Danish driver Kevin Magnussen, son of former Formula One and current GT driver, Jan Magnussen, is driving for DAMS and leading this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Having heard good things around the paddock about the benefits and advantages of a REAL race seat insert it was only natural he would want the same exquisite comfort and position in his Formula Renault 3.5 Series Dallara chassis as he aims to lift the 2013 title.
Vaughan Cartwright, MD of REAL Equipe, commented; “We had been approached to do a REAL race seat insert fitting for Kevin late last year and he soon knew this was the race seat insert of choice for the 2013 season with DAMS… and he wanted it to be uniquely ‘his’ with his choice of seat covering material which is nothing short of eye catching! Kevin understood the requirement to devote the time necessary for a professional seat fitting and everything went smoothly and Kevin is delighted saying “the seat goes fast!” when asked if he was happy… we couldn’t put it better ourselves! Not only were we able to make his seat comfortable for Kevin but we were also able to save 1kg so we were able to enhance driver and car performance.”
Kevin Magnussen began his motor racing career in karting in 2008 before moving up to Formula Ford in Denmark and winning the championship. In 2009 Kevin stepped up to Formula Renault finishing runner-up to António Félix da Costa in the Northern European Cup and finishing seventh in the Eurocup.
In 2010 Magnussen competed in the German Formula Three Championship winning the opening round of the season at Oschersleben and finishing third in the championship.
2011 saw Kevin move on to Cooper Tires British Formula 3 with Carlin Motorsport before progressing onto the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and impressing the motorsport community with his speed and approach – the future looks as bright as his REAL race seat insert!
Brief history of DAMS Racing:
1988: Jean-Paul Driot and René Arnoux create DAMS to compete in Formula 3000. The team won 3 championship titles with Erik Comas (1990), Olivier Panis (1993) and Jean-Christophe Boullion (1994).
1999: Partnership with Lola Cars – 24 Hours of Le Mans (qualified first private team at the 24 hours of Le Mans), FIA Sports Racing World Cup (5 pole positions, 4 wins) and ALMS (1 podium) with the Lola T98/10 Judd.
2003: DAMS contests the Eurocup FRV6, clinching the title with José-Maria Lopez (5 wins, 8 poles and 12 podiums).
2005: FRV6 changes into World Series by Renault and DAMS enters the new GP2 Series.
2006: A1GP champion with France. French drivers Alexandre Prémat and Nicolas Lapierre dominate the inaugural A1GP with 13 wins out of 22 races, 3 pole positions and 5 fastest laps.
2007: GP2 Series – team classification 5th with Nakajima 5th (5 podiums in a row) and Lapierre 12th (2 victories). Nakajima, best GP2 rookie, is promoted in Formula 1.
2009: DAMS, 1st team to do the hat trick: 2009 GP2 Asia Team Champion, Kobayashi champion and D’Ambrosio vice champion. GP2 Main Series: the team finishes 6th with its 2 drivers, Jérôme D’Ambrosio (9th, 3 podiums) and Kamui Kobayashi (17th, 1 podium). Dams also entered the new European Formula Le Mans championship and dominates the season claiming both team and driver titles and winning 8 of the 9 races.
2010: DAMS bagged again both titles in FLM, winning the driver’s championship with Andrea Barlesi, Gary Chalandon and Alessandro Cicognani. DAMS dominates Auto GP with P1 – P2 – P3 in the drivers ranking… and the team title! In GP2 Series, with Jérôme d’Ambrosio’s stunning victory in Monaco, Dams finishes 6th in the team championship.
2011: GP2 Series – DAMS finishes 2nd and wins the driver championship with Romain Grosjean (6 victories, 12 podiums – 89 points) – Romain Grosjean is promoted to Formula 1 with Lotus F1 Team.
2013: Kevin Magnussen leads the Formula Renault 3.5 Series