More of ‘The Real Thing’ for Nordic

Coca-Cola is to increase its involvement within the FIA International Formula 3000 series by increasing it's backing of the Nordic Racing team for the 2001 season

More of ‘The Real Thing’ for Nordic

The Central European division of the drinks giant will have its livery on the Nordic Racing Lolas of Justin Wilson and Tomas Enge, representing a major coup for the Norfolk-based outfit.

"I am absolutely delighted," said team boss Derek Mower of the deal which was announced in Prague on Monday. "We have an excellent sponsor and two good drivers with the potential to do the job properly and it is very exciting."

Nordic carried the Coca-Cola logo on Justin Wilson's car for the last four races of this season and at the time it was tipped as a possible toe-in-the-water for Coke before moving onto bigger things in Formula 1. But the company is sticking with increased backing in F3000 for the immediate future.

"We are looking forward to building our relationship with Nordic," said Mark Hope from Coca-Cola. "They have two top drivers and we are expecting big things."

Tomas Enge is moving to Nordic from the McLaren Junior team. The Austrian scored one win this year at Hockenheim, but it is unlikely the McLaren team will compete in F3000 next year.

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