Hockenheimring II: Volkswagen preview

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara shoots for "vice-champion's title" Wolfsburg. The Italian Edoardo Mortara has excellent chances of winning the "vice-champion's title" at the Formula 3 Euro Series' season finale at Hockenheim (24 -- 26...

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara shoots for "vice-champion's title"

Wolfsburg. The Italian Edoardo Mortara has excellent chances of winning the "vice-champion's title" at the Formula 3 Euro Series' season finale at Hockenheim (24 -- 26 October). The 21-year-old will start to the two races at the DTM finale at the Hockenheim Motodrome as the runner-up in the standings. Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, who will be making his debut, local hero Jens Klingmann from Leimen, Congfu Cheng from China, the Frenchmen Nelson Panciatici, Franck Mailleux and Jean Karl Vernay as well as Robert Wickens from Canada are seven further drivers to go to the race "powered by Volkswagen".

"With three victories and a total of 13 podium places we have clearly achieved more than we expected in our first full season in the Formula 3 Euro Series," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "After three foreign races, at which Franck Mailleux and Robert Wickens clinched two first places with Volkswagen, the season will end in front of a home audience. It would be a nice conclusion if we could crown the year with the 'vice-champion's title' for Edoardo Mortara."

Before the last two rounds of the season Edoardo Mortara - with 49 points to his credit - has a seven-point advantage over his closest rival Jules Bianchi (France/Mercedes-Dallara). Mortara has fond memories of Hockenheim: at the season opener in April he clinched the first two podium places for Volkswagen in the Formula 3 Euro Series. "I like the circuit and we should have a fitting set-up ready for our vehicle. We'll give everything, because second place overall would be a fantastic success. This year the competition will even be fiercer than in previous years," says the Italian, who celebrated the first Volkswagen victory in the Formula 3 Euro Series at Pau, France, at the beginning of June and achieved five further podium positions.

Debut for Laurens Vanthoor, home race for Jens Klingmann

For Laurens Vanthoor, a big debut is coming up: after two victories and third place overall in the ATS Formula 3 Cup the Belgian, aged merely 17, now gets his first chance to compete in the European championship. "This is a great opportunity which Volkswagen offers me. And, what's more, it's a very good way to prepare myself for Macao," says the Formula 3 rookie, who was still driving kart races last year. As at Hockenheim, the junior driver will be competing for the Italian RC Motorsport team at the city street race in Macao too.

For Jens Klingmann from Leimen, the weekend at Hockenheim is very special as well: "I live only a 15-minute drive away from the Motodrome, so it's a real home race for me." The 18-year-old knows the 4.574-kilometre circuit well: "The second turn is the key place, from there you have to take a lot of momentum into the very long Parabolica corner. The set-up is a compromise between top speed and downforce because the circuit offers both quick and slow passages."

Hockenheim: TV Schedule, Formula 3 Euro Series

Saturday, 25 October
11.40 - 12.45 Premiere Sportportal, Race 1 live
19.00 - 20.00 DSF, Summary

Sunday, 26. October
10.55 - 12.00 Premiere Sportportal, Race 2 live
18.00 - 19.30 DSF, Summary

-credit: vw

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Robert Wickens , Congfu Cheng , Jens Klingmann , Kris Nissen , Franck Mailleux , Edoardo Mortara , Jean-Karl Vernay , Jules Bianchi , Nelson Panciatici , Laurens Vanthoor
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport