ASM FORMULA 3 TEAM COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL TEST WITH RENGER VAN DER ZANDE NEVERS, DECEMBER 01 2006 - The reigning ASM Formula 3 team, current and previous years F3 Euro Series Champion, kept their word yesterday. After a previous test two days ago...
ASM FORMULA 3 TEAM COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL TEST WITH RENGER VAN DER ZANDE
NEVERS, DECEMBER 01 2006 - The reigning ASM Formula 3 team, current and previous years F3 Euro Series Champion, kept their word yesterday. After a previous test two days ago failed due to bad weather circumstances and some technical trouble, team owner Frédéric Vasseur offered Renger van der Zande a second shot to impress on Thursday at the GP circuit of Magny-Cours. And he did! During the entire day the ASM team was enthusiastic about the talent and skills the 'Flying Dutchman' demonstrated, despite the fact that the chilly temperatures oppressed his laptimes!
This second test day handed ASM a full value opportunity to evaluate Renger van der Zande's potential in Formula 3. Though temperatures never made it above eight degrees Celsius the weather circumstances were much brighter than two days before. As usual, Renger completed his work throughout the course of the day on used tyres. Halfway the session, he set a best laptime of 1 minute and 35.1 seconds, which is more than acceptable in view of the fact that it was the first time he drove at Magny-Cours. Laptimes though were not the main subject of attention this day. Renger van der Zande was primarily judged on his progression throughout the day as well as his technical feedback.
His data were thoroughly examined by the engineers and compared with the notes of other drivers ASM tested this week, among whom Michael Herck. But more over, the findings of Englishman Paul di Resta (this year's F3 Euro Series champ) set the benchmark for the team and Renger. Comparison amongst others in braking zones, deceleration, and apex speed formed the matter of attention this test. At the end of the day temperatures dropped again and oppressed the laptimes somewhat. On fresh tyres finally, the Dutch ace improved his laptime by a full second.
GUILLAUME CAPIETTO (ENGINEER): "This was definitely a positive test experience. Though Renger never drove here before, he showed us good pace and progression. We ended our programme on the level we aimed for. Next to this we now have got a clear impression of his technical capabilities. It's going to be quite tough for us to select next year's drivers for our last seat, as we have are looking at Herck and Summerton, both experienced, and a rookie driver like Renger."
Renger himself was also pretty enthusiastic about the cooperation with the French top team. "I enjoyed working together with all of the people in the team, as they're all young professionals with a lot of energy." Despite his steady performance, Renger was not entirely happy with the laptimes he set during the day. Only after the team convinced him that the temperatures made a big difference, and other drivers used more sets of new tyres, Renger was reassured.
RENGER VAN DER ZANDE: "It was a fantastic chance for me as a German F3 rookie driver to test with the best F3 team of the last few years . I want to give the team the best compliments for the way they're running the team and my test. Of course I wanted to end the day with a top level laptime . But the team convinced me that the fallback in temperature cost me more than the three tenths of a second I was looking for. Therefore I'm thrilled, happy and satisfied at the same time!"
By completing his programme at Magny-Cours, Renger also completed his F3 testing programme for this moment. After successful tests with top teams like ASL-Mücke, Prema Power, HS, Van Amersfoort Racing and ASM, Renger and his management will now draw up the balance-sheet. In the upcoming weeks the highly motivated Dutchman will make a decision out of his several interesting options for 2007. The fact that all the top teams in Formula 2 want to have him on board next year, can only be seen as a confirmation for the quick rise in his motorsport career!
But Renger will be as busy as never before with the upcoming A1GP events in mind, Next week, the 'Flying Dutchman' will take off for Sentul (Indonesia) for his next outing as A1 Team Netherlands' rookie driver on the practise day.