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New race schedule for the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series

The race schedule of the world’s toughest junior racing series has been modified in consideration of the newly-created FIA European F3 Championship. In 2012, the Formula 3 Euro Series will now have eight race weekends together with the DTM. At least 15 registered drivers from eight teams will battle it out in five European countries for the championship title.

In March already, Formula 3 Euro Series teams and drivers headed to Spain for pre-season testing. There, the new generation of Dallara chassis were successfully put to the test for the first time. Three of the new Euro Series teams, URD Rennsport, GU-Racing and the Angola Racing Team, also faced their opponents for the first time. German Lucas Wolf is URD Rennsport’s driver while Briton Philip Ellis is competing for GU-Racing. The Angola Racing Team has entered Angolan driver Luís Sá Silva, who has already experience in Formula 3 and completed as a guest driver in the 2010 Euro Series. Returnee Jo Zeller Racing from Switzerland completed all four days of testing with Sandro Zeller, who can also look back upon guest races in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

From the season opener at Hockenheim, the eleven Euro Series cars with Mercedes-Benz engines will be joined by at least four cars with Volkswagen machinery. These will be entered by one team that is already well-known from the past and one newcomer team. Both outfits have promised a strong driver line-up, the official announcements of which can be eagerly awaited within the next few weeks. Accordingly, the season opener at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg at the end of April will have at least 15 youngsters on the grid who will be determined to prove their skills in front of a huge crowd and the attentive eyes of their sponsors.

The new 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series schedule at a glance

27 – 29 April – Hockenheim I (D)
18 – 20 May – Brands Hatch (GB)
1 – 3 June – Red Bull Ring (A)
29 June – 1 July – Norisring (D)
17 – 19 August – Nürburgring (D)
24 – 26 August – Zandvoort (NL)
28 – 30 September – Valencia (E)
19 – 21 October – Hockenheim II (D)

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Carlos Sainz takes stage five in Dakar Rally

“I’m happy with my day, especially since dunes, desert and off-track terrain aren’t my favourite type,” said Sainz. “We drove a good special. After 100 km we caught up with then overtook Nasser.

“He had a puncture, but afterwards he clawed back a bit of time on us. Tomorrow it will be me opening the way and the roles will be reversed.”

Sainz is still in second place in the standings, three minutes and 18 seconds behind the Qatari driver, second today ahead of the third Volkswagen of 2009 winner Giniel de Villiers.

“We had a puncture and we lost time, but afterwards we came back again and caught Carlos, finishing in front of him,” Al-Attiyah said. “I’m quite happy to finish today without any problems.

“The car is working very well. Tomorrow it will be very interesting because we start in second position. As the first car, you always lose time. I am sure tomorrow will be better for us and we will try our best. We’ll follow Carlos, just follow…”