Promatecme Karters Kimi Sato (16, Japan) and Marcus Weller (17,Banbury) leaned today that they have both won coveted Formula BMW Junior Scholarships for 2006. The awards follow a 2 day assessment at the challenging Valencia ...
Promatecme Karters Kimi Sato (16, Japan) and Marcus Weller (17,Banbury) leaned today that they have both won coveted Formula BMW Junior Scholarships for 2006.
The awards follow a 2 day assessment at the challenging Valencia Circuit in Spain in October. The young stars are among 5 selected for the prizes, which gives each of them significant financial support towards the 2006 Formula BMW UK Championship, the World's finest training ground for young drivers. As neither of them has raced in cars before, which is one of the criteria for the award, they will both be participating in the Rookie Cup of the Championship, fought out over 10 double header race weekends starting in April 2006.
Kimi said "I'm proud and delighted to have won this scholarship, and am really looking forward to being the first Japanese driver to race in the Formula BMW UK Championship"
Marcus said "This Championship is definitely the best learning formula for young drivers, and I'm really proud to have been selected by BMW. Now I can't wait for the first race!"
Team owner Chris Weller said "I'm so delighted for the boys, they've both done a great job this year in the Karts and I'm sure they will be great racers and ambassadors for BMW next year. We've seen in 2005 what a comprehensive package BMW have for the young drivers and I am absolutely convinced that this is the best place for them to learn their trade. No other formula anywhere offers anything like the level of training and support these guys will get. But this news has decimated the Kart team! Now we've got to work on finding two more drivers who can do the same job for us again next year."