Tech 1 Racing with four drivers in the ALPS
After announcing its trio for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Tech 1 Racing has finalised its driver line-up with four young chargers to play a leading role in Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS. Luke Chudleigh will spearhead the French team’s attack backed up by debutants Hugo de Sadeleer, Philo Paz Patric Armand and Akash Nandy.
The team run by Simon and Sarah Abadie has been racing in Formula Renault 2.0 since 2010, and is determined to continue the momentum thanks to which it has won at least one title per year. In 2010 and 2011 it clinched the teams’ championship crown in ALPS, and the Toulouse-based squad is putting its trust in four young drivers to return to the summit of the series.
Luke Chudleigh (18), already has a year’s single-seater experience behind him, and he has decided to continue with Tech 1 Racing. Former Formula Renault 3.5 Champion Robert Wickens’ protege is now more experienced. He made a lot of progress at the end of last season and will spearhead the team’s attack.
Last year Tech 1 Racing entered Philo Paz Patric Armand (17) on two occasions and he has now joined the French outfit full time. The Indonesian comes from the All Road Academy and he has raced in the Formula Renault BARC and then the NEC. He has fine-tuned his skills over the events and test sessions with the team, which will take full advnatge of his capacity for hard work in the 2014 campaign.
Akash Nandy, youngest winner ever of a race in Macau and the Asian Le Mans Series, is getting ready to compete in his first season in Europe. In the wake of his grand slam in the Macau Challenge, the Malaysian will have a lot on his plate. He has already racked up an impressive string of results at the age of 17, ample proof of his talent.
The youngest driver in the squad, Hugo de Sadeleer (16), is about to race in his first season in single-seaters after finishing in the top 10 in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2012. Last year he was too young to drive in the ALPS Championship, but the Swiss nevertheless took advantage of several test session with Tech 1 Racing to optimise his preparation.
We’re determined to fight among the front-runners and win the titles in ALPS this season. – said team manager Simon Abadie – In keeping with our values we’re betting on youngsters. Luke Chudleigh’s progress has given us every reason to be optimistic. He’s now got everything it takes to shine and score good results. Hugo de Sadeleer improved during the test sessions, and we hope he’ll continue in the same vein, all the more so as he’s now fully integrated into the team. Patric Armand’s experience will be an important asset for him and for all the squad. Finally, Akash Nandy will have a lot to learn, in particular the car and the circuits. But he’s already demonstrated his talent in Macao, and his technical feedback and room for improvement are all proof of his potential.