Formula BMW UK Championship

21 young guns pass first BMW licence course
The first licence course for "rookies" hoping to take part in the Formula BMW UK Championship took place on 1 and 2 December at the Formula BMW Racing Centre in Valencia, Spain.

As well as driving the Formula BMW racing car these 21 young guns took part in an education and training programme that gave them an overview on such subjects as vehicle dynamics, driving technique, regulations and health and fitness.

Britain’s Andy Priaulx, fresh from his successful first year in the European Touring Car Championship, Joerg Mueller former BMW Williams F1 test driver and Mike Strotmann, the chief instructor, ran the course.

Commenting on the course Andy Priaulx said: "We were all very impressed with the tremendous commitment and enthusiasm that these youngsters demonstrated during the licence course and I am sure that many have the ability to perform really well in Formula BMW and beyond."

As a result of successfully completing the course, all participants are now qualified to apply for an International C Licence.

BMW (GB) Ltd will invite 16 out of the 21 drivers to participate in the Scholarship Qualifying Course, to be held next year on 11 and 12 January in Valencia.

The main aim of this course will be to find the five BMW Scholarship winners. Each will receive sponsorship of £35,000 for the Formula BMW UK Championship 2004. Peter Walker, BMW GB Motorsport Manager said: "The five drivers who have shown exceptional talent will be rewarded with a scholarship that should produce a significant financial contribution towards their costs of competition in the Formula BMW UK Championship in 2004. The scholarship also includes a free education and coaching programme which will provide further benefits to these youngsters in their first year."

Published 7 December 2003 Melanie Carter

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