New Power Generation Four Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 teams have completed two days of off-season testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit. JD Motorsport, the winner of this year's Team title, was able to put its two new rookies Johnny Cecotto...
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Four Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 teams have completed two days of off-season testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit. JD Motorsport, the winner of this year's Team title, was able to put its two new rookies Johnny Cecotto and Martin Raddinger at the top of the timing screens ahead Jaime Alguersuari (Red Bull Epsilon), who already seems to be looking forward to another season in the Eurocup.
JD Motorsport, the Red Bull Epsilon Team (as Epsilon Euskadi is now known after concluding a partnership agreement with the well-known energy drinks brand), Motopark Academy and District Racing all got their preparations for the 2007 season underway under almost springlike conditions. In total, fourteen drivers were in action out on the track and were able to get some useful work done under favourable conditions.
JD Motorsport dominated day two with the fastest lap going to Johnny Cecotto in 1'32''829. The Venezuelan driver, who is the son of the renowned touring car specialist, already took part in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 tests last week. After a 2006 season in which he shared his time between the German F3 and Italian F3000 Championships, he is keen to make his debut in the leading World Series by Renault category next year.
His teammate Martin Raddinger was also very consistent on day two setting the second best timed lap only 2/10ths back.
As in the World Series, the Red Bull Epsilon Team line-up is already confirmed for 2007. Making the move from Cram Comp0x00e9tition and Motopark Academy respectively, Jaime Alguersuari and Brendon Hartley will be signing up for their second season in the category, this time with the title in their sights. The two new drivers for the Basque outfit put in some steady work while using the opportunity to get to know their new team. Epsilon will sign two other drivers to compete in Red Bull colours in 2007. Their second squad will consist of Stefano Coletti and Mihai Marinescu. The team was also taking a close look at the current World Series Karting Champion Miquel Juli0x00e0, who was having only his second ever go behind the wheel of a Formula Renault 2.0.
Motopark Academy was also in attendance to test out its 2007 drivers, Fabio Onidi, best rookie in the FR 2.0 UK Championship, and Tobias Hegewald, a newcomer from the BMW Formula Championship. Onidi was quick to show what he could do, setting the fastest times on day one.
After Robert Kubica took the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2005, there seems to be no shortage of young Polish drivers looking to follow his example: Two young Polish karting talents Andrzej Gasenko and Jakub Giermaziak both had their first taste of a Formula Renault 2.0 here and both must be hoping they can emulate their countryman's success!
What they said...
Johnny Ceccoto (JD Motorsport): "Obviously after testing the World Series car last week at Paul Ricard I was missing some power! To be honest, I would like to do the World Series if we are able to find some financial backing!."
Jaime Alguersuari (Red Bull Epsilon Team): "It's been a very positive test learning how to work with my new team, Red Bull Epsilon. The first day I spent a lot of time on my seat-fitting and this morning we had a failure in the car, but I was able to put in some consistent laps. I have regained confidence after my two victories in the first round of the Italian Winter Series."
Brendon Hartley (Red Bull Epsilon Team): "I was not able to take advantage of my new set of tyres but I remain positive because I set my fastest time on used tyres. I think that it is going to be a tough 2007 Season!"
Fabio Onidi (Motopark Academy): "This test has been very successful. To be honest I was not really worried about the time sheets. The important thing was to work on preparations for the 2007 Season. But obviously I'm satisfied to have been fastest on day one."
Tobias Hegewald (Motopark Academy): "This will be a learning year for sure. There's a lot of difference between the Formula BMW and the Formula Renault 2.0. This was just a quick test and I know for sure that the car still has many strengths that I have yet to use to the full."
Jakub Giermaziak (Motopark Academy): "Robert Kubica is our new hero in Poland. There's a lot of expectation about what he will do in his second year in Formula One. We followed what he did in the World Series by Renault and it would be a dream come true for us if we could join the Event in the future. But there are a lot things still to be discussed, so we will see."