Stefano Coletti shows skill on first KV Racing test


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GP2 Series front-runner Stefano Coletti has underlined his impressive speed following a two-day test at the NOLA Motorsports Park with KV Racing.

With only one day of testing ever in a Verizon IndyCar Series machine – with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Sebring – Coletti underlined just how adaptable he is after setting the fifth fastest time on his very first test with the team and on his very first visit to the brand new Louisiana circuit.

With the #4 entry at KV Racing yet to be filled, his time of 1:18.720 at the end of two days of testing should stand him in good stead for when the seat comes to be filled.

The Monegasque said after the test: “I’m very happy about these two days testing. I was consistently improving and working really well with my engineers, particularly Matt Curry. The collaboration with everyone at KV Racing Technology was great and they all made me feel at home.

“I had a lot of fun pushing this car and really enjoyed the NOLA track. Working with such an experienced and quick driver as Sebastien Bourdais was very useful and we were able to push each other to the top.  I love challenges and a job in IndyCar this year would be amazing.”

Indeed, Bourdais is currently the only driver confirmed at the team, and should Coletti join him, the team could be in with a good shout of overall race wins and a good chance in the teams’ championship. With eight wins and 18 podiums in GP2 it is clear the driver is fast in single seaters.

KV Racing’s General Manager, Steve Moore said, “Everyone at KV Racing  was impressed with Stefano. He is professional, dedicated and very intelligent. Despite his lack of experience in the car, Stefano has a great grasp of what makes a race car fast. We found his technological knowledge and feedback to be exceptional, not to mention he is very personable and articulate.”

If the Monegasque does get the seat, his first taste of true action will be at the group test at Barber Motorsport Park on March 16 and 17 before the season begins proper at St Petersburg at the end of the same month.