A team new to the World Series by Renault, Signature Ultimate, has claimed the final spot on the 2008 grid after seeing off equally experienced operations to join the twelve starters confirmed last week.
The project is a joint venture between two well-established names, French outfit Signature, which has been competing in the F3 Euroseries for many years, and Ultimate, which has raced in British F3 this season, registering some success despite opting to field the untried Mygale chassis against the Dallara hordes. Signature Ultimate will be based at Ultimate's facilities in England but will race under a French licence. Drivers have yet to be announced, but both F3 operations contain talent.
“In a short space of time, we have come a very long way, and our season in British F3 has taught us a lot," Barry Walsh, the Irish entrepreneur who founded the Ultimate team last year, said, "Now, thanks to the renowned expertise of Signature, we are able to take the next step up in an exciting joint venture. We will be driven by passion, as well as the pursuit of sporting excellence.”
Bourges-based Signature was founded in 1990 by former driver Philippe Sinault, and has plenty of Renault experience, having taken the European Formula Renault V6 teams' title in 2003, as well as the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix the same year. The team has confirmed that it will continue to contest the F3 Euroseries next year.
“This is a great opportunity for us to be part of the ultra-competitive World Series by Renault, which has been a breeding ground for F1 stars such as Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel in the recent past," Sinault commented, "After 15 successful years in F3, the move represents the next logical step forward for us. We're very much looking forward to our new collaboration with Ultimate, which holds so much potential.”
Further information about the new team's plans will be released in the coming week.