Reindler heads to Bahrain for F3 Showdown.

19-year-old Australian Formula 3 driver Karl Reindler will head to the desert of Bahrain this December, to tackle some of the world's best Formula 3 drivers in the inaugural Bahrain Formula 3 Super Prix.

Reindler will join up with the Swiss Racing Team for the Bahrain event, which will place the recently crowned Australian Formula 3 Champion up against some of the best Formula 3 competitors from Europe, Asia and South America in what will be the final F3 showdown for 2004.

It will be the first time that Reindler has competed outside of Australia or New Zealand in his short career, a tantalising prospect for the young West Australian who has his eyes firmly set on Formula One.

The event will be a good chance to Reindler to measure himself against the best worldwide F3 competitors, the capacity 32 car entry list a virtual who's who of 2004 Formula 3 winners.

British F3 champion Nelson Piquet Jr, Italian Champion Matteo Cressoni, F3 Euro series winner Jamie Green and champions from Japan and Spain will join their Australian counterpart at the event, which is set to become the unofficial world cup of F3 racing.

"Provided we can put the budget together for 2005, it will be a great chance to get an idea of what the competition is all about and an excellent opportunity to meet some of the other Formula 3 teams," commented the Australian Champion.

"It's going to be a big learning curve racing against the best Formula3 teams and drivers in the business but it will be a valuable experience and more seat time which is very important."

"We have already had a number of enquiries after wrapping up the championship at Indy, and I'm really excited about this event and the chance Swiss Racing Team has given me."

The Bahrain Super Prix could prove to be one of the most challenging F3 races of the season, with teams and drivers completing a 10-lap opening sprint before a demanding 20 lap final on the 5.44km Grand Prix circuit.

"I am looking forward to seeing the circuit. I have been working hard on my fitness of late, because it looks to be a long and very physically demanding circuit. The races are quite long as well, which will be an added challenge." he said.

After working with Reindler all season en route to the Australian Championship, team BRM owner Bronte Rundle was delighted that the Swiss Racing deal could be put together for the Bahrain event.

"It's going to be a fantastic opportunity for Karl to run on a world stage," commented Rundle. "We know that Karl will go over there and give his absolute best. If he does that he should be in with a chance at a really good result up against some of the best in Formula 3", he said.

The 2004 Bahrain F3 Super Prix will be run on December 9th and 10th.

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Karl Reindler is supported by UTS Geophysics, National Tyres, Winston Mining and AON Insurance.