For the first time in some years, KTR have returned to their policy of enlisting drivers hailing from their own backyard in Belgium after signing promising youngster Bertrand Baguette to their World Series by Renault offensive in 2007.

Baguette comes to the championship with impressive credentials having finished fourth in his second season racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup with Epsilon Euskadi, taking five podiums, including a win at Le Mans.

However, somewhat controversially, the Belgian was overlooked by the Spanish squad for a move into the World Series, the 2005 champions instead electing for Baguette's title winning, Red Bull-backed Eurocup rival Filipe Albuquerque.

Nonetheless, Baguette remained a prolific face during post-season testing, earning runs with Tech 1, Cram Competition and Draco at Paul Ricard and Valencia. Nonetheless, despite close contact with Draco, it is with KTR that Baguette will line-up for in 2007, marking a return to patriotism for a team that has regularly set out to help young Belgian's in their quest for F1.

"These tests went very well," he said. "The main objective was to integrate into a team such as Draco. However those responsible for this team decided to put their trust in a far more experienced driver. So I was in front of a closed door, but together with my entourage we weren't going to be put off, seeing we had three other WSR proposals and one in the USA."

Baguette is setting his sights for the coming season high too, claiming he wants to be regularly inside the top ten scoring points, as well as challenge for at least one podium in his maiden year.

"I want to be well prepared, because the Barcelona circuit is very physical, and I want to be in on the act right from the start," he added. "My objective with KTR is to finish this first season in Formula Renault 3.5 within the top ten, and bring off the odd high note. And why not a first podium place? Looking at KTR's level this is definitely an achievable objective. I'm really over the moon to be involved with Kurt and the team..."

Set up in 1978 by Prosper Mollekens, both Belgian and French drivers, including Marc Duez, Eric Bachelart and Olivier Panis have passed through the KTR on the way to bigger things and when his son Kurt, a former Formula 3000 competitor with KTR, took over management duties in 1999, he attempted to extend that into the millennium.

However, financial strains saw the team step down from the pricey F3000 to the World Series by Nissan and although they have proved successful in recent years, a lack of available Belgian talent forced them to look elsewhere in 2005 and 2006.

Nonetheless, with Jaap Van Lagen and Tristan Gommendy at the wheel in 2005 the team were classified third in the standings, even if they dropped to seventh in 2006 with Sean McIntosh and Robbie Kerr.

Still, KTR are not expected to adopt an all-Belgian line-up, with a team-mate expected to be announced soon. Dutchman Xavier Maassen and Italian Alessandro Bonetti, who tested with the team in 2006, are thought to be the front runners.


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