Charles Zwolsman could be the next recruit to the new World Series by Renault after impressing KTR team boss Kurt Mollekens at last week's group test in Barcelona.
The Dutchman joined the two-day test in its second half and, despite his inexperience of both car and circuit, began turning in competitive times almost immediately. After taking time to learn his way around both machine and venue, the F3 Euroseries frontrunner completed 64 laps with a best mark of 1min 30.035secs.
“The intention of this test was to let Charles get used to the car, the engine and the circuit," Mollekens revealed, "But he demonstrated sufficient speed to be just a second slower than the time that we set with Felix Porteiro at this circuit last year. We would happily offer him a contract for this season.”
Zwolsman, too, was impressed by what he saw during his brief visit, and admitted afterwards that he would seriously consider the World Series as an option for 2005.
“After my good results in Formula Ford, Formula Renault and the Euroseries, I want to continue my career in this series if I can," he confirmed, "I am very enthusiastic about this new class.
“At the start of the test, I was naturally getting used to the car. I have been out of the cockpit for almost six months, and this was both an unfamiliar car and a circuit I had never driven on before. Despite that, however, I was able to go faster than I expected. The Barcelona circuit is excellent for that, though, with its flowing curves, long straights and even a hairpin that gave me a complete picture of the Dallara-Nissan. The combinations of good brakes, power and accurate steering makes this car so much faster than anything I have driven before - my neck tells me that even though I have been training hard over the winter!"
Zwolsman added that he hoped to be back in action at the next World Series test, scheduled for Le Mans in France over 2-3 April.