World Final returns to Valencia

Formula BMW World Final returns to Valencia in 2007 - Vietoris set for F1 test. Munich, 18 July. The venue and date for the Formula BMW World Final 2007 have been confirmed. The high point of the season for the four international Formula BMW ...

Formula BMW World Final returns to Valencia in 2007 - Vietoris set for F1 test.

Munich, 18 July. The venue and date for the Formula BMW World Final 2007 have been confirmed. The high point of the season for the four international Formula BMW series will take place at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain from 22nd - 25th November. The event will see the world wide leading Formula BMW drivers battling it out for overall victory - and a prize which would be a dream of every up-and-coming young racing driver: a Formula One test with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

This will be the second year in succession that the circuit on Spain's Mediterranean coast has hosted the spectacular climax to the Formula BMW season. "The Formula BMW World Final 2006 in Valencia was a big success," recalls BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. "The drivers, teams, partners and sponsors were really excited about the event, so we are delighted to be returning to Spain this year. Valencia is a very special place for us, somewhere we always like to go back to. The Team Launch for the BMW Sauber F1 Team took place there at the start of the year, as has Formula One testing. Plus, Valencia is home to the Formula BMW Racing Center, hosts World Touring Car Championship races and formed the backdrop for this year's America's Cup. The Spanish city has become something of a second home for us."

Like Marco Holzer (GER) in 2006, last year's winner Christian Vietoris (GER) will be given the opportunity by the BMW Sauber F1 Team to test one of their Formula One cars on the Thursday before the Formula BMW World Final. As Theissen explains: "Christian has earned this test fair and square. Last year he not only claimed overall victory in Formula BMW Germany, but also fought off the challenge of the 35 best international Formula BMW drivers to win the World Final in impressive style. We are extremely proud to say that Christian is already the fifth Formula BMW graduate to have been given his first Formula One experience by the team."

Now racing in Formula 3, Vietoris is looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1 Team car. "This will be a childhood dream come true for me," he beams. "I can hardly wait to finally get to grips with the big brother of the Formula BMW. Fortunately I still have four months to prepare myself for the enormous centrifugal forces that will hit me in the F1 racer."

This year's World Final will once again be complemented by an attractive support programme. The successful BMW cars from the brand's multi-category motor sport line-up - such as the BMW 320si WTCC competing in the World Touring Car Championship and the spectacular BMW Z4 M Coupe - will be on show at the track alongside racing legends like the BMW V12 LMR and BMW M3 GTR. Added to which, the BMW Sauber F1 Team - and its BMW Sauber F1.07 car - will play an active part in the weekend beyond Vietoris' test.

2007 will see the third edition of the Formula BMW World Final. The inaugural World Final took place at the Bahrain International Circuit in December 2005, the then 17- year-old Marco Holzer emerging victorious from a field of 34 drivers from 15 different countries. Last year, Christian Vietoris - also 17 at the time - followed in the footsteps of his compatriot to celebrate victory and earn himself the test with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Background:

Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level class in formula racing. In 2007 Formula BMW series are being held in Germany, Great Britain, Asia and the USA. In 2008 Formula BMW Germany and the Formula BMW UK Championship will merge to create Formula BMW Europe. The races in the new combined series will take place largely on the undercard of the European Formula One grands prix. Formula BMW sees up-and-coming drivers as young as 15 years of age given the opportunity to take their first steps in formula motor sport with the high-tech FB02 racing car used by all the teams.

This racing car has been a feature on the grid since 2002 and has set new standards in safety technology in particular. The single-seater is powered by a 140 hp BMW engine and reaches 230 km/h. It also comfortably exceeds the safety requirements specified by motor sport's world governing body (the FIA) for its class and even matches Formula One standards. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS Formula Rescue Race Seat especially for Formula BMW. The HANS safety system is also mandatory.

In 2007 Formula BMW appears four times on the Formula One support programme. All the series offer a multifaceted Education and Coaching Programme, as well as support for promising racing drivers. The best-known alumni of this talent hothouse are Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Timo Glock, Christian Klien, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

In the words of BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen: "Formula BMW offers talented young drivers more than just a car. The race series is connected to an extensive Education and Coaching Programme, which offers instruction on physical fitness, diet and working with sponsors and the media, as well as driving technique and chassis set-up. In this way, Formula BMW has wasted no time in becoming the top entry-level class for formula racing worldwide."

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Nico Rosberg , Christian Klien , Timo Glock , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Sutil , Marco Holzer , Christian Vietoris , Mario Theissen
Teams Sauber