EU: DAMS 2009 preview

DAMS announces its three drivers Today, DAMS starts a 2-day test session on the Barcelona circuit in preparation for its assault on the Formula BMW Europe Championship, which the team will be entering for the second year on the trot. The ...

DAMS announces its three drivers

Today, DAMS starts a 2-day test session on the Barcelona circuit in preparation for its assault on the Formula BMW Europe Championship, which the team will be entering for the second year on the trot. The majority of races are curtain raisers to the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

In 2008, DAMS finished sixth in the teams' ratings and this season it will bet on three drivers. With Jim Pla, Come Ledogar and Javier Tarancon it will combine experience and fieriness, so the French squad has high hopes for the coming season.

Eric Boullier, team manager: "This season we're involved in a Formula BMW Europe programme and another in the GP2 Series. We were able to manage these two programmes in 2008, and we'll take advantage of this experience to up our game in terms of performance. This double challenge is beneficial for DAMS which can -- as it does for its drivers -- produce talented engineers by giving them the right training. We think we've made the right choice th is year in Formula BMW with three cars entrusted to promising young drivers, and we can't wait to celebrate our first victory."

The 2009 DAMS drivers

Jim Pla: www.jim-pla.com
Brief biography
Nationality: French
Born: 6th October 1992 in Beziers
Height: 1,73m
Weight: 62 kilos
Member of the Gravity management programme

2003-2006: Karts, French Junior, then Cadet Champion.
2007: Auto Sport Academy, winner of the FFSA talent spotting programme. Youngest driver in the series: 4 rostrum finishes, 3 poles and 1 victory.
2008; Formula BMW with DAMS: 2 fourth places (Spa, Monza).

"It's my second season in the BMW Europe Championship with DAMS. Today, I know the team, the car and the circuits we'll race on very well. My aim is to be on the pace right from the start and fight at the front. Given my performances at the end of 2008, it looks pos sible."

Come Ledogar: http://come-ledogar.com

Brief biography
Nationality: French
Born: 23rd May 1991
Height: 1,76m
Weight: 65 kilos

2004-2008: Karts: Regional wins and several rostrum finishes.
2007: Winner of the Volant ACO/Autohebdo.
2008: Runner-up in the Formula Academy Euro Series.

"I'm very happy to be driving for DAMS, which enjoys such an excellent reputation. The Formula BMW Europe Championship is of a very high standard and my aim is to show I'm competitive on a step-by-step basis. I'll do my best to understand the car and get used to the team's working methods as quickly as possible. Having Jim with us is a plus as his experience will be a great help."

Javier Tarancon: www.javiertarancon.com

Brief biography
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 23rd Novem ber 1991 in Barcelona.
Height: 1,70m
Weight: 56 kilos

2002-2007: Karts. Second in the 2004 Spanish Championship, sixth in the Junior Champions' race in 2005, second in the WSK International Series, third in the European KF2 Championship and the 2007 Asia-Pacific Championship.
2008: Autosport Academy: 6 rostrum finishes.

"I felt at home the very first time I drove the Formula BMW single-seater. My engineer led me to believe that it'd be possible, even if I am a rookie, to shine in my first season. That's my 2009 objective."

DAMS test sessions for the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season Before the curtain raiser at the Spanish Grand Prix, the teams entered in the Formula BMW Europe Series will be able to test on some of the most demanding circuits in the championship.

2nd - 3rd March: Barcelona, Spain (collective test)
10th -- 11th March: Monza, Italy (collective test)
17th - 18th - 19th March: Silver stone, Great Britain (collective test)
30th -- 31st March: Nurburgring, Germany (collective test)
6th -- 7th April: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (collective test)
20th -- 21st May: Hungaroring, Hungary (collective test)

-credit: dams

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Côme Ledogar , Javier Tarancon
Teams DAMS