USA: Inaugural World Final preview

FORMULA BMW USA Drivers gear up for World Final Woodcliff Lake, NJ - October 18, 2005-- The inaugural Formula BMW World Final is now firmly on the agenda of many of the Formula BMW USA drivers. For those drivers that have chosen to accept the ...

FORMULA BMW USA Drivers gear up for World Final

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - October 18, 2005-- The inaugural Formula BMW World Final is now firmly on the agenda of many of the Formula BMW USA drivers. For those drivers that have chosen to accept the challenge, the World Final will provide a unique opportunity to pit themselves against the best Formula BMW drivers in the world. Formula BMW is a global program with Championships not only in North America, but also in Germany, the UK and Asia.

>From December 13-16, the first Formula BMW World Final is to be held on the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). Racing in a tournament format, the young drivers of the four series will be competing not only for a US $60,000 purse but also for the winner's prize: a Formula One test drive.

The international flavour of Formula BMW USA is readily apparent with not only drivers from the USA flying to the island state of Bahrain, but also talented young racers from Canada, Australia and Italy finding their way to compete for the ultimate Championship in its class.

The Formula BMW USA Championship was decided at Road Atlanta at the end of September and seven drivers have registered for the World Final:

Third in Championship and Rookie points, Formula BMW USA Junior Robert Wickens (16) from Etobicoke, Canada and Matt Lee (16) from Syosset, NY will line up with Team Autotecnica. Formula BMW USA Junior Reed Stevens (20), fourth in the Championship, from Palo Alto, Calif.; sixth in the Overall points James Davison (19) from Kew Victoria, Australia; and 10th place finisher Race Johnson (17) will be racing with Meritus. Fifth in the Championship points Edoardo Piscopo (17) from Rome, Italy will compete with his team EuroInternational; and Formula BMW USA Junior Adrien Herberts (16) from Coquitlam, Canada will run with the Atlantic Racing Team.

Edoardo Piscopo, winner of three races, says, The World Final will be a unique opportunity for both teams and drivers to show their real potential. After having a great experience in Formula BMW USA, I aim to be a front-runner." And he adds, "This is an event where it is not only important to be fast, but where consistency will make a difference. I believe racing against the top drivers of all the Formula BMW series will make all of us push even harder to show who is the champion of champions!"

"I am extremely excited to be able to take part in such a spectacular event," said Adrien Herberts. "The World Final is the perfect place for a young driver to showcase his skill. The event is held in an outstanding facility, with world-wide media attention, and a high level of talent participating. The grand prize is reason to go in itself, as the chance to test in a Formula One car is an opportunity that cannot be passed up by any young driver."

Constructed in 2003/04, the BIC is already regarded as of one of the finest racing facilities in the world, making it the ideal setting for this Formula BMW season finale. The weather conditions in Bahrain in December are ideal for racing. Therefore, BMW has booked the circuit for the four days following the World Final, making it available for teams who wish to use this as a testing opportunity.

Background: Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level class in Formula racing. In 2005 the series will be held in Germany, the UK, Asia and the USA. Up-and-coming drivers as young as 15-years-old are given the opportunity of entering motor racing with the high-tech, standard FB02 race car.

This racing car has been seen on the grid since 2002 and has set standards particularly on the safety technology front. The single-seater is propelled by a 140 bhp BMW engine up to 140 mph and exceeds by far the safety requirements for its class. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS Formula Rescue Race Seat especially for Formula BMW. The HANS safety system is also mandatory.

In 2005, Formula BMW will be staged five times as part of the Formula One support program. All the series offer a multifaceted Education and Coaching Program as well as sponsorship for promising racing talents. The best-known alumni of this talent hothouse are Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien.

BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen: "Formula BMW offers talented young drivers more than just a car. In the Education and Coaching Program we have designed specially for them, they learn everything they need to know to hold their own in the big wide world of motor racing. Formula BMW has shot out of the blocks to become the top entry-level class for Formula racing worldwide."

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Christian Klien , Reed Stevens , Adrien Herberts , Mario Theissen , Matt Lee