World kart vice-champion Aaro Vainio joins SG Formula for next season's Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup At just 16 years old, Aaro Vainio from Finland stamped his mark on the 2009 karting season by becoming European Champion and World Championship...
World kart vice-champion Aaro Vainio joins SG Formula for next season's Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
At just 16 years old, Aaro Vainio from Finland stamped his mark on the 2009 karting season by becoming European Champion and World Championship runner- up in his first season in the top category, the Super KF. Aaro has already embarked on a stiff programme of testing to prepare him for the move up to car racing in 2010, when he'll be driving for French team SG Formula. The objective? The Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup.
He goes into single-seater racing with an impressive record behind him in top-class kart racing. He enjoyed most success driving for Italian works team Maranello Kart. Apart from the nationality his story resembles that of Jules Bianchi, the new Formula 3 Euro Series champion. The similarity is strengthened by the announcement that Aaro is now being managed by Nicolas Todt and will start his Formula Renault 2.0 career racing for SG Formula, runners up in this year's Eurocup series.
Stephane Guerin, SG Formula's team-manager, was highly impressed with what he saw when the young Finn took the car out for his maiden laps. "He did his first test laps for us in Nogaro. Then we went to Portimao in Portugal. This circuit is, in my opinion, a fine judge of the abilities of a young driver. In this short time, Aaro has already demonstrated his human qualities. He appears to be well-equipped with the necessary mental and physical qualities. We haven't been easy on him in terms of miles covered since he arrived. I'm enthusiastic about this project for two reasons. Firstly, the opportunity to work with Nicolas Todt once again. He is extremely thorough in everything he undertakes. The last time we worked together was the tremendous adventure that led to Jules Bainchi being crowned French champion. Secondly, turning a young kart driver into a winner is what SG Formula is all about. The 2010 European season promises to be very open, with the arrival of new cars and relatively few drivers with experience of the class in the field. There is a great opportunity for a talented rookie to make a big impact."
All those who have seen Aaro Vainio at the wheel of a kart know that he is a major talent. He burst into prominence in 2008, winning three major international events in the KF3 class (for the 13-15 age group): the Winter Cup, the Monaco Kart Cup and the European Championship. He also impressed when he moved up to Super KF racing (the top category in karting), taking the European title and coming within one second of the world title in Macau.
Testing will start again in a few days time down in Spain, on the Monteblanco circuit. The 2010 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup season kicks off at Motorland in Aragon next April 17-18.