Dress rehearsal in Hungary: Formula BMW drivers ready for the Grand Final


Giant leaps towards the grand finale: the young drivers in the  Formula BMW Talent Cup used the final race simulations at the  Hungaroring to prepare for the Grand Final of the training programme.  Tests, three race simulations and intensive coaching – last weekend  the Grand Prix circuit near Budapest played host to an extensive and  extremely successful simulation of the season-ending event, which will  be held as part of the DTM race weekend in Oschersleben from 14th to  16th September.

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The pressure is mounting: the three races that form the Grand Final  will decide the winner of the Formula BMW Talent Cup – and who will  receive funding from BMW for the next step of their career in a  higher-level single-seater racing series. The focus of the dress  rehearsal at the Hungaroring was on set-up work and intensive data  analysis with the driving instructors, as well as brushing up on  knowledge of the rules. Just as they will be at the Grand Final, three  races were held under the supervision of the permanent DTM race  director Sven Stoppe at the Hungaroring last weekend, with Marvin  Dienst (DE) winning one and Ralph Boschung (CH) claiming two victories.

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The talented youngsters, aged 14 to 19, had exclusive access to the  Hungaroring for intense testing sessions on two days. After a day  without on-track action, in-depth analysis, detailed driver meetings  and a media training session, the programme returned to the undulating  circuit to simulate a race weekend. The Saturday featured free  practice sessions, qualifying and Super Pole, while Sunday was all  about the race simulations.

Dirk Adorf, BMW works driver and head instructor

“The good news is that there is enormous strength in depth in the  Formula BMW Talent Cup. We can look forward to a thrilling Grand Final  in Oschersleben. The class of 2012 has worked very hard all season  long, and is very hungry for knowledge in many aspects. The dress  rehearsal at the Hungaroring showed how this is reflected in close  results. The participants in the Formula BMW Talent Cup are definitely  ready for their grand finale.”

Marvin Dienst

“The whole weekend was super for me. I was always up there with the  front-runners during the tests and practice sessions. I set the  fastest time in qualifying and the second fastest in the Super Pole. I  led the first race simulation from start to finish. The second was  over far too quickly after a crash in the first corner. I made amends  by finishing second in the third race. Now I am obviously looking  forward to the Grand Final in Oschersleben.”

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Ralph Boschung

“A good dress rehearsal for me. I got off to a good start in the  first race simulation and was able to move up a few positions. In the  second I actually worked my way to the very front. I led the third  from start to finish. It could not have gone better. That obviously  makes you hungry for more and a good result at the Grand Final. Now it  is important to work even harder on the physical and psychological  aspects – then anything is possible.”