The constitution of the FFSA French Teams is, for the French Federation of Automobile Sport, to take a major stake in promoting young French talent in auto racing, on circuits, rally and karting. For the spring of 2009 the line up promised to be...
The constitution of the FFSA French Teams is, for the French Federation of Automobile Sport, to take a major stake in promoting young French talent in auto racing, on circuits, rally and karting. For the spring of 2009 the line up promised to be excellent and will be announced and officially presented during the traditional training camp of physical preparation which will take place on the 10 -- 17th of January in Chamonix.
For 2009, the motto is... you don't change a winning team. Therefore, Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia will continue to race together in the Rally championship in the tricolour squadron. As a reward for securing the Junior world title in the FIA 2008 season, the two men had the opportunity to take their baptism of fire in the WRC, taking part in the Rally of Great Britain, the last round of the 2008 championship, which they led in the first 5 special stages. During the presenting of the trophies from the FFSA, Nicolas Deschaux, President of the FFSA and Olivier Quesnel, director of Citroen Sport and Peugeot Sport, jointly confirmed the participation of Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia for the first six rounds of WRC in 2009!
The French Circuit team, under the wing of their captain Jean Alesi, will be made up of five drivers including four members from 2008! The newest member is Arthur Pic and he will join his older brother, Charles, together with Jules Bianchi, Adrien Tambay and Jean-Eric Vergne. Like his brother, 3rd in 2006, and Jean-Eric Vergne, Champion in 2007, Arthur Pic is the result of the FFSA training centre, Auto Sport Academy where he took his very first crown in automobile sport last year by winning the Formul'Academy Euro Series.
After succeeding Jean-Eric Vergne on the prize list of the Auto Sport Academy, Arthur Pic will from now on have something else in common as he joins the Team SG Formula for a double program of Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Wec. He hopes to do as well as his new teammate who finished his first season of Formula Renault 2.0 with the title of French champion and as the best rookie of the year! Once again Charles Pic sets out in the Formula Renault 3.5 series where he was the best rookie of the year in 2008. After having finished 3rd last year, Jules Bianchi will once again take part in the F3 Euro Series where he will find Adrien Tambay, 3rd in the European BMW Formula in 2008.
It is undoubtedly in regard to the FFSA French Team in karting where the change is most important. The team was reduced to eight drivers -- compared to ten last year, with four newcomers. Thomas Mich, Anthony Abbasse, Norman Nato and Loic Reguillon will form part of the French team once again and will be joined by Arnaud Kozlinski, Armand Convers, Tony Lavanant and Pascal Belmaaziz. The latter will run in KF3, Loic Reguillon in KF2 whereas they are not less than four in KF1 and KZ1: Arnaud Kozlinski, Armand Convers, Anthony Abbasse and Norman Nato. On the contrary, Thomas Mich and Tony Lavanant opted for a KZ1 program only.
The FFSA set up a training course for the first time in August of 2008 in order of gather all the Teams of France together at the one time. At the conclusion of this, Nicolas Deschaux, President of the French federation of Auto Sport, declared: "We wished to create a general internal competition within the federal collective and we want to do this in all the disciplines which are represented. In regard to the enthusiasm of the drivers completing, this training course and the satisfaction at the conclusion of the course, allowed us to prejudge that the first outing with the entire crew from Team France would call for another!"
Thus all the members of the French Teams will be once again come together during one week in Chamonix to complete a program of body building, climbing, skiing, rackets, swimming-- the entire camp crisscrossing with meetings of the press who will be present for the occasion.