Strong Return to Formula Renault – Thomas LuediSource：AFR Series   Post：2015-11-13
2015 was the 3rd Asian Formula Renault (AFR) season for Thomas, a Swiss driver who has
chosen Shanghai as his home. Born and raised in Switzerland, chosen Shanghai as his home.
It was a great comeback with a great team after suffering from a serious accident in
Thomas sustained serious neck injury from a crash during 2015 Pan Delta race weekend in
September, and had to sit out all winter testing and Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2015 AFR season.
After being cleared to race again in April this year, he chose to compete in the new A class
Formula Renault category and he won the Masters class trophy in every race he finished.
Thomas made his comeback in Sepang during AFR Rounds 3 & 4 and from there on continually
improved his race performance as he further developed his racing technique to get the most out
of his Class A Formula Renault. He ended the 2015 AFR season in Shanghai with his best result
ever, proving that he can still deliver fast lap times at his age.
Thomas attributes his improvements this year to the professional support from the BlackArts
Racing (BAR) team, of which he is a founder and co-owner. “This year was a huge step up
from previous seasons”, he says. “The opportunity to work with top level race engineers and
coaches, have the top racers as team members and being embedded in a professional environment
has made a huge difference to me this year. Preparations for the 2016 season started the day after
the 2015 AFR season was completed and BAR has helped me craft a holistic plan to best prepare,
including multi-day winter tests, physical and mental training and participation in endurance races in GT
and touring cars over the winter months.”
Thomas will participate again in the Class A category in the 2016 AFR season. “My racing friends tell me
that racing years in Formula Renault is just boring, I should try something different, for example
prototypes or GT cars.” Thomas disagrees. “Personally, I think formula cars are the ultimate race
cars. The feeling of being squeezed in a tiny cockpit, the engine roaring behind my back, sitting
a few centimeters above the track surface and the fast acceleration and short braking distances
is unmatchable.” He has plans, though, to test higher performance formula cars this winter and next year.