important."

"It was three days very challenging and difficult because of the intestinal virus that had struck me." Rigon read "Thanks to my coach Stefano Elia Driver Program Center that has followed me in France I managed to complete the program by collecting data and numerous reaching a good feeling with the car and track. We have always worked to be the best looking setup under varying conditions of the track for the season (low and high aerodynamic load) and on individual performance. The championship is very high, as the minimum separations between the pilots (17 pilots in less than 1 second), and experience with this machine is very important. I want to thank the team because Trident in order to achieve a possible agreement for the season, gave me the opportunity to take to the track in three days," Davide Rigon concludes.

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Rigon
Teams Trident