ATS Formula 3 Cup to take a break in 2015

23. January 2015

The ATS Formula 3 Cup or rather its planned international successor series, the German Formula Open, will not take place in 2015. This decision was made by the Formula 3 Association in an internal meeting. Even before the start of the 2014 season the FIA had limited the regulations for national Formula 3 series to such an extent that it is no longer possible to contest the cup as a national series. Those requirements by the FIA were not changed ahead of the 2015 season. The entire Board of the Formula 3 Association regret to have to take this step and will make an effort to support young Formula 3 drivers in Germany and to revive the German Formula 3 in the near future.

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Qualifying postponed due to fog

It is one of the highlights on the racing calendar of the ATS Formula 3 Cup. And it is the first time after 2009 that the young race drivers compete as part of the support programme of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race. Dense fog turned today's schedule upside down. Race control postponed this morning's qualifying session to Saturday at 8.10 a.m., in order not to put the safety of the drivers at risk.

Jan Schwitter (Rennsport Rössler / Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge) and Thomas Amweg (Jo Zeller Racing / Dallara F311 Mercedes) will make their debut in the ATS Formula 3 Cup this weekend. However, the programme of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race needed to be modified due to dense fog. As a result, the 21 drivers and their teams, including local favourite Sebastian Balthasar (GU-Racing / Dallara F311 Mercedes), had to return to the paddock. With the security standards in mind, race control did not go through with the qualifying.

New time line
This is the new schedule for the ATS Formula 3 Cup within the support programme of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race: the qualifying will take place on Saturday at 8.10 a.m., the first race will follow in the time slot at 7.25 p.m. Race 2 will be cancelled without substitution. Race three will take place at the usual time, on Sunday at 1.45 p.m., directly before the start of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race.

It will be the first time since 2009 for the single-seaters to be racing at the 4.638-km Grand Prix track in the Eifel. It will mark the revival of a tradition since it is the fifth time that the fastest German Formula series is part of the support programme of the 24-Hour Race.