ISSC: Dutch champions test

Two young Dutch racing drivers, both already Champions in other formulae, tested the new International Single-Seater Challenge car at Silverstone on Friday, 23 March 2001. Hugo van der Ham (22), German Formula Renault Champion in 1998, and Ron...

Two young Dutch racing drivers, both already Champions in other formulae, tested the new International Single-Seater Challenge car at Silverstone on Friday, 23 March 2001.

Hugo van der Ham (22), German Formula Renault Champion in 1998, and Ron van Toren (20), Dutch and Italian Formula Arcobaleno Champion in 1999, both tried out the Reynard-Chrysler which is destined for the new ISSC international championship this year. Despite terrible weather conditions, in which two Formula 3 cars crashed badly, neither driver put a foot wrong all day.

The two drivers, who are in negotiation with various Benelux-based teams to join the series when it starts at Silverstone on 13 May, were impressed by the handling of this latest car from Reynard.

"It's so forgiving", exclaimed Ron van Toren. "It is extremely slippery today, and even when you get the car slightly out of shape it always comes back."

Hugo van der Ham was impressed by the power. "Even in the wet, the acceleration is startling", he said. "Traction is excellent, despite the terrible weather we have today. You can get the power down early, and the brakes are wonderful. With more testing, I am sure I can brake even later than I have been."

The two Dutch Champions join an ever-growing list of drivers who are signing up for the International Single-Seater Challenge, a one-make series for 320 horse-power cars which will race on eleven weekends in eight different European countries.

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