Delighted Afanasiev thanks Formula Master for DTM test

Delighted Afanasiev thanks Formula Master for DTM test

13.12.2008: Formula Master's Sergey Afanasiev took to the track in DTM team FutureCom-TME's Audi A4 today at the Circuito de Almería, Spain, for his prize test as the Series' Best Team-mate for 2008. The Moscow-born Russian tested around the Spanish track with Dr Col

Formula Master's Sergey Afanasiev took to the track in DTM team FutureCom-TME's Audi A4 today at the Circuito de Almería, Spain, for his prize test as the Series' Best Team-mate for 2008.

The Moscow-born Russian tested around the Spanish track with Dr Colin Kolles' team, which ran drivers Christijan Albers and Katherine Legge during their 2008 DTM season.

Having never test a touring car before, Afanasiev adapted easily to the V8-engined Audi A4 DTM, despite the differing environment from his usual Formula Master single-seater.

"Today was a great experience, I really enjoyed driving such a different car," said the young driver. "Getting the opportunity to test something as powerful as a DTM car isn't common so I must thank Formula Master for that. It's an important step in my career, as well as being really great fun!

"The feel of the car was quite similar to a formula car; the main difference is in the overall weight, which means you have to approach and go through corners in a different way. Acceleration is quite similar thanks to the powerful engine, so the main other difference for me was the temperature; it gets really hot in the cockpit!"

FutureCom-TME Technical Director Boris Bermes was equally enthusiastic on Afanasiev's first attempt behind the wheel of the Audi A4: "It was very nice to work with Sergey. He improved throughout the test but adapted immediately to the way of driving required by this kind of car.

"Overall, he showed good potential and I can genuinely say that he proved Formula Master drivers are well equipped to test as powerful a car as the Audi A4 DTM!"
 

For more information, please visit www.formulamaster.net.

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


2009
·         Two events with Formula 1 (Hungaroring and Spa)
·         Six event with WTCC (Pau, Valencia, Brno, Brands Hatch, Oschersleben, Imola)
·         Only series to partner two FIA world championships for all its rounds
·         Eight events - 16 races
·         Eight European destinations
·         Both races broadcast on the Eurosport platform with Sunday races live on Eurosport International
 

N.Technology race car

·         Engine: Formula Master (250 HP)
·         Chassis: Tatuus carbon fibre monocoque
·         Light-weight body (560 kg including driver)
·         Magneti Marelli hydraulic gearbox control system with gearbox and clutch paddles
·         Magneti Marelli ECU Marvel 8 (version 2008), which includes data acquisition
·         First car in the world to secure 2008 FIA F3 homologation
·         Control tyres by Yokohama
 

Series statistics

·         105 million TV viewers in 78 countries worldwide
·         684,000 attending spectators (2007-08)
·         66 drivers - 23 countries (2007-08)
·         2007 Champion Jérôme D'Ambrosio (BEL), Cram Competition
·         2008 Champion Chris van der Drift (NZL), JD Motorsport
 
 
 
 - Aurélie Donzelot -  photo Formula Master

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13.12.2008 / MaP

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