German Formula 3 celebrates a 70th birthday

18. March 2016

Bertram Schäfer is a legend of German Formula 3 sports. In 1976 and 1978 he won the German Formula 3 Championship as a driver. Later on, he managed the most successful racing team of the German Formula 3 history to date for several years. Seven championship victories, countless runner-up titles and about 80 individual wins by drivers from Schäfer’s team, including Stefan Bellof, Tom Kristensen or Nick Heidfeld. Bertram Schäfer was in charge of the founding of the Formula 3 Association in 1975 and has been active in the Board ever since. Today the “German Formula 3” celebrates his 70th birthday. A look back with Nick Heidfeld and Tom Kristensen at a very successful professional life.

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Perfect surprise: support for DTM and ADAC Zurich 24h Race

The ATS Formula 3 Cup will be part of the support programme of two DTM events for the first time in its history and will also be held during the weekend of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring for the first time since 2009. The drivers will compete at the Grand Prix circuit in the Eifel 17-19 May.They will also get a taste of touring car action at the Lausitzring (14-16 June) and at Oschersleben (13-15 September). The Formula 3 Association took a major step toward bringing more attention to the ATS Formula 3 Cup with the 2013 racing calendar.

It is the most popular international touring car series. Formula 3 is an integral part of the support programme. However, when the Formula 3 European Championship will not play support to the DTM events at the Lausitzring in mid-June and at the etropolis Motorsportarena Oschersleben in mid-September, there will still be Formula 3 races during both DTM race weekend. Young, international talents of the ATS Formula 3 Cup promise exciting battles and overtaking manoeuvres.

In a sensational development, the ATS Formula 3 cup will also be part of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring at the weekend of 17-19 May. Boasting more than 200,000 spectators, it is the biggest race event in the world. “We are very excited about creating this opportunity for our drivers,” says Bertram Schäfer, first chairman of the Formula 3 Association. “DTM is a major goal for many of our drivers. And we can help them getting closer to their dream.”

ADAC, a competent partner
A good collaboration with the ADAC is still the core of the ATS Formula 3 Cup. On six of the nine race weekends, the ATS Formula 3 Cup will be part of the support programme of the ADAC GT Masters weekend. Collective tests are possible again on Thursdays, except for the Sachsenring. This provides a perfect opportunity for the teams to save costs and to adjust the car to the driver under race conditions.

ATS Formula 3 Cup racing schedule:
26-28/04 Oschersleben (DEU), ADAC GT Masters Weekend
10-12/05 Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), ADAC GT Masters Weekend
17-19/05 Nürburgring / 4,585m (DEU), ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race
07-09/06 Sachsenring (GER), ADAC GT Masters Weekend
14-16/06 Lausitzring / 3,487m (DEU), DTM*
19-21/07 Nürburgring / 5,137m (DEU) ADAC GT Masters Weekend**
30/08-01/09 Lausitzring / 4,535m (DEU) ADAC GT Masters Weekend
13-15/09 Oschersleben (DEU) DTM*
27-29/09 Hockenheimring (DEU) ADAC GT Masters Weekend

* contract currently in negotiations / ** subject to final confirmation