German juniors: Gotz and Klingmann with Volkswagen power Wolfsburg. Volkswagen as career booster for German talents: Maximilian Gotz (Germany) and Jens Klingmann (Germany) compete in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series with Volkswagen power. The two...
German juniors: Gotz and Klingmann with Volkswagen power
Wolfsburg. Volkswagen as career booster for German talents: Maximilian Gotz (Germany) and Jens Klingmann (Germany) compete in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series with Volkswagen power. The two "stars of tomorrow" drive for the Italian team RC Motorsport in the hard-fought pan-European championship. While the 21-year old "Maxi" Gotz raced last season with Volkswagen in Formula 3, Jens Klingmann makes his debut: After winning the 2007 Formula BMW Germany championship title the 17-year old tackles the next step in the racing career ladder this year.
"Maximilian Gotz has plenty of experience in Formula cars and claimed some good results for Volkswagen during the 2007 season. Jens Klingmann is still very young, but very talented and faces an important learning year," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "Our squad is now almost complete. We aim to close the gap to the competition quickly with our strong teams, drivers and engines." Seven of the eight Dallara-Volkswagen chassis' of the RC Motorsport and Signature teams are now occupied.
Newcomer Klingmann, who won nine of 18 races in Formula BMW in 2007, is preparing for an intensive debut. "Formula 3 is a tough playground. I certainly won't be able to go from win to win anymore," suspects the grammar school pupil. "I have to learn as much as possible - starting with the new technology and circuits and finishing with car set-up and working together with the engineers. I'll also be working hard on myself to start in top physical condition and fully focussed in the new season."
"Maxi" Gotz is also highly motivated: "We managed to score points last year - we want to carry on where we left off and maybe even take one or two trophies back home," he adds for good measure. A new Dallara chassis also makes its debut alongside the further developed, near 210 hp two-litre Volkswagen engine in 2008. "Many detail improvements have been made in comparison to the previous model, the aerodynamic changes are particularly striking. It's about exploiting the cars possibilities in qualifying and the race," adds Gotz.
Gotz and Klingmann are however hard at work in the cockpit long before the Formula 3 opener in Hockenheim (12/13 April): This coming weekend (19/20 January) the two Volkswagen "stars of tomorrow" compete together with the Formula 3 Euro Series team in the "24 Hours of Cologne". "The race is great fun, but we want to win all the same," says Gotz with a twinkle is his eye. The man from Germany has already claimed two overall wins in the well supported and super competitive indoor kart race.