Laurens Vanthoor signs with Signature VW

Laurens Vanthoor with Signature in F3 Euro Series ZOLDER. The 2009 German F3 champion, Laurens Vanthoor, will make his debut in 2010 in the Formula 3 Euro Series. This young Belgian, now in his third season in the motorsport, will be driving for...

Laurens Vanthoor with Signature in F3 Euro Series

ZOLDER. The 2009 German F3 champion, Laurens Vanthoor, will make his debut in 2010 in the Formula 3 Euro Series. This young Belgian, now in his third season in the motorsport, will be driving for the French Signature VW team whilst also retaining his statute of official VW driver. In addition to the Formula 3 Euro Series, the Masters F3 in Zandvoort as also the Macau F3 Grand Prix have been highlighted in Laurens Vanthoor's diary.

F3 Euro Series with Signature VW

"Following my title clinched in Germany the change-over to the F3 Euro Series was the obvious move", Laurens Vanthoor outlined his decision. "Next to the GP2 the F3 Euro Series is the highest single-seater competition and stepping stone to the F1. You only need to look at the championship records and then see where the present F1 top drivers learned their skills. Sutil, Vettel, Rosberg, Hulkenberg and Hamilton are but a few of the big names who were active in the F3 Euro Series these last few years."

In 2010 Laurens Vanthoor will be competing for the French Signature team. In 2010 Signature will have been on the international motorsport scene for 20 years, and in these two decades Philippe Sinault's team has built up a respectable record of achievements. During the course of the last twenty years Signature concentrated on single-seaters and more specifically F3, gaining 4 European titles, 1 French title, victories in reputable international races such the F3 Masters Zandvoort, the F3 GP of Korea as also the Macau F3 Grand Prix F3. All in all the team has clinched 47 victories and almost 200 podium places. In addition the team also gained the title in the World Series by Renault in 2003.

As ambitious as ever

As in the past Laurens Vanthoor is just as clear about his ambitions: "Together with VW Motorsport, Signature and the RACB National Team I want to achieve a good score. I'm fully aware that the competition will be pretty strong, and I'll be up against such competitors as Bottas, Da Costa and my own teammate Mortara. However I'm aiming at a place in the top-5, and with a bit of luck a top-3. Naturally the other VW drivers will perfectly act as a reference in this."

The F3 Euro Series consists out of eight rounds, "but actually there are only two circuits I'm not acquainted with", Laurens Vanthoor commented perusing the calendar. "Both Brands-Hatch and the Norisring are new for me, and I'll be starting out on those as a rookie. But I know all the other circuits and that's a good deal for me."

The F3 Euro Series -- practicalities

All the F3 Euro Series take on the same format, with one free practice session on the Friday, a qualifying session and a first race (80 km/30 min) on the Saturday and a second race, with a reversed start grid (top-8), on the Sunday (100 km/40 min). Before the beginning of the season there are two official test sessions, namely on 17th and 18th March in Barcelona and on 22nd and 23rd March in Valencia.

-source: Laurens Vanthoor PR

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Laurens Vanthoor , Philippe Sinault