IFM: Series Oschersleben preview

PENULTIMATE ROUNDS COULD SEE CHAMPION CROWNED As the International Formula Master Series (IFM) moves to Oschersleben in Germany this weekend for its penultimate rounds, Jenzer Motorsport's Fabio Leimer is within reach of clinching the 2009 ...

PENULTIMATE ROUNDS COULD SEE CHAMPION CROWNED

As the International Formula Master Series (IFM) moves to Oschersleben in Germany this weekend for its penultimate rounds, Jenzer Motorsport's Fabio Leimer is within reach of clinching the 2009 Drivers' title.

The young Swiss has led the championship throughout the season and is now within three points of securing the title, after a near-perfect event in Spa-Francorchamps last weekend.

Leimer claimed 18 out of a possible 19 points throughout the F1-support event in Belgium, securing pole position, a win, two fastest laps and a second-place finish.

Now leading by 35 points to JD Motorsport's Sergey Afanasiev, the Swiss only needs to extend the gap by three points to become this year's champion. Afanasiev and third-place man Josef Kral, also driving for JD Motorsport, are the only other contenders left with a mathematical chance to win.

"I don't really look to the championship," said Leimer. "I want to win as many races as possible and will do my best to win in Oschersleben this weekend and then in Imola. But it goes together; if you are fast and also winning a lot of races then you are also champion!

"I'm just focusing on doing well here this weekend; I'm aiming for wins as usual and I'll do my best to be at the front in each session."

The 2009 Rookies' title is now between two drivers; Jenzer Motorsport's Pål Varhaug and ISR's Alexander Rossi with only six points separating the two.

International Formula Master's German race weekend gets underway this Friday with two free practice sessions followed by qualifying, whilst race one will take place on Saturday, and race two on Sunday. Both rounds will be shown LIVE on Eurosport as follows:

Race 1: Saturday 05 September 2009, from 12:00 GMT live on Eurosport International & Asia Pacific

Race 2: Sunday 06 September 2009, from 10.45 GMT on Eurosport International & Asia Pacific

-credit: ifm

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Fabio Leimer , Josef Kral , Alexander Rossi , Pal Varhaug
Teams Jenzer Motorsport