Christijan Albers Shows Immediate Speed in First Champ Car Test!

At the Sebring International Raceway in Central Florida, Christijan Albers put in an impressive performance in his first Champ Car appearance for Walker Racing last Wednesday. Under fresh but sunny circumstances the Dutchman drove about 100 laps at the 2.0 mile short course and immediately set competitive laptimes.

Albers, who accepted an invitation from teamowner Derrick Walker after the latter got impressed by Albers performances in recent years, flew already to the team's headquarter in Indianapolis last weekend in order to fit his seat. To thank his main sponsors for their support in 2004, the 750 HP racecar carried a special black and white livery for this occasion with expressions from TRUST, JVC and GR8 INDUSTRIES.

Due to his recent race and test activities in DTM, Formula One and now Champ Car, Albers was able to give a good comparison between these three series during the one-day testsession. In Champ Cars, for example, the use of tyreblankets are forbidden, and drivers also need to operate the clutch by their left foot. To combine his experience with the know-how of Walker Racing, Albers continuously improved himself in terms of both speed and feedback.

CHRISTIJAN ALBERS: "By my knowledge, no one has ever before tested two F1's and one Champ Car in three weeks time. Therefore a big "thank you" goes out to Derrick Walker and his team! Next to enjoying this great opportunity, I also went immediately flat out to find the limits of the car. Though that was quite hard in the beginning, as the tracksurface exists of both tarmac and concrete layers, I could soon find my rhythm. My laptimes in both the morning and the afternoon session were competitive. A true nice end of the season!"

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