Magny-Cours: Friday summary

Kovalainen Dominates Practice On a Historic Day For World Series by Nissan Today came the announcement that Renault Sport Technologies and the RPM will merge their championships in 2005 At 3 pm today Renault Sport Technologies and RPM made a...

Kovalainen Dominates Practice On a Historic Day For World Series by Nissan

Today came the announcement that Renault Sport Technologies and the RPM will merge their championships in 2005

At 3 pm today Renault Sport Technologies and RPM made a historic announcement: their european championships will become one in 2005. The news spread very quickly through the Paddock and the Press Room after Jaime Alguersuari made his inicial statements on the agreement.

Jaime Alguersuari, president of RPM, spoke of his delight with the agreement: "It is a great honnour to work with Renault on this new Project. Renault is a manufacturer with as much, enthusiasm as we have, if not more." But Jaime has not forgotten the words of thanks due to Nissan Spain which got the World Series started in the first place: "I would be wrong to forget the unconditional support through the years especially Gilles Normand and his predecessor, Daniel Young.

The new package will consist of two single-seater categories, World Series by Renault, which will keep the same chassis, although they will be substantially revised, and the Eurocup Formula Renault. The World Series engine will keep similar characteristics to the present model. The race format will be announced before midsummer, although the Series will keep 9 meetings (18 races).

Heikki Kovalainen was on top of the times again in the second free practice session, with a best lap of 1.28.453. Kovalainen (Pons Racing) was eight tenths of a second clear of Kartikheyan, and more than nine tenths ahead of Ravier.

Milos Pavlovic, the World Series Lights points leader, beat Abadie's morning best by two hundredths. The Frencham was second in the second session in front of Celso Miguez.

In the Formula Junior, Michael Herck led the way again, but this time it was Marco Barba and Arturo Llobell (Escuela Lois Circuit) behind him.

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Heikki Kovalainen , Michael Herck , Celso Miguez , Milos Pavlovic , Arturo Llobell , Marco Barba , Jaime Alguersuari