Ryo Fukuda will team up Simon Pagenaud in the World Series by Renault team Saulnier Racing. The former test driver with the BAR Honda F1 team will be the single japanese driver in this all-new top single-seater category. The French outfit is ...
Ryo Fukuda will team up Simon Pagenaud in the World Series by Renault team Saulnier Racing. The former test driver with the BAR Honda F1 team will be the single japanese driver in this all-new top single-seater category.
The French outfit is delighted to have Ryo Fukuda on board in order to face this new challenge. Fukuda won the F3 French championship back in 2001 and became the one of the F1 test drivers in the Bar Honda Team. Last year he took part in some races of the World Series by Nissan getting third position in the first race at Jarama. With the promising driver Simon Pagenaud, 2nd in the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2004, they should form an extremely complementary duo. The first general test session, when the teams will use the Dallara Renault V6 3.5l cars in their definitive configuration for the first time, is planned for April 2nd and 3rd on the Bugatti circuit, at Le Mans.
The brand new World Series by Renault will get underway on the Belgian circuit of Zolder on May 1st.. Saulnier Racing has recently received the support of an important Japanese consortium, D.H.G. Car Sales, which specialises in importing American cars into Japan. Two other Japanese companies, Open Interface and the communications agency Total Promotion, will also be investing in this World Series by Renault programme.
SERGE SAULNIER - Team principal :
"We are very happy with this partnership agreement, which will allow us to function in ideal financial and technical conditions. I am also very happy to have an experienced driver alongside Simon Pagenaud, especially one who already knows the team. Ryo lacks training, as he had not driven since the start of last season. Therefore, we have made plans for him to move to Magny-Cours, so he will be close to the team, in almost permanent contact with us. We are setting up a specific training programme for him, with one of our old Dallara Nissan "Light" cars."