2006 World Final to be held in Valencia

Formula BMW World Final 2006 to be held in Valencia. Munich/Valencia, May 12. The date and venue for the 2006 Formula BMW World Final have been decided. The highlight of the four international Formula BMW series, the final, will be held at the...

Formula BMW World Final 2006 to be held in Valencia.

Munich/Valencia, May 12. The date and venue for the 2006 Formula BMW World Final have been decided. The highlight of the four international Formula BMW series, the final, will be held at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia from November 24 to 26, 2006. Here Formula BMW drivers from all four series will be competing for overall victory and the kind of prize that all young racing talents surely dream of: a Formula One test drive with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen, "We are very pleased to be staging another Formula BMW World Final after the successful premiere in Bahrain last year. In 2006 we will again be offering an attractive platform for all drivers, teams and sponsors involved."

The Formula BMW World Final thus enters its second year in 2006. The first World Final was held in December 2005 at the Bahrain International Circuit and saw 17- year-old Marco Holzer triumphing over 34 drivers from 15 nations.

Before the year is out, Holzer will receive his reward for winning the title when he is invited to take a test drive with the BMW Sauber F1 Team. "I can hardly wait to climb inside the Formula One car," says Holzer. "Since winning the Formula BMW World Final in Bahrain, I've been pushing myself even harder. It's my neck muscles I'm working on above all, to make sure I can cope with the crushing g-forces."

As Theissen explains, "It's a case of expanding Marco's motor sport horizons. This initial taster is meant to give him an impression of the tremendous forces that a Formula One race car exerts on the driver."

An entertaining support program will accompany the 2006 Formula BMW World Final. Among other attractions, the BMW Sauber F1.06 will clock up a few laps of the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. The association between BMW Motorsport and the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo goes back five years: the license and selection courses for the Formula BMW series have been held at the Formula BMW Racing Center next to the track since 2002.

Background:

Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level class in Formula racing. In 2006 the series will be held in Germany, the UK, Asia and the USA. Up-and-coming drivers as young as 15-years old are given the opportunity of entering motor racing with the high-tech, standard FB02 race car.

The FB02 race car has been seen on the grid since 2002 and has set standards particularly on the safety technology front. The single-seater is powered by a 140 bhp BMW engine, reaching speeds up to 140 mph and exceeds the FIA safety requirements for its class. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS (Formula Rescue Race Seat) especially for Formula BMW. The HANS (Head and Neck Support) safety system is also mandatory.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Marco Holzer , Mario Theissen
Teams Sauber