Wolfsburg. Eight drivers from six nations -- Volkswagen's international line-up for the Formula 3 Euro Series is complete. The signing of Cong Fu Cheng from China concludes Volkswagen's driver selection process. In the Europe-wide championship the...
Wolfsburg. Eight drivers from six nations -- Volkswagen's international line-up for the Formula 3 Euro Series is complete. The signing of Cong Fu Cheng from China concludes Volkswagen's driver selection process. In the Europe-wide championship the 23-year-old Cheng will be piloting a Dallara F308 Volkswagen powered by a two-litre engine from Wolfsburg that delivers about 210 hp.
As engine supplier Volkswagen equips a total of eight junior racers: Maximilian Gotz (Germany) and Jens Klingmann (Germany) as well as Cong Fu Cheng (China) and Martin Plowman (Great Britain) will compete for the Italian Team RC Motorsport, for the French Signature squad, the Red Bull juniors Stefano Coletti (Monaco) and Jean Karl Vernay (France) as well as Franck Mailleux (France) and Eduardo Mortara (France/Italy) will contest the series.
"Cong Fu Cheng prevailed against his competitors in our evaluation course thanks to his speed and experience. He ranks among Asia's top motorsport talent," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "This marks the completion of the line-up we've been shooting for. The time up to the season opener in April we will use to jointly - and carefully - prepare ourselves with the eight juniors and the two teams. After tests with the new evolution stage of our engine the drivers' agenda will also include fitness training and team building."
Cheng, who hails from Beijing and now lives in Oxford, U.K., looks forward to the collaboration. "I'm very happy about the opportunity to contest the Formula 3 Euro Series with support from Volkswagen," says Cheng, who is also known as "Frankie". "I will give everything to be successful with Volkswagen. My goal is to be able to fight for podium places as soon as possible." Previously, the 23-year-old was contesting the British Formula 3 Championship and he is currently representing China's colours in the A1GP racing series in which he already clinched a podium result.
After promising tests last year, 2008 will see Volkswagen participating in all the rounds of the Formula 3 Euro Series for the first time. The season of the championship that features a strong field and fierce fighting will kick off together with the DTM at Hockenheim on 12/13 April, comprising a total of 20 races on ten weekends in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain.