World Final pre-race notes

Formula One meets young talent at the DELL Formula BMW World Final. Munich, November 20, 2006... The first free practice session on Friday at 09:00hrs kicks off the most important Formula BMW race weekend of the 2006 season. Thirty seven...

Formula One meets young talent at the DELL Formula BMW World Final.

Munich, November 20, 2006... The first free practice session on Friday at 09:00hrs kicks off the most important Formula BMW race weekend of the 2006 season. Thirty seven talented young drivers will compete in the DELL Formula BMW World Final. The driver who emerges as the winner after qualifying, three intermediate heats and the exciting final will have a Formula One test with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

However, before the participants get into the cockpits of the Formula BMW FB02 cars, they will get the chance to witness the unique excitement of the winner's prize. On the Thursday last year's Formula BMW World Final champion, Marco Holzer (GER), will complete his test for the BMW Sauber F1 Team at the "Circuit de la Comunitat". The 18-year-old is determined to leave a good impression on the engineers during his maiden Formula One outing. With this test, Holzer achieves the highlight of his motor racing career to date as he has a common goal with all the competitors in the Formula BMW series in Germany, Great Britain, Asia and North America: All young racers want to make it into Formula One during their career.

Following the appearance of the 2005 champion, the BMW Sauber F1 Team will also entertain the fans at the World Final on Saturday and Sunday with some very special test drives. Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) celebrates his comeback at the wheel of a Formula One car. The 40-year-old will take to the track in a 2006 BMW Sauber F1.06 that has been specially modified for him. The modifications include just one pedal for braking on the right side of the car and the accelerator on the shift paddle on the left side of the cockpit. In this year's World Touring Car Championship, Zanardi created many "magic moments". In addition to several podium finishes, he claimed his second world championship victory at Istanbul.

On Friday at 15:35hrs local time (14:35hrs GMT) the DELL Formula BMW World Final participants need to be completely focused for the first time, when Group 1 of the entries will start qualifying at the 4.005-kilometre track. The qualifying session for Group 2 is scheduled for 16:20hrs. On Saturday, the competition format has a super pole competition featuring the top-eight qualifiers and four heats are on the agenda. Two more heats follow on Saturday, before the lights go out for the 2006 DELL Formula One World Final at 14:30hrs on Sunday.

-credit: Formula BMW USA

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Marco Holzer
Teams Sauber