Since 2010, Motorland Aragon has hosted the opening round of the World Series by Renault. Now a classic on the calendar, the Herman Tilke-designed circuit will be awash with the colours of the French carmaker during the two-day event.
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Alongside the resumption of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 there will be many other attractions throughout the meeting, including a collector’s parade, stunt driving in the Renault Sport Show and demonstration runs of the F1Infiniti Red Bull Racing car. Having won the World Series by Renault in 2014, Carlos Sainz will be at the wheel of the RB8 and will offer the spectators a unique chance to appreciate the performance of a Formula 1 car.
Visitors in the Renault Village will get the chance to experience various exhibitions and free attractions, including driving simulators, the Pit Stop Challenge and bouncy castles. The World Series by Renault promises families much more than just a weekend of racing.
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With a minimum of six different winners per year since the inaugural 2005 campaign, every season has been hotly contested. Following the collective tests this winter, the competitors are ready for the 2015 edition more determined than ever.
The first event is full of promise, with Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) returning to battle for the title with a team he knows well. Fourth last year, the Englishman recorded his first triumph at Aragon. However, this year he will face stiff competition from Roberto Merhi (Pons Racing), who finished third in 2014. The Manor F1 driver is taking on a stout challenge in joining a team whose last podium result dates back to 2011.
The DAMS team line-up includes 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 winner Nyck de Vries. The McLaren Young Driver Development Programme protégé will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, Robin Frijns, Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly - all formidable competitors in their debut season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. At his side, Dean Stoneman returns to a category he first raced in 2010 before putting his career on hold. Runner-up in the GP3 Series, the Englishman is now a member of the Red Bull Junior Team and is now a serious contender in the team that has monopolized the titles since 2013.
Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) will also be a candidate. The Lotus F1 Junior Team driver shined during the off-season in dominating four consecutive test sessions, including three at Aragon where he also scored a pair of victories in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 two years ago. For their part, Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports) have raised their objectives for their third season respectively in the category.
After competing in their maiden Formula Renault 3.5 campaigns, Meindert van Buuren (Lotus) and fellow Dutch driver Beitske Visser (AVF) will want to move up to the sharp end of the order. It is the same objective for Alfonso Celis (AVF) and Nicholas Latifi (Arden Motorsport), who ran on occasion with Tech 1 Racing in 2014. By his side, the French team is putting their confidence in two rookies: Aurélien Panis and Roy Nissany, the sons of Olivier Panis and Chanoch Nissany.
The fastest man at the Jerez tests, Tio Ellinas (Strakka Racing), will be another driver to watch. Among the other debutants whose progression is worth following will be Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport), Gustav Malja (Strakka Racing) and Bruno Bonifacio (International Draco Racing), all coming straight from the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Philo Paz Armand (Pons Racing) and Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) will also be contenders for rookie of the year honours. The Indonesian driver will team up with the experienced Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) for the returning Carlin team, which has won three titles in the category.
Race1: Saturday 25 April at 14:30 CET
Race 2: Sunday 26 April at 13:30 CET
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