Hitech Racing's Marko Asmer, who dominated last season's Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series, has been confirmed as the BMW Sauber F1 test driver for 2008.

Estonian Asmer, who scorched to 11 race wins from 22 races for the Buckingham-based team, underwent a successful programme of tests in Spain during which he impressed the F1 team with his technical feedback.

Hitech Racing Team Principal David Hayle was understandably delighted with the news: "It's great news for Marko, he totally deserves the drive after his dominance last season and everybody at Hitech Racing is delighted to have helped a young, talented driver on his way into Formula One.

"We always knew Marko had the ability, which was the reason we took him in last season but there are a lot of good drivers out there and it takes a special driver to get an opportunity like this. Marko is just that."

Asmer's progression into Formula One is not the only driver to have been helped by Hitech Racing. "Marko is the first driver we've directly got into F1, but over the years there have been a number of drivers we've helped progress up the motor racing ladder and it gives the team a great sense of achievement. Hopefully over the course of 2008 we can continue that trend and help other up and coming drivers fulfil their racing aspirations."

Hitech Racing has already confirmed the signing of Briton Max Chilton alongside Austrian Walter Grubmuller and expects to announce the final driver shortly.

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