Greco Earns Formula 3 Test Day
David Greco has clinched the 2008 Racing Factory Online (rFO) F1 championship, and in so doing has won himself a test day in Formula 3 at Adria on June 23, 2008.
With just one race remaining in the 10-race Championship, Greco has an insurmountable 13-point lead over NetRx GP teammate Ernesto De Angelis. Together the pair have dominated the racing calendar, winning all nine races dating back to the season opener on January 14 on the Interlagos circuit. De Angelis, for his part, could easily have won the rFO league, however recognizing how Greco felt about the chance to drive a real car again, he ceded two races to the Roman to help his quest; a stunning display of good sportsmanship.
The championship, which uses the rFactor racing simulation and a custom Formula One mod based on the work of well known rFactor modders, MMG, has featured races on many of the well known Formula One circuits available for rFactor. Greco has taken wins at Interlagos, Silverstone, Istanbul, Mount Fuji, Monaco, and Montreal; adding pole positions at Interlagos, Istanbul, Hungary, Mount Fuji, Monaco, and Montreal.
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While at Adria, Greco will partner with current GP2 and World Series by Renault driver Marco Bonanomi to prepare a comparison between simulation and real-world racing. Which cars will be used has yet to be confirmed, however Bonanomi will drive the real to Greco’s virtual counterpart.
“I am really pleased to have the opportunity to not only drive the Formula 3 car at Adria,” says Greco, “but to also show off the potential of rFactor and racing simulations in the comparison with Marco.”
Recently, Greco won a semi-final round of the Virtual-World Touring Car Championship (www.v-wtcc.com) at Valencia, Spain, and will be racing in the Grand Finale at Monza, Italy, in October. He has raced real cars in the past, with a handful of Skip Barber National Championship events contested in 2005, as well as testing in Formula Renault and Formula Ford in 2003 and 2004. Prior, he spent several years racing karts in the Sao Paulo area while his family was on diplomatic assignment in Brazil.