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ATS: Series 2009 preview

2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup - Compact, powerful, fast The three catchwords compact, powerful and fast perfectly describe the coming ATS Formula 3 Cup season. 18 sprint races held on nine race weekends - that's the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup. And over the...

2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup - Compact, powerful, fast

The three catchwords compact, powerful and fast perfectly describe the coming ATS Formula 3 Cup season. 18 sprint races held on nine race weekends - that's the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup. And over the course of this season, Germany's fastest single-seater series is going to race at every permanent German racetrack - and at the TT Circuit in Assen, Netherlands.

The new event package called 'ADAC Masters Weekend' represents the basis for the ATS Formula 3 Cup. Husky GT vehicles, fast single-seater series and close-to-production touring result in a spectacular mix that will be attractive for every motor-racing enthusiast. From this season, the ATS Formula 3 Cup teams an drivers will not only have the chance of preparing for the remainder of the weekend in a 60-minute practice session - at the same time, the race distance has been extended to 30 minutes. While the two qualifying sessions for race one and two remained untouched and still are limited to 30 minutes.

Both the season kick-off - on the Easter weekend - and the season finale in mid-October will be held at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. And the ATS Formula 3 Cup is going to hold a third race weekend there, in 2009. In June, the circuit located in the Magdeburger Borde region will be the venue of the seventh and eighth Cup rounds, held in the support programme of the FIA GT Championship.

Another season highlight will take place earlier in the season: in May, the ATS Formula 3 Cup will race in the Eifel region, as part of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race's support programme that represents a proven platform for the single-seater series. Another traditional event on the ATS Formula 3 Cup calendar is the Rizla Race day at Assen, Netherlands, that uses to attract a crowd of more than 40,000 Dutch motor-racing enthusiasts. And in September, the Cup young guns may look forward to another highlight. Then, they will have to demonstrate their skills at the Sachsenring, an extremely challenging circuit when it comes to the driving skills. With its fast sections and its significant differences in altitude, the racetrack located close to Zwickau forces the drivers to take themselves to their very limits.

Altogether, the events and venues for the 2009 race calendar were selected advisedly. The season beginning on 13th April and ending on 18th October hasn't got any back-to-back events, consequently, there will always be at least one weekend off, between two events. Furthermore, scheduling conflicts with other national motor-racing events were avoided as far as possible.

-credit: formel3.de

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