Justin off to flying start at Sebring test Justin Wilson had his first test with RuSPORT at Sebring on 4 and 5 February and the team showed that it will be a force to be reckoned with when the Champ Car season gets underway on April 10 in Long...
Justin off to flying start at Sebring test
Justin Wilson had his first test with RuSPORT at Sebring on 4 and 5 February and the team showed that it will be a force to be reckoned with when the Champ Car season gets underway on April 10 in Long Beach.
During its two days on the Florida track the team was able to assess the fruits of its development work on the Lola-Cosworth over the winter. From Justin's perspective the test was also his first real opportunity to get comfortable in the car and develop the all-important relationship between driver, engineer and crew.
The RuSPORT drivers posted the top two times in a test that also involved the crack Newman-Haas squad, PKV Racing, Rocketsports and Justin's former team Mi-Jack Conquest.
Times were unofficial, but reported to Champ Car officials by Cosworth Racing engineers. Team-mate A.J. Allmendinger set the fastest time of the test with a lap of 50.64 seconds on Sunday and Justin was close behind on 50.90, matching the best effort of Newman-Haas's Bruno Junqueira. Closing the gap to Newman-Haas is a target for every Champ Car team, so not surprisingly the mood amongst the Colorado-based team is one of quiet confidence as they continue preparations for their second season in the series.
"I'm really pleased with the way it went, especially since we were working on development rather than set-up", said Wilson. "In the last couple of years I've hardly had any pre-season testing, so it's great to be able to start preparing so early", he added. Justin was also full of praise for his new team. "It's incredibly well-organised. One of the most important things was for Todd [Molloy, Justin's engineer] and I to start understanding how each of us thinks and works -- what I want from the car and so on -- and for me to get to know the crew. It feels good."
The team has further tests planned for March in the run-up to Long Beach.