AP: Meritus Racing preparing 2004 driver line-up

2003 Formula BMW Asia champions are preparing to select their 2004 driver line-up, with driver evaluation sessions being held at Sepang F1 Circuit, Malaysia. The team will be running their Formula BMW Asia cars as well as their Asian Formula ...

2003 Formula BMW Asia champions are preparing to select their 2004 driver line-up, with driver evaluation sessions being held at Sepang F1 Circuit, Malaysia. The team will be running their Formula BMW Asia cars as well as their Asian Formula Renaults, as these are the 2 categories Meritus will focus on this year.

A private session will take place on January 7-9, followed by another 3-day session on January 27-29 which is open for applicants. Further dates may be scheduled for February. Interested drivers must be aged 15 or older, and hold a valid International C racing license.

The 3 day sessions will not only be used for driver selection. All participants will receive racecraft instruction from Meritus' European racing coach, as well as car set-up and data analysis instruction from our European engineers.

Participants will also be considered for the Meritus scholarship program, which awards winners between US$50,000 to US$75,000 to race with Meritus. Scholarship conditions depend on the racer, the Meritus selection committee and Meritus' primary sponsors. The fastest racers will not necessarily be the most likely candidates, as Meritus' goal is to maximise a driver's potential, so a mediocre racer which shows great potential and motivation would also have a good chance.

Meritus will be carrying a few of their 2003 drivers into the 2004 season, and the final driver line-up will be announced before the first race in March. Competition for remaining spaces is expected to be fierce, as Meritus is the most successful Formula racing team in Asia, having won 13 titles in 7 years. Meritus has also helped 3 Asian drivers into Formula 1, the most recent being Chinese racer Tung Ho-Pin, who tested with BMW.Williams F1 after completely dominating the 2003 Formula BMW Asia series with 10 wins out of 14 races with Meritus. Tung became the first Chinese racer to drive a Formula 1 car. Please visit www.MeritusRacing.com for more details.

"After visiting the BMW.Williams F1 factory in Grove I can say that there are of course a lot of differences with my Meritus team, but also a lot of similarities. Both are aiming to obtain the highest quality standards for their cars and team. Meritus has really helped me prepare for the highest level of racing [F1] with their professionalism," said Tung after his visit to the Williams Headquarters for seat, pedals and steering wheel fitting.

-www.MeritusRacing.com

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ho-Pin Tung
Teams Williams