FPAUDI: Series newsletter 2008-01-29

THREE TOP STORIES FROM FPA THIS WEEK WILL BROTHERLY LOVE LAST THE SEASON? The Brown brothers confirm for FPA 2008 History has been made as the first ever pair of brothers have confirmed they are joining the grid of the Formula Palmer Audi ...

THREE TOP STORIES FROM FPA THIS WEEK WILL BROTHERLY LOVE LAST THE SEASON?

The Brown brothers confirm for FPA 2008

History has been made as the first ever pair of brothers have confirmed they are joining the grid of the Formula Palmer Audi Championship in 2008.

Reigning T-Car Champion Daniel (16) and older brother Robert (19), who has raced in the Clio Cup will be the first ever pair of siblings to race in the championship at the same time.

The brothers from Billericay, Essex got behind the wheel of a Formula Palmer Audi car for the first time last week at a test at Bedford Autodrome with promising results, Dan with a lap time of 66.1 and Rob with 68.5.

The boys' father Sean, who raced in World Touring Cars, Hot-Rods and trucks during the 1980s is excited about the prospect of his sons taking part in FPA this season: "The FPA is a fantastic series as the races fall very conveniently in school holidays, Daniel is in Sixth Form and Rob is at University so it is great that the whole family can be together. The boys are competitive with one another, although they are brothers they are rivals on the track which means my loyalty is split on race day!"

The flying Finn has flying start in FPA! Young talent tests FPA car at Bedford ahead of 2008 season

He passed his driving test at 17 after only two hours of lessons, won three major British Karting championships in the past few years and in his first test in a single-seater at Bedford Autodrome yesterday (23.1.08) he set an amazing lap time of 65.47!

Adam Foster from Wotton in Bedfordshire, also known as the "Flying Finn" as he is half Finnish, is looking to enter the Formula Palmer Audi Championship this season. After nine years of Karting against fellow FPA competitors; Wilson, Brundle and Moore, Adam is ready to step up to single-seaters.

"My first test was awesome, the car was quick and although it was heavier than what I am used to with karts, it was incredibly fast and I felt right at home. I know some of the lads who did FPA last year; Will Bratt, Richard Plant and Richard Kent and when I told them the lap time for my first outing in a single-seater they were a bit jealous and wanted to know how I did it! I like being chucked in at the deep end so if I can secure the sponsorship to sign up for FPA this year I am ready for the challenge. The FPA is a fantastic spring-board to get recognised in this sport, it has a fantastic calendar with Formula 1 circuits to race at and everyone takes it seriously."

Formula Palmer Audi series hotting up for 2008

Familiar names and exciting new faces confirmed

The 2008 Formula Palmer Audi Championship grid is looking competitive ahead of the start of the first race in April and as well as some familiar names, there are some exciting new faces. Entries for the series are still welcome at www.formula-palmer-audi.com.

Last year's fourth-placed driver in the FPA Championship, Jack Clarke will be back to bid for the series title as well as other promising drivers from 2007, Jolyon Palmer, Alex Brundle and Emma Selway.

Newcomers to the series include Alicante-based William Zollo. 17 year old William who raced in Formula Ford 1600 last year will be moving to the UK from Spain to start his FPA career: "I know that I will be against drivers who raced in FPA last year but I don't think I will be at a disadvantage. I have raced at every circuit we go to apart from Spa and I have tested an FPA car recently, it was extremely nice to drive and I can't wait to get into the racing."

Two sons of ex-Formula One drivers are back in FPA for 2008, both of them keen to make an impression on the Championship in their second year. Series Director, Jonathan Palmer's son Jolyon can't wait to get back on the grid: "My aim is to win as many races as possible and keep consistent throughout the year. I have learnt that it sometimes better to come home safe with the points rather than go for glory."

Alex Brundle, son of Martin, is feeling particularly confident: "2008 will be very competitive in Formula Palmer Audi, but I feel that I've got the measure of most of the drivers. Last year was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first season in FPA, but now I feel much more settled in the car and my confidence has grown. It's a great calendar this year - I'm looking forward to the season!"

Entering its 11th year, the 2008 FPA season has been condensed into 8 rounds, including support races for prestigious events such as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, DTM and the World Touring Car Championship. The series will also visit two current Formula One circuits; Silverstone and the recent addition of Belgian F1 circuit, Spa Francorchamps, so the scene is set for a thrilling years racing ahead for all the drivers.

-credit: fpa/motorsportvision.co.uk

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jonathan Palmer , Jack Clarke , Richard Kent , Will Bratt , Alex Brundle , Jolyon Palmer , Adam Foster , Richard Plant