The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has teamed with Renault to set the first-ever production car lap record of the Albert Park GP circuit.
The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ will be incorporated into the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix schedule on Thursday 12 March and feature Red Bull Racing F1 driver Daniil Kvyat behind the wheel of the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R.
Of course the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R comes with wicked credentials, setting front-wheel drive production car lap records at both the Nurburgring Nordschleife and Suzuka in Japan.
“I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to set the first ever production car lap record of the Albert Park Circuit,” said Kvyat.
“It will be a great opportunity to get some track time ahead of the Grand Prix, and even better to do it with a Renault engine.”
Justin Hocevar, managing director of Renault Australia, added: “We’re very excited to be a part of the first ever Albert Park Challenge, and to have this opportunity to demonstrate the dominance of our record-breaking Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R in Australia. Our Renault Sport brand is renowned for its dominance on race tracks around the globe and we’re confident that we’ll set a cracking time for this new lap record.
We’re delighted to have Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat driving the Megane R.S. and I personally can’t wait to see what sort of time he can achieve.”
Australia is recognised as a key market for Renault Sport product, as evidenced by 50 of the global 250 allocation of Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R being allocated to this country.