AR MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCES SNOEKS AS FIRST DRIVER Dutch team AR Motorsport has confirmed 21-year-old driver Kelvin Snoeks as its first racer in International Formula Master (IFM) for 2009. The team, which is set to run three cars during the ...
AR MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCES SNOEKS AS FIRST DRIVER
Dutch team AR Motorsport has confirmed 21-year-old driver Kelvin Snoeks as its first racer in International Formula Master (IFM) for 2009.
The team, which is set to run three cars during the season, will make its racing debut in Pau, France, next month for the inaugural 2009 IFM races. With two years' previous experience in national single-seater racing, Snoeks is looking forward to starting his international career with Formula Master:
"So far I've really enjoyed the tracks we have tested at," said Snoeks. "Imola was great. I wanted to do Formula Master this year as it drives with great events, Formula 1 and WTCC. It has a really good car to race and competition is high. The fact that Eurosport is involved is great for exposure too!
"I'd like to race here for two seasons, like quite a few drivers have done already, and then move up in single-seaters. My aim is to become a professional racing driver but Formula 1 isn't the only goal, I'm interested in GT and touring cars too."
Having taken part in each IFM pre-season test, Snoeks is confident he has mastered the Series' car, ahead of next month's first races: "The car feels a lot better than what I am used to, it has more grip at the front, the engine is better and I really like the gear shift paddles. It's a fairly quick car to learn, it has more downforce so you can go harder in fast corners."
"This is a new project for us and so far we are really impressed with the cars and the organisation. Everything is going well for a strong start in France," said Francisco Freitas, who also fielded Mihai Marinescu and Paul Meijer this week in Hungary as potential IFM drivers. "Confirming Kelvin is the first step in a big plan for us in Formula Master. We have the capacity to run three cars and hope to do so as soon as possible."