Formula Masters official test

VAN DER DRIFT FASTEST IN THE RAIN

Formula Master's official test in Magny-Cours, France, concluded in the rain yesterday with 31 cars taking to the track and J.D. Motorsport's Chris van der Drift setting the day's fastest time with a best lap of 1:32.414.

Although regular showers prevented the track from drying throughout the day and the Formula Master field from showing its true pace, drivers were able to complete 3.564 laps, over 15.720 km.

"We improved the car from yesterday and the times show that," said 22-year-old Dutchman Van der Drift. "The car has been going really well at all the tracks we've been to so far so it looks promising for the season. We still have to take it one race weekend at the time, it's a very close championship, but the team's quite confident now."

Jenzer Motorsport's Fabio Leimer followed just 0.134secs behind with his best time set during the morning session, in which he was fastest. The 19-year-old's lap (1:32.548) earns him best rookie status for the second day. 

Tim Sandtler, driving for ISR, showed strong potential by posting the third fastest time of the day with a 1:33.106, whilst team-mates Chris van der Drift and Sergey Afanasiev displayed the best combined performance for J.D. Motorsport. Both drivers produced consistently fast times throughout the day, ending first and fourth overall respectively.

Formula Master - Magny-Cours - Official Testing Day 2 : morning - Top 8  1. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.5482. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:33.3003. Chris van der Drift (NED), JD Motorsport, 1:33.3894. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:33.6765. Filip Salaquarda (CZH), ISR, 1:33.6956. Daniel Mancinelli (ITA), Alan Racing, 1:33.7857. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Pro Motorsport, 1:33.8038. Michael Ammermueller (GER), Iris Project, 1:33.840

Formula Master - Magny-Cours - Official TestingDay 2 : afternoon - Top 8 1. Chris Van Der Drift (NED), JD Motorsport, 1:32.414 2. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.760 3. Tim Sandtler (GER), ISR, 1:33.106 4. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), JD Motorsport, 1:33.1325. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:33.139 6. Harald Schlegelmilch (LAT), Trident Racing, 1:33.4477. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:33.547 8. Filip Salaquarda (CZE), ISR, 1:33.553

Formula Master - Magny-Cours - Official TestingDay 2 : overall 1. Chris Van Der Drift (NED), JD Motorsport, 1:32.414 2. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.548 3. Tim Sandtler (GER), ISR, 1:33.1064. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), JD Motorsport, 1.33:1325. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:33.139 6. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:33.300 7. Harald Schlegelmilch (LAT), Trident Racing, 1:33.447 8. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:33.547 9. Filip Salaquarda (CZE), ISR, 1:33.55310. Fabrizio Crestani (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:33.60811. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famà, 1:33.712 12. Michael Ammermuller (GER), Iris Project, 1:33.73813. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (BUL), JD Motorsport, 1:33.74514. Daniel Mancinelli (ITA), Alan Racing, 1:33.785 15. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Pro Motorsport , 1:33.80316. Carlos Iaconelli (BRA), Pro Motorsport, 1:33.81617. Matei Mihaescu (ROM), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:33.858 18. Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport, 1:33.89819. Alejandro Nunez (ESP), Trident Racing, 1:33.96820. Michael Meadowds (GBR), Euronova Racing, 1:34.018 21. Josef Kral (CZE), Team JVA, 1:34.101 22. Dominik Schraml (GER), Alan Racing, 1:34.63023. Troy Castaneda (USA), Alan Racing, 1:34.67524. Alberto Costa (ITA), Cram Competition, 1:34.75225. Giuseppe Terranova (ITA), Pro Motorsport, 1:34.98226. Yuhi Sekiguchi (JAP), Euronova Racing, 1:35.118 27. Frankie Provenzano (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:35.219 28. Florian Lachat (SUI), Iris Project, 1:35.569 29. Ronnie Theiler (SUI), NMRT, 1:36.428 30. Michele Caliendo (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:36.693 31. Tomas Pivoda (CZE), ADM Motorsport, 1:36.911

Formula Master's official testing continues on 13 and 14 May 2008 in Valencia, Spain ahead of the Series first race weekend on 17 and 18 May, also in Valencia.