New teams and an international line up this weekend at Imola, for the first out of the seven season’s venues of the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS. All is set on the Italian track for the opening round of this year’s prestigious calendar. Next venues will be held on the French street circuit of Pau, at Red Bull Ring (Austria), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and back in Italy at Monza and Misano. The final round will be held in the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.
Five cars for Koiranen GP, which seized last year’s both Drivers and Team titles. The Nordic team will line up the two Brits Jack Aitken and Jake Hughes, Brazilian Bruno Baptista, German Philip Hamprecht and Austrian Stefan Riener, the latter already among the protagonists in the 2014 edition of the Fast Lane Promotion series.
Watch out for JD Motorsport, which will be back with the young Matevos Isaakyan, third overall last year and capable of winning two races and finishing seven times in the top three. With the Italian team there will also be the other Brazilian Thiago Vivacqua.
The rookie Vasily Romanov, among the fastest in the Winter testing, will race for Cram Motorsport, which will also have two cars for the new entries Matteo Ferrer and Travis Jordan Fischer. Three cars also for the other Italian team GSK Grand Prix, which confirmed Daniele Cazzaniga, and the two debs Andrea Russo and Denis Bulatov (with the latter racing with SMP Racing colors). One car for BVM Racing. On the home track for BVM Racing the Ukrainian Danylo Pronenko will do his best. Absolute novelty will be the debut of Technorace with Alessandro Perullo.
France will be as usual represented by Arta Engineering, with the Australian James Allen and the French Amaury Richard, and Tech 1 Racing, still with Hugo De Sadeleer, Anthoine Hubert and Simon Gachet, who managed twice second last year at Imola. Uk Fortec Motorsports will line the Brit Ben Barnicoat and the Croatian Martin Kodric.
The two free practice sessions are set as usual for Friday. Saturday at 10.20 the first qualify while at 17.15 Race 1 green light (25’ plus a lap). Sunday morning at 9.00 is one more qualify time with Race 2 set for 14.00. Both races will be live streamed at renaultsportitalia.it and followed live on Twitter @flp_renault.