F.Renault 2.0 ALPS kicks off at Imola
Full grid for the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS debut. In Imola, this weekend (5/6 April), the Fast Lane Promotion Series will kick off with a 40 plus grid and 13 different teams. On the Santerno it’s green light for the first out of seven double venues of an international calendar which will visit the charming street circuit of Pau, moving onwards to Red Bull Ring, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Mugello and Jerez.
High quality for the line up, for sure among the most crowded in Europe. There will be 24 rookies and 16 already known drivers. Among these the 19-year-old Dutch Nyck de Vries, racing with Koiranen GP and part of the McLaren’s young programme. Watch out also though for the Polish Alex Bosak, at his third season in the ALPS, this year with Prema, the team that ruled 2013 seizing both Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Along with him there will be the Singaporian Andrew Tang and three “wild cards”, thus not affecting the overall standing: Brazilian Bruno Bonifacio, last year third overall, Norwegian Dennis Olsen and Estonian Hans Villemi. Among the awaited frontrunners there is also Canadian Luke Chudleigh, who renewed with Tech 1 Racing, team that will also bet on the Indonesian Philo Paz Patric Armand and on the two rookie Hugo De Sadeleer (16, Swiss) and 17-year-old Malaysian Akash Nandy. Spotlights for the Italian Dario Capitanio, him too with a one year experience in the series, and still with BVM Racing that will also line up the Russian Semen Evstigneev.
Plenty, as said, the new-entries. About Koiranen GP, the Finn team will play the British card George Russell, the two Chinese ones Kang Link and Hong Li Ye and the two Russians Vitaly Larionov and Mihail Tarasov. An interesting novelty is the debut in the category of Fortec Motorspors, major British team, that will join all the series with four cars driven by Croatian Martin Kodric, the Monaco-based Charles Leclerc, Briton Sebastien Morris and Brazilian Thiago Vivacqua. The Italian teams, Prema and BVM Racing aside, are Cram Motorsport (further debut in the Series lining up Alessio Rovera), GSK Grand Prix (with the interesting Matteo Cairoli) and TS Corse, with a peculiar duo made up by the veteran Pietro Peccenini and the rookie Matteo Gonfiantini.
Arta Engineering confirmed its presence (among its drivers the French Simon Gachet and the Australian rookie James Allen), as Jenzer Motorsport (with the Russian Denis Korneev and the two rookies Dennis Anoshin and Marek Böckmann). The line up is completed by China BRT by JCS (Matheo Tuscher and Sun Zheng), AS Motorsport by GSK (Danyil Pronenko) and JD Motorsport (Matevos Isaakyan).
Free practices will be held on Friday while the two 30 minutes qualifying sessions are scheduled on Saturday morning. In the afternonn at 5 pm the first green light for Race 1 to be held on the usual 25’ plus a lap distance. Race 2 is instead set for Sunday at 14.15. The whole weekend will be web live broadcasted on www.renaultsportitialia.it.