Formula BMW Asia launch

The inaugural 2003 Formula BMW Asia series was launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday. BMW ETCC driver Jorg Muller was at the event to explain to the press and potential teams the support package created by BMW. Five drivers below the age of 20 will win scholarships of ?35,000 towards their first season in the series, which will start at the F1 Malaysian GP meeting in March and will also visit Thailand, Korea, Japan and China

Formula BMW Asia launch

"The drivers will take part in the licence training course from January 5-8, which includes a test to secure the junior licence. To qualify, drivers must not be older than 20, nor have any prior experience in motor racing," said BMW Motorsport project manager Michael Muehlberger.

The licence training as well as the later scholarship qualifying will take place at the Formula BMW racing centre, located at the Valencia circuit in Spain.

A similar programme in Germany was established this year and was won by Nico Rosberg, the son of former F1 world champion Keke Rosberg.

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