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by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm linkage

Edoardo Mortara was crowned F3 Euro Series Champion last weekend in Oschersleben after finishing sixth. Valtteri Bottas crushed the competition on Saturday and Jim Pla won his first F3 Euro Series race on Sunday.  It’s fitting that Mortara won the championship after finishing runner-up last season, plus it’s nice to see Volkswagen earn the crown.

Ben Anderson is reporting that FBMW-Europe standout Jack Harvey will graduate to British F3 next season with the help of the Racing Steps Foundation.  I’m not sure if we’ll see him there or not, but it probably wouldn’t be a bad move for the talented 17-year-old.

This is fun: Daniel Zampieri – 2009 Italian F3 Champion – wasn’t allowed to start Saturday’s WSR race at Silverstone because he overtly complained about ISR’s Filip Salaquarda blocking him during qualifying. ISR team owner Igor Salaquarda took exception to the complaint and was booted from the circuit for the weekend and fined 2000 Euros for his part in the incident.  Zampieri returned on Sunday and finished sixth, two spots behind Filip Salaquarda.

Numerous forums are boasting a release stating 2009 USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Henry Clarke will join Davey Hamilton Racing for his Indy Lights Rookie Test at Kentucky.  A follow-up email has been sent out, but I haven’t received official confirmation.

Nyck De Vries won the KF2 CIK-FIA World Championship at the Spanish circuit Zuerva over the weekend thanks to a last lap pass.  Just last month, the young 15-year-old De Vries was able to claim the top spot in Super KF on North American soil via the WSK World Series stop at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Alan McCallum won the NASA Formula Mazda National Championship last weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.  Patrick O’Neill claimed the Pro Formula Mazda National Championship.

Golf icon Fuzzy Zoeller – who won the Masters in his first appearance – will sponsor the Indy Lights season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his Vodka company: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. It’s unclear, at this point, if podium finishers will attempt to spray vodka or champagne at the event’s conclusion.

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  1. Craig. on September 27, 2010 5:45 pm

    Just an update to the Harvey story; he’s signed for the Carlin squad for 2011.

  2. Robert Wilson on October 18, 2010 4:10 am

    thanks for the post

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