35 drivers compete at the Formula BMW World Final in Valencia - Vietoris and Farfus test with BMW Sauber F1 Team.
From 23 to 25 November 2007, some of the best young motorsport talents from around the world will be meeting in Valencia (ESP). As they battle it out in the Formula BMW World Final, all of them will have their eye on one thing: the chance to win a test drive for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. That is the unique prize awaiting the winner of Valencia's unusual race final, which this year takes place for the third time.
The chance to win a top calibre test drive is not all that has made the Formula BMW World Final the highlight of every Formula BMW season: the event at Valencia also guarantees contestants plenty of time on the track before the racing year draws to a close. Drivers aged 15 and upwards will be able to broaden their horizons by seeing how they measure up against competitors from around the world. For many of them the event in Spain will be their last in the Standard FB02 automobile before they take their Formula BMW experience into the higher formula race series.
Anyone wanting victory on the 3.1km Spanish circuit will have to prove their skills in a number of events that weekend: Friday sees the qualifying followed by the Super Pole competition, while on Saturday drivers will be scoring points in the six heats to decide their starting positions for Sunday's race. Top contenders will have to be successful in several events.
Candidates for victory in Valencia are numerous. Three of the four winners of this year's Formula BMW Championships in Germany, the UK, Asia and North America will be joining the action: Formula BMW Germany champion Jens Klingmann (GER) will be joined in the world final by four of his hottest pursuants - Daniel Campos-Hull (ESP), Philipp Eng (AUT), Adrien Tambay (FRA) and Marco Wittmann (GER). Meanwhile, BMW USA champion Daniel Morad (CAN), the UK series' runner-up Josef Kral (CZE) and Henry Arundel (GBR) will also be jockeying for position. From Formula BMW Asia, champion Zahir Ali (IND) will be joining the ranks along with Jazeman Jafaar (MAL), Rookie of the Year and beaten to the title by just one point.
As the event progresses, the 35 drivers from 19 nations will be able to gain a more complete picture of what they can expect if they win: the BMW Sauber F1 Team will captivate spectators with demonstration laps throughout the weekend. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen will be following the action live, along with Nick Heidfeld (GER), Timo Glock (GER won the German Formula BMW series in 2001) and Sebastian Vettel (GER, won the German Formula BMW series in 2004) from Formula 1.
By this Thursday, Christian Vietoris (GER) will be taking the Formula One test he earned by winning the 2006 Formula BMW World Final. That same day will also see Brazilian touring car works driver Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany) given an opportunity to test with the BMW Sauber F1 Team. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen explains:
"In his first year, Augusto Farfus has settled extremely well into our BMW fold and is already a fully integrated member of BMW Team Germany. This season he delivered very powerful performances. If he hadn't had to abandon the race in Macau following a collision through no fault of his own, he would certainly have been in the running for the World Championship title. In recognition of Augusto's achievements, we want to give him the chance to test our Formula One car for a few hours in the run-up to the Formula BMW World Final. It also underlines our philosophy of forging links between our motor sport projects: after Jorg Muller, Dirk Muller, Andy Priaulx and Alessandro Zanardi, Augusto Farfus will be the fifth touring car driver to get behind the wheel of one of our Formula One racers."