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01/11/10
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Palmer Audi Series announces F2 prize  The 2010 Formula Palmer Audi Championship is now launched and offers young drivers an opportunity to win the biggest prize in British motorsport, as this year’s champion will receive a remarkable £100,000 scholarship prize towards a drive in the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship.

As well as offering a huge financial reward for the 2010 champion, series organizer MotorSport Vision has further enhanced its prize offerings this season to include an official Formula Two test for the top six finishers in this year’s FPA championship.

MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said: “Clearly the current economic climate continues to be challenging and our philosophy with both FPA and F2 is to provide exceptional affordability, which has never been more important.  Whoever wins the 2010 FPA Championship will be an outstanding talent, most deserving of progressing to F2 en route to their F1 dream, and I wanted to have a championship prize that was going to make a real difference to that driver’s chance of progressing their career.  With our record £100,000 scholarship prize, the cost of a Formula Two season for the FPA championship winner is likely to be around just £185,000, which is an incredibly low sum for an F1 feeder championship.

“Once our 2010 FPA champion is in F2 he will in turn have the chance to challenge for the title and the stunning reward of a test with the Williams F1 team, to help enable him to achieve his goal of a Formula One race drive.”

The 2010 Formula Palmer Audi Championship will take place over 20 rounds at seven UK circuits. Highlights include an outing on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit supporting the British F3 and GT Championships, along with a four race format for the season finale at Silverstone in October. The full calendar will be announced shortly.

Other enhancements for FPA include the installation of new onboard video cameras to all vehicles to aid driver performance analysis.  Jonathan Palmer said:  “We have already pioneered on board cameras in F2 with the drivers being able to have access to all their footage within minutes of a session ending.  Our F2 drivers have found this to be of great benefit in developing their skills.  As part of our commitment for FPA drivers to have the best learning opportunities at the lowest cost we are now extending this opportunity to them.”

The 2010 Formula Palmer Audi Championship costs just £59,500 +VAT and applications for drives are now being considered.

For further driver information please contact James Gornall, Formula Palmer Audi Championship coordinator, on 01234 332439 / james.gornall@formulapalmeraudi.com.
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