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Volkswagen Pilot Mortara to attack at Barcelona Wolfsburg. After the one-two finish by Franck Mailleux and Jean Karl Vernay (F, Team Signature) at Brands Hatch, the seven Volkswagen drivers travel highly motivated to the fifteenth and sixteenth...

Volkswagen Pilot Mortara to attack at Barcelona

Wolfsburg. After the one-two finish by Franck Mailleux and Jean Karl Vernay (F, Team Signature) at Brands Hatch, the seven Volkswagen drivers travel highly motivated to the fifteenth and sixteenth races of the Formula 3 Euro Series season at Barcelona. Eduardo Mortara (Team Signature) comes to the Circuit de Catalunya as second overall and trails the leader by only 13 points in the hard-fought "star of tomorrow" series. The Italian targets a repeat of his victory from last year to further maintain his title chances. Competing alongside Mortara, Mailleux and Vernay between 19 and 21 September in Spain are four other drivers powered by Volkswagen -- Robert Wickens (CDN, Team Signature) as well as Congfu Cheng (CN), Jens Klingmann (Leimen) and Peter Elkmann (Steinfurt) from Team RC Motorsport.

"Although Volkswagen competed for the first time at Brands Hatch, we scored our first ever one-two in the Formula 3 Euro Series there," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "We know the circuit in Barcelona from last year, and we also aim to be at the sharp end again there. Edoardo is within striking distance of the championship lead. We will do everything within our powers to be fighting for the championship till the final round." The Formula 3 Euro Series races on a slightly shorter track layout in Barcelona than the Formula 1. "However, this is also a big challenge," knows Kris Nissen.

Signature Team Boss Philippe Sinault, whose racing team has already claimed two victories for Volkswagen this season, is also optimistic about the forthcoming races: "We want to follow up our win at Brands Hatch with a top result at Barcelona. We won there last year with Edoardo Mortara and I think we'll also be fighting for podium finishes this time. At Barcelona the aerodynamics play a major role. To be quick there the cars must be well balanced. So we are preparing ourselves accordingly."

Title candidate Edoardo Mortara likes the Circuit de Catalunya

For Edoardo Mortara, currently second in the Formula 3 Euro Series standings, the 2.977 kilometre circuit in Barcelona is a good hunting ground. The 21-year-old won Saturday's race there in 2007. "The track suited us last year. After a qualifying well I was able to win the wet first race and, in doing so, established the foundations for winning the Rookies classification at the end of the year," says the Italian looking back. "As a result, I also reckon that we'll have a good weekend this time around. I'll attack as usual since my goal is to score as many points as possible in the title battle. Overtaking at Barcelona is much easier than last time out at Brands Hatch. You have particularly good chances of passing opponents at the end of both long straights."

Driver change at RC Motorsport

At RC Motorsport Peter Elkmann (Steinfurt) replaces the Briton Martin Plowman, who will concentrate on racing in the USA in the future. The 28-year-old Elkmann won the German Formula 3 Cup in 2005 and won a round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Brands Hatch in 2006.

-credit: vw

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Robert Wickens , Martin Plowman , Congfu Cheng , Jens Klingmann , Kris Nissen , Franck Mailleux , Edoardo Mortara , Jean-Karl Vernay , Philippe Sinault
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport