ATS Formula 3 Cup to take a break in 2015

23. January 2015

The ATS Formula 3 Cup or rather its planned international successor series, the German Formula Open, will not take place in 2015. This decision was made by the Formula 3 Association in an internal meeting. Even before the start of the 2014 season the FIA had limited the regulations for national Formula 3 series to such an extent that it is no longer possible to contest the cup as a national series. Those requirements by the FIA were not changed ahead of the 2015 season. The entire Board of the Formula 3 Association regret to have to take this step and will make an effort to support young Formula 3 drivers in Germany and to revive the German Formula 3 in the near future.

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Newcomer CR Racing Team is raring to go

Three drivers will contest the upcoming ATS Formula 3 Cup season in the Trophy ranking for CR Racing Team. While the ATS Formula 3 Cup is new territory for both Team Principal Andreas Germann and Thomas Warken, the third driver has competed in the series before. Christian Zeller contested twelve races in the German Formula 3 between 2003 and 2007. This year, the team from Pirmasens have a new lineup.

Christian Zeller has a lot of experience on race tracks. The driver from Freiburg finished last year's Austria Formula 3 Cup season in fourth place after a good season for the CR Racing Team from Pirmasens. They will contest the 2013 ATS Formula 3 Cup season supported by the Formula 3 Motorsports Association from Pirmasens. Having been involved in Formula sports since 1999, Zeller intends to achieve more success in his Dallara F308 with a Mercedes engine in 2013. “I have fond memories of my guest stints, especially of the good organisational work by Bertram Schäfer, but also of some cold deformations,” says Zeller.

Thomas Warken contested the 2012 Austria Formula 3 Cup season for the Franz Wöss Racing team. The driver from Püttling celebrated an unexpected victory at his guest stint in the Interserie championship during the DTM event. “Sporting success is essential but having fun with racing should be just as important,” says Warken, who will contest the 2013 season in a Dallara F303 OPC Challenge.

The team principal of the CR Racing Team, Andreas Germann, will also take part in a Dallara F305/07 OPC Challenge. He will enter the ATS Formula 3 Cup with his own team for the very first time. “We are a pretty young team. I guess, I have the least experience of the three of us, but we will do our best,” says the driver from the Palatine. “Our team is only complete with our race photographer, Heinz Mösinger, who documents all of our successes.” Germann has been involved in motorsports since the 1980s and secured several podiums in the Interserie championship last season. 

Newcomer is raring to go
The CR Racing Team has its origin in 2009, based on the idea of being involved in motorsports. The founders of the team, Klaus Schäfer and Team Principal Andreas Germann, were friends. Schäfer was not able to see the positive development of the CR Racing Team – he died suddenly in 2010. It was him who made up the team's name. CR stands for Claus Ritter. Germann fulfilled a dream by continuing his career in racing in 2010 under this alias. “I knew that it would not remain a secret for long,” says Germann. “That is why I am not using an alias any more these days. However, the name Claus Ritter will remain a part of our name, CR Racing Team, in honour of Klaus Schäfer.”