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24. July 2014

He outdid his competitors in the 2013 ATS Formula 3 Cup and completed the general qualification for motorsports with honours. Marvin Kirchhöfer won the German Formula 3 series in a commanding manner and is regarded as one of the most promising young talents. However, the rows behind him also saw future professionals who made fantastic progress in the last year contesting 27 races at seven different racetracks in Germany and Belgium. Sebastian Balthasar, the Trophy champion, has also achieved success. The winners of the championship and runner-up titles succeeded in taking their careers to higher motorsports series.

Pole position, debut victory and fastest race lap: Marvin Kirchhöfer achieved a phenomenal triple success in the fourth round of the 2014 GP3 Series in the support programme of the Formula...

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Maximilian Hackl to compete for Franz Wöss Racing

Maximilian HacklMaximilian Hackl will compete in a Franz Wöss Racing Dallara 307 Opel OPC in the ATS Formula 3 Trophy ranking. The 20-year old from Ruderting, Bavaria made an impact when he won a race in the 2012 season. And he intends to secure more podium positions in 2013. Franz Wöss will take on a double role, as the 55-year old from Schwarzenberg, Upper Austria will both contest the season with his own team and act as 2nd chairman of the Formula 3 Association for the first time.

Maximilian Hackl caused somewhat of a sensation in August 2012. The Bavarian celebrated a successful debut, both in the Franz Wöss Racing team and in the ATS Formula 3 Trophy ranking. Competing as a guest driver, Maximilian Hackl finished first. Three second places behind the later champion André Rudersdorf followed. As a result of these top positions, Maxi, as his friends call him, scored the sixth place in the overall standings of the 2012 ATS Formula 3 Trophy. The 20-year old finished ninth in the rookie ranking. Having scored two victories and two second places, Maximilian Hackl also grabbed the vice title of the Formula 3 Championship in his team's home country, Austria. His team principal secured the first place. “Maxi is a calm and determined guy who knows exactly what he wants to achieve and consequently pursues his goals,” says Franz Wöss. “He is able to improve in the race, knows what is going on and avoids pointless moves.”

Double role in the ATS Formula 3 Cup
Franz Wöss will not only contest the 2013 season with his own team but also act as 2nd chairman of the Formula 3 Association for the first time. The 55-year old from Schwarzenberg is familiar with the requirements of the teams and drivers. As the former organiser of the Austria Formula 3 Cup he knows exactly what is required at the racetrack. “I bring a lot of experience and can support and advise the board on decisions and planning matters.”

Maximilian Hackl will compete in a Dallara 307 Opel OPC in the ATS Formula 3 Trophy ranking, the chassis being Lucas di Grassi's world championship winning car of 2005 in Macau. “I am convinced that we have a great package, including the Dallara Chassis, a Spiess OPC engine and a Drexler gearbox,” says Franz Wöss.

Setting their sights on top positions
A decision is still pending on whether a second car will be entered for the season. Christopher Höher from Spittal an der Drau will compete in individual races. The young talent from Carinthia won the 2012 Austrian state championship for formula 1400 cars for Franz Wöss Racing. Maximilian Hackl will return from his work experience programme in Australia at the beginning of March. “I am determined to get back on the podium. Even though I am not sure yet how strong my competitors are, I intend to be one of the front-runners.”