ATS: Series newsletter 2009-04-06

The Austrian's are coming A new man from Austria starts into the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup season with a lot of support and momentum: Willi Steindl. A fact that could be witnessed on the first Sunday in April when Team HS Technik ...

The Austrian's are coming

A new man from Austria starts into the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup season with a lot of support and momentum: Willi Steindl. A fact that could be witnessed on the first Sunday in April when Team HS Technik Motorsport celebrated its team launch in brilliant sunshine on the market square of the small town Kirchberg, Tyrol.

Apart from rookie Steindl, his experienced team-mate and compatriot Bernd Herndlhofer also was in the limelight. "With Bernd and Willi, we have signed a promising pairing for the forthcoming season," said Team Principal Michael Hascic. "I'm delighted that we succeeded in also appearing as all Austrian team when it comes to our drivers." The driver for the team's third racing seat will be signed before long - and also could be an Austrian.

Before the engines started to roar, Willi Steindl represented the particularly sought-after interview partner. What didn't come as a surprise as his family runs the 'Hotel Sonne', in Kirchberg. Actually, the 16-year old can rely on a lot of support. "My dad has won the Austrian Formula 2 Championship several times," he reveals. "He represents my role model - together with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel as they both are extremely ambitious and professional." Young Willi Steindl seems to prefer a similar approach. "My goals? To definitely win the rookie title and make it to the top three in the championship."

Some demonstration laps on a circuit created in Kirchberg's city centre were the team launch's highlight. These laps, however, were executed by Willi Steindl at the wheel of a kart as the circuit's corners were just too tight for the team's Dallara F307 Mercedes single-seaters. The fans were delighted, nevertheless, and they also loved it when the engines of the Formula 3 racers were started to inspire the crowds with their sound.

During the Gala dinner in the 'Hotel Sonne, the team once again presented itself as a success-oriented squad with true team spirit that is determined to be a major factor on the ATS Formula 3 Cup grid. Michael Hascic promised the numerous invited guests to give his very best and underlined this by ordering the squad to hit the road: in the evening of the same day, Team HS Technik Motorsport packed its equipment and left for Oschersleben where the ATS Formula 3 Cup will kick off its seventh season on the Easter weekend.

DSF signed as TV partner

Thanks to a remarkable TV presence, the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup will be made accessible to a broad audience. Germany's TV station DSF that can be received for free via cable or satellite is going to cover the fastest German single-seater series on a regular basis. Altogether, a total of eight magazine shows featuring content of every race will be broadcasted.

The ATS Formula 3 Cup represents an integral part of the TV coverage of the 'ADAC Masters Weekend' event package. During the course of the season, DSF will bring seven exclusive 60-minute magazines. Furthermore, DSF will broadcast a 30-minute programme dealing with the ATS Formula 3 Cup rounds and the ADAC Formula Masters rounds held in the support programme of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.

The ADAC Masters Weekend TV magazine will be produced by WIGE Communications GmbH. The Cologne based TV experts have been accompanying the Formula 3 for many years, now, and also have been responsible for the exclusive ATS Formula 3 Cup magazines of the past two years.

The new TV magazine is supposed to be both informative and entertaining. Therefore it will comprise many different facets. In addition to the race coverage it will also feature background information, driver interviews, technology features and stories dealing with the series' environment. <pre> The broadcast dates at a glance 18th April, 2009 Oschersleben 15.00 to 16.00hrs 24th May, 2009 Nurburgring 16.30 to 17.00hrs 14th June, 2009 Hockenheim 19.30 to 20.30hrs 11th July, 2009 Oschersleben and EuroSpeedway 18.30 to 19.30hrs 29th August, 2009 Assen and Nurburgring 13.15 to 14.15hrs 27th September, 2009 Sachsenring 17.30 to 18.30hrs 24th October, 2009 Oschersleben 17.30 to 18.30hrs

The Saturdays of the following weeks re-runs from 10.15 to 11.15hrs

-credit: formel3.de

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Series F3
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Sebastian Vettel