Racing Engineering is ready to compete! Racing Engineering has completed its intense pre-season testing program and is eager to see its drivers compete at the first race weekend of the 2004 Spanish Formula 3 Championship held on the 24th and...
Racing Engineering is ready to compete!
Racing Engineering has completed its intense pre-season testing program and is eager to see its drivers compete at the first race weekend of the 2004 Spanish Formula 3 Championship held on the 24th and 25th of April at the circuit of Albacete.
The results obtained on the tracks of Jarama, Estoril, Valencia, Albacete and Jerez were satisfying for the drivers as well as for Racing Engineering's technical staff. Miguel Angel Galvez, Racing Engineering's F3 technical director, stated, "We are happy with the results so far. We tested a lot, which not only was very useful in order to try new things on the cars, but also to get the drivers used to the car and team. We tested around 350km per test day and therefore can look back to more than 3,000km of pre-season testing. I think this season in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship will be tough as the level of drivers is really high. Nevertheless we are confident that we are prepared to keep Racing Engineering's level of performance up as in the previous years and will for sure not make it easy for our competitors."
Borja Garcia, the young Spaniard, looks back onto very intense weeks, where he was switching between Racing Engineering's Toyota Dallara F3 car and the F3 Euroseries car. While after his great debut in the F3 Euroseries test in Valencia Borja faced several technical problems during his test days in Adria and Hockenheim, during his tests in the Spanish Racing Engineering outfit, Borja continued underlining his outstanding talent. He was the one to watch out for, set the rhythm at the tracks and lapped top-times at all tests. Borja shortly before the new season starts announced, "I am very happy about our tests. On every track I was already faster this year than the year before. I am happy that the championship starts soon. I am also very content with my engineer Miguel, my mechanics and my teammate Maria. Steven is a fast guy and it was fun to test with him. My car also gets more and more to the point how I really like it, so I think we are very well prepared for the first race."
Maria de Villota, the Spanish driver causing a lot of attention in the paddock due to being the only woman in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship, clearly met her pre-season goal. She wanted to improve as much as possible before the first race, get to know the car and team really well. Maria definitely succeeded in achieving her aim given the lap times of the last test in Jerez. Maria is looking forward to the races in Albacete and if she can keep her up-going form, she is a candidate for the podium.
The man dominating the test days of Jerez, was clearly the fast Irish driver Steven Kane. He adapted to the tracks of Albacete, Jarama, Estoril and Jerez very quickly and improved his performance continuously. Steven Kane, after finishing the Jerez test stated, "I really like the circuit of Jerez. It is the best track I've ever visited. It is the ultimate driving experience with the high-speed corners. Generally for me it was a brilliant first experience with Racing Engineering at the track and I was very fast. Racing Engineering is a very professional team that could compete in any international championship making its drivers win."
But Racing Engineering's drivers not only had to make a lot of kilometers in the cars, but also came to Racing Engineering's workshop to actually work on their cars. Alfonso de Orleans, Racing Engineering's president, explained, "We really like working with young drivers and try to supply them with the best surrounding we can. Driving a racecar is just one part they have to know. Our drivers come to the workshop to work on the cars together with their mechanics and engineers. Getting to know how their car works and like this being able to give better feedback when on a racetrack as well as knowing how a race team functions when not on the track are only some of the reasons why we make this obligatory for our drivers."