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Markus Pommer: “I expect to finish in the top 5”

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Reigning German Formula 3 Champion Markus Pommer continues his partnership with Team Motopark in 2015 and will make his FIA European Formula 3 Championship debut this weekend at Silverstone.

The twenty-four-year-old German partners last year’s German F3 rivals Nabil Jeffri and Sam MacLeod, as well as Sergio Sette Camara and Mahaveer Raghunathan in the line-up for Motopark’s debut in the series.

Ahead of the new season, Pommer spoke to The Checkered Flag, and revealed the roots of his racing career came at a very early age.

“I was karting with my father every holiday when I was a child,” revealed Pommer. “He was also a kart driver when he was a student. On my 8th birthday I got my first race kart as a birthday present.”

Pommer admits he has been happy with the results of his career so far, with his 2014 season being the best year so far. He dominated the German Formula 3 Championship, winning fourteen out of twenty-three races for the Lotus-branded Motopark Academy team, and finished third in the Auto GP Championship with Super Nova International, winning twice.

“I am very happy with my career,” insists Pommer. “In all formula categories I managed a top 10 position so far. My biggest success was in 2014 when I won the German F3 and finished P3 in the Auto GP World Series.

“That was the best season in my life. [In German F3], I won nearly every main race and had always an excellent car.

“[In Auto GP] I had many ups and downs. My pace was not worse than in F3 but I had some issues with the clutch which held me back from a better position. I also showed that I have no problems to drive different cars in one season.”

As it stands, Pommer looks to be the final German Formula 3 champion, with the series not racing in 2015 due to dwindling entry levels, and its apparent demise saddens the 2014 series champion.

“It’s a big disappointment for me,” said Pommer. “The German F3 was a race series with a strong tradition. Names like Schumacher were part of the German F3 in the past.

“I also really enjoyed the work of the whole organization. It was a very professional organization with nice people around. I wish that they can make their comeback in the near future.”

Pommer admits to having a long friendship with Motopark, and believes it was logical for him to move into European Formula 3 with the team in 2015, having raced in the legendary Grand Prix of Macau last November for the team.

“It is a long history and friendship between us,” said Pommer of Motopark. “I truly believe it’s the best Formula racing team in Germany. It was a logical consequence after my success in the German F3 and the good pace in Macau.

“In motorsports, the basic issue is the preparation. The Team Motopark basically works as hard as it can. This can be seen on race weekends, when the team is working late into the night. In addition, the team atmosphere is very familiar. This is important in motor sport, because Motorsports is a team sport.”

Pommer looks ahead to 2015, hoping to continue his excellent run of results in single seater racings, and has lofty ambitions heading into the season, admitting he will be disappointed if he does not meet those ambitions.

“[2015] is very important,” insisted Pommer. “The European F3 is a very strong category, where I can show my potential. I am looking forward to have a great time with my whole team.

“It is also an interesting and challenging task to develop the new car with my team. I expect to finish in the top 5. I know it’s hard, but everything else would be a disappointment for me.”

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