The AV Formula team have finalised their line-up for the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 series season by signing Dutch female racer Beitske Visser to run alongside the already confirmed Zoel Amberg. She becomes the first woman to drive in the series since Pippa Mann in 2008.
19-year-old Visser has been racing for the past two seasons in the ADAC Formel Masters series in Germany, winning three races, and also tested for AVF in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series tests recently, setting the best time of the first day in Barcelona. She decided in the end to make the giant leap up to the 3.5 cars instead this season.
“I fell in love with the F.Renault 3.5 car in Monza [at the first pre-season test], and from then on contesting the World Series season became my only aim,” said Visser on the offical AVFormula website. “I worked hard with the engineers to understand the car and to step-up in terms of driving, and in the meantime I used any spare time I had to work out and build the strength and the stamina needed to master such a car.
“I’m happy with the progress we made in testing and even more happy to know that there’s a lot of room for improvement. I’m really looking forward to the start of the season in Monza”.
“I’m delighted that Beitske will be with us for the season,” said team principal and founder of AV Formula Adrian Valles. “At the beginning I was impressed by her boldness, as she jumped into our F.Renault 3.5 car after just a couple of seasons in the Adac F.Masters, but after that I got to know her and I realized that with courage come huge amounts of natural talent, dedication and focus.
“To get physically fit for such a powerful car in time for the season opener she committed to an exhausting training programme, and that was another hint to her will to succeed. We sincerely happy to be part of that, and we’ll do our best to accompany Beitske in this new era of her career”.
Visser ended the final pre-season 22nd fastest out of the 24 drivers that set lap times. The second proper begins April 12th-13th at Monza.