Formula BMW UK wants 15-year-olds

BMW (GB) motorsport manager Peter Walker has confirmed the introduction of a Formula BMW UK track racing series in 2004. The new series will be promoted on the BTCC package over 10 double-header race meetings and BMW (GB) is pressing the MSA (the ASN) to allow 15-year-old drivers to participate. The 140mph 'spec' single-seater, previously run in Germany and Asia, is powered by a 140bhp K1200RS motorcycle engine

Formula BMW UK wants 15-year-olds

BMW (GB), which will offer prize money, scholarships and driver coaching in the package, is seeking special dispensation from the Motor Sports Association, the British ASN, for 15-year-olds to compete in a British single-seater championship for the first time.

"The Formula BMW championships in Germany and Asia are open to 15-year-olds and we're working closely with the MSA to ensure that we also have this new age limit," Walker said. "The over-riding philosophy behind the Formula BMW concept is to provide those with a proven track record in kart racing with a comprehensive insight into car racing.

"The series introduces talented young drivers to all the various demands of professional motor racing. Apart from honing their driving skills, this also entails physical fitness programmes and tuition in other aspects of the sport, such as technology, sponsorship and media work. Moreover, we're confident that BMW's pro-active role in the championship will make it easier for teenagers to join forces with teams and parents in finding sponsors for their training programmes."

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