In its third consecutive year, the World Series by Nissan del 2004 has been presented in Madrid with 20 confirmed drivers and the best TV package ever.
Madrid, 25 March 2004 -- With the arrival of the last-minute confirmed drivers, Ralph Firman (Gabord Competicion) and Marc Hynes (Carlin Motorsport), the official entry-list of the 2004 World Series by Nissan will be formed by 20 drivers. "The Best List of Drivers in the last times, "said RPM Racing Boss, Jaime Alguersuari quite touched.
Indeed, the TV Coverage will be the best since RPM started the business in 1998. The World Series by Nissan will have LIVE coverage in Spain (TVE), France (Sport +/Canal + and AB Moteurs), Southamerica and partially in the U.S. through ESPN.
Eurosport will include the best 10 minutes of Highlights in its prime time sports magazine "Motorsport Weekend", on Sunday, the same day of the race.
Pre-recorded diffusion through J Sky Sports (Japan) and resums in Italy (Nuvolari TV), Italia, the Finish channel YLE Finland TV2 and again, France, with TF1 AUTO MOTO, and Motors TV.
TV Coverage also includes live retransmissions in India with de Ten Sports and 26 minutes of highlights in Dubai Sports Channel.
So far, there are eleven drivers in the World Series Light category, with the Italian Matteo Pelegrino as one of the serious Title contenders. Ananda Mikola has failed to secure his drive with RC Motorsport and the Team has signed a deal with Juan Antonio del Pino, the current F Junior Champion.
The President of RPM Racing has made a special mention to the future in the 18 young drivers (aged between 15 and 17) from the Spanish Formula Junior Championship.
One million Euro will be distributed amongst the WS Teams (700 000), the winner of the WSL (180 000) and the three top drivers of the F Junior (60 000, 36 000 and 24 000).
The Calendar will have 18 races (9 meetings) starting at Jarama (28 March), Zolder (25 April), Magny Cours (23 May), Valencia (20 June), Lausitzring (8 August), Estoril (19 September), Barcelona (3 October), Valencia (17 October) y Zhuhai (31 October).
Gilles Normand, President of Nissan Motor España, has confirmed today that together with his two partners, Renault, and RPM, they are in talks for the future of the WS "Obviously we feel very proud of being part of the genesis and the success of the WS, but this is not a project that shall stay in the hands of a Spanish company, so we are looking for a solution of future, at this point the Series has transferred our boundaries long time ago."
RPM Boss has confirmed that in 2005, the car will have the same chassis and the same engine, in order to content the costs and favour the Teams. But an aerodynamic pack is already in mind of Alguersuari to improve the Dallara Nissan performance.
If the weather stays shinny, the 49 drivers of this history will give the best show that we may have seen in the Jarama, in the late years.