Draco Racing has confirmed that French Formula Renault 2.0 graduate Nathanael Berthon will lead the defence of its Formula 3.5 drivers' and teams' championships in 2010
Berthon, who finished sixth in this year's Formula Renault Eurocup and third in the West European Cup, impressed during extensive FR3.5 testing at Motorland Aragon in October and at Barcelona last month.
Draco team manager Nadia Morini commented: "It was a hard choice, because almost all the drivers that we tested were having their first experience of Renault World Series.
"After the test with Berthon, we knew immediately that he has the qualities that we were searching for and require. We are very pleased to have taken this decision, we will now test at the Cartagena circuit in Spain on December 3rd, before preparing ourselves for the test sessions in January."
Berthon achieved a lone victory in two year's of Eurocup competition, following the disqualification of Epsilon Euskadi team-mate Albert Costa in this season's opener at Barcelona.
A more successful campaign was forged in the West European Cup, where Berthon scored two wins and a pole.
The results were sufficient to earn a prize FR3.5 test with Tech 1 Racing at Motorland. Prior to signing with Draco, Berthon shined in KMP Group/SG Formula's machinery at the final collective test in Barcelona, finishing fourth quickest on November 4th.
"I am really very happy to take part in World Series by Renault 3.5 with the Draco team, and I will surely do my best next season," said Berthon. "Of course, the goal is always to win the championship and with Draco everything is possible!"
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