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The 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup events.

Five exciting on-track events awaited the participants of the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup en route to the "Grand Final" in Oschersleben. Numerous theory modules also ensured they were learning all the time. Find out more about the Formula BMW Talent Cup events.

Nottwil, April 2013, Fitness camp

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Ahead of the official start of the 2013 Formula BMW Talent season, the participants met in Switzerland for a four-day fitness training camp. An international training team, which advises Formula 1 luminaries such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton on performance-related training, provided the young motorsport talents with the foundation for fitness training and optimal preparation for competition.

Hamburg, April 2013, Seat fitting

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The Formula BMW Talent Cup class of 2013 took another important step towards the start of the season, which gets underway at the end of April in Calafat, by attending the all-important seat-fitting session in Hamburg. The cockpits of the single-seater Formula BMW FB02 racing cars were adjusted to fit the talented young drivers, who are being comprehensively prepared for a successful career in professional motor racing by BMW. This is an important aspect of the technical preparations, as only with an optimal seat position within the car is it possible to ensure that the drivers feel comfortable in the Formula BMW FB02 and can consequently produce the best possible performances over the course of the coming season.

Munich, 20th/21st April 2013, Welcome event

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The 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup season is officially underway. The talented young drivers, who BMW is preparing comprehensively for a successful career in professional motorsport, can now look forward to their first on-track event: BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt welcomed this year’s drivers to the Welcome Event at BMW Motorsport in Munich. In doing so, he gave the official starting signal for the 2013 season. Between now and autumn of this year, the participants will take to the track at renowned European racetracks, where they will face a multitude of driving challenges at the wheel of the BMW FB02 single-seater racing car. The talented youngsters will also receive comprehensive theoretical training.

Calafat, 26th-28th April 2013

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Circuit: Circuit de Calafat, Spain

Length: 3.250 kilometres

Corners: 16

Website: www.circuitcalafat.com

The class of 2013 in the Formula BMW Talent Cup has successfully completed a comprehensive training programme at its first on-track event of the year in Calafat, Spain. Each driver spent a good 200 laps at the wheel of the Formula BMW FB02 single-seater racing car over the course of the three training days at the 3.250-kilometre Circuit de Calafat, which is located about 140 kilometres south-west of Barcelona. The talented youngsters, who are receiving comprehensive preparation for a successful career in professional racing courtesy of BMW, also had to undergo more fitness tests. Technical workshops and extensive media training completed the first of seven practical training modules on the way to the “Grand Final” in autumn 2013.

Silverstone, 10th-12th May 2013, Simulator training

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Notable guest at the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup: BMW DTM driver Andy Priaulx paid a visit to the simulator training in the iZone Driver Performance Centre in Silverstone, and passed on some of his extensive knowledge to this year’s talented youngsters, who BMW is sustainably preparing for a successful career in professional motor racing. The three-time World Touring Car Champion and 2004 European Touring Car Champion was on hand throughout the three-day simulator training to offer assistance regarding strategic and tactical race preparation

Website: www.izoneperformance.com

Anderstorp, 7th-9th June 2013

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Circuit: Anderstorp Raceway, Sweden

FIA Grade: 2

Length: 4.025 kilometres

Corners: 8

Website: www.anderstorpraceway.net

The 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup drivers successfully completed their latest round of basic theory and practical courses at the Anderstorp Raceway in Sweden. The theory parts included the meaning of the many flags used during a race, as well as safety car rules and preparations for the start of a race. They then went straight out onto the racetrack and put these training elements into practice.

Silverstone, 2nd-4th July 2013, Simulator training

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The 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup participants visited the iZone Driver Performance Centre in Silverstone, where it underwent a series of comprehensive simulator training sessions in preparation for the next two on-track events.

“This was the second time this season’s drivers had travelled to the iZone Driver Performance Centre to complete an extensive programme of training modules,” said BMW works driver and head instructor Dirk Adorf. “The goal was to back up what they learned during the first simulator training course in Silverstone, and then to complete the intensive, individual preparations for the on-track events at the demanding circuits in Austria and Slovakia. All the participants successfully mastered these challenges. They have now completed their simulator training. I am already looking forward to the forthcoming two on-track events, at which the drivers will once again have to put what they have learned into practice.”

Website: www.izoneperformance.com

Spielberg, 10th/11th July 2013

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Circuit: Red Bull Ring, Austria

FIA Grade: 1

Length: 4.326 kilometres

Corners: 9

Website: www.projekt-spielberg.at

Nine weeks ahead of the season finale of the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup, Marvin Dienst dropped in to pay the current crop of talented racing drivers a visit. Last season’s winner was on hand to answer any questions the young drivers may have had during the on-track event at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. For the talented youngsters, the meeting with Dienst provided a welcome opportunity to glean valuable information on the “Grand Final”, which forms part of the support programme for September’s DTM race in Oschersleben. The winner of the three races will receive financial backing from BMW for a season in a higher-level single-seater series in 2014.

Slovakiaring, 6th-8th August 2013

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Circuit: Slovakiaring, Slovakia

FIA Grade: 3

Length: 5.922 kilometres

Corners: 14

Website: www.slovakiaring.sk

With four weeks to go until the “Grand Final” in Oschersleben, DTM Race Director Sven Stoppe visited the Formula BMW Talent Cup class of 2013 at the Slovakiaring to help with its comprehensive preparations for the highlight of the season. Stoppe, who has been responsible for ensuring that DTM races run in accordance with the rules and regulations since 2007, delved deeper into the extensive race regulations that will apply for all the participants at the season finale. Another focus of the course in Slovakia was a module on performance and enhancement coaching, which was run by Professor Dr. Dieter Hackfort from the Bundeswehr University Munich.

The talented young drivers were also able to put what they have learned into practice in three test races on the 5.922-kilometre Slovakiaring. In temperatures of up to 40 degrees near the Slovakian capital Bratislava, Jules Szymkowiak claimed two wins at the wheel of the standard BMW FB02, with Kaan Öner winning the third race.

Budapest, 16th-18th August 2013

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Circuit: Hungaroring, Hungary

FIA Grade: 1

Length: 4.381 kilometres

Corners: 16

Website: www.hungaroring.hu

A final four-day course at the Hungaroring allowed BMW’s international team of instructors to put the finishing touches to the twelve participants from seven different countries, as they prepare for the grand finale in Oschersleben. The course focussed on revising all the content, which had been covered comprehensively since the start of the programme earlier in the year. Technical know-how, knowledge of the rules and race strategies were run through one last time, the mental and fitness training was spruced up, and the drivers brushed up on the final modules of the media coaching, which formed an integral part of their training.

The highlight of the final on-track event before the “Grand Final”: Two test races at the 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring. Kaan Önder and Nico Menzel emerged triumphant.

Oschersleben, 13th-15th September 2013

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Circuit: etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Deutschland

FIA Grade: 2

Length: 3.696 kilometres

Corners: 14

Website: www.motorsportarena.com

Robin Hansson is the name of the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup champion. In the third and final race of the “Grand Final” in the etropolis Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben which is staged with the framework of the DTM, the Swede was crowned as the new champion of the training programme which BMW has designed to give talented young motorsport drivers on-going preparation for a successful career in professional motor racing. The “Grand Final” marks the end of this comprehensive training event for young motor sport talent within the framework of the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup, which this year saw eleven competitors from eight different countries. Nico Menzel and Michael Waldherr finished second and third overall, respectively, behind Hansson as the overall winner. During the course of the three final races, the podium places have been shared between seven different drivers. Further evidence of how well-balanced the field was this season. Now the path is clear for the 2014 Formula BMW Talent Cup season and the test dates for the new season will be announced shortly.