LANGLEY, BC - November 24, 2000 " Canadian race driver Josh Beaulieu has recently returned from England following a successful try-out with the Euro Formula Palmer Audi series. Beaulieu completed two testing sessions in the 300-horsepower EFPA...
LANGLEY, BC - November 24, 2000 " Canadian race driver Josh Beaulieu has recently returned from England following a successful try-out with the Euro Formula Palmer Audi series. Beaulieu completed two testing sessions in the 300-horsepower EFPA car, one at each of the Silverstone and Bedford race circuits. The EFPA championship is an international open wheel spec-series, seen in North America on Speedvision. Owned and operated by ex-Formula 1 racer Jonathan Palmer, EFPA promotes its top drivers to Formula 3000, where Juan Montoya excelled before going on to CART and now Formula 1.
Euro Formula Palmer Audi series manager Giles Butterfield commented on Beaulieu's test. "In all weathers Josh has posted very competitive lap times and brought the car back undamaged even in the extremely tricky conditions at Silverstone last Friday. With regard to our Winter Series, I have no hesitation in saying that Josh has all the ability and speed necessary. Considering his lack of experience in this type of car and unfamiliarity with the tracks, we are really impressed with his performance."
"After about 20 or so laps on the Bedford circuit I was starting to get comfortable behind the wheel," Beaulieu explained. "The biggest difference of course was the power. The car also felt very stable, owing to the slick tires and higher downforce. I'm used to driving Formula 2000 cars with about half the grunt, so the power was definitely something I had to come to terms with. In the wet at Silverstone this made a good challenge, since all the power tends to kick in once the turbo spools up. At the end of both sessions I was fairly close to the laptimes of the experienced guys, but of course I would have loved to have continued the testing and kept going. Overall it was a great experience, and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of a higher powered formula car again. I think this experience will turn out to pay dividends for us next season."
Josh Beaulieu, who began racing in 1999 at Ontario's Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy, remains focused on a professional career in racing following a string of impressive results. In 2001 he will likely be contending for the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, and may subsequently be returning to Europe for next year's EFPA Winter Series.