UK: Michael Patrizi 2006 preseason news

AMSF backing for Patrizi in 2006 Additional backing and a new website for Patrizi with Round 1 this weekend Michael Patrizi's attack on the 2006 Formula BMW UK Championship has been further boosted with the news that the young Australian has ...

AMSF backing for Patrizi in 2006
Additional backing and a new website for Patrizi with Round 1 this weekend

Michael Patrizi's attack on the 2006 Formula BMW UK Championship has been further boosted with the news that the young Australian has secured official backing from the Australian Motor Sport Foundation. With the opening round of the season this weekend, Patrizi is pleased to confirm the support of the AMSF, in what will be the young Australian racing driver's biggest year yet.

The Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF) is an initiative of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) to support and nurture the careers of young Australian racing drivers who are competing overseas. The AMSF seeks to ensure AMSF-supported drivers are able to reach their full potential in international competition.

Patrizi is excited and privileged to be joining Subaru World Rally Team driver Chris Atkinson and Team Australia Champ Car pilot Will Power as overseas-based Australians backed by the AMSF. The full AMSF squad of drivers is to be announced by CAMS in the coming weeks. Former drivers backed by the AMSF include James Courtney and Will Davison, who both tested Formula 1 cars while racing open-wheel categories in Europe.

Patrizi welcomes this exciting news as he prepares for the opening round of the Formula BMW UK Championship, to be held at the classic Brands Hatch circuit on April 8-9.

"I am both honoured and excited to receive this prestigious backing," said Patrizi. "The AMSF is a fantastic scheme that has helped many young Australians while they have been racing in Europe. I am very thankful that the AMSF has rewarded me with the honour of this support."

"Last year was a big step forward in my career. While racing in the Formula BMW Asia Championship in 2005, the AMSF kept a close eye on my progress. I am very glad that they have seen fit to reward the hard work and effort that saw me finish second and top rookie in that series."

Patrizi has already confirmed major support from BMW Motorsport for his 2006 campaign in what is a fully-funded deal in the Formula BMW UK Championship. The 21-year-old will be working hard this year to payback the confidence instilled in him by BMW Motorsport and the AMSF.

"I realise the privileged position I am in and I am working as hard as I can on every aspect of my driving to make this year my best yet," said Patrizi. "Good results and solid pace this year is the best way to repay the faith that has been shown in me."

Patrizi also welcomes a host of personal sponsors on board for 2006, in world famous sunglasses brand Von Zipper, prestigious London BMW dealership Park Lane BMW, the world's largest independent motorsport agency Sutton Images and one of Australia's premier helmet painters Rod Gilchrist Helmet Painting.

Patrizi has also launched his own website, where all the latest news, race reports and photos from Michael's racing can be viewed at www.michaelpatrizi.com.

-cj-

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers James Courtney , Will Davison , Will Power , Chris Atkinson , Michael Patrizi