Wolfsburg (10 February 2009). The Volkswagen family in the Formula 3 Euro Series has been extended by a new prominent member: in 2009, Team Kolles & Heinz Union "powered by Volkswagen" will compete in the junior championship, which has been a ...
Wolfsburg (10 February 2009). The Volkswagen family in the Formula 3 Euro Series has been extended by a new prominent member: in 2009, Team Kolles & Heinz Union "powered by Volkswagen" will compete in the junior championship, which has been a stepping stone to Formula 1 or the DTM for many motorsport talents. The first of two drivers of the newly incepted racing team has already been determined: with two champion's titles under his belt, the Dutchman Carlo van Dam is now joining the Volkswagen squad.
"I'm happy about the new member in our Formula 3 family and wish Kolles & Heinz Union a lot of success in their debut season," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "The two founders of the team are seasoned motorsport experts, and just their driver selection proves that they want to be among the front runners: with Carlo van Dam they are bringing an experienced and quick guy into our driver squad."
The 22-year-old Dutchman won the German ATS Formula 3 Cup in 2007 and in the past season clinched the title in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship with nine race wins. Van Dam has already experienced the power of the engine from Wolfsburg delivering about 210 hp: in 2007, Volkswagen made it possible for the brand new German Cup Champion to participate in the finale of the Formula 3 Euro Series.
The men behind the Kolles & Heinz Union team are two well-established figures in the world of motorsport. Since the 2006 season, Dr Colin Kolles has been entering Audi vehicles in the DTM and will this year contest the European-based Le Mans Series as well as the 24-hour race at Le Mans with two Audi R10 TDI cars. In addition to his collaboration with Audi, he was in charge of various Formula 1 teams. For about three decades as an agent and manager, Werner Heinz has been accompanying the careers of successful athletes like Henry Maske, Sven Hannawald, Nick Heidfeld, Frank Biela or Tom Kristensen. The Dane, meanwhile an eight-time Le Mans winner, was the German Formula 3 Champion in 1991 with Volkswagen. Record World Champion Michael Schumacher achieved the same exploit in 1990, also with Volkswagen.
That Dr Colin Kolles and Werner Heinz have also set their sights high in the Formula 3 Euro Series is revealed by a look at the Trier-based squad: the team managed to sign Mike Krack, the former chief race engineer of the BMW Sauber Formula 1 team as technical director.
The new Formula 3 Euro Series will start on 16/17 May at the Hockenheimring as part of the DTM's supporting programme. After its comeback at the end of 2007, Volkswagen contested its first complete season in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2008 and immediately finished as the runners-up in the championship with Italian racer Edoardo Mortara and the Signature team.