Norisring: Volkswagen preview

Volkswagen driver Mortara goes to "German Monaco" as front runner Wolfsburg. Going to the season's highlight as the front runner: Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara will start to the Formula 3 Euro Series' fourth race weekend at the Norisring as...

Volkswagen driver Mortara goes to "German Monaco" as front runner

Wolfsburg. Going to the season's highlight as the front runner: Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara will start to the Formula 3 Euro Series' fourth race weekend at the Norisring as the leader of the standings. In front of the impressive setting in Nuremberg -- every year some 140,000 spectators flock to the DTM races -- Mortara has good chances of defending his lead: He holds a 14-point advantage, while the maximum points score which can be achieved in qualifying and both races is 17. Franck Mailleux wants to clinch as many points as possible as well: The Frenchman from the Signature team is currently ranking in fourth place overall. Maximilian Gotz from Uffenheim in Central Franconia, who races for RC Motorsport, has also set his sights on a points finish at his home race.

After the new Volkswagen engine's first victory in Pau, the Norisring marks the second city street circuit on the schedule of the Formula 3 Euro Series. However, the challenge differs completely as on the long straights and in the narrow hairpins top-speed, traction and braking are particularly crucial. Accordingly, the teams and drivers have carefully prepared themselves for these special demands," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.

At the past six races, Edoardo Mortara impressed by consistent showings: five podium places, including the first victory with Volkswagen in Pau. Still, the 21-year-old, who lives in Geneva, does not think aloud about the title: "A 14-point lead is nice - but there are still 14 hot races to go. I'm fully concentrating on each one of them. If all them are successful for me, I'll be among the front runners in the end as well," says Mortara, whose team-mates in the French Signature team are Franck Mailleux, Jean-Karl Vernay (France) as well as Robert Wickens (Canada).

Home race for Maxi Gotz, new territory for Congfu Cheng

Maximilian Gotz is shooting for championship points: after clinching sixth place at the Hockenheim season opener, the 22-year-old Franconian finished at Mugello (Italy) and in Pau (France) out of the points. "Because the races are extremely competitive, qualifying is crucial in Formula 3. In Pau we made a significant step forward, and I want to continue this trend in Nuremberg," Gotz announces. "Being quick at the Norisring requires lots of power output and traction. With the Volkswagen engine and the right setup we'll have chances of scoring a good result."

Congfu Cheng looks back on an exciting weekend: The 23-year-old from Beijing was the first Chinese ever to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, clinching third place in the LMP2 category, was immediately successful: "It was an incredible feeling to stand on the podium at Le Mans. Now, the race at the Norisring means I've got the next classic event coming up, this track is unique." Jens Klingmann from Leimen and the Brit Martin Plowman complete the lineup of the Italian RC Motorsport team consisting of four Volkswagen Dallara F308 cars.

Norisring: TV Broadcasting Schedule, Formula 3 Euro Series

Saturday, 28 June
11.40 - 12.45 Premiere Sportportal Race 1 live
18.30 - 19.30 DSF Summary

Sunday, 29 June
10.45 - 11.50 Premiere Sportportal Race 2 live
18.00 - 19.30 DSF Summary

-credit: volkswagen-motorsport.com

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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 , Maximilian Götz
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport