The calendar for the 2010 season of Formula BMW Pacific has been finalised, with a special season finale at the 57th Macau Grand Prix. The schedule, which sees the series supporting some of the biggest championships in the world, gives the young drivers the perfect platform to hone their talents and showcase their skills.
The Formula BMW Pacific entry for 2010 is the biggest in its seven year history and the drivers taken part are being treated to some big events at some great circuits. For 2010, the series is supporting two rounds of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Malaysian and Singapore Grand Prix's, a round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Okayama in Japan as well as the Macau Grand Prix. Added to this, eight races are taking part during the Asian Festival of Speed, four more races at Sepang in Malaysia, then four on the Korea International Circuit, giving drivers more experience of driving on Formula 1 standard circuits.
Despite the final calendar only just being confirmed, the series got underway back in April, with two races supporting the 2010 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. The series returned to the Sepang circuit a month later for four races at the Asian Festival of Speed meeting.
Therefore next up is a trip to the brand new Korea International Circuit in August, for four more races at the Asian Festival of Speed meeting. This will be a learning curve for the team and drivers, with it being the first international race meeting held at the state of the art circuit.
Next up is a chance for the record field to get its first taste of street racing for the season, with the series supporting the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix in September, around the very impressive Marina Bay street circuit.
The penultimate meeting will be the series return to Japan, supporting the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Okayama circuit. The series made its debut at the track last year and it became an instant hit with the drivers, so many will be glad to return this year.
This all leads up to the big finale in November around the Macau Guia circuit as part of the world famous Macau Grand Prix. This year, the 57th running of the event, also includes the final rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship and the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, making it a massive event for the Formula BMW Pacific drivers to take part in. With the Formula 3 event on the same billing, it's a great chance for the young drivers to showcase their skills to the world's top Formula 3 teams, with the Grand Prix long being recognized as a launch-pad for many young drivers, including the likes of Aryton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher.
With such a great set of meetings lined up, the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific season looks like it could be a great season for the drivers and fans alike and a fitting send off for the series current format, which will be replaced in 2011 by the Formula BMW Talent Cup initiative.
2010 Formula BMW Pacific Calendar:
|2 – 4 April||Malaysia||Sepang Int. Circuit (F1)||1 & 2|
|14 – 16 May||Malaysia||Sepang Int. Circuit (AFOS)||3, 4, 5 & 6|
|27 – 29 July||Korea||Korea Int. Circuit (AFOS)||7, 8, 9 & 10|
|24 – 26 Sept.||Singapore||Marina Bay Circuit (F1)||11 & 12|
|29 – 31 Oct.||Japan||Okayama Int. Circuit (WTCC)||13 & 14|
|18 – 21 Nov.||Macau||Guia Circuit (MGP)||15|