Last year’s Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series runner-up Dennis Olsen will return to the series in 2015 with the aim of going one better, and has switched from Prema Powerteam to Manor MP Motorsport.
The eighteen-year-old Norwegian won twice during the 2014 season at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring, but was forced to seek new employees after Prema pulled the plug on their Eurocup team to focus on European Formula 3 and Italian F4.
“I am aiming for the championship for sure”, said Olsen. “The plan was to try and move into Formula Renault 3.5 this season but we couldn’t find the budget, then we had a great chance to join Manor MP Motorsport for Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.
“When I tested with the team it was very good, it rained so I didn’t get chance to try the car in the dry but it was a really great day anyway.
“I really like the atmosphere in the team and the way it works. I’ve spoken with guys like [Oliver] Rowland, [Andrea] Pizzitola and Steijn [Schothorst] and they all say how good the team is.
“The only way this year is to win the championship, there’s quite a lot more pressure on me this year but we definitely have a big chance to win.”
Team Principal Sander Dorsman was happy to be able to announce Olsen to his team with such a long time before the season begins in April, and hopes to announce who will be the Norwegian drivers’ team-mates in due course.
“Dennis is a fantastic young driver with a huge amount of talent, we’re delighted he’s joined us at Manor MP Motorsport for 2015 and confident he’ll be challenging at the front from the start”, said Dorsman, “It’s perfect to have our first Eurocup driver confirmed so early in the New Year and we plan to make further announcements soon.”
Manor MP Motorsport’s Tony Shaw is hopeful that Olsen can bring the form he had in 2014 to the team in 2015 and go one better than his runners-up spot.
“Dennis had a really great first season in Eurocup, finishing second in the championship was an incredible performance,” insisted Shaw. “The title is definitely the aim this year, we know he has what it takes and we also know we have a car capable of winning. It should be a great season.”