August 7, 2003 (Toronto, Canada): Billy Asaro, competitor in the British Formula 3 Championship, will compete in the thirteenth annual Marlboro Masters this weekend at the famous Zandvoort circuit in Holland. The Marlboro Masters draws 100,000 ...
August 7, 2003 (Toronto, Canada): Billy Asaro, competitor in the British Formula 3 Championship, will compete in the thirteenth annual Marlboro Masters this weekend at the famous Zandvoort circuit in Holland. The Marlboro Masters draws 100,000 spectators to see top teams and drivers from the various European Formula 3 championships, including Britain, France, Italy and Germany.
Asaro, who competes with P1 Motorsport in the British series will join Menu F3 Motorsport for the Masters event. He will team up alongside Menu regular Adam Carroll, who was Asaro's team mate last year in the British Formula 3 Scholarship Class.
Racing in the Marlboro Masters gives Asaro the opportunity to compete on the world stage with the best of the best. The entry list currently stands at 53 competitors, but only 35 will start Sunday's race.
Asaro is, understandably, tremendously excited.
"It's going to be an incredible event, a fantastic experience." said the 21-year-old Canadian. "It's a very prestigious race. All the top drivers are going, so making the cut to start the race on Sunday will be a huge challenge, but I will do my best as always."
Menu F3 Motorsport team manager and joint owner, Mike Baker rates Asaro highly and believes the stiff competition will push his abilities.
"We have watched Billy develop into a real racer in the British F3 Championship," said Baker. "It will be a tough test for him at this level, but I see many similar qualities in Billy as I did in the last Canadian driver I worked with in the early 80s, that being Paul Tracy, and he is not doing so bad for himself these days!"
Team principal Alain Menu added: "In Billy and Adam we have two of the new breed of young drivers. They are determined to show their worth and Zandvoort is the stage to do that. I wish them both the best of luck!"
The Marlboro Masters starts with a 30-minute practice session at 9:00am Saturday, followed by two qualifying sessions beginning at noon. The top 35 qualifiers will warm up at 9:30am Sunday, then race at 2:00pm.