Series newsletter 2009-03-31

Chaves dominates in Puebla. Gabby Chaves (CO) made a perfect start to the new Formula BMW Americas season with two majestic victories. The 15-year-old driver from Eurointernational also secured both pole positions at the "Autodromo Miguel E....

Chaves dominates in Puebla.

Gabby Chaves (CO) made a perfect start to the new Formula BMW Americas season with two majestic victories. The 15-year-old driver from Eurointernational also secured both pole positions at the "Autodromo Miguel E. Abed" in Puebla (MX) and set the fastest lap in race one. In the first race of the season, Chaves' team-mate Giancarlo Vilarinho (BR) followed him in second, with rookie James Kovacic (AU) joining them on the podium in third. In race two, last year's "Rookie of the Year" Gianmarco Raimondo (CA) finished runner-up, followed by Formula BMW Junior Alex Ellis (CA).

"This was a great way to start the season for me and my team," Chaves said after his victories. "Now I get to celebrate, then get back to my physical training and get ready for Virginia and our next race."

On 25th/26th April 2009, Formula BMW Americas will share the bill with the Grand-Am Sports Car Series for the first time at the "Virginia International Raceway". Two races are on the programme for Danville (US).

Formula BMW Americas drivers meet Zanardi.

In Puebla, Formula BMW Americas was on the same bill as the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Alessandro Zanardi (IT) from BMW Team Italy-Spain welcomed the nine participants of the BMW Motorsport Education and Coaching Programme to a Meet & Greet session in his garage, and explained to them in detail how he drives his BMW 320si WTCC. "The oldest of you lot is just half my age," the former Formula One driver joked while posing for a group photo. Zanardi had cause to celebrate after the two WTCC races in Puebla: He finished sixth in race two to pick up his first three World Championship points of the year.

Entry list confirmed for Formula BMW Europe.

Formula BMW Europe is also hard at work preparing for the start of the new season. The driver line-up points to another exciting season. Some drivers are entering their second season in this prestigious series, while others are taking the first steps in their single-seater career. The list of competitors includes 26 drivers from 13 countries, racing for nine different teams. The drivers making a second bid for overall victory this year include Michael Christensen from Denmark -- "Rookie of the Year 2008" -- as well as two-times race winner Daniel Juncadella (ES) who finished fourth in the championship last year.

The Formula BMW Juniors, who are supported by BMW in their first year outside of karting, are Jack Te Braak and Robin Frijns (both NL), George Katsinis (GR) and Olivier Lombard (FR). Lombard takes the place of Switzerland's Riccardo Galli, who had to withdraw from the series.

Zandvoort completes Formula BMW Europe calendar.

Zandvoort, in the Netherlands, has now been confirmed as the venue for the eighth event in Formula BMW Europe, which takes place from 12th to 14th June 2009. The former Grand Prix circuit is popular among the drivers, and will also host the Masters F3 race on the same weekend. This gives the Formula BMW drivers a first-hand view of one of the racing series, in which they may find themselves competing before too long.

The talented young drivers will be on the same bill as the 2009 Formula One World Championships at Silverstone, the Nuerburgring, in Budapest, Valencia, Spa and Monza.

Macau venue for finale of Formula BMW Pacific.

The race calendar for Formula BMW Pacific is also complete. The racing series starts at the Malaysian Grand Prix and ends at the spectacular 56th Macau Grand Prix in November. During the season, the race series forms part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) in Malaysia and Indonesia, before motorsport's elite class once again provides a spectacular stage for Formula BMW Pacific in Singapore. At the end of October, the "Okayama International Circuit" will host the junior series when the FIA World Touring Car Championship comes to Japan. The grand finale will take place at the legendary "Guia Circuit", when the drivers from the three BMW national teams in the WTCC and the greatest Formula 3 prospects will be battling for victory.

Gauteng new Official Partner.

Formula BMW goes into the 2009 season with a new Official Partner: The website address 'GO-GP.ORG' will be on display on the FB02 racing cars around the world, inviting people to the South African province of Gauteng. Gauteng has a history of hosting the South African Formula One Grand Prix and other premium international sport events. The domain name GO-GP.ORG acts as portal for grand prix fans, tourists and investors to access the province's exciting offerings and at the same time become part of a new international Grand Prix Membership Club.

"I am delighted to welcome another long-term partner on board," said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen, and added: "In addition to its business links with South Africa through the plant in Rosslyn, Gauteng, BMW also has an emotional connection with the country thanks to motorsport. It was at the South African Grand Prix in 1983 that Nelson Piquet wrapped up the Drivers' World Championship in a Brabham BMW."

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Mario Theissen , Michael Christensen , Giancarlo Vilarinho , Gianmarco Raimondo , Olivier Lombard , Jack Te Braak , Robin Frijns , Gabby Chaves