FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIA CONFIRMS AUSTRALIAN A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS ROUND AS 2007 SEASON OPENER Formula 3 Australia is pleased to today confirm that the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will start at the Australian round of the...
FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIA CONFIRMS AUSTRALIAN A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS ROUND AS 2007 SEASON OPENER
Formula 3 Australia is pleased to today confirm that the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will start at the Australian round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations in Sydney early next year.
After successfully heading up the support program at the inaugural event held late 2005, the Australian Drivers Championship field will once again line up as a key support category to the World Cup of Motorsport event to be held in February, 2007.
The announcement further serves to enhance the relationship between the championship and A1 Team Australia, headed up by Formula 3 Australia patron Alan Jones. Three former Australian Formula 3 drivers -- Ian Dyk, Barton Mawer and Karl Reindler - all tested successfully for A1 Team Australia at Silverstone last week.
In making the announcement, Formula 3 Australia chairman Jeff Mattner said that it was an honor to be granted the right to again compete at the prestigious event.
"We couldn't ask for a better way to start the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship," he said.
"The 2005 event was a huge event and we were proud to be a part of it. The 2007 event is set to be even bigger and better and will serve as a fantastic launching pad to display the talent in our championship to a watching world.
"We understand that it is important to have a number of large events such as the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australian event on our schedule, and we are pleased to have been invited back to compete at the 2007 event to kick off a new year of competitive Formula 3 racing in Australia."
Dyk won a race at the A1 Grand Prix event at Eastern Creek in 2005, the Sydneysider holding his time in Australian Formula 3 as a major factor towards him securing the A1 Team Australia test session.
"If it wasn't for my time in Formula 3 in Australia I don't think I would have been given the opportunity to do this test," Dyk said.
"The cars and the series are just so good for preparing you for stepping up into bigger categories like the A1 Grand Prix of Nations."
Current competitors and team owners have welcomed the news, the early announcement of their 2007 schedule-opener giving them plenty of time in advance to plan their respective campaigns for next year.
"It's good to start the season with such a big event," Said Tim Macrow, a current Formula 3 driver who was invited to test for A1 Team Australia recently.
"It's a great chance to make a real mark in front of some big names in world Motorsport. As a driver events like that are fantastic because there is a chance to go out and make an impact for both your career and for your team, sponsors and supporters.
"My aim is to win the championship in 2007, and to try and expand my career into the future. Starting the season at the A1 Grand Prix event will give us a great start to the year and also a great chance to impress some of the internationals that will be watching." He said.
The A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australian event, and the opening round of the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship is scheduled for February 3 -- 4, 2007.