Alguersuari and TurveyJaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey head to the Le Mans circuit in France this week, for the sixth round of the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The two rookies, who are in their second year as team mates at Carlin Motorsport will be aiming for the podium again this weekend. Racing Steps backed driver Turvey has already claimed three podiums this season – a win in Monaco and two third places at his home race at Silverstone. Team mate Alguersuari meanwhile – currently second in the rookie championship – is determined to turn his front running pace into a podium finish in Le Mans.

Racing Steps Foundation driver and Cambridge graduate Turvey, currently lies fourth in the overall standings and leads the rookie championship. The 22 year-old racer had a strong outing last time out in Silverstone; qualifying in fourth place and taking two third place finishes in front of his home crowd to close the gap to the championship leaders.

It’s been a busy few weeks for team mate Alguersuari, who has been combining his World Series campaign with his role as reserve and third driver for the Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso F1 teams. The 19 year-old racer, who follows in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel in combining a World Series drive with Carlin and F1 duties, is one of the youngest drivers in the Formula Renault 3.5 field and is currently eighth in the drivers’ championship.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Alguersuari said, “I really hope we can win this weekend, as we know we have the pace. With a little bit of work, I’m sure we can continue our strong form in qualifying into the Super Pole session and from there we can challenge for the win, as we know we have the pace in the races. Formula Renault 3.5 is a tough championship; there are a lot of drivers who have been in the series for two or three years, so I think both Oliver and I are doing a good job as rookies.

“It’s been a busy few weeks with World Series and F1 duties, but I don’t mind at all; I’m only 19 and I need as much experience and racing miles as possible. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me in recent weeks and I’m feeling more determined than ever to win in World Series.”

Team mate Turvey added, “I’m looking forward to racing in Le Mans, we had a strong weekend at Silverstone and it really felt like we made a step forward. We did a much better job in Super Pole and to get two podiums shows our progress. I haven’t got too much experience at Le Mans, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem, I’ve already shown this year that I can learn circuits quickly.”

Track action in Le Mans will kick off with collective practice on Friday from 09.50 local time, with qualifying on Saturday from 09.00. Race one will kick off at 14.00, with race two– including a mandatory pit stop – taking place on Sunday at 13.00.