Ramos & Nunes confirmed at Manor
Leading Formula 3 Euroseries team Manor Motorsport is delighted to officially confirm its first two driver signings of 2009 with Brazilian duo Cesar Ramos and Pedro Nunes joining the renowned Yorkshire squad.Once again planning to run four cars in the world's premier F3 category this season, John Booth's Dinnington-based outfit is preparing well ahead of the start of the new championship which begins relatively late this year on 16th/17th May at Hockenheim in Germany.Ramos, who is currently 19-years-old, graduates to Formula 3 competition with Manor having competed in Eurocup Formula Renault in 2008 where he finished seventh overall in the driver standings with one podium. The teenager combined his outings in the pan-European series with a full campaign in the Italian Formula Renault Championship. There, he ended the season sixth overall with five podiums, two fastest laps and a brace of pole positions.Ramos also raced in Formula Renault in 2007 where he enjoyed his greatest success in cars to date by winning the Italian Winter Championship, taking a 100 per cent success rate with four wins from four outings. He also started on pole position for each encounter.Compatriot Nunes has good experience of Formula 3 racing in his homeland and in 2008 was Vice-Champion of the South American F3 Championship with five wins, 11 podiums and three pole positions.During the preceding two years, Nunes made selected appearances in South American F3 while also racing in Formula Renault, both in Brazil and in Europe. Contesting 10 races in the 2007 Eurocup Formula Renault season, he also took part in 10 outings in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup.Manor's third signing for the 2009 F3 Euroseries will be officially confirmed very shortly.Speaking on the deals with Ramos and Nunes, team owner John Booth said: "We're very happy indeed to have signed Cesar and Pedro and we're looking forward to working with them throughout 2009. With both drivers being new to the championship it will be a huge challenge for them but we're preparing well and aiming for a successful season."Following the opening two races of the 2009 F3 Euroseries at Hockenheim in mid-May, the championship will remain in Germany for a visit to EuroSpeedway Lausitz before the teams decamp to Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the annual Masters of Formula 3 race over the weekend 13th/14th June.The F3 Euroseries reconvenes at the Norisring in Germany at the end of June before the category returns to Zandvoort in mid-July. Oschersleben in Germany is the next venue on the calendar, followed by a visit to the Nurburgring on 15th/16th August.Manor's 'home' event, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent, comes on 5th/6th September, two weeks later the championship arrives in Barcelona, Spain, and then the penultimate event of the year takes place at Dijon-Prenois in France on 10th/11th October. The 2009 season finale will be held on 24th/25th October with a return to Hockenheim.