IFM: Series Spa preview

IFM DRIVERS READY FOR SPA CHALLENGE International Formula Master resumes its 2009 season with two races supporting the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, in Belgium, this weekend. Having successfully secured...

IFM DRIVERS READY FOR SPA CHALLENGE

International Formula Master resumes its 2009 season with two races supporting the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, in Belgium, this weekend.

Having successfully secured pole position and both wins at the Series' last rounds in Hungary last month, team JD Motorsport is looking to continue its recent form with drivers Josef Kral, Sergey Afanasiev and Vladimir Arabadzhiev gunning for more victories.

"Hungary was the best result we had all year," said Afanasiev, winner of the last IFM round. "We have tested in Spa and I know everyone is really looking forward to it after the summer break. Racing in Brands Hatch earlier this year felt like a good preparation for this weekend too; both tracks are fast flowing with several ups and downs.

"We showed we had the pace last month and are looking for more points now. Josef [Kral] is catching up Fabio Leimer for the drivers' championship and I'm only two points away from Pål [Varhaug] so there's good chances to move up this weekend."

Current leader Leimer, racing for Jenzer Motorsport, will be aiming to consolidate his title chances with a return to winning form after a difficult Hungarian weekend. The young Swiss has led the drivers' championship all year, winning a race each weekend, but failed to do so at the Hungaroring.

ISR's Alexander Rossi, the reigning American Formula BMW champion and winner of the 2008 Formula BMW World Final, will also be vying for a win at the F1 track this weekend. The young driver is set to receive his first taste of Formula 1 with the BMW-Sauber F1 Team this December, after the team confirmed his test would not be affected by the manufacturer's decision to leave the championship.

The IFM Talent Support Programme will once again enable young drivers to compete in front of the Formula 1 crowds with four entries fielded in Belgium. England's Alexander Sims and Italy's Samuele Buttarelli will reprise their seats, whilst British driver Edwin Jowsey and Andrea Roda, from Italy, will make their debut.

Edwin Jowsey (GBR) & Andrea Roda (ITA) will race in IFM this weekend

International Formula Master's Belgian race weekend gets underway this Friday with free practice, whilst qualifying and race one will take place on Saturday, and race two on Sunday. Both rounds will be shown on Eurosport.

-credit: ifm

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Edwin Jowsey , Fabio Leimer , Josef Kral , Alexander Rossi , Vladimir Arabadzhiev , Alexander Sims , Samuele Buttarelli , Andrea Roda
Teams Sauber , Jenzer Motorsport