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Felix Rosenqvist - Mücke MotorsportFelix Rosenqvist continues his rise towards the top of international motor racing by stepping up to Formula 3 Euro Series – the world’s leading Formula 3 championship – this year. The 19-year-old has signed a deal which will see him race with German outfit Mücke Motorsport, and becomes the first Swedish driver to commit to a complete campaign in the highly-rated series. Since its inception in 2003, Formula 3 Euro Series has served as a vital platform for several of the sport’s biggest names, with previous title winners including Nico Hulkenberg, reigning DTM champion Paul di Resta, Ferrari protégé Jules Bianchi and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.

“This is a truly fantastic opportunity and a big challenge,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “I learned a lot in the German championship last year, and feel fully prepared to take the next step. The best drivers are racing in Formula 3 Euro Series, and so that is simply where you have to be. Having seen the dedication with which Mücke Motorsport go about all their numerous racing projects, ranging from DTM to F3, I am very happy to be driving one of their cars this year. I am confident we will prove a strong combination.”

With a fresh set of sporting regulations – and a new-specification control tyre from official series supplier Kumho – 2011 marks somewhat of a new start for Formula 3 Euro Series. As a result, championship co-ordinators are hoping to level out some of the disparity between established and new drivers.

“We are excited to have such a talented young driver as Felix onboard for the up-coming season,” says Peter Mücke, team principal at Mücke Motorsport. “We had an eye on him throughout last year, and were convinced of his skill after some very impressive driving in Macau. He still has a lot to learn, but I am sure Felix will quickly find his feet.”

Rosenqvist’s manager, Joakim Wiedesheim, confirms substantial interest in the Swede following his first year in F3.

“Felix exceeded expectations last season, not least at the world finale in Macau, and that has resulted in an eventful winter,” says Wiedesheim. “Today’s statement clearly underlines that Felix is really beginning to establish himself, and this might not be the only positive announcement we can make ahead of 2011…”

Formula 3 Euro Series is one of the features of the popular DTM event package, and enjoys extensive coverage in world-wide media. During 2010, the championship was broadcast by 72 TV stations across 167 countries. This year’s Formula 3 Euro Series campaign kicks off at former F1 circuit Paul Ricard, France, on 1-3 April.

Ezra Idafar - Reem International CircuitBahraini racing driver Ezra Idafar continued his impressive form in the 2010/2011 WGA Chevrolet Supercars ME Championship during the latest round at Reem International Circuit in Riyadh on Thursday, 20th January, by securing his third victory of the season in the SC06 Class.

Marking his first experience of the technical 3.8-kilometre Saudi Arabian track, the 18-year-old quickly got to grips with the layout and after a trouble-free practice session he qualified second in class for both races.

Heading into the event with a 12 point lead in the SC06 standings, following a memorable double win during the first event of the season at Bahrain International Circuit in December, Ezra increased his winning streak to three during race one with a fantastic performance – including the fastest lap.

Getting away well at the start and wasting no time in taking the class lead, the Manama student ran close to the tail of the faster SC09 cars ahead. Improving with every lap, the outcome never looked in doubt and he sealed his third win on the trot in style.

Keen to maintain his unbeaten run, Ezra headed into race two second on the grid again in the SC06 Class but his participation came to a sudden conclusion at the beginning of lap two following a major engine failure.

Running in second place at the end of the opening lap, smoke started to appear from his Chevrolet Lumina. Shortly after crossing the start/finish line as he entered lap two, the V8 engine in Ezra’s car expired and he was forced to pull off the circuit at Turn One.

Although disappointed with the way his maiden weekend of racing at Reem International Circuit ended, Ezra‘s race one victory means he maintains his place at the top of the SC06 driver standings ahead of the return to Sakhir in Bahrain for round three of the season next month.

“I really enjoyed the racing in Saudi Arabia”, he commented, “It was great to win race one and I’m sure we could have challenged for the win again in race two but the engine blew. Obviously that was a shame but I still had a great time at Reem, it’s quite a technical track and is a lot of fun to drive.”

For the next event on the 2010/2011 schedule, the WGA Chevrolet Supercars ME Championship will return to Bahrain International Circuit on Friday, 18th February, and Saturday, 19th February, where the category will run as support to the high profile GP2 Asia Series.

2010/2011 WGA Chevrolet Supercars ME Championship SC06 Class Points:
1st Ezra Idafar

Photo by Chris Odukwe