World Series eyes 2006 season
After celebrating its first ever award ceremony at the Race of Champions event at the Stade de France (Paris), it is time for the World Series to return to the track. The Paul Ricard HTTT circuit is the venue for the next winter test (December 6-7), where all fifteen official teams will be taking part. As part of the programme, Renault Sport has invited some of Formula Renault 2.0's outstanding talents to take part, although the World Series by Renault teams focus will be on the 2006 season.
Up to 38 drivers are expected to attend the last World Series joint test before the end of the year. The teams will spend two days at the superb facilities of Paul Ricard and they know that at this circuit every single minute counts, so it's time to work!
Draco Multiracing USA, the third-placed team in 2005, has already announced that they are ready to unveil their 2006 line-up and that they will do so after testing with Alessandro Bonetti, Xavier Maasen, Pastor Maldonado and Matteo Meneghello.
Epsilon Euskadi, 2005's winning team, experienced a very special night in collecting two awards as the first ever World Series champions (Drivers' and Teams'). Now it's time for action: Filipe de Albuquerque will be joined by Belgian driver Bertrand Baguette, as well as Italian driver Davide Valsecchi and the Spaniard Alejandro Nuñez.
Giedo Van de Garde and Alvaro Barba will be again behind the wheel of the Pons Racing cars, alongside Carlo Van Dam, as reward for his results in the Eurocup FR 2.0.
KTR has a busy agenda, with three drivers on duty: Jerome D'Ambrosio, Pekka Saarinen and Oliver Jarvis.
The first-ever Eurocup Megane Trophy winner, Jan Heylen, picked up his trophy last night and commented on his upcoming challenge in the US with Conquest Racing, before testing here with Carlin Motorsport: "Of course, I'm convinced that I can succeed in Champ Car racing. I think there's a place for me there and I feel very happy about being promoted to Champ Car, but first of all, I will have the pleasure of driving the World Series car". Carlin Motorsport will also have Mihail Aleshin and Colin Fleming among their ranks.
Victory Engineering's provisional line-up consists of Jaime Melo and Damien Pasini, alongside Laursen Jesper, the winner of the FR 2.0 Nordic Series. Comtec Racing continue to work with Susie Stoddart who will become the first ever woman to compete in the Series. She will be joined by Renger Van de Zarde, Danilo Dirani and former KTR driver, Jaap Van Laagen.
Matteo Pellegrino, Giovanni Tedeschi and French ace Laurent Groppi will be in the garage of the RC Motorsport Team. Eurointernational will be testing with Brazilian driver Fabio Carbone, as well as Lin Po Heng.
GD Racing, Interwetten.com, Dams, and Saulnier Racing complete the list of teams participating in the test at the French track.