Jenzer Welch Team for Asian Abarth Series
Jenzer Welch Asia Racing has entered the brand-new Formula Pilota China series, which uses the European Formula Abarth car, for this year.The team is a collaboration between Switzerland’s Jenzer Motorsport, whose drivers currently lie first and second in the Formula Abarth European Series, and British engineer Andy Welch, a long-time associate of the Jenzer team.Jenzer Welch Asia Racing is fielding a three-car team in the series, which starts at Guangdong on July 2/3 and moves on to the Chinese Grand Prix circuit of Shanghai (July 23/24 and August 20/21), then Ordos (September 3/4), Zhuhai or Guangdong (TBA) , before finishing with a race weekend expected to be at Malaysian GP venue Sepang (November 26/27).Each of the six rounds will feature testing on Thursday, free practice sessions on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and then two races, with one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The champion and best Asian driver each win a free Ferrari Driver Academy Stage run by the Ferrari Formula 1 team. The highest-placed Jenzer Welch Asia Racing driver will win a free private test day with Jenzer Motorsport’s European Series team.The series is open to drivers born before January 1 1997, with an International C licence. The carbon-composite monocoque chassis are constructed by Tatuus, which produced all Formula Renault cars from 2000-09 and Formula Master from 2007-09. The cars will run on Yokohama tyres.The team already has two drivers. Romanian Robert Visoiu will dovetail his Formula Pilota China campaign with efforts in the European and Italian championships, while 14-year-old Swiss Matheo Tuscher is taking advantage of the series’ admission of drivers at an earlier age than they can compete in Europe.Team manager Andy Welch said: “China is an emerging nation, not only in world affairs but in motorsport. All the major categories are competing there, and so for aspiring professionals they are good tracks to experience, especially at such a young age. It can also be a good forerunner to racing Formula Abarth in Europe, and there are plenty of extra testing opportunities.”The team will also have strong links with Jenzer Motorsport in Europe, providing a ladder from karting through Formula Abarth and into the Formula 1-supporting series GP3, where Jenzer runs a front-running team.ANDY WELCH IN MOTORSPORTAfter competing in Formula Ford 1600, Andy set up Andy Welch Racing. The team found most success in the British Formula Ford Championship Zetec era, running many drivers including Mario Haberfeld, Michael Vergers, Darren Malkin, Dan Wheldon, Fairuz Fauzy and Danica Patrick.Since 2001, Welch has worked in the European, Italian, German and North European Cup Formula Renault championships with highly-successful Swiss team Jenzer Motorsport, and in Formula Renault UK with Team Firstair and John Village Automotive. He also engineered at Jenzer Motorsport’s Formula Master team.