Experienced Formula 3 drivers are chasing Tauranga racing driver Richie Stanaway after he successfully completed a test in this class with German team Van Amersfoort Racing.
Richie Stanaway racing Formula 3. Photo by Suzanne Rossbach.
Richie won the vehicle test by winning the 2010 ADAC Formula Masters Championship earlier this year.
For the test he raced a Dallara F307 powered by Volkswagen, the #2 Van Amersfoort entry driven by Daniel Abt to second place in the 2010 ATS-German Formula 3 Cup.
The test ran smoothly and Richie was quickly up to speed, setting the quickest lap time right from the very first morning session against other more experienced Formula 3 drivers, and setting the fastest lap time in every session throughout the day.
“I thoroughly enjoyed driving an F3 car for the first time. The guys at Van Amersfoort did a great job with teaching me what I needed to learn and work on, which enabled us to progress well throughout the day, but of course there is still a lot for me to learn,” says Richie.
“Optimising the braking performance, getting a feeling for the differential during the mid corner and power down phases, as well as utilising the downforce in high speed corners were all new experiences for me, as well as many other components that come with driving a Formula 3 car.”
Richie would like to thank ADAC and Volkswagen for making the test possible.
Next on the agenda for Richie is a Formula Renault 2.0 test in Bareclona, Spain, at the famous F1 Circuit de Catalunya on Monday, October 11 with Formula Renault Eurocup Championship winning team, Koiranen Bros Motorsport.
More on Richie’s plan for 2011 will hope to be known by the end of the month.