News (23.03.2014) Team Astromega ready for test with Team China in new Acceleration championship

After a successful four-year partnership between Team Astromega and Team China in the former A1GP championship the two will link up again to do a test drive ahead of the newly founded Acceleration championship. Acceleration plans 10 European races in 2014 and will use the slightly modified Lola A1GP cars it recently purchased. The test in Valencia, on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, will take place on Wednesday the 26thand Thursday the 27th of March. Team Astromega will be responsible for running the Team China car during both test days.
Werner Gillis, team principal: ĎAfter the old A1GP championship stopped we kept communicating and advising the people responsible for motorsports in China. So basically we were the first to be asked to run their car during the upcoming test and we accepted this challenge. We are still talking to both Chinese and international drivers because in contrast to the former A1GP championship the driver of the Team China car doesnít necessarily need to be Chinese.í

The Belgian Team Astromega, founded by Mikke Van Hool, is well known for their successes in the former F3000 championship with drivers like Fernando Alonso and Gonzalo Rodriguez. More recently they competed in Superleague Formula in 2008 with Britainís Craig Dolby, who had previously won the Belgian Formula Renault championship for the team.

Team Astromega nowadays focuses its attention and know-how on young drivers willing to start a career or participate in series at the level of Formula Renault 2.0 and F3.

Team Astromega chooses to get the best out of itís more than 15 years of experience in international formula racing in F3000, A1 and Superleague as well as Formula Renault and F3, by transferring it onto upcoming drivers.

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Did you know that ...

Team Astromega was the team that launched Fernando Alonso into F1 (double F1 world champion and Ferrari driver)

Rob Smedley, who is now track engineer at Ferrari (Felipe Massa), was chief engineer at Team Astromega and track engineer for Fernando Alonso with us in F3000

Team Astromega has a close personal and business relationship with Roger Penske, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American motorsport and owner of a.o. Detroit Diesel

Thanks to this relationship with Roger Penske Team Astromega was able to introduce Gonzalo Rodriguez to the Penske Team which resulted in a test and race deal. Sadly, Gonzalo suffered a fatal accident at Laguna Seca in free practice in what was only his second ChampCar race

Jonathan Palmer, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in motorsport in Great-Britain, elected Team Astromega for Justin Wilson to launch him into F1

Ho-Pin Tung, who was the first ever Chinese F1 driver under contract, was one of the drivers selected by Team Astromega to defend the colors of A1 Team China in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Nations. China, the biggest upcoming nation in the world, chose Team Astromega 5 years in a row to defend it's colors in the world championship

Ben(jamin) Reyes was the chief mechanic for Ho-Pin Tung in his championship year in F3 before he became an F1 driver

Karline Stala, starting out as a midfielder struggling to improve: Team Astromega created a championship winner out of her within 1 year, making her the first female champion in 25 years of formula racing

Team Astromega twice resurrected the career of Craig Dolby, in Formula Renault and Superleague Formula, which made him the internationally recognized talented driver he is today

Team Astromega won 2 championships, 14 victories, 46 podium finishes and participated in more than 200 international events. During the 3 years we competed on the national level we won the title 2 times and lost a title by just one point

5 drivers from Team Astromega made it into Formula 1 and 3 made it into the top level American series

These are just a few highlights out of the Team Astromega history

You can study them more closely in our detailed achievements history