|Base||Snetterton, Norfolk, England|
|Team principal(s)||Pierre Moncheur|
|Current series||Formula Renault 3.5 Series|
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0|
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
|2002 Formula Ford UK|
2006 FR 3.5 (Danielsson)|
2002 Formula Ford UK (Barber)
2003 Monoposto 2000 (J. Lewis)
2004 Monoposto 2000 (J. Lewis)
2006 750 MC Formula 4 (C. Lewis)
- 1 History
- 2 Club Racing History
- 3 Television appearances
- 4 Results
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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The team started out in Formula Ford from the ashes of the Van Diemens works team. Team Principal Piere Moncheur has guided the team since its formation.
The Formula Ford UK 2003 Championship was a three car assault, Tom Gaymor claimed 5th place, Oliver Jarvis finished 8th and Dan Clarke finished 12th.
For 2004 a 2 car assault on the Formula Renault UK Championship was launched with Westley Barber and Susie Stoddart (now Susie Wolf) as drivers. Westley finished runner up in the championship with Susie achieving 3 podiums and finishing 5th. Susie Wolf is now a test driver for the Williams F1 team.
The team then moved up to compete in the European and French Formula Renault Championships for 2005 with Westley Barber and Pippa Mann. Westley ran out of funds halfway through the year after a promising start which included a 2nd-place finish at the season opener and Pippa was very much on a learning curve with a best finish of 14th.
In 2006, Comtec moved up once more and competed in the World Series by Renault. In there maiden year Alx Danielsson won the championship. Halfway through the year a nightmare weekend at Spa proved the turning point for Alx Danielsson, he wrote his car off twice but after that five podiums which included four wins in 8 races gave Alx the crown in a great comeback. Pippa Mann continued to drive in the Formula Renault Eurocup with a best finish of 15th.
In 2007, the team used several drivers. Alejandro Núñez finished highest with 13th in the standings with one win.
Also in 2008 The team bought out the formula ford constructor Spirit and brought in the former UK champion Westley Barber alongside Brazilian rookie Francisco Weiler. Westley had a good start to the year and the car was good but the Mygale was better and in the hands of Wayne Boyd it dominated. Westley achieved two 2nd-place finishes at Brands Hatch, a 3rd and 4th place at Knockill and two other 5th-place finishes before the curtain was pulled down on the venture half the way through the season.
In 2009, still pursuing the Renault 3.5 world series Jon Lancaster led the team. He gained a pole position and one win after joining the championship halfway. The other seat changed between Anton Nebylitskiy, Harald Schlegelmilch, Alexandre Marsoin, John Martin, Max Chilton and Alberto Valerio.
In 2011, Comtec signed rookies Daniel Mckenzie and Daniël de Jong. New Zealander Chris Van Der Drift tested the car to help the two Daniels in there quest to improve. but to little effect, just 2 points in the teams championship was all they could muster.
For 2012 Comtec Signed Nick Yelloly and Vittorio Ghirelli. Nick scored 2 wins for the team on his way to a creditable 5th-place finish overall in the championship. Vittorio endured a long learning curve but showed improvement with good drives ending with 5 points for the season.
The team has also just announced a partnership with Virtuosi Racing with an entry into Auto GP for Venezuelan Roberto La Rocca with a view to entering 2 cars in 2014 alongside their assault on the World Series By Renault. At the first race in Auto GP Roberto La Rocca scored a creditable 8th-place finish which meant starting from pole for the 2nd race on a reverse grid. Roberto was running 5th before being pushed off, he went on to finish a creditable 7th. Better than the two drivers in the parent team Virtuosi Racing.
After 16 years of racing Comtec Racing closed its doors for the last time in 2017. Fond memories of ups and downs have been made for mechanics, engineers, drivers and other staff for sure.
Club Racing History
Comtec has had a successful period in single seater club racing. Former team owner Jonathan Lewis won the 2003 and 2004 Monoposto 2000 series and also the 2003 Formula 4 Championship. His brother Chris Lewis won the Formula 4 Championship in 2006.
John Roberts and Steve Patania also had race wins in Formula 4.
In June 2007, the team's WSR car was featured in the BBC television programme Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain; Marr driving the car to illustrate the political scandal in 1997 between Bernie Ecclestone and the newly elected Labour Party. The team has also appeared in the BBC motoring programme Top Gear, where presenter Richard Hammond drove a Comtec Formula Renault and then World Series by Renault car before moving up to a Renault Formula One car.
World Series by Renault
|Formula Renault 3.5 results|
|2006||Dallara T05–Renault||Alx Danielsson||17||4||3||2||112||1st||3rd|
|Jaap van Lagen||5||0||0||0||8||28th|
|2007||Dallara T05–Renault||Jaap van Lagen||2||0||0||0||0||N/A3||13th|
|2008||Dallara T08–Renault||Marco Bonanomi||16||0||1||0||56||11th||8th|
|Pasquale Di Sabatino||13||0||0||0||20||20th|
|2009||Dallara T08–Renault||Anton Nebylitskiy||4||0||0||0||04||29th4||10th|
|2010||Dallara T08–Renault||Greg Mansell||17||0||0||0||23||15th||5th|
|2011||Dallara T08–Renault||Daniel McKenzie||17||0||0||0||0||30th||13th|
|Daniël de Jong||17||0||0||0||2||29th|
|2012||Dallara FR35/12–Zytek||Vittorio Ghirelli||17||0||0||0||5||23rd||7th|
|2013||Dallara FR35/12–Zytek||Daniil Move||17||0||0||0||12||22nd||13th|
|2014||Dallara FR35/12–Zytek||Nikolay Martsenko||4||0||0||0||36||14th||11th|
|2015||Dallara FR35/12–Zytek||Louis Deletraz||2||0||0||0||0||NC|
|2016||Dallara FR35/12–Zytek||Thomas Randle||4||0||0||0||0||NC|
|Auto GP results|
|2013||Roberto La Rocca||6||0||0||0||20||15th||9th|
British Formula Ford
|British Formula Ford results|
|2002||Van Diemen RF02||Westley Barber||18||8||6||7||487||1st||1st|
|2003||Van Diemen RF03||Tom Gaymor||20||3||1||2||316||5th||3rd|
Formula Renault UK 2.0 Winter Series
|Formula Renault UK 2.0 Winter Series results|
|2003||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Westley Barber||4||2||1||1||52||2nd||3rd|
Formula Renault UK 2.0
|Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 results|
|2004||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Westley Barber||20||6||3||4||426||2nd||2nd|
|2006||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Pippa Mann||16||0||0||0||86||19th||10th|
Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0
|Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 results|
|2005||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Westley Barber||8||0||0||0||16||18th||12th|
|2006||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Pippa Mann||16||0||0||0||86||19th||NC|
Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0
|Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 results|
|2005||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Pippa Mann'||12||0||0||0||1||21st||8th|
|2005||Tatuus FR2000–Renault||Westley Barber'||10||1||1||2||86||5th|
|British Formula 3 results|
|2006||Dallara F304–Mugen-Honda||Basil Shaaban||4||0||0||0||0||N/A||N/A|
|Monoposto 2000 results|
|2003||Van Diemen Comtec 2003 Zetec||Jonathan Lewis||6||5||5||4||90||1st||1st|
|2004||Van Diemen Comtec 2004 Zetec||Jonathan Lewis||6||3||4||4||77||1st||1st|
750MC Formula 4
|750MC Formula 4 results|
|2003||Comtec F4||Jonathan Lewis||12||6||7||4||235||1st||2nd|
|2004||Comtec F4||Jonathan Lewis||7||4||2||2||105||7th||6th|
|2005||Comtec F4||Chris Lewis||5||2||0||1||120||7th||2nd|
|2006||Comtec F4||Chris Lewis||11||6||7||5||294.8||1st||1st|
|Citroen Saxmax results|
|2006||Citroen Saxo VTR||Ben Kidd||9||0||0||0||190||10th|
- 1.^ - Iaconelli also entered in 4 races for EuroInternational and 6 races for GD Racing.
- 2.^ - Míguez also scored 1 point in 11 races for Pons Racing.
- 3.^ - van Lagen also entered in 2 races for EuroInternational.
- 4.^ - Nebylitskiy also scored 1 point in 13 races for SG Formula.
- 5.^ - Greg Mansell also scored 3 points in 13 races for Ultimate Motorsport.
- WSbR complete results speedsportmag.com