Britain’s Michael Meadows, son of Honda F1 Sporting Director Ron Meadows, will race in International Formula Master’s (IFM) rounds at Brands Hatch on 22-23 September with Euronova Racing.
Currently racing in the Lloyds TSB British Formula 3 International Series, the 20-year-old from Banbury, UK, is able to race IFM’s Formula S2000 in front of his home crowd thanks to a non-clashing calendar and joins team-mates Italy’s Alberto Costa and Frenchman Pierre Ragues to complete the Euronova Racing Brands Hatch line-up.
"I’m looking forward to a good performance at Brands Hatch and hopefully a podium," said Meadows who started his single-seater career by winning a scholarship with BMW in 2005. "It’ll be nice to put on a good show for the British crowds and give them something to cheer for!
"I tested the Formula S2000 in Lausitzring a few weeks ago but my knowledge of the car is still limited compared to the other drivers. I know Brands Hatch really well though so I think things will even out thanks to my track knowledge."
Michael’s dad Ron, has been instrumental in securing the IFM drive for his son and believes the Series to be a serious step for any driver.
"I’ve been watching IFM with interest since the very beginning and have kept a close eye on its progress ever since," said Ron who holds over 20 years experience in motorsport including 10 years in Formula 1.
"It really looks like it’s going places. When you compare the Series to Formula 3, F3 has no TV coverage and it’s expensive whereas IFM has a much stronger package. And the cars are as fast as F3 single-seaters!"
Today’s official IFM test in Monza, Italy, saw Team Bicar Racing taking part with Italian driver Marco Mapelli as well as IFM’s first two Japanese drivers Hajime Sugino and Yuhi Sekiguchi, both testing for Euronova Racing.
Iris Project’s Roberto Merhi completed today’s line-up of guest drivers. The 16-year-old Spaniard is leading the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 driver classification as well as competing in the Formula Renault Eurocup.
Marco Mapelli is currently fourth in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship whilst Hajime Sugino races in the Asian Formula Renault Challenge and Yuhi Sekiguchi in Formula 3 Japan.
"The car was really nice to drive," said Sekiguchi. "Although it was my first time at Monza which meant I had to spend some time learning the track, I really enjoyed myself today and was able to drive competitively very quickly."
Team-mate Hajime Sugino added: "I have less racing experience than Yuhi so this was a very good learning experience for me. I really like the car and have followed the Series closely so it was very good to take part today."
IFM rounds 13 and 14 will take place at Brands Hatch, United Kingdom on 22 and 23 September 2007.
As an exciting new single-seater series, IFM offers young, aspiring drivers the chance to prove themselves on an international stage (as it is part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship race weekend package), training and preparing them for the highest echelons of single-seater racing in front of a global TV audience provided by Eurosport.
Featuring N.Technology’s Formula S2000 race car with electric gearshift and clutch paddles and advanced aerodynamics, the car weighs just 550kg including the driver and runs on control tyres by Yokohama. It has already secured 2008 FIA homologation approval – a world first – and has generated excitement from all sectors thanks to its dynamic styling, light-weight body and powerful engine.
International Formula Master’s sensational debut is definitely attracting attention from other championships and last weekend the paddock saw a new entry from the ranks of World Series by Renault.
Daniil Move, who currently drives for Interwetten Racing in the rival series, drove Alan Racing’s Formula S2000 and says he will be back for Monza later in the season.
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After its 11th and 12th round at Oschersleben last weekend, International Formula Master (IFM) headed to the famous Lausitzring for a two day test, which saw J.D. Motorsport’s Kasper Andersen setting the overall fastest lap time at the German circuit.
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In what is possibly the best International Formula Master race of the season so far J.D. Motorsport’s Chris Van der Drift came out best of an eight-way battle for victory in Oschersleben, Germany this morning.
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Podium celebrations for Chris Van der Drift, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Norbert Siedler
International Formula Master (IFM) leader Jerome D’Ambrosio cut through the pack in this afternoon’s race at Oschersleben to win at the German circuit and extend his considerable poin weiter >>
Cram Competition’s Jerome D’Ambrosio secured a fantastic win at today’s first International Formula Master (IFM) race at Oschersleben, Germany, finishing ahead of Chris Van der Drift and Norbert Siedler.
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POLE POSITION FIRST FOR INTERNATIONAL FORMULA MASTER
Today’s International Formula Master (IFM) qualifying at Oschersleben saw a fierce battle for pole position as the Series enters its final stages.
The first half of the session was dominated by points leader, Jerome D’Ambrosio, but as the minutes ticked by drivers gained ground on the Belgian until J.D. weiter >>
Today’s International Formula Master’s (IFM) free practice sessions at Oschersleben tested drivers’ ability to adapt as rain frequently interrupted the 30-minute sessions.
J.D. Motorsport’s Kasper Andersen and Promotorsport’s Salvatore Gatto came out best in the Formula S2000 with Andersen posting a time of 1:22.219 in the first session and Gatto coming in first at 1:24.6 weiter >>
Luca Persiani at the wheel of his Formula S2000
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Fastest man today, Marco Bonanomi, at the wheel of the Formula S2000
International Formula Master teams took part in the Series’ official test day at Oscherleben, Germany today with Euronova Racing’s Marco Bonanomi topping the timesheets.
The Italian set fastest times throughout the day, optimising his set-up expertise in the run-up to IFM’s next rounds o weiter >>
IFM round 10 start at Anderstorp today
ADM Motorsport’s Norbert Siedler claimed his second win of the season, and his second in successive race weekends, today in round 10 of International Formula Master at Anderstorp, Sweden.
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IFM ROUND 10 RACE – ANDERSTORP
Weather conditions played into Norbert Siedler’s hands for today’s International Formula Master race in Anderstorp where the ADM Motorsport’s driver choice of racing on slick tyres paid off dramatically.
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IFM round nine's top three on track today in their Formula S2000s
Dry weather held for today’s International Formula Master race in Anderstorp, Sweden; with J.D. Motorsport’s Kasper Andersen taking the win in front of the attending crowds.
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J.D. Motorsport's Kasper Andersen taking the chequered flag
Scandinavian Kasper Andersen won on home ground today for round nine of International Formula Master, in Anderstorp, Sweden.
The Dane started his race in fourth position, making up two places at weiter >>
Following a decision by the race stewards, the classification for today’s International Formula Master (IFM) qualifying session has changed.
A number of cars were found to have improved their lap times under yellow flags following an incident which saw car number 29 go off-track.
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Pole-setter Jerome D'Ambrosio on track today
Heavy downpours dominated today’s Swedish qualifying for round nine of International Formula Master (IFM) in Anderstorp with Cram Competition’s Jerome D’Ambrosio eventually claiming pole position.
No less weiter >>
Over ten million people have already tuned in to watch International Formula Master’s (IFM) high-octane racing on Eurosport; making the Series’ live coverage one of most popular four-wheeled programme broadcasted by the channel.*
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With the first half of the season over, International Formula Master’s (IFM) young drivers are predicting another action-packed race weekend at Anderstorp, Sweden for round nine and 10 of the Series.
The 28 and 29 July races are taking place at the biggest of all Scandinavian tracks, Anderstorp, which promises plenty of overtaking amongst IFM’s fleet of 30 drivers with i weiter >>
INTERNATIONAL FORMULA MASTER -ROUND SEVEN AND EIGHT – PORTO
Porto was the scene of another high-octane race weekend for International Formula Master’s (IFM) with the Series second visit to a street circuit. Newcomer Norbert Siedler ruled Sunday’s track action with solid performances from other IFM rookies Erik Janis and Marco Bonanomi.
This weekend weiter >>
ADM Motorsport’s Norbert Siedler completed a superb rookie weekend by winning round eight of International Formula Master (IFM) today in Porto.
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SANCHEZ LOPEZ TAKES SECOND SERIES WIN UNDER SAFETY CAR
Alan Racing’s Pablo Sanchez Lopez won today’s round seven of International Formula Master (IFM), adding to his previous street race win at Pau, closely followed by Promotorsport’s Marcello Puglisi and Cram Competition’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.
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Damp and misty conditions provided the backdrop for this morning’s International Formula Master (IFM) qualifying session as the drivers fought for round seven’s pole position.
Alan Racing’s Pablo Sanchez Lopez eventually claimed the top spot with a fastest time of 1:54.652, the only driver to go below the 1 minute 55 seconds, followed by Promotorsport’s Marcello Puglisi weiter >>
IFM DRIVERS INCREASE PACE IN SECOND SESSION
International Formula Master’s (IFM) young stars put their driving skills to the test on the fast streets of Porto, Portugal today for the first time with Nicola Maulini and Chris van der Drift coming out on top from the two testing sessions.
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Street circuits have already provided plenty of excitement for the young International Formula Master (IFM) drivers this season and next weekend’s races in Porto promise to do the same.
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IFM race winner Jerome D'Ambrosio
Close racing was the order of the day for International Formula Master’s (IFM) fleet of 30 racers today with Cram Competition’s Jerome D’Ambrosio taking the first win of the weekend.
The 21-year-old fought hard throughout the race weiter >>
THE HEAT IS ON IN BRNO
Pole position belonged to Maximilian Goetz in today’s qualifying session for International Formula Master’s round five in Brno, despite strong opposition from the rest of the field.
The ISR driver dominated both practice sessions, claiming first place each time, before posting a superb qualifying lap of 1:52.643.
With track weiter >>
Following International Formula Master’s (IFM) action-packed first two race weekends, Czech Republic’s Automotodrom in Brno has a lot to live up to as it welcomes IFM’s young racers.
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ROUND THREE AND FOUR
International Formula Master’s (IFM) second race weekend delivered non-stop action throughout the three-day event in Pau, France, with torrential downpours, high-speed battles and another historical win for the Series.
Saturday saw a weiter >>
Another piece of International Formula Master (IFM) history was written today with the Series’ youngest driver Pablo Sanchez Lopez storming to a stunning win in Pau, France.
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Motorsport fans enjoyed a superb first race in Pau today for round three of International Formula Master.
The Series’ young drivers proved they could handle a difficult start on the tough streets of the Pyrenees town and completed their first lap without a hitch. weiter >>
International Formula Master's young charges got their first taste of street racing today in the picturesque Pyrenees town of Pau as the Series' second race weekend began in France.
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Racing on street circuits is notoriously difficult but International Formula Master’s (IFM) fleet of young drivers are ready and eager to take on the famous Pau track for round three and four of the Series.
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International Formula Master concluded its first weekend with another action-packed race today to the delight of motorsport fans attending the Spanish circuit at Valencia.
Today’s on-track highlights included a dramatic start with Alberto Costa and Juho Annala fighting for the lead and Chris va weiter >>
Motorsport fans were treated to another superb race from the brand-new International Formula Master Series today for round two in Valencia.
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Motorsport fans today witnessed the dawn of an exciting new tier in the global single-seater hierarchy, as International Formula Master burst into life in Spain with one of the most successful debut races in recent history.
On its first competitive outing, 27 of the 31 Formula S2000 race cars completed the full 19 laps at Valencia, engaging in some riveting battles!
Alan Racing’s Salvatore Gatto claimed his place in motorsport history today in Valencia by becoming the first International Formula Master (IFM) race-winner ever.
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Qualifying for the first-ever International Formula Master (IFM) race meeting produced some stunning performances across the 31-strong field today in Valencia.
Germany’s Maximillian Goetz claimed pole position for Team ISR in tomorrow’s first race within the first few minutes of the session with a time of 1:29.133. Salvatore Gatto will start alongside him for Alan Racing weiter >>
I remember first hearing about International Formula Master towards the end of last year. The enthusiasm surrounding the concept was palpable, not just amongst organisers but within the sample study of drivers, teams and sponsors as well.
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International Formula Master:
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20 MAY VALENCIA SPAIN
3 JUNE PAU FRANCE
17 JUNE BRNO CZECH REPUBLIC
8 JULY PORTO PORTUGAL
29 JULY ANDERSTORP SWEDEN
26 AUGUST OSCHERSLEBEN GERMANY
23 SEPTEMBER BRANDS HATCH GREAT BRITAIN
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Jon Barnes (Team JVA) and Giuseppe Terranova (Alan Racing) on track today in Valencia
Spain’s hot sun shone on International Formula Master’s (IFM) first day of testing today in Valencia as teams prepared for the Series' inaugural race on Saturday.
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Heini Mader in Hockenheim.
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INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FOR EXCITING NEW SERIES
After months of anticipation and hard-work, International Formula Master (IFM) will make its racing debut on 19 May at Valencia as part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship race weekend.
The Series has already gathered an impressi weiter >>
Bruno Senna, before he tested the Formula S2000 at Monza today.
International Formula Master teams and drivers completed their first test of the brand new Formula S2000 race car at Monza today and unanimously heaped praise on the Series.
The s weiter >>
Formula S2000 single-seaters at Monza
Expectant drivers got their first taste of the brand new Formula S2000 single-seater today, as International Formula Master (IFM) burst onto the motorsport scene at Monza.
Day one of the official IFM shakedown left weiter >>
International Formula Master will come alive tomorrow, when the full grid of 33 confirmed drivers get their first chance behind the Formula S2000 wheel at Monza.
The prestigious venue is an appropriate backdrop as motorsport history is made with the introduction of the first inte weiter >>
Experten sind überwiegend der Meinung das diese Serie eine Zukunft haben kann.
Wichtig ist das die Finanzen und die Beteiligung der Teams 2 Jahre mit aufstrebender Tendenz anhält.
Ist das nicht sichergestellt könnte er Einbrüche geben. Wir haben im Formelsport bereits diverse etablierte Serien. Vorteil der von den Herstellern lancierten Formel-Championaten ist die weiter >>
International Formula Master (IFM) concluded its final test today at Vallelunga with a month to spare before the Series’ Formula S2000 race car makes its competitive debut in Spain.
The two-day test marks the end of the 2-litre single-seater’s development and the brand new Series is continuing to gather pace with the announcement of a further nine new drivers today. weiter >>