Renault WS » 10 March 2005
Kubica, Chandhok, Zwolsman on edge of WS deals.
Another three World Series by Renault seats could be filled in the next couple of days with speculation that Robert Kubica, Karun Chandhok and Charles Zwolsman could all complete deals.
Pole Kubica is reportedly the closest to tying up a place on the grid for the series opener at Zolder in May, having tested impressively enough with the Basques Epsilon Euskadi team to have been offered a place alongside the already confirmed Felix Porteiro. Kubica, a frontrunner in the F3 Euroseries over the past couple of years, topped the times during the two WS tests at Paul Ricard, and was on the pace at Barcelona last week.
Chandhok, meanwhile, is poised to confirm a ride with RC Motorsport, having contested the last couple of Nissan World Series rounds with the team in 2004. According to the Indian, he only has to tie up a couple of loose ends with regards to sponsorship for the deal to be confirmed.
Zwolsman, meanwhile, is being targeted by the Belgian KTR team, under the guidance of former racer Kurt Mollekens, having completed a short, but successful, trial run with the team during the Barcelona test. The Dutch driver is a contemporary of Kubica's from last year's F3 Euroseries, and is keen to move up. Should a contract be agreed, Zwolsman could find himself running alongside countryman Jaap van Lagen, who is also in talks with Mollekens.
According to italiaracing.net, other deals close to being confirmed should see another Euroseries regular, Daniel la Rosa, partnering Stefano Proetto at Interwetten, while Serge Saulnier, having missed out on Eric Salignon, will shortly confirm that he has re-hired Japan's Ryo Fukuda. Patrick Pilet is reportedly in talks with the Jenzer team.
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