Daniel Abt to compete in the ATS Formula 3 Cup

With the name Daniel Abt on its grid, the ATS Formula 3 Cup once again attracts public attention. The 16-year old German - a member of the renowned tuner family Abt - will make his Formula 3 debut on 17th and 18th October, in the season finale at the 'Motorsportarena Oschersleben'. Daniel Abt is going to race a Dallara F307 Volkwagen for Team Performance Racing.

"I'm truly delighted with having been offered this chance and just can't wait for the weekend," says the young gun. "I'd like thank Kris Nissen and Volkswagen Motorsport a lot for this opportunity." In tests held last week, new 2009 ADAC Formula Masters Champion Daniel Abt gathered his first experiences at the wheel of the 210bhp Formula 3 single-seater. With eight race wins under his belt, Abt's lead in the Formula Masters is that big that none of his opponents will have the chance of stealing his title, in the season finale.

By making the step to the ATS Formula 3 Cup he is another prominent example for the philosophy of the fastest German single-seater series - explains Press Officer Peter Dahlmanns: "Our series is regarded as an important step following professional kart racing and the Formula Masters. For the young drivers, the ATS Formula 3 Cup provides ideal learning and development possibilities without subjecting them to too much pressure."

Abt and the German Formula 3 have got a joint tradition - that is revived, now. Back in 1992, Christian Abt - the uncle of David - won the championship's Trophy title. "Formula 3 represents the stepping stone to the highest motor-racing categories," says former DTM driver Christian Abt. "If you want to make it to Formula 1, honing your skills in Formula 3 is a must. But the Formula 3 know-how also is vital for other motor-racing categories. Therefore, the Cup represents the perfect preparation for series such as the Euro Series or the GP2."

Daniel Abt was born on 03rd December, 1992 in Kempten, located in Germany's Allgau region. In 2003, the ambitious technical-school pupil made his first kart-racing steps and in 2008, he contested his first ADAC Formula Masters season - to then secure the 2009 title in superior style. Daniel Abt is the son of Hans-Jurgen Abt and the nephew of Christian Abt who jointly turned the tuning enterprise of their father, Johann, into the world-famous tuning company Abt Sportsline. In DTM, ABT has acquired outstanding competence and the reputation of unconditional professionalism.

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