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Formula 3 Euro Series: Volkswagen drivers will arrive at Valencia with one-two lead

Marco Wittmann, Dallara F308 Volkswagen

Volkswagen will go into rounds five and six of the Formula 3 Euro Series with two drivers at the top of the standings. At Valencia, Spain, Edoardo Mortara (Italy) as the championship leader and Marco Wittmann (Germany) as the overall runner-up will be in the role of the hunted.

Each of the two Signature drivers “powered by Volkswagen” has so far scored one victory this season. Together with their team-mate Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and the Volkswagen drivers from Team Motopark Academy, Matias Laine (Finland), António Félix da Costa (Portugal) and Kevin Magnussen (Denmark), they will enter new territory at Valencia: the Formula 3 Euro Series will race on the 4.005-kilometre track for the first time. Pre-season tests on the circuit in the east of Spain – at which the Volkswagen drivers set the fastest times – gave the squad a foretaste of this venue.

“We’ve experienced a positive start to the Formula 3 season,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “13 out of 17 possible victories in the Euro Series, the Formula 3 Cup and in Great Britain already bear the hallmark ‘powered by Volkswagen’. We want to continue these exploits at Valencia in order to create as good a starting base as possible for the remainder of the season.”

Signature drivers: taking momentum from the first races to Valencia

Victory for Edoardo Mortara in Saturday’s race at Le Castellet and another victory for Marco Wittmann in Saturday’s race at Hockenheim, which he tackled from the pole position: the season started extremely successfully for the drivers of Volkswagen’s partner team Signature. Accordingly, the two front runners in the championship will go into rounds five and six with lots of momentum. “I’ve got fond memories of Valencia because I finished the 2007 Formula BMW world finale there as the runner-up,” says Marco Wittmann. “I want to confirm my performance in the first four races of the season there and compete for podium positions again. There are many fast turns at Valencia, which require courage. You can squeeze some time out these corners. A good place in qualifying will be important because overtaking on this circuit isn’t easy.”

His team colleague Laurens Vanthoor on the other hand wants to make up his fair to middling start to the season. The Belgian who as champion of the German ATS Formula 3 Cup is contesting his first Euro Series season has set himself high goals for the Spanish round. “I think I was struck by more misfortune in the first four races of the season than in the past two years combined,” says the 19-year-old. “But the fact that my team colleagues were in the race for wins and podium places and I was close to them with the times I set in qualifying makes me equally optimistic as the tests at Valencia in spring did when I was the fastest driver. That’s why I’m very much looking forward to proving my strength in the races there.”

Kevin Magnussen reinforces Motopark Academy in the Euro Series

Team Motopark Academy is presenting a new driver: at Valencia, Kevin Magnussen will contest the Euro Series for the first time. The son of former Formula 1 and DTM racer Jan Magnussen will compete for Timo Rumpfkeil’s squad alongside Matias Laine and António Félix da Costa. Magnussen is mainly racing in the ATS Formula 3 Cup – also for Motopark Academy – and ranks third in the championship standings after one race win. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Great Britain), who contested the races at Le Castellet and Hockenheim for the racing team from Oschersleben, is no longer part of the line-up. Motopark Academy, which in 2010 is competing with the two-litre engine from Volkswagen for the first time, has so far clinched eleven out of twelve possible top-ten results.

Timetable, Valencia
Friday, 21 May 2010
08.30–11.15 Formula 3 Euro Series, Test
14.40–15.10 Formula 3 Euro Series, Qualifying (30 min)

Saturday, 22 May 2010
11.25–11.55 Formula 3 Euro Series, Race 1 (28 laps = 112.140 km)

Sunday, 23 May 2010
11.25–12.05 Formula 3 Euro Series, Race 2 (20 laps = 80.100 km)

TV Schedule, Valencia
Saturday, 22 May 2010
11.20–12.00 n-tv, Race 1 (live report)
16.30–17.15 Sport1, Formula 3 (reports)

Sunday, 23 May 2010
11.20–12.05 n-tv, Race 2 (live report)
23.00–24.00 Sport1, DTM-Magazin incl. partner series

Tuesday, 25 May 2010
11.20–12.05 n-tv, PS – Spezial Motorsport pur

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
00.30–00.55 n-tv, PS – Spezial Motorsport pur (re-run)
23.15–00.00 Sport1, Motodrom – Das Motorsportmagazin

Sunday, 30 May 2010
00.30–00.55 DMAX, DTM-Magazin incl. partner series (re-run)

– Volkswagen Motorsport

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