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Ultimate Motorsport Get Ready to Challenge for WSR Title The pre season testing is over and this weekend in Barcelona (18 / 19 April) the challenge will begin for Britain's Greg Mansell and Spain's Miguel Molina as they compete in the first two...

Ultimate Motorsport Get Ready to Challenge for WSR Title

The pre season testing is over and this weekend in Barcelona (18 / 19 April) the challenge will begin for Britain's Greg Mansell and Spain's Miguel Molina as they compete in the first two races of the 2009 World Series by Renault Championship with last year's Vice Champions Ultimate Motorsport.

In 2008, running under the USR banner, the Wellingborough based team finished second in the team championship in their debut season and this year, as Ultimate Motorsport, they will attempt to go one better.

Miguel Molina has been one of the front runners at the pre season tests and the four times race winner will be looking to start the year off with a victory in front of his home crowd. This will be the first season at this level for Greg Mansell, but the 21-year-old younger son of Nigel Mansell has adapted quickly to the powerful 'slicks-and-wings' race car and was just 0.03 seconds adrift of his more experienced teammate at the recent test in Valencia.

Team Manager Colin Morgan is quietly confident about the start of the second season for the Ultimate Motorsport team. "Last year we achieved a lot in our first season in the World Series; now we've got to build on that success and with Miguel and Greg I believe we can win in 2009. At the pre season tests Miguel was consistently in the top five, setting the fastest time in both session of day two in Jerez, and will certainly be a contender this year. Greg has got to grips with the car very quickly and this is shown in his test times where he has consistently lapped within a second of Miguel at every test. I have no doubt he'll be at the sharp end of the grid in 2009."

Greg Mansell said: "Pre season testing has gone very well. I'm happy that we're making progress, nibbling away at the time sheets, getting closer and closer. I think the amazing thing with the World Series is, with such powerful cars, how close the grid is. In Barcelona, just one second covered the whole field. The relationship with the team is fantastic; it's nice to have a team completely behind you. I learnt a lot spending time in America last year but it is good to be working with a European team once again. I've tested at Barcelona, which went very well, but I've never raced there. It's a very technical circuit and I'm really looking forward to the first race this weekend."

Miguel Molina said: "We've done a good job in pre season testing and we are ready to start the championship this weekend. It is very positive for me to start the season at my home track at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, a track that I know very well. I am very optimistic that we will have a very good weekend and a good season. I am enjoying working with my new team Ultimate Motorsport. It is a good team to work with, with good people and, most importantly, the team want to win. This is my objective this season and I'm sure we can do this together."

The races will be shown live on Eurosport, with coverage of the first race beginning at 12:45 (BST) on Saturday 18 April and race two being shown at 12:00 (BST) on Sunday 19 April.

The World Series by Renault Championship is a single seat championship that competes on nine of the top circuits in Europe, including the current F1 tracks at Silverstone, Monaco, Hungaroring, Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona. The Formula One style car is powered by a 3.5 Litre 24v V6 engine which gives 425 bhp and past champions include current Formula One stars Fernando Alonso (1999), Heikki Kovalainen (2004) and Robert Kubica (2005). Sebastian Vettel was leading the 2007 championship when he was called up by BMW to race in Formula One.

-credit: um

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Heikki Kovalainen , Robert Kubica , Sebastian Vettel , Greg Mansell , Miguel Molina