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Increased winner potential Kevin Magnussen will travel to Hockenheim with boosted confidence. In the fifth and sixth round of the 2010 ATS Formula 3 Cup season, held this weekend at the tradition-rich circuit, the Dane is a driver you ...

Increased winner potential

Kevin Magnussen will travel to Hockenheim with boosted confidence. In the fifth and sixth round of the 2010 ATS Formula 3 Cup season, held this weekend at the tradition-rich circuit, the Dane is a driver you definitely should keep an eye on. After all, the 17-year old stole the show from the established drivers, in his Formula 3 Euro Series guest appearance on the Whitsun weekend.

The ATS Formula 3 season has only just begun but the excitement already is increasing. With just four races contested, a fierce battle for the top position seems to be in the offing. And one thing can be taken for granted: a thrilling fight between the established drivers and the greedy rookies. Currently, the top-four positions are held by two experienced drivers and two ATS Formula 3 Cup newcomers.

Three weeks ago, the ATS Formula 3 Cup field provided a truly great show at the Sachsenring. The 32.000 spectators were thrilled by the numerous battles and overtaking manoeuvres. While Tom Dillmann secured his back-to-back wins in rather superior style, the action behind the Frenchman truly wowed the crowds. Dillmann travels to Hockenheim as championship leader but his toughest rivals follow close behind. At the end of the day, the gap between Dillmann and the fourth-placed driver adds up to less than 10 points.

So, the fifth and sixth rounds of the season could change the situation. Possibly in favour of the rookies Daniel Abt or Jan Magnussen. Both the German and the Dane secured three podiums, to date, in their first Formula 3 season. And both say: "In Formula 3, a good grid position is crucial. Securing the pole position is half the battle won." So, good results in the two qualifying sessions represent the basis for successful races.

The runner-up of the 2009 season is under pressure. Therefore, you may look forward to the revenge of Stef Dusseldorp. At the Sachsenring, the Dutchman mulled the start, ruined his tyres while trying to make up for the lost ground and in the end, he failed to score.

Nonetheless, the four top-place drivers aren't the only ones that hope to deliver at Hockenheim. 12 drivers succeeded in scoring points, in the first four rounds of the season, among them Sweden's Felix Rosenquist who even finished runner-up, in one of the races. And who would claim that he hasn't got the chance of winning at Hockenheim?

The ATS Formula 3 Cup appearance at the Hockenheimring once again will underline the strength of the series, with 24 Formula 3 vehicles making for an impressive starting grid. Meanwhile Team URD Rennsport from Grafenau will make its Cup debut, at Hockenheim. The Dallara-Mercedes of the squad will be raced by Nico Monien. Last year, the 20-year old celebrated one ATS Formula 3 Cup win and secured a total of six podiums - one of them at Hockenheim.

The teams and drivers of Germany's fastest single-seater series are offered the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Hockenheimring as early as on Thursday, 27th May. In turns with the ADAC Formula Masters and the British Formula 3 Championship, the ATS Formula 3 Cup may test throughout the day.

-source: formel3.de

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Series F3
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Tom Dillmann , Stef Dusseldorp , Kevin Magnussen , Nico Monien , Daniel Abt