Racer Pippa re-signs for second year

IPSWICH racing driver Pippa Mann has re-signed with Norfolk-based P1 Motorsport for her second year in the World Series by Renault. Mann has opted to continue her relationship with team principle and chief engineer, Roly Vincini.

IPSWICH racing driver Pippa Mann has re-signed with Norfolk-based P1 Motorsport for her second year in the World Series by Renault.

Mann has opted to continue her relationship with team principle and chief engineer, Roly Vincini.

After an impressive debut season in the series which saw the 23-year-old score points in her first race and start from pole position in her second, Mann is set to return with the P1 squad for what promises to be her best year yet.

Speaking about her decision to stay at P1 Motorsport, Mann said: “I'm thrilled to be confirmed for my second year with P1 - they are a fantastic team and it was an absolute pleasure working with them last year.


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“2007 was very much a learning curve for me, and the team supported me amazingly throughout my first season in WSR 3.5.

“I'm looking forward to working with Roly again, as he did a fantastic job of guiding me through my debut year, and I'm happy to be continuing this partnership.

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“I'm under no illusion that it's going to be easy.

But as long as I continue in the same way that I finished 2007, then I should be able to achieve the goals of regularly getting into the new super-pole and scoring points.

“There are some changes - a new car, and I have a new team mate in Giedo van der Garde, but I'm excited about everything and basically cannot wait to get back out onto the circuit!”

Although 2007 began well for Mann, the second half of the year proved difficult and challenging, with Mann struggling for consistency despite some notably strong performances.

However, Mann openly documented her year as being one of learning, and worked hard and closely with Vincini and the entire team to make solid and steady progress.

Vincini said: “I'm pleased that Pippa will be staying with P1 for 2008 - the progress she made last year was superb, especially the pace shown over the last few race weekends of 2007.

“We set goals at the beginning of last season and Pippa was achieving those by the end of the year.

“Expectations will of course be higher and it won't be easy by any means, but Pippa has a lot of determination and I see no reason why we shouldn't be able to score points consistently moving forward.

“I think with Pippa and Giedo on board, P1 Motorsport has a strong driver line-up, and I'm looking forward to the year ahead.”

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