Czech time for Formula Master

Formula Master now heads to the Czech Republic for round five and six on 14 and 15 June 2008 at the Automotodrom Brno, and with yet more rain predicted for the weekend, exciting racing can be expected.

Whilst 2007 saw Jérôme D'Ambrosio claim both wins with current Drivers Classification leader Chris van der Drift taking two third places, this year could see more varied results with several drivers contending for podium finishes.

All three JD Motorsport and Trident Racing drivers have already featured on the podium so far this year and are strong contenders for this weekend's races. Home talent shouldn't be discounted either in the shape of Czech team ISR and its Prague-born driver Filip Salaquarda, as well as Hradec Králové-based Josef Kral.

"Knowing the track is a definite advantage and I've raced at Brno many times," said Kral who lives 170km away and drives for Team JVA. "It's great to have family and friends at the race as well, it makes it very special. But in order to be competitive, you have to shut them out to some extent and treat the race like any other! Otherwise you put a lot of pressure on yourself.

"It's very hot in Czech Republic at the moment and it would be great to have that kind of weather during the races but conditions can change easily. In terms of challenges, there is a new track surface, which might affect the way we race. Otherwise, some corners are very important; there is an uphill chicane which you have to be quick in otherwise it affects a large part of the lap afterwards."

As Formula Master prepares for its Czech rounds, which starts with an official testing session on 11 June, the Formula Master Italy season began last weekend with the Series' first rounds in Vallelunga. Euronova Racing's Yuhi Sekiguchi claimed the inaugural victory whilst JD Motorsport's Vladimir Arabadzhiev took the win in race two.