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WS: Mann completes successful first test.

Formula Renault regular Pippa Mann stepped up a couple of levels with her first run in a World Series car at Snetterton as she evaluated one possible option for next season.

Although yet to step onto a Formula Renault podium, the ambitious 22-year old is keen to move on to either the World Series or Formula Three next year, and got her first taste of the extra power involved when she got behind the wheel of one of Comtec Racing's entries at her 'local' circuit. Mann currently runs with Comtec in both the British and Eurocup FRenault competitions, and the team could conceivably provide a seat in either series for her.

"I had a fantastic afternoon," Mann admitted after completing 50 laps of the fast Norfolk circuit, setting a best time of 57.9secs whilst running the equivalent of a full race distance, "The sheer power and grip of the World Series car is amazing, and I really enjoyed driving a car that I can get my teeth into!"

Despite racing in various UK series, Mann's only previous experience of Snetterton came at the wheel of the two-litre FRenault car, but she adapted quickly to the greater pace of the team's hybrid WS machine and was lapping around the pace set by Comtec newcomer Celso Miguez by the end of the test.

"Snetterton has never been a circuit I've run particularly well at but, today, in this car, my opinion has changed – I actually quite like the place!" she admitted afterwards, "The whole experience has been great, and to get down to 57.9secs not only pleased me personally, but also everyone in the team running the car."


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Pippa Mann prepares to test Comtec`s World Series car at Snetterton   [pic courtesy RDA Communications]

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