Series Newsletter 2009-06-25

Pure excitement in Zandvoort and Silverstone. The participants in Formula BMW Europe delivered four thrilling races in Zandvoort (NL) and Silverstone (GB) during the month of June. At the Circuit Park Zandvoort the youngsters starred on the ...

Pure excitement in Zandvoort and Silverstone.

The participants in Formula BMW Europe delivered four thrilling races in Zandvoort (NL) and Silverstone (GB) during the month of June. At the Circuit Park Zandvoort the youngsters starred on the support programme for the Formula 3 Masters event - in which Mika Maeki (FI) and Stefano Coletti (MC), former Formula BMW drivers both, made it on to the podium. In the third Formula BMW Europe race of the season Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) celebrated his second victory. The second heat at the classic circuit situated on the North Sea coast saw rookie Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport) claim his first single-seater victory thanks to a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre shortly before the end. A week later Formula One provided the platform for the third event of the year. Having taken his first pole position at Zandvoort in front of his home crowd, Formula BMW Junior Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) followed up with his maiden victory in the fifth race of the year. Sunday's round saw Michael Christensen (DK/Muecke Motorsport) making amends for a difficult Zandvoort weekend by returning to the top step of the podium. Two local heroes Kazeem Manzur (GB/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Rupert Svendsen-Cook (GB/Raikkonen Robertson Racing) also had plenty of reason for joy after they finished, respectively, second and third in the two races of the weekend. Nasr had been relegated to the back of the grid due to a disconnected reverse gear in qualifying, but fought his way back up to eighth in both races, thus managing to retain his slender title lead over Christensen. He now has 130 points to his name, one more than the 2008 rookie champion. The best placed rookies, namely Frijns and Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational) are also within striking distance, having 115 and 100 points respectively. The next Formula BMW Europe rounds will be contested at the Nuerburgring on 11th/12th July.

TV training in Formula BMW Europe.

In Zandvoort the drivers registered for the BMW Motorsport Education and Coaching Programme took part in an intensive TV training course. An easy manner on TV is a vital component of a motorsport career. Robin Frijns, Jack Te Braak, George Katsinis, Olivier Lombard, Jack Harvey and Michael Christensen received valuable tips on the correct decorum when appearing before cameras. Thereafter they found themselves grilled by an experienced TV journalist.

Preparations for Lime Rock Park and Sentul.

The Formula BMW Americas and Formula BMW Pacific series also hold their next rounds during July. The American youngsters will support the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) event and race at Lime Rock Park on 17th/18th July. The championship standings in Formula BMW Americas promise a close affair: after five consecutive victories Giancarlo Vilarinho (BR/Eurointernational) tops the table with 120 points, with team-mate Gabby Chaves (CO) just six points in arrears.

Sentul in Indonesia will host Rounds 7 to 10 of Formula BMW Pacific. After a guest spell in the Formula BMW Europe championship Gary Thompson (IR/E-Rain Racing) plans to increase tally of 83 points over the 72 of Zimbabwean Formula BMW Junior driver Axcil Jefferies (Eurasia Motorsport). Indonesia's local hero Rio Haryanto (Questnet Team Qi-Meritus) is third. To date the season has been absolutely thrilling, having delivered four different winners in six races.

Countdown to licence courses has begun.

Formula BMW Americas will offer the first licence course for the 2010 season from 8th-10th July. The Miller Motorsports Park near Tooele (US) will host the first of two courses, with the search for talent continuing. A further course will be held in August. Applications are still being accepted, with further details available from:

Randy Biggs
Series Manager Formula BMW Americas
randy.biggs@partner.formulabmw.com

Formula BMW Europe will offer its two courses in early August, during which candidates have the chance to qualify for the scholarship qualifying. The most promising talents will join the 2010 Formula BMW Junior programme, which provides financial support from BMW Motorsport. The combined licence/scholarship course for Formula BMW Pacific will be staged on 1st/2nd September 2009 in Sepang (MY).

Contact Europe:
Adrienne Watson
Series Manager Formula BMW Europe
adrienne.watson@partner.formulabmw.com

Contact Pacific:
Mark Turner
Series Manager Formula BMW Pacific
mark.turner@partner.formulabmw.com

Further information available from:
Talent support programme

RTL stars try a Formula BMW cockpit.

Formula BMW not only strutted its stuff on the track at Silverstone, but also on German TV. As part of its British Grand Prix broadcast, RTL transmitted a feature on the Formula BMW Race Center situated at the Nuerburgring. Presenter Nazan Eckes and Daniel Schuhmacher, the winner of Germany's version of "Britain's Got Talent", slid into the cockpit of the FB02 and ventured out on to the track. RTL's broadcast of the British Grand Prix attracted over six million viewers.

You too could emulate Eckes und Schuhmacher by lapping the iconic circuit in the Eifel: www.nuerburgring.de provides the details.

Formula BMW drivers visit Hinwil.

Image The participants in the 2009 Formula BMW Development and Coaching Programme gained clear insights into the workings of the BMW Sauber F1 Team during their recent visit to Hinwil (CH). The youngsters were granted peeks behind the scenes of this modern Formula One factory, were introduced to the tasks of the engineers, and held numerous conversations with team members, all of which enabled them to understand the many different facets which make up a Formula One team. The absolute highlight was their visit to the so-called "Atrium", where the BMW Sauber F1 Team's race cars are prepared for track action.

Formula BMW careers: Philipp Eng.

Philipp Eng (AT) is one of ten former Formula BMW drivers who are presently contesting the newly-established FIA Formula 2 championship. The 19-year-old driver made a promising start to the season: At the season opener in Valencia (ES) he made it to the podium with a fine third place in the second race. Three weeks later, in Brno (CZ), he finished in the same position to lie sixth in the drivers' standing, having scored a total of 12 points.

The young Austrian made his single-seater debut in Formula BMW. Following tenth in the 2006 Formula BMW ADAC Championship, he took two victories and eight podiums to place third in the following year's classification. He scored his biggest success in 2007 by dominating that year's Formula BMW World Final, for which he was awarded a drive in a BMW Sauber F1 Team race car. He drove the Formula One car at end-2008 in Mexico City (MX).

Eng's career has taken him via the German Formula 3 championship to F2, where he intends making his mark despite the strong opposition in the series.

-credit: fbmw

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Stefano Coletti , Rupert Svendsen-Cook , Philipp Eng , Michael Christensen , Kazeem Manzur , Daniel Juncadella , George Katsinis , Olivier Lombard , Jack Te Braak , Robin Frijns , Axcil Jefferies , Rio Haryanto , Gary Thompson , Felipe Nasr , Gabby Chaves
Teams Sauber