By Marianne Curtis
Niverville raised race car driver David Richert has signed with Team Torino Motorsport in Italy for the 2011 race season. Richert will contest several events in the very quick Formula Renault race car at some of the most prestigious race tracks in the world, including races at Imola andMonza.
“I am very excited to climb back into a single-seater race car and to be able to do that inItalyis going to be a dream come true,” says Richert. “This is a great opportunity to advance my racing career and I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Marco Braghero Team Manager of Team Torino Motorsport is looking forward to working with Richert.
“He is a successful Canadian race car driver with a lot of experience and we are honored to have him,” stated Braghero.
Twenty-eight year old Richert says that this achievement places him exactly where he needs to be if he wants to continue his dream.
“A lot of young talented drivers who have come out of this category have achieved a higher level of racing – this is exactly where I need to be right now,” he adds.
Two years ago, Richert ended a two year racing career as a Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race car driver which gave him valuable experience. In his second year, he finished the season in 15th place based on overall points.
“It helped me really build the ground floor of my racing career – I really learned the business side of the sport and the better you are at it than the further you get in your career,” Richert explained. “You not only have to be good on the track but you have to be the business end of it.”
Richert will take part in several test days in April prior to his first 2 races at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola at the beginning of May. The circuit has hosted many years of Formula 1 World Championship events and was the location of a weekend of tragic events in 1994 which took the life of F1 legend Ayrton Senna.
The Formula Renault 2.0 has been the race car of choice for many of today’s top drivers in launching their careers. The race car is capable of accelerating from 0 to 160 km/h in 4.85 seconds and braking from 200 km/h to a stop in 4.6 seconds.
Twenty-eight year old race car driver David Richert from Niverville will be steering one of these Team Torino Formula 1 cars during the upcoming race season inItaly.