Fisichella Motorsport signs Razia for Euroseries 3000 assault In a bid to retain its Euroseries 3000 Championship title, Fisichella Motorsport has signed 18-year-old Brazilian prodigy Luiz Razia to race for the outfit in 2007. The Italian...
Fisichella Motorsport signs Razia for Euroseries 3000 assault
In a bid to retain its Euroseries 3000 Championship title, Fisichella Motorsport has signed 18-year-old Brazilian prodigy Luiz Razia to race for the outfit in 2007.
The Italian team, which has collected two back-to-back Italian F3000 championships, in addition to being the current Euroseries 3000 title holders, will run one car this season for Razia. He had his first outing last weekend at the first round of the series at Vallelunga in Italy, and instantly showed his talent. He finished race one in fourth place, just missing the podium, and followed that up with a strong showing in race two. Starting from fourth, he took the lead of the race, but had to settle for eighth place after being handed a drive through penalty.
Razia began this year on the world stage when he took on reserve driver duties in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for Team Brasil, after impressing Team Principal Emerson Fittipaldi with a precocious talent that belies his age and experience. He will now get the chance to turn those expectations into results as he embarks on his Euro 3000 campaign with arguably the championship's most competitive team.
At just eighteen years of age, Luiz can already look back on an impressive foray into racing. He began in karts just three years ago in 2004, before embarking on the Brazilian Formula Renault and South American Formula 3 Championships. In his debut year of the highly competitive SudAm F3, he notched up two wins and four further podiums. In his sophomore year in 2006, he won the championship outright with seven victories and four podiums in 16 races.
In 2006 the young Brazilian also embarked on a part-season of F3000 International Masters, instantly impressing with three wins from three outings in treacherous weather conditions. His results were rewarded in the winter of 2006 with a GP2 series test with Spanish outfit Racing Engineering, where again he stood out, finishing third fastest in a session of 27 drivers, the only two drivers faster being second-year GP2 veterans.
Razia will return to the cockpit for the Misano round of the championship on 6th May, before embarking on races at the Hungaroring, Magny Cours, Mugello, Nurburgring, Monza and Spa.
Luiz Razia: "It's a privilege to be a driver for Fisichella Motorsport, the team that currently holds the championship. I have had very positive feelings about the team, and they have welcomed me with open arms. The team members are very professional and have a great deal of experience and data that can help me to improve. I look forward to growing with the team throughout the season and to enjoy success over the coming months. I appreciate the trust that Giancarlo Fisichella and Enrico Zanarini have put in me, and hope to reward them with a consecutive drivers' championship title."
Enrico Zanarini, Team Principal: "Over the last few years, we have been working hard at FMS to find the young stars of the future. We want to train them in all aspects of motorsport and help them progress through the ranks of motor racing. I believe that in Luiz Razia we not only found a true talent that we can help in this way, but also that we have the best possible chance of retaining our championship title. I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses this year."