Norfolk base for Mansell
Michael BaileyThis year will see another of motorsport's legendary names plying his trade in Norfolk. Two years ago the nephew of Formula One immortal Ayrton Senna, Bruno, took second place in the GP2 Main Series for Norfolk's iSport.Michael Bailey
This year will see another of motorsport's legendary names plying his trade in Norfolk.
Two years ago the nephew of Formula One immortal Ayrton Senna, Bruno, took second place in the GP2 Main Series for Norfolk's iSport. This season he will be racing in F1 with Campos Meta.
And yesterday it was confirmed Greg Mansell, son of Formula One legend Nigel, has agreed to drive for fellow Carleton Rode unit, Comtec, in the 2010 World Series by Renault.
The 22-year-old drove the final race of last season's series for Comtec - a blistering display that helped to earn him this season's drive.
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Mansell, who lives in Jersey, said: "It was a very unexpected deal for both parties but was a good weekend and we learnt a lot about the team, which led on to the deal we made for this year.
"Comtec are a very genuine and honest team, and we are working hard towards the same goals. I can bring to the team total commitment and determination, and a good direction going forwards."
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Mansell will be hoping to follow Sebastion Vettel, Robert Kubica and Jaime Alguersuari, who have all driven in the World Series before going on to secure Formula One drives.
He finished 26th in last year's championship, mostly racing for Ultimate Motorsport and in addition to driving for Comtec in 2010, Mansell will compete in the Le Mans series with his brother Leo and his father.
"It is a huge opportunity and extremely motivating and exciting," said Mansell. "I am very much looking forward to the challenge.
"For the Le Mans series, endurance is very important with stints up to three hours at a time; this is the main challenge for my fitness in 2010, but also the high intensity of the WSR races adds a different need from a driver. I'm going to continuing the training from last year and the motivation from finishing 2009 on a positive note. I try to cycle for a few hours each day, depending on the week's plan and the weather, also running, with a mixture of diverse strength training. This can take up most the day."
Comtec were Renault Series champions with Alx Danielsson in 2006 and, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, team manager John Barnett is a happy man to have Isle of Man-born Mansell on his side.
Barnett said: "We are delighted and proud to have Greg join the team. We feel it's a compliment that he has chosen to join Comtec Racing to go racing.
"I think a lot of people were surprised by his raw pace from the moment he got in the car. He was running top six in testing most of the time. We hope to show the world this year what he is capable of and what the team is capable of doing to bring the best out of the driver."
The 2010 World Series by Renault season kicks off on April 17-18, at Motorland Aragon, Spain.