Frankfurt/Main, August 7, 2003. The 13th "Marlboro Masters" at the traditional track Circuit Park Zandvoort/NL is on -- and it promises to be a highlight again: 49 drivers from 20 countries have been entered. In the race close to the North Sea,...
Frankfurt/Main, August 7, 2003. The 13th "Marlboro Masters" at the traditional track Circuit Park Zandvoort/NL is on -- and it promises to be a highlight again: 49 drivers from 20 countries have been entered. In the race close to the North Sea, only 30 kilometres away of Amsterdam, drivers from various national championships are racing each other, August 8 -- 10. Since the race was established, the best-placed drivers at the "Marlboro Masters" have always been considered as hot candidates for Formula 1.
Sons of former F1-world champions Rosberg and Piquet at the Masters
This year's 13th Marlboro Masters promises to be a highlight again. Among the 49 drivers that have entered for the Masters are the ten best-placed drivers and various others from the Formula 3 Euro Series, in which Korean tyre manufacturer KUMHO is the exclusive supplier with its ECSTA competition tyres from this season on, too. The ten best-placed drivers from the British Formula 3 Championship are also present, just like the top seven from the Italian series and further international top-drivers. The delegation from the Formula 3 Euro Series includes, among others, points leader Ryan Briscoe (AUS), as well as youngsters like Timo Glock (D), Christian Klien (A), Olivier Pla (F), Alexandre Premat (F), Nico Rosberg (FIN), Markus Winkelhock (D) or Fabio Carbone (BR). Last year's winner Carbone from Brazil is the first driver to defend his title at the Masters. Last year's runner-up, Olivier Pla, will also be on the grid once again. The Netherlands are being represented by Marlboro-backed driver Robert Doornbos and his compatriot Charles Zwolsman. And of course, the likes of Nico Rosberg and Nelson Angelo Piquet are adding even more prestige to the event, both of them being sons of former F1-world champions Keke Rosberg and Nelson Piquet.
Since last year and for another four years, KUMHO has been supplying tyres for the Formula 3 cars at the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix "Marlboro Masters" at Zandvoort, that was initiated by Phillip Morris in 1991. The first time that KUMHO ECSTA tyres were being used last year, the lap record, previously held by Bridgestone, was broken -- a dream debut in the traditional race, and all that in front of a crowd of over 50,000 spectators on race day only. KUMHO is also a partner of the Zandvoort race track.