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F3: Rising stars to do battle in masters event

Five British drivers will be among the up-and-coming racing talents competing in the Masters of F3 all-star race to be held at Zandvoort this weekend.

This year’s race includes entrants from the British F3 International championship, F3 Euro Series, German Formula Three and GP3.


Former McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver award-winner Alexander Sims is one of a strong trio from ART Grand Prix, which also includes last year’s winner Valtteri Bottas.

Formidable opposition will come from the Signature quartet, led by F3 Euro Series front-runner Edoardo Mortara, and the four Carlin cars which include British F3 leader Jean-Eric Vergne and race-winner Rupert Svendsen-Cook.

William Buller’s Hitech Racing, Mücke Motorport, Prema Powerteam, Wayne Boyd’s Sino Vision Racing and Motopark Academy all have two or three cars running, and Manor Motorsport is involved with two, including a partnership with Hywel Lloyd’s CF Racing.

The event – a European-based and less cosmopolitan version of the end of season Macau Grand Prix – has been held annually since 1991, with winners such as David Coulthard, Takuma Sato and Lewis Hamilton using it as a stepping-stone on their way to Formula One.

Other notable drivers to reach the podium, without winning, include Gil de Ferran, Helio Castroneves, Ralf Schumacher, Mark Webber and Anthony Davidson.


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