Tom Dillmann appointed as Switzerland’s rookie in Down Under

Tom Dillmann appointed as Switzerland’s rookie in Down Under

27.12.2007: Tom Dillmann appointed as Switzerland’s rookie in Down Under

A1 Team Switzerland has appointed 20 year-old Tom Dillmann as its rookie driver at the fifth and six th rounds of the current A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season at Taupo (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia) on January 21 and February 3, 2008 respectively.

Dillmann has already tested for the team at Silverstone in August 2007, however his experience was limited to 30 laps on the track, but his results overall made team principal Max Welti decide to select the talented young driver for the rookie sessions at both rounds.

"I am really happy to be finally joining the team," said Dillmann. "I had an initial taste of driving in August and I am looking forward to more in the the rookie sessions. I will make use of my experience to best help Neel Jani and the A1 Team Switzerland on its third visit to Australia and to New Zealand even if I do not know the track and also do not know how to handle the car yet. I have followed the A1 Team Switzerland’s success very closely and am looking forward to continue helping them to the front of the field."

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland: "I am hopeful that Neel Jani will be able to share his experience with Tom Dillmann and that Tom won’t forget what he learned during testing in the summer. This will benefit our team and help prepare for another good weekend."

TOM DILLMANN’s biography:

Born on 6 April 1989, Tom Dillmann is one of the young racing hopes of the moment. Tom Dillmann's racing career started in karting with 9 years of age, and by 14 he was driving Formula-Renault 1600 and earned his first podium in Spa (Belgium), the first of many other podiums for the young driver and three podiums this 2007 season: amongst them Norisring and Barcelona.

By 2006, Tom Dillmann had not got any Formula 3 experience under his belt but was the only rookie of the ASM Formula 3 line-up. Dillmann contested the 2006 Formula Renault Eurocup and finished eighth. The youngster from Mulhouse secured three podium finishes but failed to make it to the highest step of the podium. In the season finale, held at Barcelona, he delivered his best performance by finishing second in both qualifying sessions and both races, with the new champion, Filipe Albuquerque, being the only man to defeat him.

Like Grosjean, Dillmann also secured his best result in France and in a championship he didn’t contest completely. Both at Le Mans and Magny-Cours, Dillmann won a round of the French Formula Renault Championship round he competed in only occasionally.

In 2007, Dillmann completed the driver line-up signed by ASM Formula 3 for the 2007 Formula 3 Euro Series season. Along with Frenchman Romain Grosjean he teamed-up with Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi and Germany’s Nico Hülkenberg, this year. Tom Dillmann is now part of the Red Bull Racing Junior team. He has been selected as the rookie A1 Team Switzerland in the Australian (Sydney) and New Zealand (Taupo) 2008 races.

Tom Dillmann

Web: www.tom-dillmann.com

Birthday: 06/04/1989
Place of birth: Mulhouse (F)
Place of residence: Rixheim (F)
Motorsport since: age 9 in 1998
Hobby: Karting, mountain bike
Favorite food: Swiss fondue
Favorite drink: Red Bull
Prepared Music: Ipop/Rock
Favorite Color: yellow
Helmet: Yellow and Blue and I have done the design
Favorite car: Aston Martin
Next on my list of things to do: Pass the Driving test when I get back from Australia

Career

1999-2002: Karting
2004: 5th place Belgian Formula Renault
2005: European Formula Renault
2006: European and French Formula Renault
2007: 9th place in F3 Euroseries (23 points and 3 podiums)  

 

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A1 Switzerland is a Swiss-based international racing team entering its third year of racing in the A1 GP series. After 11 events and 22 races around the world, A1 Team Switzerland finished the inaugural A1GP season as runners-up, winning from pole position in Dubai. Neel Jani won the sprint race and the feature race from the pole in Malaysia 2007-2008.

The drivers racing for their country in 2007-2008, for the third consecutive season will be Neel Jani and Sebastien Buemi as well as two lady rookie drivers, Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang who participated successfully to a shootout event at Silverstone in September 2007 and have the chance to represent their national team.

Tom Dillmann will be the Team’s rookie in Australia (Sydney) and New Zealand (Taupo).

A1 Team Switzerland’s selected best results Sprint race:

2 x 1st - Malaysia 2006/2007 (Neel Jani) and Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani)
1 win Malaysia 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)

Feature race:
3 x 2nd 2005/2006 South Africa (Neel Jani), Malaysia (Neel Jani), Portugal (Neel Jani)
1 win Malaysia 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)

Pole Position: Malaysia 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 (Neel Jani), Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani) Malaysia Sprint and Feature race 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)

First 2007 podium: Zandvoort (Neel Jani), Two wins on the podium: Malaysia (Neel Jani),

 

- Agnes Carlier -  photos Tom Dillmann and A1GP

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27.12.2007 / MaP

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