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Pippa Mann Paul Ricard test summary

PIPPA MANN COMPLETES OFFICIAL WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT TEST WITH DRACO RACING Pippa Mann has completed her first official test in a World Series by Renault car at Paul Ricard this week, driving for the successful Italian team, Draco Racing....

PIPPA MANN COMPLETES OFFICIAL WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT TEST WITH DRACO RACING

Pippa Mann has completed her first official test in a World Series by Renault car at Paul Ricard this week, driving for the successful Italian team, Draco Racing. The Suffolk driver managed to lap consistently and finished the test inside the top twenty quickest times. The two-day test featured many young drivers hoping to graduate into the WSR 3.5 series, as the teams began winter-testing and their search for 2007 driver-line-ups.

Mann used Day One to learn and get used to the car, as her only experience of the 3.5 car was when she tested the World Series hybrid at Snetterton in August. For her last run of the day Mann went out with a set of new tyres and did her fastest lap with a 1:17.9, just under two seconds off the pace but a good solid start to her first test.

Returning for Day Two, Mann was hoping to lessen the gap between her and the front-runners, and improve upon her 21st quickest time (out of 30 participants) from the day before. She had a good morning in the car, and was running twelfth quickest until the track became quicker and she took a short while to understand where to find the grip. However this didn't deter Mann, and she ended both the morning and afternoon with a top twenty position.

In comparison to the other Formula Renault 2.0 drivers, Mann was just 0.4 tenths off current Eurocup Champion, Filipe Albuquerque, and producing the same lap times as Dani Clos and Chris Van Der Drift.

"I definitely didn't get the best from my tyres, as this was the first time I had driven a car of this size and weight on brand new, cold tyres, and I really struggled to get heat into them. I am sure this will come with both experience and confidence in the car. I would like to thank everyone at Draco Racing for looking after me so well and giving me such a fantastic car. I very much appreciate the team's hard work and really enjoyed the test with them."

Mann has two more World Series by Renault tests coming up in November, with Pons Racing and the Carlin-managed Victory Engineering team.

"The next few weeks will be a learning curve for me, but I'm obviously pleased with how the test went and I'm looking forward to getting back into a WSR car with Pons Racing in Vallelunga."

-credit: hw

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