The stakes have been raised for this months' Macau Grand Prix - International Formula 3 Korea Grand Prix double header. A cash prize of US$100,000 has been put up by UK-based Motor Race Consultants (MRC) for any driver who wins both legs of both races.
MRC's Barry Bland commented, "It would be a huge achievement for any driver to win both races outright in itself, but the jackpot will add even more excitement to both events. A driver who is able to achieve this would certainly deserve the bonus, and the funds would help further his career next year."
"Becoming Formula 3 world champion, winning South Korea's first international motor race, and picking up US$100,000 bonus in the process would be a memorable way to celebrate the new millennium" he continued.
The new Changwon Circuit in South Korea will host its inaugural F3 event on November 28, which will feature the top Formula 3 drivers from around the globe, as well as the newly-crowned F3 world champion. Up against this dauntingly talented group will be three of Korea's leading drivers; Alan Cho, with Indigo Racing Team, Kim Jung Soo, with Eagle Racing Team, and Lee Myong Mok, with Carlin Motorsport.
Alan Cho, 27, began his racing career in 1993 karting in Australia. In 1995, Cho competed in Formula Ford in Australia and, despite battling with financial difficulties, managed three podium finishes.
He continued to compete in Formula Ford in 1996 and was lining up a drive with Hyundai Motorsport's BTCC campaign, when signs of an economic recession in Korea forced the cancellation of the programme.
At the end of 1997, Cho was invited to drive in the Korean Formula 1800 Demonstration Series. He dominated the series winning three out of four races from pole position. In 1998 he finished the Korean Formula 1800 Championship 3rd overall, and this year leads the championship.
Lee Myong Mok began racing in 1987 in Korea, notching up a number of wins in national events. In 1992, Lee competed in two rounds of the South-Japan Nissan March events, finishing 7th in his first overseas race.
Lee continues to compete in Korea in both the national touring car series and the Formula 1800 championship. He took the touring car titles in both 1996 and 1997, and was runner-up in the series last year. Also in 1998, Lee won the Formula 1800 series.
Practice sessions for the International F3 Korea Grand Prix, the last Formula 3 race of this century, begin on November 26, with the two-race Grand Prix scheduled for November 28.