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Two dynamic and youthful brands, LAPIZTA and Function Jigsaw, have joined forces with up-and-coming British racing driver Cameron Twynham for his 2014 EuroFormula Open campaign.

Following a successful European F3 Open debut in 2013, the 18-year-old from Market Harborough graduates to the re-christened series’ top tier this season with Team West-Tec, for whom he finished second in last year’s Copa Class.

American watchmaker LAPIZTA – who count three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Penske IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves as an ambassador – are committed to sharing their passion for extreme sports and lifestyles through their similarly adventurous timepiece designs. The deal sees its logos appearing on LAPIZTA Crew member Cameron’s Dallara F312 single-seater, as well as its watches on his wrist, throughout the season.

The BRDC Rising Star and MSA Academy member will also receive backing from Leicestershire-based Function Jigsaw, a performance-focused company that specialises in sports testing and rehabilitation. Having previously worked with Team GB’s Winter Olympic athletes, World Superbike riders, elite rugby players and professional footballers, their expertise will now prove invaluable to maintaining Twynham’s fitness levels behind the wheel.

LAPIZTA and Function Jigsaw join existing partners Geodis Wilson, High5 Sports Nutrition and Mitchell Rubber Europe as valued supporters of Twynham’s 2014 programme.

Cameron Twynham: “I’m delighted to be working with these diverse and energetic partners throughout the season. With LAPIZTA, an ambitious lifestyle brand, it’s an amazing privilege to become one of their Crew alongside Helio, while Function Jigsaw’s proven expertise in physiotherapy will be vital in improving my overall fitness levels this year. I’m especially proud to be working with and promoting a local company on the international stage.”

Mauricio Acevedo, LAPIZTA Executive Vice President: “We are thrilled to welcome Cameron to the LAPIZTA Crew. He combines top performance with a true deep-seated passion for motorsports, the precise qualities embroiled in our racing watch collection. With his young, bold and fearless attitude, Cameron embraces and identifies with LAPIZTA’s core values and together we hope to spread that Infinite Passion with motorsport aficionados.”

Julie Hayton, Function Jigsaw Clinical Director: “We are pleased and proud to bring our multidisciplinary approach to Cameron’s preparation and athlete development. Our passion for sports recovery and progression has brought us to the forefront of our field. Applying our knowledge to both Cameron as an individual and his support team will hopefully benefit and enhance their overall performance.”

Meanwhile, Twynham’s impact closer to home has been recognised with the Pride of Harborough award for raising the town’s profile, while also receiving recognition in the Young Achiever of the Year category.

“To win one award and be amongst the finalists of another is incredible,” he added. “Beating The Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn was certainly unexpected! I’m always very proud to represent the town through my racing career, so hopefully I can do Market Harborough justice in 2014.”

This season’s EuroFormula Open campaign kicks off at the Nurburgring in Germany on May 3/4.

A new team name will be present on the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid this season in the form of Jagona Ayam with Carlin. Representing the team will be Indonesian Sean Gelael, Italian Antonio Giovinazzi and Briton Tom Blomqvist.

Sponsorship for the campaign comes from KFC Indonesia, Recapital (who recently purchased FC Inter Milan) and DMS Investama along with other high profile global companies. The three drivers will consequently race in the distinctive brand colours of Jagonya Ayam, in yellow Dallara F312s prepared by multiple F3 champions Carlin.

All three drivers have previous experience in the championship, with Blomqvist taking three podiums in 2013. Having contested two seasons in the championship, Blomqvist’s experience will be invaluable to both Gelael and Giovinazzi who enjoyed their first season in Formula 3 last year. Following a strong debut season in 2013, the Indonesian and Italian are looking to fight near the front next year.

Although the trio will make their racing debuts with Carlin this year, all three have experience of working with the team from winter testing in Jerez and Valencia in December.

“I am really excited to be joining Carlin,” said Gelael. “We had quite a few good days of testing in December at Jerez and Valencia. The team are so professional and give a young driver everything he needs to succeed.

“I will be part of a very strong team at Carlin so my aim is to learn as much as I can from my team-mates, and we can all move forwards together. I feel for 2014 I can start to focus on getting some good results and put Indonesia in the picture in one of motor racing’s most competitive championships!”

Trevor Carlin added, “We are very proud to be able to represent the Jagonya Ayam brand in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. We feel the combination of experience and potential of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin can compete for championship honours. This is a massive commitment from the sponsor and we are proud to be chosen as the team to take these Sean, Tom and Antonio forwards in their careers.”

The 2014 season will kick off with the first official test at the Hungaroring on the 4th April, with the first race of the season at Silverstone on the 18 – 20th April.

British racer Jake Dennis is the latest driver to be confirmed for Carlin’s 2014 assault on the FIA Formula Three European Championship. The 18 year old, who is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, will follow in the footsteps of Oliver Turvey, James Calado and Jack Harvey in his move to Formula Three with the British team.

Dennis has already enjoyed a strong junior career in motorsport, with numerous karting wins and Championship titles to his name before fighting to become the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion taking three wins in the process. His success that season saw him take the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC award.

Building on an already stellar career, Dennis moved to the Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 Championship for the 2013 season – a series in which he took one pole position and finished fourth overall. For 2014 Dennis takes on the new challenge of Formula Three; competing with Carlin, who in 2013 won races in the FIA Formula Three European Championship and clinched their ninth British Formula Three title.

Speaking of his upcoming season and his hopes for a strong rookie year, Dennis said, ‘I can’t wait for the season to start so that I can get out in the Formula Three car. The championship is very competitive and there is so much to learn and while it will be a big challenge I’m glad to be undertaking it with Carlin as I think we can be strong together.

‘Their reputation in Formula Three speaks for itself and if I can replicate what my Racing Steps Foundation predecessors have done then I’ll be extremely pleased. I also raced against Jordan (King) in Eurocup so to see how successful he was in his rookie year with Carlin is a big boost and I’ll be aiming for similar results myself.’

Trevor Carlin added, ‘We’re very happy to welcome Jake to our Formula Three team for the 2014 season, he has a good reputation and I’m sure his talent will shine through over the course of the upcoming year. We’re very proud to be working again with the Racing Steps Foundation, which is a fabulous initiative from Graham Sharp. We’ve created two vice champions and a British F3 champion together previously and we will be doing our upmost again for Jake at this important point in his career.’

Dubai based driver Ed Jones has signed with Carlin for the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The reigning Formula 3 Open Champion will compete for the first time with the British squad, who are race winners in Europe as well as nine times winners of the British F3 Series and 2012 Macau Grand Prix champions.

18 year-old Jones is a rising star in Formula 3, graduating as 2013 Formula 3 Open Champion following 10 podiums including six wins last season. Jones took the Formula 3 Open championship in a busy season which also saw him compete in Formula Renault 2.0 Euro and NEC as well as the Hockenheim round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Jones, who is the first of Carlin’s F3 team to be announced, will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Max Chilton and Daniil Kvyat who have all raced in Carlin’s F3 team before reaching Formula 1.

Speaking about his new team, Ed said, “Carlin have a fantastic reputation in Formula 3 and it is very exciting to be joining the team for the 2014 season. I completed several days testing with the team before Christmas and really enjoyed driving the car. I can’t wait to get on track for the first official test and build on our progress over the winter.”

Trevor Carlin added, “As reigning Formula 3 Open Champion Ed clearly has the pace to run at the front. He tested with us before Christmas and we were very pleased with his progress over that short time. Ed helped us with several technical changes and his feedback as well as his pace was very impressive. He settled into the team well and I’ve no doubt that he will be a real asset in 2014.”

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship will kick off in Silverstone from 18 – 20th April.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist brought the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign to an emphatic close by winning twice at this weekend’s season-finale at Hockenheim, Germany.

Rosenqvist wasted no time in showing his intentions ahead of the finale, topping Friday’s free practice session and bagging front-row grid slots for all three of the weekend’s races – including claiming pole position for Saturday’s Race 2. The 21-year-old Mücke Motorsport man then went on to control the opening race of the meeting after grabbing the lead off the line, eventually winning by 5.9 seconds over second-placed Raffaele Marciello (Italy). Rosenqvist later repeated his performance in the subsequent Race 2 to lead home a trio of cars from title-winning outfit Prema Powerteam.

In the season-ending final race on Sunday, the Swede finished second behind newly-crowned champion Marciello in a rain-hit event, in which the duo ran away from the rest of the field and took the chequered flag separated by just two tenths of a second. To further underline his pace, Rosenqvist – who ends up second overall in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings – posted the fastest lap of each of the three races.

“A really, really strong way to end the campaign,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “With two wins, a second place and three fastest laps this weekend, our pace has hopefully been there for everyone to see, and it’s great to have capped things off in this manner. We go away from here with some very strong results, and we have to be proud of what we’ve achieved this year. Big congratulations to Raffaele on winning the title; we’ve had some good battles this year, and I think we’ve spurred each other on throughout the campaign. Last but not least, I want to thank the entire team at Mücke Motorsport for a great season, and all of my fans and followers who have offered some truly fantastic support in good times and in bad. It has meant a lot to me, and I hope I’ve paid back for some of it this weekend.”

Felix Rosenqvist’s 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship CV includes a total of 10 race wins, 18 podiums, four pole positions and 10 fastest laps. The 21-year-old concludes the campaign sitting more than 100 points clear of third-placed Briton Alex Lynn. Alongside his championship accomplishments, 2013 has also seen Rosenqvist win the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 for a second time. As part of the award package on offer in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Rosenqvist will be given a World Series by Renault test in Spain later this year.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist put in a series of spirited fightback drives at the penultimate FIA Formula 3 European Championship round of the season at Vallelunga this weekend, as he battled to minimise the damage of a broken suspension that put him on the sidelines in the early stages of Saturday qualifying.

The qualifying adversity forced Rosenqvist to line up 27th and last for both the first and second race of the weekend – on a track notorious for its lack of overtaking opportunities. The 21-year-old would take no prisoners once the red lights went out, however, clawing his way back up to tenth and ninth respectively in the two races to earn himself some potentially decisive championship points.

In the final race of the weekend, Rosenqvist finished sixth after once again making up several positions from another lowly grid slot (also a consequence of his qualifying woes). The Mücke Motorsport man leaves Vallelunga – which he visited for the first time this weekend – still in second place in the overall standings, with title rival Raffaele Marciello using the benefit of home soil to open up a 45.5-point advantage with 75 points left up for grabs at next weekend’s Hockenheim finale.

“Results-wise, this was obviously a dark weekend, although we did manage to make the most of where we were after qualifying,” Felix Rosenqvist says. “Our chances were effectively ruined by one tenth of bad luck in qualifying – I hit a kerb from an unfortunate angle, and broke the suspension before I could set any representative time – but to fight back like that and actually score some points felt really good. I am disappointed at some of the on-track behaviour and some decisions taken this weekend – particularly in the final race, where I think some of our main rivals got away with some clear infringements – but that has only made me even more motivated for Hockenheim; and I will be going absolutely flat out again in a couple of days’ time.”

Felix Rosenqvist has now mathematically secured at least second place overall in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings, with third-placed Alex Lynn unable to overhaul the Swede regardless of the outcome at Hockenheim.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist fought back in the fight for the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title by claiming the maximum 75 points on offer – and winning twice – at Zandvoort this weekend.

Rosenqvist once again proved to be the man to beat at the Dutch venue – where he won the Masters of Formula 3 for a second time earlier in the year – as he blitzed the 27-car field to score two pole positions in Friday qualifying; one of them by a margin of more than four tenths. The Swede then finished second in the first race of the weekend, but was handed the maximum score of 25 points as he came home behind non-championship runner Daniil Kvyat – before going on to convert pole position into victory in both of the remaining races at the meeting.

Further underlining his pace, Rosenqvist notched up the fastest lap of both races two and three, while simultaneously bettering his own 2012 FIA Formula 3 European Championship lap record.

Rosenqvist’s Dutch performance means he has now reduced the deficit to championship rival Raffaele Marciello (Italy) from 72.5 to just 9.5 points, setting up an ultra-dramatic chase for the title with 150 points still up for grabs in the two remaining rounds of the campaign. Marciello and Rosenqvist are now more than 120 points clear of third-placed Alex Lynn in the standings.

“An absolutely incredible weekend; Zandvoort certainly is the place for me,” Felix Rosenqvist says. “I did not expect to go away from here less than ten points adrift of the championship lead, and the outcome of this weekend has put us firmly back in the title hunt once more. We’ve scored the maximum 75 points on offer, won two out of three races, topped qualifying and set two fastest laps and a new lap record – it certainly could have been a lot worse! Big, big thanks to the entire team at Mücke Motorsport for giving me such a great car this weekend. We now have to redirect our focus towards the final two rounds of the season, and we have to work as hard as we humanly can to try and maintain this form in Italy and Germany.”

The penultimate round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season will be staged at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga – a new acquaintance for Rosenqvist – on October 11-13. The finale takes place at Hockenheim (Germany) a week later.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist maintained his strong form in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Norisring this weekend, as he brought home two second-place finishes and racked up his sixth win of the campaign to make further inroads into overall leader Raffaele Marciello’s advantage at the top of the standings.

Rosenqvist – who arrived at the Nuremberg street circuit fresh from his historic second Masters of Formula 3 win in the Netherlands last weekend – took the chequered flag in second place in both of Saturday’s two races, before going on to overtake Marciello in a battle for the lead and break away to victory in Sunday’s concluding event. Before that, the 21-year-old Swede had underlined his pace by grabbing pole position in an exceptionally closely-fought qualifying session on Friday afternoon, in which he headed the timesheets with the ungraspable margin of just 0.001 seconds.

On his way to victory on Sunday, the Mücke Motorsport man yet again established another new lap record, meaning he now holds the current all-time Formula 3 benchmarks at no less than five international circuits in four countries. Rosenqvist’s performance came under mental strain, after he initially had to race under threat of disqualification following a suspected irregularity concerning a fuel sample. The FIA, however, eventually confirmed no wrongdoing, with Rosenqvist keeping all results.

“This weekend has been a bit of a psychological roller-coaster; and that makes me rate this win, and these results, very highly,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “After all that’s happened, it would have been easy to get distracted, but at the end of the day I go away from here with three podiums, one win and a new lap record – and I couldn’t have asked for more. To add to that, Norisring isn’t my favourite track on the calendar, so to actually be able to close the gap on Raffaele in the championship is more than I expected. The team once again gave me a fantastic car, and we have set ourselves up strongly for the final part of the season as we head to a number of circuits that I really enjoy. This has been a very special weekend, and one that I’ll never forget!”

Felix Rosenqvist now sits just 24.5 points adrift of Marciello in the overall FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings. The next round of the campaign sees the series remain on German soil, as it pays its annual visit to the Nürburgring on August 16-18.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist will take part in the 2013 RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, as he makes his third consecutive start in the prestigious standalone event. Rosenqvist became the first Swede ever to win the Dutch classic with a triumphant performance on his debut in 2011, and is once again set to represent his regular outfit Mücke Motorsport. The 21-year-old will head into the blue-riband race sitting in second place overall in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings, having installed himself in the F3 history books with an emphatic clean-sweep of victories at the latest round of the season in Austria.

“It feels great to be back on the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 grid again this year,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “My 2011 win remains one of my fondest memories, and – considering our recent form in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship – we have reason to be optimistic about our chances. Still, I am absolutely convinced that this will mark a real challenge for us. We will be racing on different tyres to those we use during the rest of the season, and that has a very significant impact on the car. Having said that, however, we did gather plenty of data last year, and that will hopefully allow us to field a strong package and fight for the win.”

The RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 is an esteemed highlight on the international junior single-seater calendar, and widely regarded as one of the two most important F3 events on the globe next to the end-of-season Macau Grand Prix in China. Apart from Rosenqvist, the list of previous winners includes the likes of Formula 1 stars Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg, Jules Bianchi and Valtteri Bottas.

“We are excited to return to the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 together with Felix next month,” says Peter Mücke (Mücke Motorsport team principal). “He heads into the race as the only previous winner on the grid on the back of our 2011 victory, and he is certainly one of the favourites again this time around. Felix’s European Championship results speak for themselves – what he did in Austria last time out was absolutely spectacular – and we will do everything we can to keep it all up at Zandvoort.”

The RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 takes place on July 5-7.

Photo by Mattias Persson.

Felix Rosenqvist, Red Bull Ring 3Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist made history by becoming the first driver in the existence of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to complete a clean-sweep of event victories, when he put in a dominant performance to win all three races on offer at the Red Bull Ring, Austria, this weekend. Rosenqvist’s tremendous form, which saw him underline his trio of victories with a new all-time F3 lap record around the former Grand Prix venue, sees the 21-year-old reduce the gap to championship leader Raffaele Marciello by a full 50 points – now sitting just 27.5 behind the Italian going into the second half of the season.

“Absolutely amazing; this is the best weekend so far in my career,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We have always been strong at the Red Bull Ring and I did have a good feeling going into this weekend, but winning all three races is obviously a dream scenario not even I could have hoped for. Likewise, becoming the first driver ever to achieve it is just fantastic, particularly given all the great names that have been a part of this championship over the years. This is a massive sign of quality from the entire team, and I really want to thank everyone at Mücke Motorsport for making this possible. We have taken a small but decisive step forward with the car, and from a driving point-of-view, I have been very confident all weekend. The best possible way to get into the summer mood!”

Rosenqvist qualified on the front row of the grid for the first race of the weekend, which he went on to control after passing polesitting Red Bull protégé Daniil Kvyat at the start; eventually taking the chequered flag an emphatic 14.3 seconds ahead of the rest of the 28-car field. Rosenqvist later mirrored his performance in Race 2, before using an ultra-determined move around the outside of Kvyat to secure victory in the concluding race on Sunday morning. In doing so, the Swede became the first man ever to claim the maximum 75 points on offer at each weekend of European Championship racing, while further emphasising his pace by posting the fastest lap in each of the three races.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship now enters a six-week summer break, with the next round set to take place at the Norisring street circuit in the German city of Nuremberg on July 12-14.

Photo by Mattias Persson.