Rodolfo AvilaLast week Macanese budding racing star Rodolfo Avila completed his first test of the International Formula Master (IFM) season 2007 at Monza, Italy. The Macau SAR driver hadn’t accomplished many laps at the wheel of the brand new Formula S2000 race car but he was well impressed with the car and the teamwork.

“The car is very nice to drive and easier to control compared to the Formula 3. We had a very limited track time due to technical problems with the gearbox. I believe the championship could be very good as soon as they solve the technical problems in the car and develop the data logging system”, said the Macanese driver who is supported this year by Macau Government,, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

This first series’ shakedown was a “one car per team” test so Avila had to share his Tatuus-Mader Honda (Formula S2000) with his two team-mates during the two days. The track time wasn’t what the Macau SAR driver expected but it was enough to take the first conclusions.

“I had never been in Monza before so I wasn’t expecting good times. Anyway I hadn’t a single chance to go for a time. Apart from the car problems this test was fine because I get to know everyone before the first race. I’m confident as I feel my team (Cram Competition) has conditions to fight for the top positions. In the fact we just need more time in the car”, Avila held.

The first round of IFM will be on 19 May at Valencia, Spain, but Rodolfo Avila and his team are planning a shakedown in Italy before.