Europe series 2008 calendar and teams

Formula BMW Europe takes shape: Calendar and teams established. The 2008 motor racing season is taking shape. Preparations are underway for the start of Formula BMW Europe. This series is the result of merging the Formula BMW championships in ...

Formula BMW Europe takes shape: Calendar and teams established.

The 2008 motor racing season is taking shape. Preparations are underway for the start of Formula BMW Europe. This series is the result of merging the Formula BMW championships in Germany and the UK, boasts 100,000 Euros prize money and will hold seven races in the support programme of the elite FIA Formula One World Championship.

The provisional race calendar sees Barcelona's "Circuit de Catalunya" (ESP) as the stage for the first race of the season. On 27th April 2008, the talented juniors will take to the track to battle for the first points and victories. They will visit classic GP circuits like Silverstone, Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, as well as the winding Hungaroring in Budapest (HUN). The races in Valencia (ESP) will be a particular highlight, as the youngsters chase each other around a new street circuit. One of the eight Formula BMW Europe race weekends will take place outside of the F1 calendar. Precise dates will be announced later.

Before the most interesting entry-level series in single-seater racing gets underway, the scholarship course for the championship will take place at the Formula BMW Racing Center in Valencia on 22nd and 23rd October. The four most talented youngsters - "Formula BMW Europe Juniors" - will receive the coveted scholarships. The scholarship sum has been raised from 50, 000 to 75,000 Euros, to reflect the importance of this special support programme. Both "Rookie Cup" winners of the 2007 German and British Formula BMW series will also enjoy unique support, including participating in the unique Education and Coaching programme, if they take part in Formula BMW Europe.

Preregistration, which was necessary due to the size of demand, is now complete, and the 13 teams that will each enter three cars in 2008 Formula BMW Europe have been established. The list not only includes teams that have been committed to Formula BMW in the past, but also well-known GP2 racing teams. Before and during the season, up to six official two-day tests will be organised. Each team can take part in a maximum five tests. The actual race weekends include a free practice, qualifying, and two races (one on Saturday and one on Sunday), which give the drivers plenty of time to come to terms with the circuits.

BMW Motorsport Director Theissen says: "Formula BMW offers talented junior drivers more than just a car to drive. Our specially designed Education and Coaching programme teaches them everything they need to hold their own in the big world of motorsport. Formula BMW has developed into the top entry-level class in the world of single-seater racing, and has consolidated this role in recent years. We give the young drivers the tools they need to break through in higher Formula racing classes." <pre> Provisional calendar for Formula BMW Europe:

Date Event Venue 27th April GP Spain Barcelona 6th July GP Great Britain Silverstone 20th July GP Germany Hockenheim 3rd August GP Hungary Budapest 24th August GP Europe Valencia 7th September GP Belgium Spa-Francorchamps 14th September GP Italy Monza tbc tbc tbc

Participating teams in Formula BMW Europe:

Team Origin Commitment in 2007 AM-Holzer Rennsport GmbH GER Formula BMW Germany DAMS SAS FRA GP2 Eifelland Racing GER Formula BMW Germany Eurointernational ITA Formula BMW USA Fisichella Motor Sport Int. ITA GP2 Fortec Motorsport Ltd. GBR Formula BMW UK iSport International Ltd. GBR GP2 Josef Kaufmann Racing GER Formula BMW Germany Motaworld Racing GBR Formula BMW UK Mucke Motorsport GER Formula BMW Germany Racing Engineering ESP GP2 Raikkonen Robertson Racing GBR Formula BMW UK Team Loctite GBR Formula BMW UK </pre>.

Background:

Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level class in Formula racing. In 2007 series are being held in Germany, Great Britain, Asia and North America. Equal opportunities is the priority: the young drivers in all series are given the chance to take their first steps in the world of professional motor racing in identical FB02 cars. This racing car has been a feature on the grid since 2002 and has set new standards in safety technology in particular. The single-seater is powered by a 140bhp BMW engine and reaches 230 km/h. It also comfortably exceeds the safety requirements specified by motor sport's governing body FIA for its class and even matches Formula One standards. BMW Motorsport developed FORS (Formula Rescue Race Seat) specifically for Formula BMW. The HANS (Head and Neck Support) system is also obligatory for all drivers. The best-known alumni of this talent hothouse are Formula One drivers Timo Glock, Christian Klien, Nico Rosberg, Ralf Schumacher, Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel. The Formula BMW World Final will be held in Valencia from 23rd to 25th November 2007. On 22nd November, last year's winner, Christian Vietoris, will receive a test drive with the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Press Contact:

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Nico Rosberg , Christian Klien , Timo Glock , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Sutil , Christian Vietoris
Teams Sauber , Mücke Motorsport , DAMS , Racing Engineering