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Countdown for a myth

Countdown for a myth

13.05.2013: ATS Formula3 during 24h Nürburgring 2013 The ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race is considered the biggest race event in the

ATS Formula3 during 24h Nürburgring 2013



The ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race is considered the biggest race event in the world: There is no other race with about 180 vehicles and 650 drivers participating. The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring with a length of more than 25 kilometres, the more than 200,000 spectators and the organisation team of about 2,000 people are also superlative.


And the twenty drivers contesting in the ATS Formula 3 Cup, including local hero Sebastian Balthasar, will be part of it. It will be the first time since 2009 for the singleseaters to be racing at the 4.638-km Grand Prix track in the Eifel. It will mark the revival of a tradition since the German Formula 3 Association will compete at the Nürburgring for the fifth time.


The attractive support programme, including the races of the ATS Formula 3 Cup, will now boast another major attraction. Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will complete a lap in a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02 at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife before the start of the 24-Hour Race on Sunday, to say thank you to his fans for their long loyalty and support during his Formula 1 career.


The young talents of the ATS Formula 3 Cup aim to be just as successful as Schumacher. He is one of them after all, having won the International German Formula 3 Championship in 1990 and achieving exceptional success later on.


Local hero Sebastian Balthasar from Cologne, who contests for the GU-Racing team, is looking forward to the weekend. “I cannot wait for the race! Driving in front of such a huge amount of spectators is a privilege. The track is great and it will be a lot of fun.”



The myth of the Nürburgring



The participation at the biggest motorsports event in the world was made possible by a very long and good contact between Bertram Schäfer, the chairman of the Formula 3 Association, and Peter Geishecker, the former sporting director of the ADAC Nordrhein.


“Peter has been positively disposed towards the ATS Formula 3 Cup and has always been very supportive,” says Schäfer. “We will set up in the historic paddock this year which is a nice reminder of old times.” The Nürburgring is legendary.


 “Just hearing the name makes you dream. Having the opportunity to drive on this track is a gift,” says an enthusiastic Luca Iannaccone from Rome. “You hear the voices of the champions of former times like Caracciola and Regazzoni.”


And Matteo Cairoli from ADM Motorsport adds
, “I especially love the turns on this track. The Nürburgring is an absolute favourite of mine.”


Since the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race will start at 5 p.m. on Whitsunday for the first time, the drivers of the ATS Formula 3 Cup will contest two races on Saturday (8.15 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.) and one on Sunday (1.45 p.m.) directly before the start of the big event.


Bettina Eichhammer- photo Formel3 Vereinigung

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13.05.2013 / MaP

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