SG Formula enters World Series
|By Peter Mills||Thursday, May 14th 2009, 08:55 GMT|
The Formula Renault 3.5 Series is set to return to full strength for round three in Monaco thanks to the arrival of SG Formula and a second car from RC Motorsport.
Following a trying close season in which the affects of the global recession were hard felt, the three new entries are set to lift the field to a capacity 26 cars.
Italian team RC Motorsport, who entered a lone car for series veteran Pasquale di Sabatino in the first two meetings, has filled their second seat with former International Formula Master racer Filip Salaquarda. The 25-year-old Czech has previous experience at the principality having participated in the Monaco Formula 3 event in 2005.
Meanwhile, French Formula 3 Euro Series and Formula Renault Eurocup squad, SG Formula, has edged closer to joining this year's championship by lodging two entries for Monaco. Stephane Guerin's La Rochelle based team completed an acquisition of Belgian outfit KTR's cars last week, but has yet to confirm any drivers.
KTR had been forced to withdraw from the championship over the winter, but team boss Kurt Mollekens has repeated his intention of returning to competition next season.
"We'll definitely be involved in racing next year but not in a three litre category," said Mollekens. "We are very likely to be involved with Renault Sport again, (in the short term) we are going to assist (SG) with a rental deal for our trucks and equipment until they get on their feet, then they're on their own.
"SG has drivers coming through from Formula Renault 2.0 that they can place, that's why they have options and I don't. I think we made the best decision for the long term, even if it was a hard one.
"Last month things were bleak, but now I have placed all my personnel with other teams, and my cars are sold. Renault is happy and SG has what they want. I am pleased our situation hasn't caused much damage to the championship, to us financially or to our reputation."