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ATS: Series newsletter 2009-07-21

Young guns busy in the summer-break Just as other motor-racing series, the ATS Formula 3 Cup also has entered its well deserved summer break. Nonetheless, the young drivers haven't got the time to relax. For the majority, the words holidays or...

Young guns busy in the summer-break

Just as other motor-racing series, the ATS Formula 3 Cup also has entered its well deserved summer break. Nonetheless, the young drivers haven't got the time to relax. For the majority, the words holidays or break aren't on the agenda. They use the five weeks without a race to prepare for the second half of the season.

Laurens Vanthoor, for instance, holds an impressive lead in the championship but mustn't rest on his laurels, nevertheless. After all, he has to keep on delivering if he wants to win the title. Meanwhile, the fight for the positions behind the leader is extremely close and thrilling, with six drivers battling it out for the top-three positions.

Consequently, going on a holiday doesn't represent a priority on the young drivers' summer-break schedule. Most of them say: "Let's wait and see if we will find the time for a short trip to relax for some days." So, the young guns won't be sweating in the sun but in the gym - or during other sporting activities. For Nico Monien, for instance, exercising represents the top priority. "I have to and want to work on my fitness," says the winner of the Sunday race at the EuroSpeedway, "And therefore, I will be exercising a lot. This doesn't mean that I had problems in the season to date - but it's important to keep on improving."

Meanwhile, Switzerland's Rahel Frey has to reconcile - as usual - her job and her fitness programme. "I work in the car dealership of my parents," she says, "And there's quite a lot to do, right now. But should I find the time I'd like to make a one-week trip to the mountains." Other Cup drivers also have to work for their living. Such as Austria's Bernd Herndlhofer, who works in his father's scaffolding company.

While Laurens Vanthoor will keep on focusing on his favourite activity: motor racing. "I'm going to contest a Belgian GT Championship round for Seat," reveals the 18-year old. Incidentally, his father also competes in this series. Laurens Vanthoor holds an impressive lead in the ATS Formula 3 Cup but there still are eight rounds to go. "Therefore, I will go testing with my team, Van Amersfoort Racing, in the coming weeks. After all, I want to realise my goal: to win the title."

So, the term summer break applies to the racing alone as teams and drivers are far from taking it easy while waiting for the next ATS Formula 3 Cup season highlight. On 08th and 09th August, the season will be continued at Assen, Netherlands, with the only abroad event on the Cup calendar: the Rizla Race Day that uses to attract a crowd of some 40,000 motor-racing enthusiasts.

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Series F3
Drivers Rahel Frey , Laurens Vanthoor , Nico Monien , Bernd Herndlhofer