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13 April 2005
World Series by Renault
Official Test Valencia, 12/13 April 2005

Porteiro smashes his own record in Valencia

The first ever World Series by Renault test in Valencia – with a total of 29 cars on the track – finished today with a new, unofficial lap record for the World Series category. Felix Porteiro set a timed lap of 1.20.352 this morning, which is 2.6 seconds faster than the previous best timed lap on this circuit, set in a Dallara-Nissan car (Vilariño, 1.22.989).

Epsilon Euskadi’s Team Principal, Joan Villadelprat, was the happiest man in the Paddock when the red light came on at 5 pm. “It’s our first test with both cars and I must admit that it has been a good start. There are a lot of new faces in our team this year and it is important to work together, for us to get to know each other, drivers, technicians and mechanics. With Felix on top and Kubica setting the second fastest lap (ex-aequo with Gommendy) I think that we are in with a good chance of being successful in the forthcoming season.”

Porteiro’s achievement sets him out as the one to watch in the race for the title, but the gap between him and the other drivers, such as his own team-mate Robert Kubica or Tristan Gommendy (KTR), is extremely narrow. With twelve drivers packed into one second and seven different teams featured in the top 10 positions, it’s very difficult to make any predictions at all!

At the moment, 29 drivers from 16 different countries are confirmed to take part in the all-new single-seater series backed by the French car manufacturer. Avelon has still to confirm its second drive, but the arrival of a Brazilian driver in Paul Ricard may close the final entry list at thirty drivers.

Andy Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) finished at the top of the time sheets at the end of the last session, followed by the impressive RDD driver Pastor Maldonado (Dams), and again, Tristan Gommendy, taking his KTR team into a frontrunner position!

In fact, it has been quite an exhausting schedule since the first test of the Formula Renault 3.5 took place in Le Mans. Never ending days for the technical staff and a lot of travelling around Europe. The last test for the 15 entered teams in the World Series by Renault will be at the French circuit of Paul Ricard (19 and 20 April).

Circuito de la CC.VV Ricardo Tormo
Air Temp: 20°C
Sunny

Result (overall)
Pos. No. Driver Team Chassis Nat. Time Gap Laps
1 7 PORTEIRO, Flix EPSILON EUSKADI F.RENAULT SPA 1:20.352 0:00.000 131
2 8 KUBICA, Robert EPSILON EUSKADI F.RENAULT POL 1:20.669 0:00.317 150
3 15 GOMMENDY, Tristan KTR F.RENAULT FRA 1:20.669 0:00.317 96
4 3 ZUBER, Andreas CARLIN M.S. F.RENAULT AUT 1:20.787 0:00.435 174
5 18 WINKELHOCK, Markus DRACO MR. USA F.RENAULT GER 1:20.934 0:00.582 109
6 25 PAVLOVIC, Milos GD RACING F.RENAULT YUG 1:20.951 0:00.599 135
7 5 VALLES, Adrin PONS RACING F.RENAULT SPA 1:21.117 0:00.765 133
8 21 SALIGNON, Eric CRAM COMP. F.RENAULT FRA 1:21.132 0:00.780 130
9 19 MONTANARI, Christian DRACO M.R.USA F.RENAULT RSM 1:21.160 0:00.808 101
10 4 POWER, Will CARLIN M.S. F.RENAULT AUS 1:21.253 0:00.901 155
11 20 PASINI, Damien CRAM COMP. F.RENAULT ITA 1:21.331 0:00.979 172
12 23 MALDONADO, Pastor DAMS F.RENAULT VEN 1:21.344 0:00.992 140
13 14 LAGEN, Jaap Van KTR F.RENAULT NED 1:21.447 0:01.095 106
14 16 PAGENAUD, Simon SAULNIER R. F.RENAULT FRA 1:21.535 0:01.183 89
15 22 DANIELSSON, Alex DAMS F.RENAULT SWE 1:21.559 0:01.207 139
16 27 PILET, Patrick JENZER MS F.RENAULT FRA 1:21.578 0:01.226 153
17 29 LAROSA, Daniel INTERWETTEN.COM F.RENAULT GER 1:21.659 0:01.307 120
18 28 FLEMING, Colin JENZER MS F.RENAULT USA 1:21.738 0:01.386 138
19 32 TEDESCHI, Giovanni RC MOTORSPORT F.RENAULT ITA 1:21.744 0:01.392 173
20 17 FUKUDA, Ryo SAULNIER R. F.RENAULT JPN 1:21.842 0:01.490 81
21 31 CHANDHOK, Karun RC MOTORSPORT F.RENAULT IND 1:21.857 0:01.505 126
22 6 MIGUEZ, Celso PONS RACING F.RENAULT SPA 1:22.059 0:01.707 78
23 1 MONDINI, Giorgio EURO INTERNATIONAL F.RENAULT ITA 1:22.096 0:01.744 136
24 9 TOCCACELO, Enrico VICTORY ENGIN. F.RENAULT ITA 1:22.186 0:01.834 163
25 10 KOSTKA, Tomas VICTORY ENGIN. F.RENAULT CZE 1:22.264 0:01.912 128
26 30 PROETTO, Stefano INTERWETTEN.COM F.RENAULT ITA 1:22.265 0:01.913 125
27 2 MENEGHELLO, Matteo EUROINTERNATIONAL F.RENAULT ITA 1:22.629 0:02.277 142
28 12 BELLAROSA, Ivn AVELON FORMULA F.RENAULT ITA 1:23.000 0:02.648 134
29 24 SURESHWAREN, Parthiva GD RACING F.RENAULT IND 1:23.970 0:03.618 74
30 11 T.B.A. AVELON FORMULA F.RENAULT 1:25.792 0:05.440 11
 
 

 

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