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AUSF3: Team BRM announces expansion with Opes Prime

Three-time Australian Formula 3 Championship winning outfit Team BRM has today confirmed a major expansion of its Formula 3 program though a new partnership with Opes Prime. This follows Opes Prime's support for the team in 2007. The team will...

Three-time Australian Formula 3 Championship winning outfit Team BRM has today confirmed a major expansion of its Formula 3 program though a new partnership with Opes Prime. This follows Opes Prime's support for the team in 2007.

The team will run three Opes Prime / Dallara F307 -- Mercedes Benz Chassis in the 2008 Australian Drivers Championship and one F304 car in the expanded National Class competition.

All entries will be competing heavily for the Championship Class prize of $80,000 or negotiated drive in the Asian V6 series the following year and the National Class prize of $40,000 or a negotiated Championship Class drive for the 2009 season.

The team is also pleased to announce that Irishman Lee Farrell has been confirmed for the Opes Prime / BRM F304 National Class entry, whilst there is fierce competition for the three remaining 2008 season drives in Team BRMs new F307 chassis.

24-year old Farrell is a former multiple Irish karting champion and finished third in the 2005 Asian F3 scholarship class despite missing the first two rounds.

"We have a strong package this year, the atmosphere within the team is really good and I can't wait to get back in the car," Farrell said.

"Also when you consider what is on offer for the champion in each class this should be a really big year for me and the championship"

All the Mercedes powered F307's have been sourced from both the Signature and Prema Poweteam F3 Euroseries operations ensuring top-class machinery for their 2008 campaign.

To finalise the plans for 2008, the team has also recently ordered the construction of a new transporter to support the team on-track and is also on the hunt for new personnel to work in its expanded operation.

The transporter / trailer will be the size of a V8 Supercar pantech however will be modelled on the Open-Wheel specific examples utilised in European racing.

The plans complete a major period of expansion for the Adelaide-based team that will once again run several cars in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

"We are very pleased to announce our 2008 plans," Team BRM director Mark Rundle said.

"Our relationship with Anthony and Opes Prime in the second half of the 2007 season has produced several wins and podiums and has been very successful -- something we are confident will carry on into the next season."

"We are looking forward to getting the new cars in Australia and launching a very strong campaign to win our fourth championship."

"We have also had the chance to meet and work with Lee throughout this season and we are very pleased to work with him next season with the aim of winning the National Class title as well as the Gold Star." Rundle added.

Anthony Blumberg, Opes Prime executive director said: "2007 was a huge learning curve for our first season in Formula 3 but we feel the partnership that we have entered with Team BRM will be a prosperous venture for both groups involved.

"We're particularly excited to support Team BRM in 2008 and see the team in line with Opes Prime - both young ventures with great teams that aspire to dominate our respective areas of expertise. As we move more aggressively into the Australian market, we believe our support of Team BRM will pay dividends in exposing the Opes Prime brand to the Australian public."

Opes Prime / Team BRM driver Barton Mawer will race at Oran Park, next weekend, in the final round of the 2007 championship.

Team BRM is currently seeking a new #1 Mechanic to work with their expanded team in 2008, as well as drivers looking to race at the very front of the 2008 Australian Formula 3 Championship. About Opes Prime: Opes Prime specializes in providing securities lending and equity financing, trade execution, structured products, corporate advisory and asset management services to sophisticated market players, including other stockbrokers, banks, advisers, fund managers, corporations and individuals. Opes Prime has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore. Additional information is available at www.opesprime.com.

-credit: brm/race-torque.com

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