R-ace GP is born
Thibaut de Mérindol, the team manager of that FR 2.0 new team, highlights us about its creation.
How this Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 project is born?
I had in mind to create one day my own team. The lost of SG Formula has been the trigger. During the months of may 2011, with Cyril Comte, who was working at Tech 1 Racing, we have tried to resume the activity, to keep the pilot (Arthur Pic , Hugo Valente and Aaro Vainio) on the grid. The clients were ready to follow us, but the timing was too short, in terms of organization , to have our stuff and be ready for the first race at Motorland Aragon. We had preferred to delay the project to 2011. At this moment, Tech 1 Racing has ensured the transition and I have accepted (as the pilots were requesting), to ensure the technical delivery the were attending at SG Formula. In parallel on that mission, I have worked to create my own project, and Cyril joined me in the middle of the summer. Once the project was ready, we had some discussion with ART Grand Prix, because my goal was to start with the maximum advantages.
What about this partnership with ART?
I know very well Fred Vaseur and Nicolas Todt. I have started to work at ASM in Formula Renault, from 2001 to 2003. When the team has been sell to become SG Formula, I have land to La Rochelle (Where R-ace GP is based). I have worked again with ASM during the 2006 season of F3 Euro Series, where I was in charge of Giedo Van der Garde. I have always kept strong relationship with Fred. With Nicolas too, from his drivers whom I was in charge, like Jules Bianchi or Aaro Vainio. The collaboration proposition has lead to an equal part partnership between ART, Cyril and I.
Thibaut de Mérindol can already count on two drivers, Côme Ledogar (2007 ACO-Auto Hebdo steering wheel, 2008 Fomul’Academy Euroseries vice-champion , and animator of the Formula BMW Europe in 2009 and 2010), and the Dutch Pieter Schothorst (2010 Formula Ford Benelux Vice-Champion). As for the third of his drivers, who will be also on the grid from the 28 of February , for the first collectives test at the Castelet, the announcement is imminent . R-ace GP will race the entire Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season, in the World Series By Renault but also the four rounds of the NEC (North European Championship) of Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchmp; Nürburgring and Zandvoort.