Motopark confirm MacLeod for Euro F3 return

by Paul Hensby

Team Motopark have confirmed they will be making a full-time return to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship in 2015 after signing Scottish driver Sam MacLeod to the team.

The twenty-year-old raced primarily in the German Formula 3 championship in 2014, although he did compete a number of times in British Formula 3 when the British series did not clash with the German series. He also raced for the Japanese TOM’S outfit in last seasons Macau Grand Prix.

“2015 will be the first year in FIA F3 for both myself and the team,” said MacLeod. “However we have built a strong foundation after our winter testing program which will allow us to aim to challenge for top results from the onset of the season.”

Team Principal Timo Rumpfkeil spoke about the importance of having a good team for their return to the series, and insisted getting MacLeod on board was a priority after seeing the young Scot fight with his team in 2014 on a rival team.

“Our many victories and titles on domestic F3 ground have prepared the crew perfectly for a move up the ladder,” said Rumpfkeil. “We know that the European Championship is going to be a whole lot tougher than our national cup – but at the same time, the general requirements remain the same.

“Our aim has got to be to fight right at the front as quickly as possible. We’ve got the equipment and the engineers to do so – now we need drivers who are up to the job, too.

“It was pretty obvious he [MacLeod] is highly talented; more often than not, we had to pull all the stops to beat him. He was one of our first choices for our new assault on the European Championship. I’m glad we could sign him, for I’m sure we’ll play a major role in European F3 together.“

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