Avila confirms joining Christian Jones Motorsport
two weeks of assessment, Rodolfo Avila has decided to forge
an agreement with Christian Jones Motorsport to drive the
next eight races of the Asian Formula Three Series - two in
Zhuhai, four in Sentul and the final two in Batangas.
It will be recalled that the young Macanese driver started
the season with Fujitsu Ten Toyota Team TOM's (Asia). However,
considering the circumstances during the first two events
in the Championship, Avila has decided to rescind his contract
with team on grounds of poor performance, insufficient team
support and the lack of competitive edge from the car.The
Australian team (CJM) appeared to be the best option.
Christian Jones Motorsport, being one of the top professional
teams in the AF3 has also presented guarantees to continue
honoring Rodolfo Avila's sponsors - Macau Government, Hotel
Fortuna, Macau-Slot.com, 4th East Asian Games 2005, CESL-Asia,
Sands Macau, Tong Lei, BNU, CTM, ProFabril Asia Consult, Gain
Well Group, San Chong Hong, Fat Siu Lau, RP Macau and PT Asia.
"Seeing how they run their team in the first 2 rounds,
we have observed that they really know their stuff. Additionally,
with support from Neil Brown Engineering, I can expect to
have a competitive Mügen Honda engine", remarked
Avila. Asked about how he feels that Christian is both team
owner and driver, Avila added "It doesn't bother me to
have Christian driving the other car in the team. My car will
be prepared equally and the team understands that it will
be beneficial to have both cars on the top positions".Avila
is expected to drive a Dallara F301-Mügen Honda and despite
the 301 being an older car (to Jones' 304), Avila believes
the advantage of a lighter car may do the trick. The biggest
adjustment would have to be getting accustomed to an H-pattern
"The apprenticeship with the gearbox should not be too
demanding. I just need to do some miles and I should be ready.
Several years ago I drove a Formula Campus and I didn't have
too much trouble getting used to it.
Generally, I feel optimistic about this move and I look forward
to a much improved level of competition from myself and my
new team", concluded the Asian FRenault champion.CJM
was formed in August 2002 and entered the Australian Formula
3 Championship a following year with Christian finishing 4th
at the team's first attempt. In 2004, CJM moved to the Philippines
and ran a two-car team in the Asian Formula 3 Championship
where Christian won the Asian Formula 3 Championship title.
Currently, the team is also responsible for the selection
of Australia's entry into the A1 Grand Prix.
Round 5&6 of the Asian Formula 3 Championship is scheduled
on June 17-18 at the Zhuhai International Circuit, In China
where Rodolfo is expected to arrive early to acclimatize himself
with the new car and team.