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, overtaking Pablo Sanchez Lopez for third at the start, before working his way up to first despite strong opposition from Chris van der Drift and Maximilian Goetz.
Currently leading the driver classification, D’Ambrosio has been a regular visitor to the IFM podium, scoring two third place finishes in Pau and a second place in Valencia, but a win had eluded him until now.
Pole-sitter Goetz finished the race in second place, having spent the last few laps defending his position from van der Drift. The Dutchman finished in third, less than half a second behind.
26 cars reached the finish line, completing the 13-laps race and highlighting the Formula S2000’s reliability. Alan Racing’s Salvatore Gatto will start tomorrow’s race in pole position thanks to IFM’s reverse grid regulation.
Jerome D’Ambrosio, Cram Competition
"I got a really good start but I don’t think Sanchez Lopez did which helped! It’s actually a very difficult circuit to overtake on but I studied the data to see where the drivers ahead of me might be weaker than me and it helped. I knew where I wanted to overtake and that move worked on van der Drift but not on Goetz so I had to find another place! Thankfully it worked and I’m really happy with the win. The whole team has worked so hard to get there; it’s great to get this reward!"
Maximilian Goetz, ISR
"I got away really well but I didn’t keep the same pace throughout the race which helped D’Ambrosio. I had to work hard to make sure van der Drift didn’t overtake me so I’m happy with the second place. I think we can do better, the team is working very hard but today second place is good."
Chris van der Drift, J.D. Motorsport
"I always push hard and look for opportunities to pass so I was definitely looking to overtake Goetz. I was getting very close at some stages but he managed to keep the position. It was a good race though, I like this circuit and we’ll see for race two!"
International Formula Master Brno Race One Provisional Result
1. Jerome D'Ambrosio (BEL), Cram Competition
2. Maximilian Goetz (GER), ISR
3. Chris van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport
4. Alberto Costa (ITA), Euronova Racing
5. Rahel Frey (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport
6. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Alan Racing
7. Giuseppe Terranova (ITA), Alan Racing
8. Salvatore Gatto (ITA), Alan Racing
Eurosport’s live coverage of IFM’s third race weekend continues on Sunday, starting from 13.45 (local time) onwards.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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