Dijon: Volkswagen preview

High-speed debut for Volkswagen teams at Dijon-Prenois Wolfsburg (02 October 2009). For the first time in its history, the Formula 3 Euro Series will stage a race weekend (09--11 October) at the Circuit Dijon-Prenois, and the seven drivers ...

High-speed debut for Volkswagen teams at Dijon-Prenois

Wolfsburg (02 October 2009). For the first time in its history, the Formula 3 Euro Series will stage a race weekend (09--11 October) at the Circuit Dijon-Prenois, and the seven drivers "powered by Volkswagen" are part of the action. At rounds 15 and 16 of the fiercely competitive junior series on the spectacular race track in Burgundy they are determined to fight for podium places and points. At average speeds of about 200 km/h Dijon-Prenois is by far the fastest circuit on the calendar of the Formula 3 Euro Series.

"The 3.801-kilometre circuit is new territory for the teams in the Euro Series. That's why it's important to learn a lot about the track in the test scheduled at noon on Friday and to quickly find the right set-up because qualifying will be held as early as in the afternoon. This is of major significance because overtaking is not easy at Dijon-Prenois," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. Due to the many fast turns there are hardly any places at which drivers can outbrake the car in front of them. Those who manage to perfectly exit the very fast last turn to get onto the start-finish straight can overtake from the slipstream. "What's more, this is an undulating circuit, so it's not easy to see the kerbs," says Kris Nissen, who is optimistic about the race weekend. "I think we're well positioned with our squad. Since the Formula 3 Euro Series competes for the first time at Dijon-Prenois nobody has any experience-based advantage."

The two races at Dijon are a highlight for Jean Karl Vernay and Team Signature. Both will be contesting their home race on the weekend. Vernay in fifth place of the standings is currently the best-placed Volkswagen driver in the Formula 3 Euro Series. "Villeurbanne, from where I come, is located only about 200 kilometres away from the circuit. That's why many friends and sponsors will be at the track on that weekend," says the 21-year-old. "It's about time for me to come back with a positive race weekend again. Things weren't going too well for me most recently at Brands Hatch and Barcelona. I continue shooting for a place among the top three in the championship. The weekend at Dijon is the penultimate one of the season, so I've got to score as many points as possible." The Finn Mika Maki, who in seventh place of the standings and with a points score of 33 only has two points less than Vernay to his credit, and Tiago Geronimi from Brazil compete for Volkswagen's partner team Signature as well.

The line-up of the automobile group headquartered in Wolfsburg for Dijon again includes the New Zealander Brendon Hartley and the American Jake Rosenzweig as well. Team Kolles & Heinz Union will again field two new Dallara F308 Volkswagen cars at Dijon. As at the Hockenheim season opener, Robert Wickens will run again, alongside the Dane Johan Jokinen. The Canadian is normally a regular driver in Formula 2 in which he is currently ranking as the overall runner-up.

-credit: vw

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Robert Wickens , Brendon Hartley , Mika Maki , Kris Nissen , Tiago Geronimi , Jake Rosenzweig , Jean-Karl Vernay , Johan Jokinen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport