Bas Leinders forms team for 2006

Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team with Mercedes engines in Formula 3 Euroseries With 19 years of experience as a driver in Karting and Autosport, Bas Leinders has decided to give his name to the Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team. The...

Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team with Mercedes engines in Formula 3 Euroseries

With 19 years of experience as a driver in Karting and Autosport, Bas Leinders has decided to give his name to the Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team. The team will participate in the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2006. This championship is organised together with the DTM and two F1 races. Bas Leinders was German F3 Champion himself in 1998 before the championship was renamed Formula 3 Euroseries.

Bas Leinders: "I have been playing with the idea to start a team for a couple of years now, to help young Belgian drivers and give them more chances to get into Formula 1. Now I have the perfect opportunity to do all this. But it doesn't mean I will put an end to my personal career, in the contrary, my management is working hard to try and get a seat in the Champ Car World Series soon."

Bas Leinders only took the decision to set up a team when he knew which engine he could have. In the current F3 series the engine choice is very important and the engine dominating the championship is Mercedes.

Bas Leinders: "I am very pleased to announce the deal for the Mercedes F3 engines and I would like to thank the people from HWA again for their immediate faith in the team."

The Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team has already contracted his first driver. Michael Herck, 17 years old, will drive for the team of Bas Leinders. Despite his young age, Michael Herck already has two Autosport titles on his name.

Michael Herck: "It is fantastic to be able to work together with Bas Leinders. Last year, he was the test- and reserve driver of the Minardi F1 Team all season long and has tremendous experience in motor racing. I hope that thanks to his help I can progress and step into his footsteps. On top of that, the Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team has the use of Mercedes engines. I will give the best of myself not to shame Bas' confidence in me."

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Bas Leinders , Michael Herck