GUERRIERI CLAIMS FIRST WIN IN BARCELONA
A closely-fought season of the World Series by Renault has ended up with a win for Esteban Guerrieri in the final race, whilst Ultimate Signature finishes second overall in the team’s championship and Fabio Carbone ends up third in the drivers’ rankings. With podium places in both the drivers’ and teams’ standings at the end of its debut year, this has been a remarkable season for the Anglo-French Ultimate Signature squad.
The last round of the year was held at the Circuit de Catalunya, just outside the northern Spanish city of Barcelona. In contrast to a rain-affected qualifying session on Saturday, race two on Sunday was held in dry and warm conditions.
“It’s been a really amazing way to win my first World Series by Renault race,” said Esteban. “Right from the start of the weekend, I knew that we had the pace to do it. We got away cleanly from pole, but then I saw we were not going to have everything our own way as the guy behind me was really quick too. It was the sort of race where we were pushing like crazy from the start to the finish. I came out from the pit stops in second, but there was no way I was giving up. On the last lap I saw an opportunity, so I just went for it!”
Fabio, a three-time winner this season, was affected by severe food poisoning throughout the weekend so found himself unable to put in his usual front-running performance. Nonetheless he qualified for the superpole session yesterday, which was eventually cancelled due to torrential rain. With only the times from the initial morning session now counting, the Brazilian was forced to start from 12th on the grid today. He did his usual great job to make up two places and end the race 10th, securing third place in this year’s’ World Series by Renault drivers’ championship.
Barry Walsh, Ultimate Signature’s joint team principal, said: “It’s been an amazing season that has just got better as the year went on, and a win in the last race is the best possible way in which to end it. I’d like to thank the entire Ultimate Signature team for an absolutely super job throughout the year: nobody has spared any efforts right from the beginning. Congratulations to Esteban for a brilliant win, which gave all of us something to remember, and congratulations also to Fabio for an amazing season. On a personal note, I’d also like to thank Renault for putting on such a great and competitive show this year. This has been a fantastic adventure for all of us, and now we look forward to more new challenges in the future.”
Successful test day for Ultimate at Snetterton
Greg Mansell - the son of the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell - and Ricardo Teixiera have had their first taste of the 500-horsepower World Series by Renault car in a test conducted by Ultimate at the Snetterton circuit in England. Both drivers completed several laps of running and set some impressive times, despite intermittent wet and dry weather. The rapid Snetterton circuit was well-suited to the powerful World Series by Renault, enabling Greg and Ricardo to exploit its well-known capabilities to the maximum. The test was also a showcase for Ultimate’s newly-formed Academy, backed by the African state of Angola. Every rank of motorsport - from karting to Formula 3 to World Series - was represented in a series of on-track displays at Snetterton, designed to highlight the Ultimate Academy’s staircase of talent that will take drivers from the grass roots of motorsport all the way to the very top. Amongst the invited guests were Nigel Mansell and Dr Ana Carreira, the Ambassador of Angola to Great Britain.
Another win for Carbone!
Ultimate Signature driver Fabio Carbone has racked up his third win of this year’s World Series by Renault with a stunning display at Estoril in Portugal. The Brazilian has now kept the drivers’ title race open, while Ultimate Signature is also in a strong position to challenge for the teams’ championship.It was an equally impressive display from Carbone’s young Argentinean team mate, Esteban Guerrieri, who finished fifth overall in Portugal: just seven seconds behind Carbone.The fast and technical Estoril circuit was formerly the home of the Portuguese Grand Prix for several years, and it provided all the World Series by Renault drivers with a formidable challenge. As the track contains quite a wide variety of speeds and corners, not to mention some notorious crosswinds, it is vital for teams to find a flexible set-up that can cope with all the different conditions. Ultimate Signature clearly got it exactly right, as Carbone comfortably went through to the superpole session earlier in the day, which sees the top eight fastest drivers go head-to-head for pole position. Having secured fourth place on the grid for race one he got off to an excellent start, passing two cars in the early stages. He then got past Marcos Martinez on lap nine out of 27, before driving to an assured victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Xpress Coffee Uk’s Carbone
claims stunning victory at Nurburgring
Xpress Coffee Uk’s Renault World Series Team - Ultimate Signature team driver Fabio Carbone has claimed victory in race one at the Nurburgring in Germany, round six of this year’s World Series by Renault. His team mate Esteban Guerrieri finished just off the podium in fourth place after a stunning drive through the field, but was subsequently excluded for cutting a chicane.
Fabio started second on the grid after going through to the super pole session in the morning, in which the top qualifiers battle it out for pole position. The Brazilian did not feel that the set-up of his car was ideal for the highly-technical Nurburgring circuit, but he was still in the thick of the hunt for pole position.When the lights went to green for race one, Fabio made an excellent start. He took the lead at the first corner and then managed to control his advantage to the end, in order to rack up his second race victory of the season.
The 27 year-old had to hold his nerve throughout two safety car periods that punctuated a lively race, but nonetheless finished around nine seconds ahead of the second-placed man and also claimed fastest lap.
As a result, Fabio is now third in the championship and has a strong chance of moving up to second after race two tomorrow if things go his way.
Podium for Carbone at Le Mans!
Ultimate Signature has come away from the first race at the World Series by Renault round in Le Mans with a podium finish thanks to Fabio Carbone.
The Brazilian started the race from fifth place on the grid and made some solid overtaking manoeuvres to make his way quickly up to third place.
Although he was faster than the second-placed man, he was unable to make up further places and concentrated on consolidating another podium place, in what has been a remarkable season to date for the 27 year-old. He had no problems at all throughout the race, striking exactly the right balance between speed and safety.
“We’re looking in good shape for tomorrow,” said Ultimate Signature team manager Colin Morgan. “We’d obviously like to aim for another win, but the nature of racing is always unpredictable. Our drivers have done a fantastic job today, and we look forward to more of the same tomorrow.”
First Podium For Xpress Coffee World Series
Carbone Claims Ultimate Signature’s First Podium In Race 1 And His First Win In Race Two
Brazilian star Fabio Carbone has completed a perfect weekend for the Xpress Coffee & Ultimate Signature team in Hungary, claiming a pole position, race win, and fastest lap in race two at the fifth World Series by Renault meeting of the year.
In race one yesterday, Fabio finished on the podium by claiming third place in race one. Consequently, Fabio has charged up to third in the drivers’ championship, while Ultimate Signature is fourth in the teams’ standings.
Fabio had a flawless race from start to finish, backed up by some supremely slick pitwork from the Ultimate Signature team. He started the race in the lead after a perfect getaway, and finished it with more than three seconds in hand over his closest rival.
Fabio had to do without the pit to car radio, which malfunctioned during the race, and he also had to battle high temperatures of nearly 30 degrees Centigrade. Nonetheless, he didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the 25 lap race to record Ultimate Signature’s first World Series by Renault victory.
“It was just a question of keeping concentration, but with this result I think we’ve really turned a corner,” added Fabio. “We’re third in the championship now and our season really starts here.”
Barry Walsh, the co-owner of Ultimate Signature with Philippe Sinault, commented: “Fabio and the entire team did an outstanding job to once more make history for us. His win, along with pole position and fastest lap, was pure class from start to finish. Of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without all the hard work that everyone has put in from the very start. This has been a truly memorable weekend, and we look forward to building on this great achievement now for the future.”
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