Rodolfo Avila ready for Pau's return

Macau SAR official racing driver Rodolfo Avila will be "back in action" on the tight, twisty, bumpy, slow and totally unforgiving Street Circuit of Pau, France - the second round of International Formula Master (IFM).

After many years of Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3000, this 67th edition of the Grand Prix de Pau is the first one to qualify as a round of a World Championship and will host the second ever event of IFM. From the 1935 edition the track has not been changed -- it is the oldest street circuit in activity!

"Last year I've enjoyed Pau. As I'm from Macau I've grown up watching street circuit racing. This is not an easy track but it's quite funny to drive. I don't forget my British F3 National Class last season podium here but this year is a totally new story. IFM driver's level is stronger and the number of the pack is higher too", held Avila who is the only Asian driver competing in the series.

On such a narrow track the driver needs to do is making a good start and avoid mistakes in order to claim a good final result. "As soon as we solve the technical troubles I think we can do much better than we did at Valencia. I feel much more confident on the wheel of Formula S2000 and we are all pretty convinced we can go faster. It is also crucial that the car responds with absolute precision and predictability, because the tiniest of errors will mean hitting the crash barriers and the end of the race. The luck will be necessary and welcome. It's going to be a real challenge and I can't wait to see how well we do", said Cram Competition driver supported this year by Macau Government,, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

The official practice sessions will start in Friday morning, followed by the single Qualifying session in the end of the day. Live coverage of IFM's inaugural race weekend will begin on Saturday 19 May (Race 1) from 12h35 (local time) onwards followed by Sunday's coverage (Race 2) starting from 14h00 (local time).