Racer on the power

Racer on the power

22.03.2008: Racer on the power

Fastest driver today, Luca Persiani

As Formula Master's first official test of the season concluded today in Monza, the Series' 2008 single-seater has received great feedback from its drivers, declaring the car to be "straight on the power".

Completing 2,812 laps, a staggering 16,289km over the two days, Formula Master drivers were able to familiarise themselves with the Formula Master Honda K20A engine and the new Magneti Marelli hydraulic gearbox control system and data acquisition.

Scuderia Famà's Luca Persiani was amongst the Series' returning drivers testing the car this week, posting today's quickest time, and said: "The car is so quick to respond now, it's thrilling to drive.

"The engine's full power is there straight away, even at lower revs than last year's car. Gear-shifting is great too; you get an immediate and very precise response. All this makes the car more enjoyable to drive."

Rookies and returning drivers all fared well throughout today's sessions with the top 10 field featuring experienced and new racers alike, although it was 2007 graduate Persiani who posted the day's fastest time of 1:44.470.

J.D. Motorsport's Chris van der Drift followed close behind with a 1:44.516 lap, whilst rookie Yuhi Sekiguchi claimed third fastest (1:44.624), driving for Euronova Racing.

"We worked hard over the last two days to develop set-ups and get used to the car," said Sekiguchi. "I have a very good feel of the car now and will keep working hard with the team to be ready for the season start next May in Valencia."

Sekiguchi's team Euronova Racing did especially well with the rookie and team-mate Michael Meadows setting top 10 times on both days. Timings stayed close throughout today with the top 17 posting times within one second.

Formula Master's official testing continues in less than two weeks' time at Estoril, Portugal on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 April 2008.

Best rookie of the day, Yuhi Sekiguchi 


Formula Master - Monza official testing Day Two

1. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famà, 1:44.470

2. Chris van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport, 1:44.516

3. Yuhi Sekiguchi (JPN), Euronova Racing, 1:44.624

4. Daniel Mancinelli (ITA), Alan Racing, 1:44.728

5. Carlos Iaconelli (BRA), Pro Motorsport, 1:44.907

6. Iosef Kral (CZH), Team JVA, 1:44.926

7. Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport, 1:45.090

8. Michael Ammermueller (GER), Iris Project, 1:45.154

9. Mike Conway (GBR), Trident Racing, 1:45.159

10. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:45.174

11. Kasper Andersen (DAN), Trident Racing, 1:45.232

12. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:45.249

13. Sergy Afanasiev (RUS), J.D. Motorsport, 1:45.348

14. Alberto Costa (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:45.348

15. Fabrizio Crestani (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:45.354

16. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:45.417

17. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (BUL), J.D. Motorsport, 1:45.458

18. Filip Salaquarda (CZH), ISR, 1:45.563

19. Dominik Schraml (GER), Alan Racing, 1:45.651

20. Frankie Provenzano (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:45.783

21. Time Sandtler (GER), ISR, 1:45.788

22. Alejandro Nunez (ESP), Pro Motorsport, 1:46.132

23. Michele Caliendo (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:46.191

24. Adam Khan (PAK), Alan Racing, 1:46.305

25. Matei Mihaescu (ROM), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:46.493

26. Thomas Pivoda (CZH), ADM Motorsport, 1:47.952

For more information, please visit www.formulamaster.net

Formula Master's inaugural season in 2007 delivered some of the year's best racing with the Series' concept of offering young, aspiring drivers the chance to establish themselves on an international stage proving a great success already.

2007 statistics

FIA WTCC partner series

Eight events - 16 races

Eight European destinations

40 drivers - 19 countries represented

30 cars on average for each event

18 million TV viewers on Eurosport

16 hours LIVE coverage on Eurosport

367,000 attending spectators

Inaugural race at Valencia, Spain on 19 May 2007

Inaugural Champion Jérôme D'Ambrosio (BEL), Cram Competition

Inaugural race winner Salvatore Gatto (ITA), Alan Racing

Youngest race winner Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Alan Racing

Eight different race winners

Six different pole setters

16 different drivers have led a race

15 different drivers have stepped onto the Formula Master podium

30 drivers in the points

N.Technology's Formula Master race car features a Magneti Marelli hydraulic gearbox control system with gearbox and clutch wheel paddle control. With advanced aerodynamics, it weighs just 550kg including the driver and runs on control tyres by Yokohama.

The first race car in the world to secure 2008 FIA F3 homologation, the Formula Master single-seater has generated excitement from all sectors thanks to its dynamic styling, light-weight body and powerful Honda K20A engine.

- RSM - also photos

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22.03.2008 / MaP

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