GP2 outfits DAMS and Arden are the two new teams which have been granted entry into the Formula Renault 3.5 series next year.
Yesterday the World Series by Renault Organizing Committee confirmed the 13 teams that have had their applications to participate in 2012 accepted, with 11 of the 2011 line up continuing next season.
DAMS and Arden take the places of Mofaz, who have shut down their FR3.5 operation and Epic, which ran a testing programme alongside DAMS at the collective test last week.
Furthermore, the Spanish outfit have been placed on a reserve list for the upcoming campaign should one of the entrants drop out, alongside Koiranen Racing, which ran in Formula Renault Eurocup this year.
DAMS owner Jean–Paul Driot said: “We’re very honoured and proud to have been chosen by Renault Sport to take part in the next Formula Renault 3.5 Series Championship in the context of the World Series by Renault. With a brand-new car and top-level teams the competition will be very stiff in 2012. But taking up challenges is part of DAMS’ DNA, and we hope to be among the best as well as allowing talented youngsters to show their mettle!”
The thirteen teams, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
– Arden International Ltd.
– BVM Target
– Comtec Racing
– International Draco Racing
– Fortec Motorsports
– KMP Racing
– P1 Motorsport
– Pons Racing
– Tech 1 Racing
Two teams have been placed on a waiting list:
– Koiranen Motorsport
– Epic Racing
The teams chosen have until 15 January 2012 to meet their contractual obligations to ensure that their participation is confirmed.