British Formula Renault driver Pippa Mann yesterday stepped out onto Snetterton circuit in a World Series hybrid car for an afternoon of testing. The twenty-two year old from Aldeburgh, Suffolk, completed over 50 laps setting a fastest time of 57.9 seconds, as well as running the equivalent of a full race distance, in which she consistently lapped under 59 seconds.

"I had a fantastic afternoon. The sheer power and grip of the World Series car is amazing, and I really enjoyed driving a car that I can get my teeth into! Snetterton has never been a circuit I've run particularly well at, but today in this car my opinion has changed - I actually quite like the place!" Said Mann, whose only experience around the Norfolk track has been in Formula Renault 2.0. "The whole experience has been great, and to get down to the 57.9 not only pleased me personally, but also everyone in the team who was at Snetterton running the car."

Mann currently drives for UK-based team Comtec Racing Ltd in both the FR 2.0 UK and FR 2.0 Eurocup Championships. Her plans for 2007 are as yet undecided, but potential moves include both World Series by Renault and British Formula Three.

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