Pre-season newsletter 2006-03-09

Only six places still up for grabs! As the days go by, more and more rumours are becoming reality as the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 line-up starts to take shape. Now, with only two weeks to go before testing resumes at the Barcelona ...

Only six places still up for grabs!

As the days go by, more and more rumours are becoming reality as the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 line-up starts to take shape. Now, with only two weeks to go before testing resumes at the Barcelona circuit, there are only six drives left up for grabs.

Epsilon Euskadi go with Valsecchi and Kane

After winning both the Team and Driver's championships last year with Robert Kubica, Epsilon Euskadi is boldly placing the defence of its titles in the hands of two newcomers to the discipline. The Italian Davide Valsecchi, who participated in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 last year, will team up with the Irish driver Steven Kane, who has the backing of a certain Damon Hill!

Parente goes to Victory

After winning the British F3 title with Carlin Motorsport last year, Alvaro Parente is the first driver to confirm for Victory Engineering. The Portuguese driver, who also drove for his country this winter in A1 Grand Prix, will continue to race in Carlin Motorsport colours under an agreement reached between the two teams.

Two more Italians in the World Series

In addition to Valsecchi, two other Italian drivers have confirmed that they will be taking part in the World Series 2006. After a season at Eurointernational, Matteo Meneghello will be taking over at the helm of GD Racing. Alessandro Bonetti, who finished 4th in the 2005 F3000 Pro Series, joins Alvaro Barba at Jenzer Motorsport.

Jouanny, the first French driver to be confirmed!

While we wait to hear what will happen with Patrick Pilet, Bruce Jouanny is the first French driver to be signed to the World Series. The Paris-based driver, who has already raced in Formula Palmer, F3 and the World Series by Nissan, will team up with Borja Garcia at RC Motorsport.

Shakedown for Prema Power Team

Prema Power Team's cars have completed a shakedown at Adria. This provided the perfect opportunity to show off the team's stunning white and blue livery, as well as giving Christian Montanari the chance to set a new track record!

Six places still up for grabs

There are still seats to be filled at Victory Engineering, GD Racing, Interwetten and Tech 1 Racing. Eurointernational is the only team not to have announced either of its drivers.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 transfers

Two of the big names to switch teams for the 2006 season are Adrian Zaugg, who goes to Cram Compétition and Junior Strous, who moves to Jenzer Motorsport! In contrast, Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula), Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) and Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon Euskadi) have decided leave things unchanged. For the moment, it looks like they will be the five names to watch!

Fresh faces at Prema Power Team

After taking both titles with Kamui Kobayashi in 2005, the Italian team is enlisting the services of three newcomers this season: the British driver Martin Plowman, the Dutchman Henkie Waldschmidt and the Swiss-Italian driver Edoardo Mortara.

A new team for Ludovic Badey

Clearly putting himself forward to take the place of Jan Heylen in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy, Ludovic Badey will be competing with the new TDS team created by Xavier Combet. The two men know each other well after working together in Formula Renault and Mégane Trophy last year. TDS is also expected to enter a second car.

-wsr

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Bruce Jouanny , Damon Hill , Christian Montanari , Steven Kane , Alvaro Parente , Jan Heylen , Robert Kubica , Matteo Meneghello , Borja Garcia , Ludovic Badey , Junior Strous , Kamui Kobayashi , Bertrand Baguette , Patrick Pilet , Davide Valsecchi , Alessandro Bonetti , Martin Plowman , Carlo Va , Edoardo Mortara , Henkie Waldschmidt
Teams Carlin , Jenzer Motorsport