Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Formula BMW Pacific has announced the final round of the 2008 season will be run as part of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix from November 13 to 16, giving the region's finest junior single seater racers a unique ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Formula BMW Pacific has announced the final round of the 2008 season will be run as part of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix from November 13 to 16, giving the region's finest junior single seater racers a unique opportunity to tackle the legendary Guia street circuit.
In what will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the successful entry-level formula, the Formula BMW Pacific season finale will also be open to drivers from Formula BMW Europe and Formula BMW Americas, creating a grid of the world's brightest fledgling stars.
The addition of the Macau fixture bolsters an already-impressive Formula BMW Pacific calendar which also includes support races at no fewer than three rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship this year in Malaysia, Singapore and Shanghai.
The Macau Grand Prix race programme includes the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, the unofficial "world cup" of the category, which has been won in the past by former Formula One Champions Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
BMW SauberF1 Team drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld both competed at Macau. Heidfeld took pole position in 1996, while Kubica's 2004 performance, which saw him finish 2nd, brought him to the attention of Dr. Theissen.
The chance to compete on the demanding Guia Circuit and gain experience which could very well prove pivotal to a young driver's career in the future will be irresistible to all the Formula BMW drivers, and demand for places at Macau is expected to be high.
Says Kubica: "Macau is one of my favorite tracks. It is a great opportunity for young drivers on one of the most challenging tracks in the world. It has some very quick corners. If you have not raced here you have missed something. If I would get the chance to race it in a Formula BMW I would love to do it."
The Macau Grand Prix race programme also includes the final round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC). For the last three years, the championship title has been won at Macau by BMW driver Andy Priaulx. BMW cars won Macau's Guia Race, the forerunner to the FIA WTCC, 16 times in over 33 years.
The 6.2km Guia Circuit, which is just seven metres at its narrowest point, is a mixture of fast straights, a series of complex kinks at the back of the circuit, and the famous tight hairpin bend. The high-speed precision it demands requires a cool head and, with virtually no runoff areas, the Armco barriers and walls are unforgiving of the smallest driver error.
A practice session is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, with qualifying on the Saturday afternoon, and the 10-lap race to be held on Sunday morning.
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