Tech 1 Racing ready to go with new line-up ! After securing the services of Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente just a few days before testing for the 2007 season resumed, the Tech 1 Racing team has marked itself out as a strong candidate for ...
Tech 1 Racing ready to go with new line-up !
After securing the services of Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente just a few days before testing for the 2007 season resumed, the Tech 1 Racing team has marked itself out as a strong candidate for victory this year. The results from two days of testing in Barcelona have underlined the team's potential.
Having signed Julien Jousse to drive one of the cars at the end of 2006, team boss Simon Abadie was able to take his time in choosing another driver to fight Tech 1 Racing's corner in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 championship this year. "We wanted a big name to help us to step up to the next level" he said. "We had discussions with many top drivers, but in the end Alvaro - who finished fifth in the championship last year with three wins - decided to take up the challenge. I'm very pleased he is joining us, and hopeful of some good results this year. Alvaro is determined to improve his performance from last season, and we're going to do everything we can to get there together !"
Fifteen teams chosen by Renault Sport were in Barcelona on Wednesday and Thursday for two days of official testing prior to the start of the season. Tech 1 Racing had a comprehensive test programme prepared, as Simon Abadie explained. "We started with our base settings and then adapted them gradually to suit Alvaro's driving style" he said. "Julien, who needs as much time in the car as possible, was principally in charge of tyre testing. We also tested some new suspension settings, which have been made possible by the latest rule changes."
As occasionally happens to everyone, the Toulouse-based team had a couple of small setbacks that delayed progress slightly. Alvaro could only get a few laps under his belt on Wednesday afternoon because of a hydraulic problem, and Julien went off twice. But Tech 1 Racing enjoyed a massive boost on Thursday afternoon when Alvaro set the best time of the final session - which was also the third-fastest time overall of the entire two days.
"We've come a long way in one year : this is the first time we've ever set fastest time in a test session" said a delighted Simon. "Even though we are still getting to know Alvaro, the potential is clearly there already. It's good to underline that feeling with some quick times. I'm also very pleased with the way that our two drivers are working together. The only negative points were the two mistakes that Julien made. He needs to rack up as many kilometres as he can in order to improve and reveal his potential. That's only possible when you stay on the track."
The second official test session will take place from March 27-28 at the Nurbrugring in Germany.
Eurocup Megane Trophy : Tech 1 Racing ready to defend its titles
The Toulouse-based team will compete on the Eurocup Megane Trophy for the third time this season. Having taken the teams' and the junior titles in 2006, Tech 1 is now also aiming for the overall drivers' title this year with Matthieu Lahaye. The Frenchman will be joined by Dimitri Enjalbert, the reigning junior champion from the Coupe de France Clio series last year, and Portuguese driver Pedro Petiz. Tech 1 Racing will also run the Megane Trophy car of Sebastien Dhouailly. The Meganes will take to the track from March 29-30 for two days of official testing at Paul Ricard.