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Palmer wins Formula Two tender

MotorSport Vision (MSV) has won the tender to supply chassis and engines for the new Formula Two championship, the FIA announced on Monday.

Following a fax vote of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, it was agreed that MSV will promote the championship as well as run the cars.

The new car will be designed by the Williams Formula One team and will incorporate a turbocharged 1.8 litre Audi engine and be built to Formula One-level safety standards.

The first prototype car is on schedule for its testing debut in November, with the championship due to start in May 2009. The series will include eight double-header rounds.

MSV is run by former grand prix driver Jonathan Palmer and owns and operates five circuits in the UK. The company has run the Formula Palmer Audi racing championship for the last 11 years.

"The objective is to make top-level international single-seater racing available to drivers who at present have difficulty in raising enough money to demonstrate their talent," said FIA president Max Mosley.

"Formula One and other major championships will benefit by being able to draw on a far larger pool of drivers, while competitors from countries which do not yet have an established motor racing structure will find it easier to make progress.

"We hope to reveal talent that might otherwise never have emerged and we look forward to seeing drivers coming into Formula One with Super Licences gained in Formula Two."

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