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Going into the 2008 season, 16 year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist has signed for another year with Chinese-Italian team March3 Racing to compete on the Asian continent. Despite being a complete single-seater rookie, Felix finished fourth in last year’s Asian Formula Renault Challenge series and targets even better results this time – changing Championship to new Formula Renault installation Formula Asia 2.0 in order to compete with the very best of Asian motorsport. The series, which has already succeeded in signing a majority of the best Formula Renault teams from the region, will hold rounds in both China and Malaysia – and receives full international status from governing body, the FIA. The first tests will take place in the coming weeks.

“It is very exciting to be one of the drivers in the first-ever year of Formula Asia 2.0”, Rosenqvist says. “During last season, I got to know the team and learn how the car behaves, and it is a pleasure for me to be able to work with March3 Racing again. Having fought at the front of the field at the end of 2007, my obvious target will have to be to win the Championship, and I can’t wait for the first round of the series at Zhuhai on April 19-20”.

Rosenqvist, who secured the Asian Formula Renault Challenge “Rookie of the year” title last November, will be up against a number of highly competitive teams and drivers in what promises to be an exhilarating season for Asian motorsport. With a range of new series established this winter, the interest is greater than ever; especially in China. As one of the highlights in event package Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), Formula Asia 2.0 is set to be broadcast in more than 60 different countries worldwide.

“The pressure will be immense”, Felix concludes. “It will be all about performing at the highest level while competing in one of the most covered Championships single-seater racing has seen, but if I can do it successfully there will be plenty of opportunities to further strengthen my career. I would like to do one or two tests in an even more powerful category later this season, but my ultimate focus will be on Formula Asia 2.0 and developing together with March3 Racing. At the moment, we know that there will be at least 20 cars on the grid, and I look forward to this fantastic adventure with great anticipation”.

Anders KrohnIn a press-conference today at the Trallfa Industrier AS headquarters, It was revealed that Anders Krohn will be driving the US Formula 2000 Championship with Van Diemen factory team Andersen Racing in 2008. ”I am beyond happy about this! It has been an exciting off season, and I am glad to have been able to put this package together.” said Anders Krohn

2007 was a great debut year in single seaters for Anders, in which he secured 6 race wins, 9 pole positions and 11 podiums from 15 races to secure the Runner-Up spot in the Dutch&Benelux Formula Ford Championships. The wish was to move further up the racing ladder for 2008, and after a test with the Andersen Racing crew at Sebring International Raceway in Florida early January, it was clear that Formula 2000 and Andersen Racing was the highest wish. ”The staff at Andersen Racing were truly professional and the Formula 2000 car was great to drive. I had two great days with the team at Sebring, and we were right up there in the timesheets, so it couldn`t have gone much better” said an enthusiastic Krohn about the test.

On January 17th, Krohn signed a deal with Andersen Racing to drive the US Formula 2000 Championship (F2000 Championship Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tire). A well known and respected step in the Formula-car world, Formula 2000 has been the choice of many now-professional drivers. The 2008 season will consist of 14 races being held over 7 weekends, including famous events such as the Grand Prix of Cleveland, Grand Prix of Mosports and tracks such as Road America and Virginia International Raceway. In 2007, there were over 30 cars at each event, and with even more cars set to enter for 2008, it will be one of the largest fields in todays Formula-car world. ”Everything will be new for me this year. New car, new tracks, new team, new country and new culture. I am looking forward to every bit of it, and I am sure I will be able to do a good job together with the Andersen Racing crew. The fields this year will be huge, so it will be huge challenge to stay up there in every race in order to challenge for a top position in the Championship.” Anders said.

As well as fielding cars in the Formula 2000 and the Indy Pro Series, Andersen Racing is also the official development team for IndyCar team Rahal Letterman Racing. Anders will benefit from this through several symposiums with Bobby Rahal and his key staff. ”It`s the perfect opportunity for me to learn from the best, and hopefully good results in 2008 will lead to some doors being opened for the future.” said a happy Anders Krohn regarding the driver program put together by Andersen Racing and Rahal Letterman Racing.

The first race of the season will be held on April 19-20 at Virginia International Raceway. But before that time, Anders will test his brand new Van Diemen race car to be fully prepared together with the Andersen Racing team, for a tough 2008 season.

”I think we are headed into a great season, racing in the USA. It would not have happened without the help of my main sponsors Trallfa Industrier AS, Colosseum Dental AS and Kruse Smith AS, nor without the help from Andersen Racing. I am hoping to carry on the positive progression from 2007, and to be able to fight for wins also in 2008. This is a dream come true for me, and I am going to make sure I make good use of it.” ended Anders Krohn.