Guillaume Moreau takes up the challenge
Last weekend, Guillaume Moreau found himself back at the wheel of a single-seater. The Frenchman was entered by the SG Formula/KMP Group team in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and he began by doing basic setup work to help the team to move up the time sheets.
A few weeks after the Le Mans 24 Hours, Guillaume was delighted to back in the World Series by Renault ambience; "I'm very pleased to be back in this championship, and I'm also thrilled to be racing on the mythic Silverstone circuit. I'm expecting a difficult weekend. The team's come into the championship during the season, and it can't make up for lost time in private testing, which is now forbidden. So we're going to have to work flat out during every race weekend to progress."
After the two free practice sessions on Friday Guillaume had a better idea of the task awaiting him. "The car's very difficult to drive. There are some corners that I have to take in a lower gear than the one I'd normally use. What's more, Silverstone is a particularly demanding track. To set a time here you have to have a car that's perfectly set up."
The SG Formula/KMP Group team analysed the data collected and the Frenchman got down to defining the best setup for qualifying. His efforts were rewarded as he managed to reduce the gap to the quickest cars.
In the first race, Guillaume put on a scintillating display. He started from the back of the grid, and the man from the Limousin region passed car after car finishing in sixteenth place. By making the best comeback in the race, he gave the SG Formula/KMP Group team its first point in the championship. "It's a good reward for the team, but what really pleases me is that I set the fifth-quickest lap in the race. That means we're making progress in the right direction."
The second race confirmed this. Guillaume started in seventeenth place and finished twelfth. "We're still lacking a little pace, but I'm driving on the limit all the time to compensate for this."
Guillaume is feeling very upbeat after his first weekend. "I certainly don't regret taking up this challenge with a team I'm very attached to. We're not here to set the track on fire, but to work together on a long-term basis. We've made good progress this weekend, though we've still got a lot of work to do. I know we've got what it takes, and we'll soon be able to fight for points." The next round of the World Series by Renault is the French one at Le Mans on 18th -- 19th July, so Guillaume and the SG Formula/KMP Group team will be racing on home turf!
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