Ralt tests at Croft with Manor Motorsport. Ralt Engineering joined forces with Manor Motorsport last week to test its F302 Formula 3 car at Croft in the hands of Clivio Piccione. The two day test on Wednesday and Thursday (23rd/24th October)...
Ralt tests at Croft with Manor Motorsport.
Ralt Engineering joined forces with Manor Motorsport last week to test its F302 Formula 3 car at Croft in the hands of Clivio Piccione.
The two day test on Wednesday and Thursday (23rd/24th October) was pronounced a success by all parties with Clivio completing 140 laps.
Team Boss of Manor Motorsport, John Booth, commented afterwards: "I was very pleasantly surprised. The car looked good off the track and performed well on it. I am confident with some fine tuning it could be even more competitive."
Clivio, who raced a Dallara in the Scholarship Class in 2002, was also impressed. "The car is really easy to learn to drive compared to the Dallara. It is very predictable and I felt confidant when going through the fast corners. On top of a well designed chassis it has a really good gearbox," he said.
Ralt's Steve Ward was delighted with the outcome, but not surprised, and commented: "We always knew we had a good package and proved this earlier in the year with minimal testing with Andy (Priaulx) and Adam (Carroll). Clivio showed great maturity and drove faultlessly over the two days."
After competing in a handful of races at the beginning of 2002 Ralt realised the car was a potential winner with the right driver. Ralt made the decision, along with support from its backer Mobil, to spend the rest of the year on a research and development programme in readiness for the 2003 season, which the company feels has proved the right decision.
A team from Ralt will now head to Brazil where Nelsinho Piquet, the son of former World Champion, Nelson Piquet, will undertake an extensive test at the Circuit Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasilia.